Dr. Leslie Pitner Delivers First Invisible Braces to Columbia, S.C., with Robots, Titanium and More

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Leslie Pitner, D.D.S, M.S., is expanding her orthodontic practice in Columbia, S.C., by offering iBraces, new 100 percent customized invisible braces designed for teenagers and adults seeking an aesthetic alternative to standard metal braces. Dr. Pitner, a Columbia native who graduated from Chapin High School in 1986, is one of the first orthodontists nationwide certified to offer this new system for straightening teeth.

Leslie Pitner, D.D.S, M.S., is expanding her orthodontic practice in Columbia, S.C., by offering iBraces, new 100 percent customized invisible braces designed for teenagers and adults seeking an aesthetic alternative to standard metal braces. Dr. Pitner, a Columbia native who graduated from Chapin High School in 1986, is one of the first orthodontists nationwide certified to offer this new system for straightening teeth.

iBraces, originally developed in Europe and widely used in Germany and France, were recently introduced in the United States. iBraces feature 100 percent customized brackets and wires designed for each patient and then fabricated using the latest in computer robotics and rapid prototyping technologies. iBraces are placed on the backside of the teeth so they are hidden from view. Because they are customized for each patient, they offer very efficient and effective treatment. iBraces are designed to ensure comfort for patients.

"Many patients, particularly adult professionals and older teens want to have their teeth straightened but are not comfortable wearing traditional braces," said Dr. Pitner. "I like being able to offer iBraces to patients. People want to improve their smile, but just don't want to have any visible braces. It is particularly good for individuals who may be interested in Invisalign, a commonly used mouth appliance intended to straighten teeth. Invisalign, however, has many limitations on what problems it can correct. Braces is a much better alternative for many patients who want to straighten their teeth invisibly."

"The typical patient is a teenager or adult who does not want to wear braces but needs orthodontic treatment," said Lea Nesbit, chief executive officer of Lingualcare, the makers of iBraces. "Patients range from boys and girls who play football and other high-impact sports to corporate executives," said Nesbit. "We are pleased to have progressive orthodontists like Dr. Pitner offering iBraces."

Dr. Leslie Pitner serves clients at three Pitner Orthodontics offices located in Columbia, Chapin and Newberry. She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 2002, where she was elected to membership in OKU, a dental honor society. She also completed her specialty certificate at UNC and received her master's of science in orthodontics in 2005. Dr. Pitner brings an eye for beauty and detail from her training in art and an enthusiasm for bringing that beauty to each patient's smile. In 1990, she received a bachelor's degree in art from Williams College, graduating with highest honors and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. In 1995, she completed a master's degree in art history at the University of Pennsylvania, and then decided to pursue a career in orthodontics. Visit http://www.drpitner.com for more information.

About iBraces
iBraces are produced by Lingualcare Inc. based in Dallas. The company provides North America's first complete, customized lingual orthodontic system for teens and adults. Founded in October 2002, Lingualcare serves orthodontists, dental professionals and consumers with excellent orthodontic products, training, services and support. More information is available online at http://www.ibraces.com.

Office Locations:
Pitner Orthodontics
5953 Wescot Road
Columbia, SC 29212

Pitner Orthodontics
814 Old Bush River Road
Chapin, SC 29036    

Pitner Orthodontics
1321 Hunt Street
Newberry, SC 29108

EDITOR'S NOTE:

  • LOCAL CUSTOMERs using iBraces are available for interviews
  • Photos of iBraces "in action" and Dr. Pitner are available upon request
  • Dr. Leslie Pitner is available for interviews
  • Lea Nesbit, founder and president of Lingualcare, is available for interviews

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