Why Settle for Less?

Have you ever eaten at Panera Bread?

We’re big fans of Panera. While it’s technically “fast food,” it’s pretty healthy and nourishing. Their salads are delicious and fresh, the soups are awesome, and, of course, the bread…

The bread is sort of their guiding ethos. Panera started out as a bakery. A couple in Missouri started the St. Louis Bread Company in 1987 and were so good at what they did that they were bought by Au Bon Pain Company. In 1997, Au Bon Pain changed the name to “Panera,” which is like the Spanish word for “breadbasket,” and they were off and running. Now they have around 2,000 locations and had almost $8 billion in revenue last year.

But the bread…

They make all of their dough in central commissaries and then ship it out to their restaurants. Once at the restaurants, they bake them – daily. Right there. So, the bread is fresh-from-the-oven. They’re very particular about their produce and deli meats as well. They want to know where it came from and how it was raised, so that what you eat is as clean and natural as possible. They were also the first restaurant to list calorie counts on their menus.

They have a lock-down on their soups as well. Much like the bread, they start the soups in a commissary, flash freeze it, and then send it out. Panera workers can then finish the soups, and what you end up with is about as fresh as you can get in a fast-food restaurant.

Panera says it all on their website: “Great-tasting, clean food.”

There are a ton of places to get a sandwich or a bowl of soup, but it’s not going to be Panera.

That’s sort of how we feel about Invisalign®.

To be honest, we’re somewhat biased. We’ve seen amazing results from our Invisalign® patients. We’re a Diamond Plus provider, which means that we’re recognized internationally for our level of expertise and service. That puts us in the top 1% of orthodontists who use Invisalign®. Dr. Gardner is a nationally recognized expert and teaches students and other orthodontists how to use Invisalign® in their treatments.

We’ve been working with Invisalign® since 2001 and have found that Invisalign® clear aligners are able to provide excellent results for a wide range of cases. We’ve had many patients who thought that their particular smile was too complicated for clear aligners, but we’ve been able to develop treatment plans using Invisalign® that truly changed their grin.

There are other options out there, much like there are other places to grab a sandwich. But Invisalign® pretty much invented the clear aligner. They’ve spent years conducting research – and working with orthodontists like Dr. Gardner to see the results! – and have refined their product based on successful treatments. They don’t skimp on materials and are dedicated to providing a superior product that helps to create amazing smiles. And because we’ve been working with Invisalign® for so long, we’ve seen their technology evolve to create an even better patient experience for you as well.

We try to make it easier for folks to realize their best smile. We offer virtual consultations. Your first consultation – whether virtual or in-person – is free. We have two convenient locations, flexible payment plans, and on-time appointments to accommodate your busy schedule.

We like going to Panera because their product is really good, and we know what to expect. Invisalign® is our aligner of choice for much the same reason.

Gardner & La Rochelle Orthodontics in Richmond, VA