Can a “Regular” Dentist Do Braces? YES!

Rather recently, there have been some efforts by the American Association of Orthodontists to promote the specialty of orthodontics by – unfortunately IMO – “putting down” the ability of general dentists to straighten teeth, whether with InvisalignTM, conventional braces, or any other means.  In fact, on their website, they imply that it is a “myth” that general dentists can straighten teeth as well as an orthodontist.

Experience & Training Are Important

Is it true that orthodontists have 2-3 years of additional training after dental school, whereas we general or “family” dentists don’t?  Yup!  Definitely true.  Another important question to ask, however, is this,” Just how hard is it really to make teeth straight with braces?”

Well, in my not-so-humble-opinion, with some good training, it’s not all that hard compared to many of the other things we general dentists do!  And when you add to that the fact that I’ve been doing braces for about 7 years, along with the training in comprehensive reconstructive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and a few other things, I think I can safely say I have both the experience and training necessary to give YOU a great result.

Six Month Braces Patient of Dr. Payet

I present to you the Before-and-After photos of a young lady, 17 years old to be exact, who recently completed her orthodontic treatment in our office.  Yes – my patient, my pictures.  😀 You can click on the image to see it enlarged.

Straight teeth in just 7 months by Six Month Braces with Charlotte family dentist Dr. PayetThis young lady was referred to me by a current patient, and she is embarking on career in modeling and acting.  We had discussed that ideal orthodontic treatment for her would last 18 months or so, but that would have majorly interfered with some big events, and I also knew we could make a tremendous difference for her with our Six Month Braces.  She knew we couldn’t get the ideal outcome in advance, but it would be an acceptable compromise.

Now…….looking at the After photos on the right, how happy do you think she is?  And her Mom?  And her agent?  Is she ready for a modeling/acting career with a great smile?  YOU BET!

If you’re looking for a straight, white smile and don’t want to spend 2-3 years in braces, here’s your chance.


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