Gilbertsville & CollegevilleOrthodontists

The Smile Specialists, Dr. David McSurdy & Dr. Sarah Pavlow, are Pennsylvania’s top orthodontists. Our website is designed to acquaint you with our staff, experience & state-of-the-art offices.  Please take a moment to browse through our site, meet our dedicated team, and learn about how you or your child can receive orthodontic treatment in Collegeville & Gilbertsville from our premier orthodontic practice, just 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia.

Our mission is to show our patients that we care by the way we serve them.  Our reward is creating beautiful smiles in an atmosphere of love and respect for our patients. 

 Our vision is to go above and beyond all expectations in providing phenomenal orthodontic care.  Our teamwork and genuine respect for our patients and each other will take us there.


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Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted on November 27, 2015

Our practice is offering HUGE discounts on Oral – B toothbrushes and the Sonicare AirFloss. Just give us a call and we will have these ready for you to pick up! Oral – B Vitality toothbrush $30 Sonicare AirFloss $60 Interested in Botox? Dr. McSurdy is offering Botox at $10 per unit for the month of December as well. Call our office today to receive any of these specials. 610-489-6032

Helping your child avoid big dental problems

Posted on November 17, 2015

Here are 5 conditions that warrant early treatment during mixed dentition (ages 6-9). 1. Mouth breathing /snoring This can cause narrow arches which delays and causes poor tooth emergence. Our patented Press-On expanders painlessly correct this condition. 2. Lack of Space for Permanent Teeth Permanent incisors normally emerge at age 6. Delayed emergence usually indicates a lack of space. This is easily corrected with painless expanders and or with short term braces (less than one year). 3. Thumb or Finger Sucking This causes flared incisors and can stunt lower jaw growth. Early correction (ages 5-9) helps the child’s growth to normalize and helps with speech and chewing. 4. Underbite Top teeth behind the lower teeth can cause the need for jaw surgery if left unchecked as well as tooth wear and periodontal problems often result as well and short-term braces between the ages of 6-9 yields dramatic correction. 5. Overbite

The importance of Panoramic X-Rays

Posted on October 19, 2015

In addition to our March 2015 blog, which explains the diagnostic merits of the panoramic x-ray, we have added another great benefit to having your child receive a panoramic x-ray by the age of 8.   It is important for the orthodontist to have the panoramic x-ray in order to ensure normal development of the roots of a child’s permanent back teeth – all of which are forming by age 8. Abnormal patterns of root development can cause teeth to become impacted.  An impacted tooth remains stuck in gum tissue or bone and does not emerge normally.  We believe that most impactions can be prevented if we have the panoramic x-ray by age 8 and are able to identify these abnormal patterns of root development.  Canines (AKA “eye” or “fang” teeth) in particular are prone to impaction, but tend to respond very well when their emergence space is enhanced at an