Invisalign Near Me

If you are looking for an Invisalign provider, you undoubtedly searched “Invisalign near me” and the answer was two million pages of results. Shorten your search and bookmark Pitner Orthodontics.

How Invisalign Rates Providers

Align Technologies uses a system of points to rate dentists and orthodontists providing Invisalign service. Each level corresponds with a set number of points:

  • Bronze – 0 Points
  • Silver – 5,000 Points
  • Gold – 24,000 Points
  • Gold Plus – 30,000 Points
  • Platinum – 60,000 Points
  • Platinum Plus – 100,000 Points
  • Diamond – 140,000 Points
  • Diamond Plus – 200,000 Points

Doctors earn points by providing treatment and the points are accumulated as follows:

  • Full Treatment — 1,000 Points
  • Teen Treatment — 1,000 Points
  • Assist Treatment — 1,000 Points

Dr. Pitner is rated as a Diamond Plus Invisalign Provider. There is no higher rating, which is why Pitner Orthodontics can boast that they are the best Invisalign provider in South Carolina.

Because your smile is a part of who you are, you want it in the best possible hands. Just fill out the Virtual Consultation request to get a start today.

Invisalign Near You

Invisalign is a system of nearly invisible alignment trays that are worn over your teeth. They gently nudge your teeth into the correct position. Since the trays are removable, you don’t have to worry about special diets. Simply remove the trays for eating and drinking, then brush and floss before reinserting the trays.

Although using Invisalign does require some dedication from you, they are an excellent way to improve your smile without the stigma of traditional braces. You will need to wear the trays for 20 to 22 hours per day. If you skimp on the daily wearing, your treatment period may be longer. You are in charge of your treatment with Invisalign.

Even if you have been told in the past that you don’t qualify for Invisalign treatment, we encourage you to take advantage of our free consultation. Our Smile Assessment, a $249 value, includes digital x-rays and complete smile analysis. Simply use the handy “Virtual Consultation” button on our website to begin your journey to a great smile.

If the cost concerns you, relax. During your Smile Assessment, we will discuss cost, insurance options, and easy payment programs. Our goal is to make your smile perfect and we can’t do that if you’re frowning!

Invisalign is perfect for busy teens and adults. They are almost invisible and most people won’t even realize you are wearing braces.

Ditch the Rest and Go With the Best

Ditch your search results and bookmark Pitner Orthodontics. When it comes to your smile, why settle when you can have the best? With three offices in South Carolina, there is definitely one near you. Dr. Pitner is eager to be your Invisalign provider.

Columbia Office:
5953 Wescott Rd., Columbia, SC 29212
Phone: (803) 667-3909

Chapin Office:
814 Old Bush River Rd., Chapin, SC 29036
Phone: (803) 345-6767

Pitner Downtown: Orthodontics for Adults:
1201 Main St., Suite 900, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 408-7372

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Don’t wait — set up your Free Smile Assessment today.

Orthodontist Near Me

An internet search for “orthodontist near me” may deliver a few local suggestions. However, are those the best orthodontists for you? Whether your dentist referred you to an orthodontist, or you are just looking, you might be feeling overwhelmed.

Looking for an orthodontist in the Columbia, SC area? Look no further than Pitner Orthodontics. While many orthodontists require a general dentist referral, Dr. Leslie Pitner does not. Your first consultation is free, so you really have nothing to lose.

Advantages of Invisalign

An orthodontist is a smile specialist. Pitner Orthodontics offers Invisalign for adults and teens, early evaluation for younger children, and an entire office dedicated to serving adult patients.

Dr. Pitner has helped more adults and teens in South Carolina than any other Invisalign provider.

Among the advantages of Invisalign:

  • No emergency visits due to broken wires or braces
  • Less frequent appointments
  • Less discomfort
  • No dietary restrictions
  • No problems with brushing and flossing
  • Almost invisible

If you think you may be a candidate for the Invisalign tray alignment system, sign up for your free initial consultation today.

Free Initial Consultation

At Pitner Orthodontics, we don’t deal in surprises. The New Patient Smile Assessment Pack is absolutely FREE. That’s right – a $249 value – when you sign up for an initial online consultation. The package includes digital x-rays and a complete Smile Assessment.

After your Smile Assessment, Dr. Pitner will develop an orthodontic treatment plan for you. Depending on your individual needs, your treatment plan may vary. You will have a projected treatment period and an approximate cost.

Whether you have misaligned teeth, gap teeth, or other issues, Pitner Orthodontics can improve your smile. It’s free to get more details – just fill out the free assessment contact form.

Check Us out Online

If you want more information about the Pitner Orthodontics offices, please visit our social media pages. Because connecting with you is important, we are available on several platforms. In addition, we have a dedicated website to offer an easy way to contact us.

Our Instagram page features testimonials and interesting information about teeth. Although, we also post uplifting material and general information to keep you up-to-date on current issues.

On Facebook, You will find current information and we’ll even help you clean out your closets.

On Twitter, Buster will entertain you or just keep you company on lonely days.

Orthodontist Near Me -- Buster the dog waiting patiently outside the coffee shop

No matter what your social media vice is, we are there.

Three Locations to Serve You

Pitner Orthodontics first opened in 1973 and now has three local offices for your convenience:

Chapin Office
814 Old Bush River Rd., Chapin, SC 29036
(803) 345-6767

Columbia Office
5953 Wescott Rd., Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 667-3909

Pitner Downtown: Orthodontics for Adults
1201 Main St., Suite 900, Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 408-7372

As an expert with Invisalign, Dr. Pitner is ready to help you get your smile on. Contact us today for your free initial consultation.

Kelsey’s Invisalign Journey – Day One

 

My name is Kelsey and I am 28 years-old and a second time patient of Dr. Pitner. I had braces for years when I was younger. I got them in the third grade (I was the first of my friends and thought they were the coolest.) This photo of me is days after I got my braces put on and I couldn’t have been prouder at the time.

Fast forward to high school and college: After I got my braces off, there were years that went by that I didn’t wear my retainer. my teeth shifted noticeably. However, I was interested in a less obvious way of fixing my teeth that didn’t involve metal and wires as I was pushing 30. Invisalign had been something I thought I would do eventually but I never made plans to talk to someone about it. My last dentist appointment confirmed that it was a solution for fixing a gap between molars that was created when I got my wisdom teeth out, I thought it was a good time to speak to someone about my options. After all, it was going to fix a potential dental health problem as well as improve my smile cosmetically!

When I sat in the chair at Dr. Pitners office I was feeling a little nervous and excited. I had been for a consultation visit about a month ago when a few x-rays and photos were taken and had been patiently awaiting the day to come back and get the retainers.

Throughout my consultation I was unbelievably impressed with how seamless the process was. It had been 15 years since I last saw my orthodontist and technology has changed so much! The x-rays and photos took minutes and I was qualified shortly for being a good candidate for Invisalign. I met Dr. Pitner and she was so friendly and answered any questions or concerns I had about starting Invisalign as an adult and shortly after decided to get started!

DAY ONE.

Fast forward three weeks later, I walked into Dr. Pitners office to pick up my Invisalign retainers and attachments put on. I was first shown a rendered photo of where attachments would be glued to my teeth and it increased the nervousness because I was surprised by how many there were and feared they would be so noticeable. Glueing them on took all of 5 minutes – they put the attachments on my teeth all at once using a pre-made clear retainer and when I looked in the mirror, they really were barely noticeable. I could feel the small bumps vaguely but I knew I would get used to the new feeling in no time. Next I was given my 12 weeks of retainers and put the first one on. It fit snug right over the new attachments on my teeth and I practiced taking them in and out like I would before I ate.  I was completely surprised at how fast and seamless this whole process had been because I remembered braces appointments taking much longer and being more intense as a kid (but that’s also just my 9 year-old memory).

Dr. Pitner then met with me to go over what to expect. She said there would be some expected soreness for a day or two and also some adjustments talking with the retainers in. She showed me digitally how my teeth would straighten during the 9 months and it was amazing to watch my teeth on the screen. To end the appointment, she gave me her cell number if I had any questions and really just put me at ease.

 

I’ll be updating this blog regularly along my 9 month Invisalign journey. Stay tuned!

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 Fairy.” If there was, I would be swimming in treats! Mom combs out my fur so it doesn’t mat, and when she’s done, she says there’s enough fur lying on the ground for another Buster!

The preventative brushing my mom does while I’m losing my puppy coat is a lot like when parents bring their kids into the office while they’re losing their baby teeth. Scheduling an appointment before the permanent teeth come in can prevent serious dental problems down the road. With a brief exam, an orthodontist can determine whether a young patient’s permanent teeth risk overcrowding as they come in, if they have an overbite or underbite that needs to be addressed, and even make sure there are permanent teeth waiting to come in.

Did you know that 10 percent of the population is missing one or more of their permanent teeth (not due to loss or extraction)? This means that if the baby tooth is lost, there’s nothing to replace it, which can lead to a lot of problems. The surrounding teeth will start to shift into the gap, and without a tooth to fill in that area of the jaw, the bone around the missing tooth will deteriorate. Plus, missing a tooth can lead to problems with self-confidence in kids.

Missing teeth should be replaced by an implant, but patients can’t get dental implants until age 18. Fortunately, with proper care, a baby tooth can be kept in place until an implant can be added. But first, parents need to know the risks their child faces. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children be evaluated by age 7 so an orthodontist can check to make sure the child’s teeth and jaw are developing correctly.

Dental health is important for the whole family, even for those who still have their baby teeth. A little preventative care can make sure everyone gets to keep smiling (and wagging their tail) for a long time!

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 always loved the fresh start a new school year represents. I love buying new supplies, like clean notebooks and just the right pens — because obviously you’ll be way smarter if you have just the right pen. The new year is an open book of possibilities, and I still get excited about that thought. Though, to be completely honest, while I’ve always loved the idea of a new school year, I’ve always hated the first few weeks.

A new school year brings a lot of change, and while I like change, I absolutely hate it at first! Everything is different on the first day of school. New classrooms, new teachers, new schedules … and I always ended up with the worst of everything! At least, that’s what I would tell my parents every day after school. To me, those first two or three weeks of the new were a nightmare.  You’d have thought it was the end of times with the way I carried on.

When I came home in the afternoons, I always brought with me horror stories about how mean my new teachers were and how awful everything was and how I wouldn’t be able to survive. I honestly don’t know why my parents didn’t stop me with, “Enough, Leslie! You do this every year.” They probably did at some point, but I’m sure I insisted that this year was different. Of course, it wasn’t different. After a few weeks, my anxieties would subside, I’d enjoy the year, and I’d forget all about my horrors until the next year started.

You’d think all of this trauma I experienced would have put me off school, but I kept going back. It wasn’t until dental school that I stopped facing the start of school with such dread. It took a long time for me to learn that even if things start out rough, they often get better after a little time. Now this is a lesson I teach many of my patients.

The first few weeks of wearing braces will be horrible. Whether you’re dealing with traditional braces, lingual braces, or Invisalign, it’s going to feel like the worst decision you’ve ever made. Food will get stuck, you will have to relearn how to brush and floss, and you’ll have to remember to put the plastic aligner back in after you’re done eating. But by week three, I promise things will seem so much easier.

Anytime we start something new, it’s hard. It might be braces, a new hobby, a new job, or the first day of school. In the beginning, everything feels challenging, and we might not remember why we wanted to do this thing in the first place. And then, all of a sudden, it’s easy again. No matter the tears, trauma, and drama, it gets better. We just need to give it a little time. After 30-plus years of school, I can say that for a fact.

“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 a candidate”

General dentists can and do offer Invisalign to their patients. However, because they are not trained as orthodontists, they are only able to offer limited treatment with Invisalign. Orthodontists can treat anything – not matter what your problem is. Invisalign is a tool, just as brackets and wires are a tool, and your success is a result of how well the tool is used. Because Invisalign has a brand name, some people think they are going to get the same thing, no matter who the doctor is. But it is better to think of Invisalign as a software company that prints aligners. Your doctor directs the outcome and how you will get there, just the same as with braces. Your process and success depends on your doctor.

You may even have seen an orthodontist who says you can’t have your treatment with Invisalign. That is just a reflection of his or her experience and comfort with aligners. I have found that I can treat virtually anyone to a successful result with Invisalign aligners, but I have worked to gain the experience and confidence to know that I can deliver the smile you deserve.

2) “My friend had Invisalign and said it doesn’t work.”

There is no doubt – Invisalign works! So if you have a friend who was not successful, either your friend was the problem or the person directing treatment was the problem. Invisalign requires you to wear the aligners 21-22 hours a day – any less and the teeth won’t move properly. On the other hand, without a well designed treatment plan, even the most faithful person may not get the result they hoped for.

I hope that I may have busted some myths you believed about Invisalign. The best way to learn more is to take advantage of our free consultation to see how easy it can be to get your best smile.