Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Instant Orthodontics: A Straighter Smile in Two Office Visits By Charles A. Porter III, DDS on June 21, 2014

A woman with beautifully aligned teethEven if you have structurally sound teeth and good bite alignment, crooked and gapped teeth can take a huge toll on your smile and your confidence. Fortunately, at our Charlotte practice, we offer instant orthodontics, using porcelain veneers to quickly correct the appearance of slightly crooked teeth. Thanks to this innovative cosmetic treatment, you can enjoy a stunning smile without the embarrassment and inconvenience of traditional braces. To learn more about instant orthodontics and to find out if it is right for you, contact Charles A. Porter, III, D.D.S.

What Is Instant Orthodontics?

Instant orthodontics is designed to enhance the cosmetic appearance of your smile. During your initial consultation, Dr. Porter will closely examine your dental alignment to create a personalized treatment plan that will address your specific needs. Porcelain veneers are the primary component of instant orthodontic treatment; these fabrications can be placed on the teeth to make the teeth appear more uniform and aligned.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain shaped like the front of your teeth. Before placing veneers, Dr. Porter will create a highly personalized treatment plan, and he will show you a digital mockup, so you can see what you will look like following your treatment. Then he will remove a tiny amount of enamel from the front of your teeth. After this step, he will take impressions of your teeth. If you choose traditional veneers, he will send this data to a dental lab, where ceramists will create your veneers. You may also select CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) restorations, which will be fabricated here in the office. No matter which one you choose, you will receive veneers that match the shape and tint of your teeth.

When your veneers are finished, Dr. Porter will carefully etch the front of your teeth and attach them with dental resin. Dr. Porter also offers no-prep veneers, which do not involve enamel removal. However, he typically prefers traditional veneers, since he feels that they offer a more lifelike appearance.

What Problems Can Veneers Correct?

Veneers have an impressive array of applications, which is one reason that they have become an increasingly popular procedure in recent years. They are often used to conceal stains, cracks, and chips. However, Dr. Porter can also use them to correct problems that, in the past, could only be addressed with extensive orthodontic treatment. In many situations, veneers can close gaps between your teeth, change the appearance of slightly crooked teeth, and enhance the shape of uneven teeth.

Am I a Candidate for Instant Orthodontics?

Veneers can’t correct bite alignment issues such as overbites, underbites, or crossbites. These conditions will not only affect your appearance; they could also cause serious oral health issues such as bruxism or TMJ disorder. Therefore, if you suffer from malocclusion, you may want to seek traditional orthodontic treatment. However, if you have a healthy bite, but you are embarrassed by crooked or gapped teeth, instant orthodontics may be a great treatment for you.

Schedule Your Consultation

You shouldn’t have to live with the embarrassment of crooked teeth. To learn more about instant orthodontics and to find out if this treatment is a good option for you, call our office today.

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Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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