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Invisalign®

Clear Aligner Therapy in North Carolina

One of the main worries people have with traditional braces is the aesthetic impact of the metalwork on their smiles. At CarolinasDentist, we understand the appeal of utilizing practically invisible clear aligners. The beauty of Invisalign® is that patients can achieve straighter smiles quickly, comfortably, and discreetly.

Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of custom-made aligning trays. CarolinasDentist is a Diamond Plus Invisalign provider, and our knowledgeable and experienced team will design and create a new set of custom, high-quality trays every few weeks to fit your new tooth configuration. As long as you follow your treatment plan and attend occasional orthodontic check-ups, you should have a straight, symmetrical smile in no time!

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Invisalign & Orthodontics

Unfortunately, not everyone has the straight, confident smile they want. But at CarolinasDentist, we firmly believe that everyone deserves to have one. So, if you’re tired of dealing with a crooked or gapped smile, we can help straighten your teeth with orthodontics. And overall, it’s not just about the cosmetic benefits—straight teeth can also help you avoid a number of dental issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and difficulty chewing.

Orthodontics can fix:

  • Crowding
  • Spacing
  • Protruding teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites

Why choose a Diamond Invisalign provider?

It’s becoming more popular for dental practices to offer Invisalign treatment for their patients, but how do you know if your Invisalign provider is well-qualified to design and implement your custom orthodontic treatment? While everyone has to complete Invisalign’s Fundamental Course, dental professionals who complete between 300 and 400 Invisalign cases per year are considered Diamond level providers due to their experience level. This is not an easy or simple feat. In fact, only 1% of the world’s Invisalign providers reach Diamond status!

Choosing a Diamond provider helps assure patients that their Invisalign treatment plan will be very comfortable, efficient, and effective, as they are being treated by a very experienced professional who helps hundreds of patients smile more confidently every single year.

Invisalign FAQs

It all begins with mapping your treatment plan. We will take digital impressions of your teeth using an iTero® digital scanner to plan how to get your teeth from their current positions to your ideal smile. Then, we will send the impressions off to be made into your first set of custom aligners.

Every two weeks, you’ll pop in a new aligner, each one getting you closer and closer to your end results. You’ll only have to come in for a quick check-in about every six weeks so we can make sure everything is going smoothly, and we can provide you with your next set of custom aligners.

Patients wear their Invisalign aligners between 12 and 18 months on average, but your treatment length may differ depending on your unique orthodontic needs. A patient will likely need to wear their aligners for a longer period of time if they have moderate to severe malocclusion or more advanced orthodontic needs. Wearing your clear aligners as directed is also essential because not wearing them often enough can lead to your treatment time being extended.

When you first begin wearing clear aligners, there is usually an adjustment period where your teeth have to get used to being gently shifted. It’s normal to feel some pain and discomfort during this time. We recommend using over-the-counter pain medication and applying dental wax to particularly sore areas to reduce any discomfort, and if you have any additional questions or concerns for our team, feel free to get in touch with our office.

Invisalign is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. The price also depends on how complex your case is. If you’re at all concerned about whether or not you can afford Invisalign treatment, please let us know. CarolinasDentist is a Diamond level Invisalign provider, and while we offer very high-quality orthodontic care, we are also committed to providing various payment methods, including an in-house dental plan and financing, to make it easier for all of our patients to achieve their dream smiles.

Invisalign used to be reserved for patients who had minor orthodontic issues. Today, Invisalign can be utilized by virtually anyone who wants to straighten their teeth. Invisalign is a great option for patients who are responsible and committed to wearing their aligners as often as possible. If you want to straighten your smile and you like all of the benefits that Invisalign has to offer, please schedule a consultation with our team. We would be happy to assess your smile to see if Invisalign is the perfect option for you!

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Clifton Cameron

Founder, Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Clifton Cameron founded CarolinasDentist in 2013 with a vision to create an unparalleled patient experience and transform the dental industry. His passion for leadership and technology has shaped CarolinasDentist as the premier dental group in the Carolinas, with over 40 affiliated doctors, 16 doctor partners, and practices that boast the latest and greatest dental technology.

Dr. Cameron also serves as Chief Dental Officer for Lightwave Dental and is an esteemed member of the Invisalign Faculty, where he trains doctors and teams on the digital workflow of clear aligners across the US, Canada, and the UK. Dr. Cameron boasts an impressive career, including 15 years in private practice, where he also played a pivotal role in educating dental students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as an Adjunct Faculty at the East Carolina School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Cameron holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University, a DDS degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has earned a prestigious Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry. His diverse background and extensive experience make him a valuable asset to the dental industry as a frequent guest on numerous dental and entrepreneurial podcasts. He loves serving others as well and is a frequent volunteer locally and internationally through a variety of mission trip experiences.

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Gabrielle Smallwood

Senior Regional Director

Gabrielle, a seasoned professional, began her journey with CarolinasDentist in 2015 as the Practice Manager for the Fayetteville location. Swiftly showcasing her passion for growth and effective leadership, she transformed her Fayetteville team into the largest and most profitable practice in the CarolinasDentist network, earning her a spot on the CarolinasDentist Leadership Team in 2018.

Her impact extended behind the scenes, where Gabrielle played a pivotal role in facilitating CarolinasDentist's partnership with Lightwave. Recognizing her contributions, she was promoted in 2020 to Regional Director of Operations for Lightwave and Integrator for CarolinasDentist. A firm believer in the EOS Operating Platform, Gabrielle exemplifies her commitment to streamlined operations which helped her earn her promotion to Senior Regional Director of Operations.

Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Gabrielle is a proud graduate of Slippery Rock University, holding a degree in Health Services Administration. She brings a wealth of leadership experience from multi-location medical and dental practices. Her dedication to continuous improvement is evident in her enthusiasm for professional development and executive coaching.

Now based in Raleigh, NC, with her husband Nathan, Gabrielle shares her home with her two furry companions, Teddy and Peach, who are likely familiar faces on her Teams calls. Outside work, she loves getting lost in books and finds joy in diving into DIY projects, effortlessly merging her love for stories with hands-on creativity. With a book in one hand and a toolbox in the other, she brings literature and craftsmanship together in her own unique way.

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Lourdes Sisk

Marketing Director

Lourdes's journey in the professional landscape has been a rich tapestry woven through multiple industries. With over 20 years of experience, she has honed her skills across different sectors, gaining invaluable insights that enrich her strategic approach to marketing. At the core of Lourdes's leadership style is her ability to blend creativity with analytical prowess. This versatility allows her to approach challenges with a holistic perspective, ensuring that every aspect of the business is considered in the pursuit of strategic goals. Customer satisfaction lies at the heart of Lourdes's philosophy. Her customer-centric approach permeates every aspect of the marketing strategies she crafts, ensuring that our efforts resonate with our audience and create lasting connections. Lourdes embodies an entrepreneurial spirit that fuels innovation and drives growth.

Beyond the boardroom, Lourdes is a music enthusiast who finds inspiration in the rhythm and melodies that surround her. Her love for music reflects her creative spirit and adds a unique dimension to her leadership style. Lourdes cherishes her role as a loving spouse and a pet parent to three fur babies. Her commitment to family values extends beyond the workplace, fostering a culture of care and compassion among the team.

Lourdes is far more than our Director of Marketing; she is a multifaceted leader whose journey, skills, and passions converge to create a unique and powerful force within our organization. Her customer-centric approach, entrepreneurial spirit, and love for both her work and personal life make her an inspiring leader, shaping the future of marketing at CarolinasDentist.

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Lauren Collins

Hygiene Director

In 2018, Lauren Collins, originally from sunny Santa Rosa, California, happily joined the CarolinasDentist team in Raeford after graduating with a dental hygiene degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Lauren's positive energy and dedication to oral health quickly propelled her into the role of Hygiene Lead for the Raeford office in 2019.

Riding on the wave of her infectious enthusiasm, Lauren went on to apply for and secure the position of Hygiene Director in 2021. In this role, she supports and mentors all hygienists across CarolinasDentist, creating a workplace filled with positivity and professional growth.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Lauren’s life is enriched by her love for animals. Currently sharing her home with two dogs and three cats, she exemplifies her caring nature not only in her career but also in her personal life. An outdoor enthusiast, she finds joy in kayaking and soaking up the beauty of nature. Lauren's lively personality shines in her social life, where laughter and shared references from The Office are always on the agenda.

Engaged to be married, Lauren cherishes the moments spent with her fiancé, laying the foundation for a future brimming with love and shared adventures. Lauren Collins symbolizes a fulfilling professional journey where her love for healthcare effortlessly merges with her love of caring for people. Her appreciation for life's simple and delightful moments adds a layer of joy to her overall career experience.

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Sam Cernosek

Revenue Cycle Manager

Samantha Cernosek, a native Texan and proud alumna of Texas Tech University, moved to North Carolina in 2015. Her professional journey with CarolinasDentist began in May of 2016 and quickly led to a passion for the intricacies of dental insurance.

Her expertise lies in navigating the complexities of the dental revenue cycle, ensuring optimal financial performance for the practices. With an acute understanding of industry nuances, Samantha has implemented strategic financial solutions, enhancing revenue streams and contributing significantly to the practices’ growth and stability.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Samantha enjoys a variety of fitness activities, particularly cycling and self-defense with a focus on Krav Maga. In addition, she is an animal enthusiast, caring for three dogs of her own and actively contributing her time to volunteer at local rescues.

Paulina Franco

Area Manager

In 2017, Paulina Franco Gil earned her degree as Chemical Engineer from the University of Antioquia. The Colombian native who found her heart divided between the vibrant valley of Medellin, Colombia, and the rolling landscapes of North Carolina moved to the US in 2018, where she not only found a new home but also the love of her life. Paulina embarked on a journey of resilience and adaptability being a proud military wife.

Joining CarolinasDentist in 2021 as a Treatment Coordinator in the Raeford location, Paulina swiftly climbed the professional ladder. Within a year, she transitioned from Treatment Coordinator to Assistant Practice Manager and was promoted to Practice Manager. Another year unfolded, and the opportunity to serve as the Area Manager for the Sandhills region knocked on her door.

Paulina’s passion extends beyond the office walls. She thrives on helping others grow and achieve their goals. When she is not immersed in the world of dental management, she is fostering an active lifestyle. Paulina enjoys going to the gym and loves outdoor activities, whether it's soaking up the sun at the beach, conquering mountain trails on a bike, or skiing down snow-covered slopes during winter.

While Paulina’s heart is firmly rooted in Colombian traditions, her spirit embraces a global perspective. Traveling is her way of expanding horizons, and sampling international cuisine. Paulina lives by the philosophy that energy is neither created nor destroyed; it simply changes form. That means you!

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Bonnie Heath

Regional Director of Operations

Born in Missouri and raised near Baltimore, Maryland, Bonnie embarked on a journey that led to a fulfilling career in the dental field. Achieving an associate's degree from Carroll Community College laid the foundation for Bonnie's professional pursuits.

Initially entering the veterinary field, Bonnie transitioned to dentistry, drawn by a keen interest in dental hygiene and inspired by her mother, a seasoned dental assistant of over 25 years. However, upon entering the dental field, Bonnie discovered that her true passion lay not in the intricacies of a patient's mouth but in the gratification of helping patients and the joy of training and mentoring others.

In 2019, Bonnie joined CarolinasDentist, taking on the role of managing the Porters Neck location. As time progressed, Bonnie expanded her responsibilities to support the Wilmington and Triangle regions, showcasing leadership and dedication to the dental community.

Beyond the professional realm, she finds joy and balance in her personal life. She and her husband, Chase, have two dogs, who are more like children. Bonnie unwinds by playing beach volleyball, indulging in reading, and immersing herself in the world of music.