Ever since we started doing six-month braces about five years ago, the number of smile makeovers that we’ve done with porcelain veneers has dropped dramatically. This is because we can create beautiful smiles much more conservatively with six-month braces than we can with veneers, simply because there is no drilling on the teeth. There are times however, when porcelain veneers are an excellent option. Caroline’s case is a perfect example of how the two can work together: we first used six-month braces to straighten her teeth, then whitened them. Finally, we used our CEREC CAD/CAM machine to make to 2 porcelain veneers right in our office, in a single appointment to complete the smile makeover by matching her peg lateral incisors to match the rest of her smile.
If you are interested in learning more about either porcelain veneers or 6MonthSmiles, please contact us at either 704-364-7069, or Request an Appointment Online.
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!”
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 Google.com and do a search for “braces charlotte,” and guess what – my website www.SmilesbyPayet.com 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 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.
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.
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
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.
ALIGN Technology, the company that makes Invisalign orthodontic aligners, has not yet made any indication that they will be reversing their decision on June 1st to require dentists and orthodontists to do a minimum of 10 cases each year and complete 10 hours of their Continuing Education courses each year. The backlash among dentists and orthodontists, however, continues to get stronger, as this is a fairly blatant move by a for-profit corporation to intrude on a doctor’s autonomy and decision-making rights as to which cases are appropriate for Invisalign and which are not. Several professional organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry and the New York State Dental Association, are already responding with letters to ALIGN Technology’s Board of Directors and President, stating that there is simply no evidence that the so-called “proficiency requirements” have any basis in science, and unless they can come up with something to substantiate the claims the company is making, they should immediately withdraw the requirements. If ALIGN Technology continues on this course, patients should fully expect to see an enormous drop in the availability of Invisalign as more and more dentists and orthodontists simply drop their service.
The good news is that there are alternatives to Invisalign, and they work as well or better, AND they’re even less expensive! For some info and examples, check out our Six-Month Smiles in Charlotte! Then you can Request a Complimentary Consultation to see how fast you can feel good about your smile again with straight, white teeth! And if you’re concerned about cost, if you sign up for our Dental Discount Plan or choose Interest-Free Payment Plans with Care Credit, you can save some real money, too.
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 6MonthSmiles.com. That’s why I’ve now added a new logo to the into post on our blog and our website:
As I mentioned in a previous post on dental photography, I’ve been working to create Before/After videos of the different procedures we offer, and while they do take some time to put together, I am getting more of them completed. Here’s one that describes a little more about the process of Six-Month Braces and what we can do for you to create a more beautiful smile.