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May 2018

How is Puppy Fur like Baby Teeth?

G’DAY, MATE! Buster here (I’m Dr. Pitner’s Australian Labradoodle), and I am so excited for summer to finally begin. I know summer is just around the corner because I’ve been shedding my puppy coat. Australian labradoodles only shed once in our lives, when we lose our puppy fur and grow our permanent coat. It’s kind of like how kids lose their baby teeth, except there’s no “Fur

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September 2017

New Beginnings – and Tears That Come With Them

I’ve spent about half of my life in school; 12 years from elementary through high school, four years in college, three years in grad school when I still wanted to go into art history, seven years of dental school, and a few more years of schooling here and there. After all that time, to me, the new year doesn’t start in January. It starts in August or September with the first day of school. I’ve

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April 2017

“My Dentist Told Me I Couldn’t Have Invisalign”: Busting the Myths about Invisalign

Almost every day I meet someone who says “I’d love to have Invisalign®, but my dentist said I didn’t qualify” or “My friend had Invisalign and said it doesn’t work.” And every time I get to tell them that EVERYONE can choose Invisalign for their orthodontic treatment if that is what they prefer. So why do these myths exist? Let’s look at them one by one: 1) “My dentist said I wasn’t

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January 2017

Is Invisalign right for you?

For some people, the thought of 1-2 years in braces sounds like serving time in teeth prison!  If that is you, the great news is that we now have new and better options such as Invisalign. For those who don’t know much about Invisalign, here is the “cut to the chase” version. Invisalign is a completely different system for moving your teeth than braces. Instead of brackets and wires, a 3-D

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January 2017

A Brand-New Book — 9 Years in the Making – from Dr. Pitner

Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is off to a great start for everyone. I know these first weeks have been very exciting for me. As of this month, I am now a published author, and my book, Improve Your Smile, Transform Your Life: A Guide to Orthodontics for Adults, is now available. Getting my book ready has been a huge undertaking. Depending on how you look at it, I have either been working on this book

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December 2016

The Best Kept Secret in Orthodontics – Hidden Lingual Braces

Did you know that you can straighten your teeth invisibly with no aligners to remove or anything covering up your smile? It’s true with lingual braces – the best kept secret in orthodontics. Getting a better smile can be your secret with braces that are hidden on the back of your teeth (best known as lingual braces since they are attached to the tongue side of your teeth). You probably know

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