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2.9 Month Braces by Charlotte dentist Dr. Payet

As much as people are often amazed at the idea that we can give them a straight smile with Six-Month Braces, there really are times when it doesn’t even take THAT long.  Take a look at Karim’s before and after pictures — literally, we put her brackets on back on September 9th, and we took them off today, November 24th.  That’s NOT EVEN 3 months with braces on, but look what a difference!  As she put it….”I love the results!”


November 24, 2009 Posted by | 6-Month Smiles, Cosmetic dentistry, Short-Term Orthodontics, Six-Month Braces, Teeth Whitening | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Six Month Adult Braces in Charlotte is taking off!

Wow!  That’s about all I can say at the moment with the response we are getting to our WBT radio ad and better positioning on the Internet for Google searches.  Here’s a fun little thing: go to and do a search for “braces charlotte,” and guess what – my website is right there on the first page!  Yeehah!  LOL  And boy can we tell – the number of people calling us almost every day is amazing.  Some days I feel like I’m becoming an orthodontist!

I figure it would be good to highlight a couple cases that we’ve recently started and follow them through so you can actually see the progress.  If you like what you see, Make an Appointment for a Free Consultation today!

Mike’s case

Mike has been a patient for several years, but somehow we had never asked him if he was interested in straightening his teeth.  With our new Six-Month Smiles posters around the office, he decided to ask what it was about and if he was a good candidate.  Turns out, even though he has some pretty crooked top and bottom teeth, he really is a good candidate.  He was NOT interested in a full 2-3 year, comprehensive orthodontic plan – he just wants to feel good about his smile.

A Six-Month Braces case to straighten crooked teeth in Charlotte

A Six-Month Braces case to straighten crooked teeth in Charlotte

Stephanie’s case

Stephanie found us through a Google search even before moving from the Midwest for a job transfer.  She’d been ready to start Six-Month Braces with a dentist there, but with the move she chose to wait until she got here, and we started her braces just a few days after Mike’s.    Her braces should go a bit faster than Mikes, but that can be a bit unpredictable.

Example Patient #2 of Six Month Adult Braces with Dr. Payet in Charlotte NC.

Example Patient #2 of Six Month Adult Braces with Dr. Payet in Charlotte NC.

We just put their brackets on last week, and it will probably be 1-2 months before we see any significant change, so stay tuned to see what happens on…….”As the Teeth Turn.” LOL

July 28, 2009 Posted by | 6-Month Smiles, Cosmetic dentistry, Six-Month Braces, Smile Makeover | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A new website with more info on Six-Month Braces for Adults in Charlotte, NC

I’ve been laboring to learn web design for about the last 6 months so that I could create my own sites to help spread the word on one of our patients’ favorite procedures, and I’ve finally published my first website, which is very exciting!  It’s been a lot of work, and there will be much more work to come in future months as I update it, add more Featured Cases, and expand the procedures that are covered.  For now, though, I hope you will all find it useful if you’re looking for a Smile Makeover here in Charlotte  with Six-Month Braces.

July 5, 2009 Posted by | 6-Month Smiles, ANNOUNCEMENTS, Cosmetic dentistry, Short-Term Orthodontics, Six-Month Braces, Smile Makeover | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Exciting development: 6 Month Smiles now offered!

Following on the dumb move made by Invisalign a couple weeks ago to severely restrict the number of dentists and orthodontists who will be able to offer Invisalign to their patients (see my most recent post), it has been interesting to note that ALIGN Technology’s stock value has dropped by almost 18% in just the last 2 weeks since they made their announcement.  Boy am I glad that I found out before attending their course and wasting my money and time.

However, this has led me to FINALLY get involved with a different company, whose founder – Dr. Ryan Swain – I have been proud to call a friend for about 7 years now.  Dr. Swain started a ground-breaking niche practice in New York that focused exclusively on Six-Month Braces and Cosmetic Dentistry.  His practice model has been so explosively successful that he’s been teaching dentists all over the country how to use the techniques that he teaches, which create dramatic Smile Makeovers, often in 6 months or even less, for adults wanting straight front teeth but wanting their braces to be “invisible.”  With Invisalign no longer a company I want to partner with, it seemed to finally be the right time to partner with Dr. Swain and  That’s why I’ve now added a new logo to the into post on our blog and our website:

Dr. Charles Payet now offers the dramatic Smile Makeover option of 6-Month Smiles - fast, comfortable, effective adult braces - in Charlotte NC.

Dr. Charles Payet now offers the dramatic Smile Makeover option of 6-Month Smiles - fast, comfortable, effective adult braces - in Charlotte NC.

Call today for a Complimentary Consultation and you can even receive $500 off 6-Month Smiles


Free Whitening once it’s completed!

June 15, 2009 Posted by | 6-Month Smiles, Cosmetic dentistry, Short-Term Orthodontics, Six-Month Braces, Smile Makeover | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

InvisAlign: “proficiency requirements” or a QUOTA? You decide….

It has been an interesting couple of weeks when it comes to Six-Month Braces and Short-Term Ortho in general in our office……

We had planned on attending InvisAlign certification in Raleigh on Friday, June 12th so that we could start offering this service to our patients.  Personally, I”m not that big a fan of  those clear aligners at all, because they cost more (we have to pay a hefty lab fee, which is why your fee is higher than for brackets), they don’t work in as many cases (quite a few limitations), and they take longer – ESPECIALLY if you lose 1 or more aligners and have to get some remade.  However, so many people are interested, we figured…..why not?  We can offer it for the situations in which it is a good option and offer the “invisible brackets” for everyone else.


On June 1st, Align Technologies (the company that actually runs the operation) sent an email to all of it’s providers in conjunction with a Press Release to the public with some major news.  Since we had just signed up, we weren’t even on the list of people who received the emails, so fortunately I found out about this through an online forum for dentists, and oooooooh boy, looks like they stepped in it this time!

Here is the link to the Press Release: InvisAlign Makes a Huge Mistake in Doctor Relations! (BTW – that’s not what they call it, that’s what most of us dentists think)

Simply put, by the end of this year, an enormous percentage of dentists will no longer be “qualified” (HA!) to offer InvisAlign to their patients simply because they don’t do 10 cases per year.  Heck, even Board-certified Orthodontists who don’t do 10 cases per year won’t be “qualified” according to Align Technology.  An Orthodontist wouldn’t be “qualified?”  Hmmmmmm, can you tell what I think of this scenario?  And what about all the dentists who have done 5-9 cases per year for many years and have other extensive orthodontic training?  If all of those doctors have been qualified for all these years, what makes them suddenly “unqualified?” It’s not like quantity automatically equals quality.

Let’s see…..last year we did a total of about 15 cases of Six-Month Braces.  Only 4 of them would have been good candidates for Invisalign – if that many.  This year, with the current economy, we’ve only started 4 cases total.  So do I think it likely I’d be doing 10 cases by the end of this yea – unless I suddenly started “pushing” it on my patients?  NO, I DON’T THINK SO!  That’s not the way I treat patients though – they trust me to make the best recommendation for them, not to toe some arbitrary company line.

But did Invisalign actually inform me of this when I signed up for the course or even bother calling me after they sent out the Press Release?   Does that sound ethical to you?  To take someone’s money and then tell them afterwards that I might not even be able to offer the service in 6 months?  Through professional Internet forums, I know that many doctors who recently took the certification course are so upset that there is talk of a class-action lawsuit for breach of contract.

If you haven’t noticed, there has been a sudden and steep decline in Align’s stock price over the last 2 weeks, too.  Probably not a coincidence, as there are rumors that as many as 10,000 dentists and orthodontists will no longer be able to offer Invisalign after Dec. 31st, 2009.  Many are already quitting on their own, and we are looking for alternatives, and the good news is that there are alternatives!

Look for more announcements on options we offer for Adult, Cosmetic Braces for Smile Makeovers with no drilling!

Needless to say, I am only 1 of MANY dentists who has cancelled our “certification” course reservations, who are calling for refunds of our money, and who have decided, “Hey, there are other options to InvisAlign for my patients, and they’re less expensive and work better, too!”

June 9, 2009 Posted by | ANNOUNCEMENTS, Cosmetic dentistry, Short-Term Orthodontics, Six-Month Braces, Smile Makeover | , , , , , , | Leave a comment