Matthew David McNutt, DDS, MS, PA
Orthodontics for Children, Teens & Adults

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First Responders Support Campaign 2018

We are excited about our 2018 First Responders Support Campaign! Community service is part of our mission. Educate. Appreciate. Details about how to become involved and support this great cause are available below. We hope you join us today & nominate a First Responder! Patient families who participate in our first responder support campaign will be entered to score some great swag from our campaign displays.

Here are the ways to support and participate:

1) Nominate a first responder: We need your help! Nominate the first responders you know personally so that we may include them in our outreach and adopt a first responder program.
2) Write a heartfelt letter of thanks to a first responder: This can be a first responder that you know personally or one the first responders nominated in our office. Drop the letter off to us for our letter collage and we will mail the letter for you.
3) Random act of kindness: if you see a first responder out in public treat them to a random act of kindness. If it is ok with you and them take a picture and send it to us for our picture collage puzzle. Perhaps buying them a coffee or paying for their lunch. Let us know who, where, what and when at your appointment.
4) Giving tree to adopt a first responder: we will have a giving tree in the office with first responders tagged on ornaments. Pick one to donate a small token of appreciation to. We will put together a gift basket for each first responder filled with your love and kindness.
5) Artwork contest: use your creative skills to craft a unique piece of first responder themed artwork to display in our office. This could be a drawing, a painting or even something three dimensional.
6) First responder appreciation luncheon: McNutt Orthodontics Team has partnered with The Clayton Steakhouse to host First Responder Appreciation Luncheons for EMS, Law Enforcement, and Fire & Rescue. Tell us who you think is well deserving of a hearty meal and some appreciation!
7) First Responder Tuition Scholarship Award: The McNutt Orthodontics team wants to reach out to young people who are considering a career as a first responder. We will award a partial scholarship to a student who enrolls in a first responder education program here in our local area. An essay and an application will be required to qualify. More details will be made available in the future.
8) Sticker Support: Show your support by placing our campaign sticker on your vehicle or the back of your phone to help spread the word.
Social Media: Support our campaign on social media. LIKE ~ POST ~ SHARE ~ TAG US
Search @mcnuttorthodontics for Facebook #mcnuttorthodontics on Instagram

Click below for a pdf copy of our campaign flier!
First Responders Patient Flier

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We Are Hiring: Interview Session Information

McNutt Orthodontics is looking to add new talent to our team!
We will have open house group interview opportunities to meet the doctor and learn more about our practice opportunity. We are looking to add one new team member who will either work on our patient reception team or work as the lead treatment coordinator for new patients. How we fill this position will be based on the talent you bring to the team! Interested candidates will be considered for both roles, as we have a team member who currently is able to step into our treatment coordinator role if need be.

Our first & second open house group interview opportunities will be:

First: Saturday December 30th at 10:00 AM.  Second: Friday January 5th at 10:00 AM

Duration: 60-90 minutes. Location: 301 Ashville Avenue, Suite 101 Cary NC, 27518.
To register to attend the interview session click on the following link for instructions:

Instructions to participate in one of the interview sessions:
-Email your name (first, middle and last), mobile phone contact information and resume to
-In the email state your interest, availability to start work and which date above you will attend.
-On the day of the interview arrive in professional dress.
-Bring a copy of your DA credentials, CPR and radiology certifications if you have them.
-We will respond and confirm with you.

Note: If you cannot attend either interview opportunity, we may add additional opportunities and this link will be updated. Feel free to contact us as instructed above if you are interested but unable to attend the first interview session.

To get a sense for our practice, our vibe and our values, visit our FB Page:

Position Information:
Full Time
Benefits: accrued vacation and specified holiday pay, QTRLY bonus for use towards your own health care, and 401K retirement plan.
Work Hours: generally Monday – Thursday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and 9:00-1:00 PM Fridays.
Office Locations: We have a Clayton and a Cary location and work in both offices on a daily basis.


Additional Information & FAQs:

What is an Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator?
Orthodontic Treatment Coordinators manage all new patient consultations, help patients who are ready for treatment now get started and help monitor patients who are not yet ready to start now but will be ready at an older age to start treatment.

What must treatment coordinators be ready to do in their daily job?
Treatment coordinators must be able to master dental photography, obtain quality radiographs, work in tandem with the doctor to ensure that patients are well taken care of. Treatment coordinators must be good communicators, a good listener, energetic, ethical and compassionate. Treatment coordinators are expected to be have strong data entry, data management, and typing skills. Treatment coordinators must have strong basic mathematical skills, be comfortable discussing money/fees and learn to manage the nuances of orthodontic insurance benefits. Treatment coordinators must develop the ability to communicate the treatment recommended by the doctor.

Talented clinical assistants who are interested in the challenge of working as a treatment coordinator are welcome to apply. If you do not have clinical experience, we are willing to train the right person who has the old fashioned customer service skills and work ethic we are looking for.

What if I am qualified to work on the administrative reception team at McNutt Orthodontics, but I am not interested in the treatment coordinator position?

We may hire the right person to fill the role of appointments and reception coordinator.

What is an Appointments and Reception Coordinator?
An ARC at McNutt Orthodontics works on the front line of customer service, patient experience, marketing and managing the clinical schedule for patient appointments. The ARC is the face of the practice, both in person and on the phone. At many offices this is the lowest position and often considered a stepping stone. Dr. McNutt’s philosophy is that the ARC is of the utmost importance playing a critical role in the practice. This is reflected in both compensation and in the responsibility and respect given to the ARC.

What must an appointments and reception coordinator be ready to do in their daily job?
An ARC must be able to master the art of excellent customer service in the real world and in the digital world. On a daily basis an ARC takes care of patients and families that are coming in for their appointments. An ARC must be a good communicator on the phone and via email with patient families and with referring dentists who work with our practice.  An ARC must be a good listeners energetic, ethical and compassionate. ARC’s are expected to be have strong data entry, data management, typing skills and phone skills.  Multi-tasking is a must.  An ARC must have strong basic mathematical skills, and how to manage the nuances of orthodontic insurance benefits. Above all, an ARC must be dedicated to the notion that the customer experience is critical to success. We are often told that our practice offers the best customer service of any kind experienced by our families. That is not by accident and we want team members who will go the extra mile for patients.

SO…what are you waiting for? Come see if you are right for our orthodontic family.

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Dr. McNutt Receives Award & Speaks At Invisalign Summit

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Dr. McNutt Awarded The Highest Clinical Outcome
Score In North America For Invisalign Teen

Every two years Invisalign accepts case submissions for orthodontic patients treated with Invisalign.  These cases are peer reviewed blindly by orthodontists and four top doctors are selected  In 2016 Dr. McNutt submitted several of his cases for review to see how his outcomes stack up against the best of the best.  Dr. McNutt earned the highest scores for the Invisalign Teen category in all of North America.  This award is based on measures of case difficulty, treatment planning & execution, diagnostic records and treatment results.

Dr. McNutt and three other doctors were invited to present their cases and treatment protocols at the bi-annual Invisalign Summit Shootout.  Dr. McNutt was truly honored and humbled to speak to an audience of over 3,500 made up of orthodontists and their staff from around the world.

Below are some picture highlights from Dr. McNutt’s presentation.


Here are Dr. McNutt’s thoughts on this award:

I am proud of my team for working so hard for our patients and I was humbled by this honor. I was thankful for my wife being there to support me and for the UNC alumni who supported me. To be recognized in this way is a testament to the the fact that we have something special going on at McNutt Orthodontics.

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Treatment Simulation For Braces or Invisalign

We have reduced goopy molds in our practice by 80% in our office with our iTero Digital Scanner. The technology even allows us to simulate a before and after prior to treatment with braces or Invisalign. Here is an example of a real patient who started treatment after seeing her treatment simulation! Totally cool!


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Stop Hunger Now Project at Cary Christian School

Dr. McNutt & his team were glad to once again sponsor this great event.  Dr. McNutt was on site taking lots of pictures and put together this movie montage.  Great ministries are worth supporting!

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Teach me how to brushy! Fun video with a message…

Dr. McNutt was born in Oregon and this great patient education video was produced by the Oregon Dental Association. A special thanks to Dr. Jon Silcox for making us aware of this great video.

Parents and patients, please remember that during orthodontic treatment, it is critically important to continue visiting your family dentist or your pediatric dentist for regular dental check-ups, cleanings and to check for dental decay.

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The 2013 Walk For Hope and Healing of Orphaned Children: Sunday April 7 at 2 PM, Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary NC

To donate, become a corporate sponsor, or participate click here or visit The 2013 Walk For Hope and Healing will be held on Sunday April 7, at 2 O’Clock PM in Cary NC at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre. In 2010 the McNutt Family and the Brannon Family partnered together to host the first annual Walk For Hope and Healing of Orphaned Children. This event raises funds for physicians from the U.S. to travel to China in order to provide life changing, and in some cases life saving, surgeries for orphaned children. Thousands of children are abandoned due to a cultural belief that children born with medical conditions are unlucky and can bring shame to a family. These children often end up in the orphanage system. In a crowded orphanage environment, even if surgery can be arranged, the high level of pre- and post-operative care these children need is not likely to be available. In 2010 the inaugural 5K Walk For Hope and Healing of Orphaned Children raised enough to fund cleft lip and palate repair for fifteen orphan children. Without surgical repair, these children are deemed defective and not eligible for adoption.

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Come walk with us and have some fun for a great cause!

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Cooper Elementary School Community Day & 5K Run

Dr. McNutt and Ms. Claire Patterson spoke to each individual class (over 650 kids) at Cooper Elementary School on Friday about good oral health habits. We were very impressed with how well mannered the children were. They paid attention and asked great questions, from kindergarten all the way up to the 5th graders! On Saturday we enjoyed being a part of their 5k run! Go Rockets!

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Xylitol in Orthodontics and Dentistry

Ask the Orthodontist: “Should I chew gum with braces or Invisalign?” In my orthodontic practice, we are always looking for ways to improve oral health for our patients and to implement the latest proven methods to prevent the risk of tooth decay during orthodontic treatment. The use of Xylitol containing gum and mints for our orthodontic patients greatly reduces the risk of tooth decay or problems with tooth enamel during treatment. We have been on the cutting edge of Xylitol use and began implementing it in 2011. Xylitol, is a natural sugar sweetener found many fruits and vegetables, and hardwoods. In direct contrast to what many orthodontists recommend, we advise our orthodontic patients to chew xylitol containing gum during orthodontic treatment. Despite the fact that chewing gum may possibly lead to a loose brace on a tooth, the benefits of xylitol are so great that we will gladly fix a loose brace if it happens. Careful chewing gum has been clinically proven to reduce discomfort associated with orthodontic tooth movement and increases clearance/removal of plaque and food debris from around braces and orthodontic appliances.

Xylitol Has Several Benefits For Our Patients
Reduces Xerostomia (dry mouth) by increasing salivary gland production. A dry mouth is much more susceptible to tooth decay and producing a healthy amount of saliva is important for maintaining good oral health. Saliva contains a many beneficial immune system components that help to combat the bacteria in our mouth. Every day our salivary glands produce saliva and saliva production is at its peak around age 14. After about age 14 saliva production slowly declines with age. In general, the vast majority of saliva is produced while we are awake and production greatly reduces while we sleep. Many children and adults are on prescription medications that cause dry mouth as a side effect. Xylitol stimulates a beneficial increase in saliva.

Bacteriostatic: Streptococcus mutans, the primary bacteria involved in the caries process (tooth decay), fails to thrive well in the presence of xylitol. There are many studies that have demonstrated the benefits of xylitol to reduce tooth decay. In fact, xylitol has also been shown to greatly reduce otitis media (ear infections of the middle ear in children, eustachian tube bacteriostatic effect).

Enamel Remineralization: When acid is produced by bacteria in our mouths, or when we drink acid containing beverages like most sodas, our tooth enamel starts to become demineralized. This creates weak spots on our teeth that are susceptible to permanent enamel damage and tooth decay. Xylitol interacts with Calcium ions and facilitates preferential / faster enamel remineralization and repair.

Dr. McNutt’s recommended brand of Xylitol gum and instructions for orthodontic patients:
Hershey’s Ice Breakers Ice Cubes: contains 1 gram of xylitol per cube. Exposure of 2-3 grams per day in the oral cavity produces the clinically significant effects noted above. We advise our patients to chew 2-3 cubes per day for 30 minutes, preferably directly after finishing a meal.

Other Patient Populations In Dentistry Who Benefit From Xylitol:
-Pediatric Dental Patients at High Risk For Tooth Decay
-Middle Aged Adults and Geriatric Dental Patients (especially those with high potential for root caries and for those on prescription medications that cause dry mouth)
-Diabetics: Diabetes is an epidemic in our country. Xylitol sweeteners contain 33% fewer calories than sucrose and xylitol is absorbed slowly, and lessens the risk for an unwanted blood sugar spike.

To download a pdf version of this blog post click here.

To learn more about the Dental Benefits of Xylitol consider visiting on the web.

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A Brief History of Orthodontics

Here is a link to an article on our site that chronicles the history of orthodontic treatment back to ancient times. Read and enjoy!
Click here to read the article.
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Invisalign: Dr. McNutt’s Continuing Education

Invisalign Premier Treatment Center: Orthodontist Continuing Education Record Dr. Matthew McNutt

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“Where in the World is Dakota” Contest To Win Tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters!

Contest Begins January 15th and ends Feb 25th.
The show at the PNC Arena in Raleigh will be Friday, March 1, at 7:00 PM.

Dr. McNutt’s lovable Great Dane Dakota is a favorite sight to see in the local Christmas Parade. Now Dakota is going to have some more fun with our patients for this contest. For rules on how to participate and win click Where In The World Is Dakota Contest 2013, and then click the contest title again to open the pdf document.

A successful orthodontic practice doesn’t just happen. It is the result of a strong commitment to excellence in orthodontics and in our relationships with patients. We’d like to take a moment to thank you for showing your confidence in our practice by recommending us to your friends, family and colleagues. We’re gratified to find how many new patients regularly call on us based on your words of advice.

Dr. Matthew and his team at Cary Orthodontics & Clayton Orthodontics-

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Patient Appreciation Contest: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Dragons Show in Raleigh: 4 Tickets

Well, 2013 is moving fast and we are already starting a our 2nd patient appreciation contest. For rules on how to participate and win click here: Ringling-Barnum-Bailey-Circus-Contest-McNutt-Orthodontist-2013, and then click the contest title again to open the pdf document.

To learn more abut the circus show website click here.

A successful orthodontic practice doesn’t just happen. It is the result of a strong commitment to excellence in orthodontics and in our relationships with patients. We’d like to take a moment to thank you for showing your confidence in our practice by recommending us to your friends, family and colleagues. We’re gratified to find how many new patients regularly call on us based on your words of advice.

Dr. Matthew and his team at Cary Orthodontics & Clayton Orthodontics-


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iPad Mini Give-Away Google Review Patient Contest

We are excited to launch our first patient appreciation contest for 2013. For rules on how to participate and win click here: Google-Review-iPad-Mini-Contest-2013, and then click the contest title again to open a pdf document.

Thanks for all your support and good luck!


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From Our Family To Yours…

From our family to yours, we wish a Merry Christmas!


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Cary OrthodonticsOffice Address
301 Ashville Avenue,
Suite 101 Cary NC, 27518
Phone (919) 887-6350
(919) 887-6351
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Clayton OrthodonticsOffice Address
400 Tew Court, Suite 108
Clayton NC, 27520
Phone (919) 553-4512
Fax (919) 553-6097
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