Do you have crooked, gapped, or misaligned teeth but don't want to bother with obvious metal wires and brackets?

Invisalign® is a discreet orthodontic alternative that can correct a variety of alignment issues using clear trays.

Dr. Charles A. Porter and Dr. Robert E. Porter in Charlotte, NC, offer this trusted orthodontic treatment to give you a beautiful smile. 

The Oral Health Benefits of Invisalign Treatment

Misaligned or crowded teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss properly. When you correct these orthodontic issues, you will be able to better maintain your oral health. If you have a misaligned bite, you may also be at risk for painful TMJ disorder symptoms. By aligning your bite with Invisalign, you can relieve stress on the TMJs.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign uses a series of clear aligner trays that are worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. Each tray gently guides your teeth into proper alignment, gradually straightening your smile. After a few weeks, instead of Dr. Charles Porter or Dr. Robert Porter bending and adjusting wires, you will switch to the next series of aligners to continue treatment. Treatment lasts about 12 to 18 months, leaving you with a straight, beautiful smile. 

A Straighter Smile With Clear Aligners
Call Today to See if Invisalign Treatment Is Right for You!

Orthodontic treatment options can be a little daunting. Porter Dental Group is here to help guide you through every step of treatment using Invisalign. We combine the latest technology with our skilled team, focusing on patient education to achieve the best results possible at our Charlotte, NC, dental office. Call us or send us a message today to see if Invisalign aligners are right for you.

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What Charlotte Patients Say
About Porter Dental Group


deb slatkin

Charlotte, NC


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I’ve been going here for 22 years, wonderful practice!

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Mark Bosco

Charlotte, NC


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Great service, efficient and friendly!

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No Orthodontist Required Our Dentists Can Guide Your Invisalign Treatment

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Orthodontists specialize in orthodontic issues; however, that doesn't mean our dentists do not have the skill or experience to help you. In fact, Dr. Charles A. Porter and Dr. Robert E. Porter provide a wide range of dental treatments so that you can address all your oral health needs at our Charlotte, NC, practice. No need to visit multiple doctors!

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Sondra S

Charlotte, NC


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Being new to the area, I dreaded finding a new dentist. This office was recommended by a neighbor and was a great find! Everyone was super friendly and efficient. Joy is a gentle hygienist which is big for me, and the doc was thorough and spent the time discussing any and all concerns. Very happy with this addition to my medical team!

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liz haywood

Charlotte, NC


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Dr. Porter just hooked it up with a whole new front bottom tooth and it looks sooooooooooo beautiful. I’m so pleased. The office is very punctual. My appointment was at 2 and the dentist was there at 2. They always remember who I am and what I do. Affordable. Fancy nice office.

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Candidates for Invisalign Treatment

Not everyone is a candidate for this orthodontic alternative. During your initial consultation at our Charlotte, NC, dental office, your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign. Candidates for clear aligners include:

Patients Committed to Wearing the Aligners

For optimal and timely results, patients must be committed to wearing their aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day. You will remove them to eat and to clean your teeth, but you must wear them consistently to achieve the proper results. 

Patients With Mild-to-Moderate Orthodontic Issues

While Invisalign is a great option for most bite issues, if your misalignment is severe, traditional orthodontics such as braces may be a better treatment option for you. We can connect you with an excellent orthodontist in the Charlotte area for more complex care.

Patients in Good Oral Health

Before you begin Invisalign treatment, you will need to be in good oral health, free from tooth decay or gum disease. Our Charlotte practice offers comprehensive treatments to address oral health issues and help you qualify for orthodontic treatment.

Patients Who Do Not Smoke

Smoking can cause a host of oral and general health issues, including an increased risk of gum disease. It is best to stop smoking before treatment begins and plan to stop permanently.

Clear Aligner Treatment With Invisalign

Invisalign is a discreet, easy-to-maintain orthodontic option that addresses mild-to-moderate orthodontic issues without bulky and uncomfortable metal wires and brackets.
Invisalign is a discreet, easy-to-maintain orthodontic option that addresses mild-to-moderate orthodontic issues without bulky and uncomfortable metal wires and brackets.

Initial Consultation With the Dentist

During your initial consultation, your dentist will examine your mouth and discuss your oral health history and goals with you to determine if Invisalign is your best treatment option. 

Taking Impressions of Your Bite

Next, your dentist will take impressions of your smile so your custom aligners can be crafted. Our dental practice uses digital impressions, eliminating the need for messy putty impressions.

Crafting Your Custom Aligners

Your impressions will be sent to a lab so your series of custom aligners can be crafted. Once they are ready, they will be sent back to our dental practice.

Wearing Your Invisalign Aligners

Once your Invisalign aligners arrive at our office, you will begin treatment by wearing the first set of trays. After about two to four weeks, you will switch to the next set in the series. Dr. Charles Porter or Dr. Robert Porter will provide you with the exact instructions you need, and you will see him for regular checkups so he can monitor your progress. 

Maintaining Your New Smile

When treatment is completed, it is highly suggested that you continue wearing an aligner to keep your teeth in their new, straighter position. Your dentist will discuss with you the optimal time to wear them. Most patients wear them at night while they sleep.

Start Your Journey to a Straighter Smile Call us to request an Invisalign consultation today

Crooked teeth and a misaligned bite don't just make your smile less attractive—they can also lead to further oral health issues. If you have been avoiding orthodontic treatment because you don't want the bulky metal hardware of traditional braces, Invisalign may be right for you. Have other oral health issues? By visiting our Charlotte dental practice instead of an orthodontist, you can undergo Invisalign treatment and more, all in one location. Our skilled dentists provide a wide range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry treatments. Straighten your smile and address other oral health concerns in one convenient location. 

Start your journey to a straighter smile by calling our practice in Charlotte, NC, or request an appointment using our online form.


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Sarah-Hamlin Naus

Charlotte, NC


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I adore everyone at Porter Dental Group. My teeth look fantastic and everyone is so lovely every time I come in, highly recommend!

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Esmé Market

Charlotte, NC


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Frankly, I will never go anywhere else as long as Dr. Porter and his fabulous staff are in business. They are that important in my life!

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Do Invisalign Aligners Hurt?

Invisalign clear aligners are made of smooth, BPA-free plastic, so they do not irritate your gums. There may be some mild discomfort as your teeth and mouth adjust to the new aligners. However, this shouldn't last more than a few days and should be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications. If you experience significant pain, contact our dental practice immediately so we can address it as soon as possible. 

Caring for Your Clear Aligners

Cleaning and maintaining your Invisalign aligners is easy. Here are a few tips to maintain your oral health and clear aligners during your orthodontic treatment:

Remove the Aligners Before Eating

Remove the aligners before eating to prevent damage to the trays. Be sure to rinse your Invisalign trays in cool water before you put them back in your mouth. Do not use hot water—it could warp your aligner trays.

Brush and Floss Your Teeth

Remove the aligners and brush and floss your teeth like normal. It is important to maintain good oral health throughout the course of your orthodontic treatment. 

Clean Your Aligner Trays

Keep your Invisalign trays clean by using a soft-bristled brush and a mild soap and water. Do not use toothpaste on your aligner trays.

Use a Case When Not in Use

When you are not wearing your clear aligners, put them in a protective case. This will help you avoid accidentally losing or damaging them.

Flexible Financing Available

We work with most insurance providers to reduce or eliminate your out-of-pocket costs with Invisalign treatment. However, we do not want financial barriers to prevent patients from seeking treatment. We accept CareCredit® financing and offer in-office financing options to help those who do not have insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Q. How long does Invisalign treatment take?

A. Your treatment timeline will depend on various factors, such as the severity of your orthodontic issues and whether you wear your aligners as needed to see the best results. The average treatment time is approximately 18 months. However, minor issues may require less time, and more severe issues may require 24 months or longer. 

Q. What should I do if I lose one of my aligners?

A. It is very important to wear your aligners for the prescribed time each day. If you lose one of your aligners, contact our Charlotte dentistry practice so we can address this issue promptly and provide a replacement for you. We highly recommend placing your aligners in a protective case when you are eating so you do not lose them. 

Q. Does insurance cover clear aligner treatment such as Invisalign?

A. Most insurance plans cover at least a portion of clear aligner treatment. However, your coverage may vary. We will verify your coverage before your treatment begins so you can properly plan and budget for your treatment ahead of time. 

Q. Are there age requirements or restrictions for Invisalign treatment?

A. Invisalign treatment is best for patients who are responsible enough to wear and maintain the aligners. Some young patients are more responsible than others, but dentists and orthodontists generally do not recommend Invisalign for those younger than their teen years. As far as an upper age limit goes, as long as your teeth are healthy enough for treatment and you can wear and maintain the aligners, it is never too late to straighten your smile

Q. Can I combine Invisalign treatment with other procedures?

A. If you have multiple aesthetic concerns with your smile, your dentist can craft a custom cosmetic smile makeover that includes Invisalign treatment. Many patients choose to undergo treatment such as teeth whitening to transform the appearance of their grins. If you have multiple issues that impact your oral health and function, our dentists offer full mouth reconstruction to help you achieve a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile.

Have more questions or want to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign?

More 5-Star Reviews From Charlotte-Area Patients


Arlene Rentas Novoa

Charlotte, NC


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Very nice team with an amazing dentist who takes his time with his patients. Extremely knowledgeable and profession personal le. Very nice facility with ultra modern equipment! Staff is great too!

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Trish OGrady

Charlotte, NC


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My first visit to Dr. Porter’s office. Excellent experience with everyone I met. Professional and welcoming staff. Dr. Porter took a lot of time to review my x-rays and discuss next steps which I very much appreciated.

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Charles A. Porter III, DDS and Robert E. Porter, DDS

Dr. Charles Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. Working alongside his father, Dr. Robert Porter earned his DDS at UNC Adams School of Dentistry. He is certified in Spanish, and will gladly use Spanish throughout your visit if that makes you feel most comfortable. Our doctors are members 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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