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

Achieve a Flawless Smile with Dental Bonding By Charles A. Porter III, DDS on October 13, 2014

Close up of a woman's bright, white smile Don't let dental flaws keep you from sharing your smile. Dental bonding alone, or combined with general dentistry, can correct a variety of dental imperfections to reveal a stunning smile. To learn more about the use of dental bonding, we offer this overview from Charlotte dentist Charles A. Porter.

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a quick, painless cosmetic dentistry treatment used to correct dental flaws and imperfections. During dental bonding treatment, a putty-like resin is applied to the teeth. This resin is shaded to match the surrounding teeth or it can be made a brighter white to improve overall dental color. While the resin is still malleable, it is shaped to the desired size and appearance. Once the desired appearance is achieved, the resin is cured, or hardened, with a special light. After the curing process, the bonded teeth are finely shaped and polished to complete treatment. In most cases, treatment can be completed in a single dental visit but may require additional visits depending on the needs of the patient.

What Are the Uses of Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a perfect treatment for masking dental flaws and improving overall dental aesthetics. There are many uses for dental bonding, all of which result in a gorgeous smile. Some popular uses for dental bonding include the treatment of such issues as:

  • Misshaped teeth: Jagged, pointed, or otherwise misshaped teeth can be reshaped with dental bonding treatment.
  • Oversized or undersized teeth: When teeth are too large or too small, it can make the smile look disproportioned and cause embarrassment. With dental bonding, the teeth can be adjusted to any size.
  • Deep stains: For some people with deep stains, even professional whitening treatments are not strong enough to restore dental brightness. Fortunately, dental bonding can be made in any shade of white to brighten the most deeply stained teeth. 
  • Minor fractures or chips: Small chips or fractures can be repaired with dental bonding, restoring the appearance of the teeth and preventing further damage.
  • Minor decay: Minor cavities can be treated with dental bonding, preventing the embarrassment of noticeable metal fillings.
  • Gaps between teeth: Gaps between teeth can be quickly and easily closed with dental bonding treatment.

Candidates for Dental Bonding

Dental bonding can improve the appearance of a number of dental issues, however, it is not suitable for all patients. Candidates for dental bonding should have generally healthy teeth and gums. Though dental bonding is used to treat decay and fractures, these types of damage must be minor. For more extensive decay or damage, alternative restorative dentistry treatments are available. Some alternative treatments include porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays, and dental crowns.

Find Out if Dental Bonding Is Right for You!

If the appearance of your teeth has left you feeling embarrassed, dental bonding may be the right treatment for you. Dental bonding can mask many dental issues, restoring the appearance of your smile and improving confidence. To find out if dental bonding is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Potter 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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