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

Invisalign vs. Braces

Invisalign
Braces
Comparison Factor #1 Label
$3,500 to $8,000
$2,500 to $6,000
Length of Treatment
12 to 18 months
2 to 4 years
Material
Removable plastic aligners
Metal or ceramic brackets

What's the Difference?

If you want straighter teeth, you’ve probably heard about both braces and Invisalign. Which is right for you?

Invisalign® and traditional braces straighten misaligned bites to enhance the appearance of your smile and make it as easy as possible to care for your teeth.

Invisalign is a discreet, convenient alternative to metal braces. However, patients with severe misalignment or jaw-related issues may be better suited to braces.

The Defining Feature How Orthodontics Straighten Your Teeth

Braces vs. Invisalign

Braces move teeth with the force of brackets, wires, and rubber bands that are tightened periodically. Invisalign uses removable plastic trays.

The Major Differences

Visibility

While ceramic braces blend in with the teeth to an extent, metal braces are hard to miss. In contrast, most people don’t even realize patients are wearing transparent Invisalign trays.

Severity of Misalignment

Because traditional braces are much more powerful, dentists usually recommend them for severe misalignment. Invisalign is a more viable option for mild to moderate cases.

Removable vs. Fixed

While metal braces remain attached to the teeth throughout treatment, patients can remove Invisalign when necessary. As a result, flossing and brushing are easier and patients can still enjoy all their favorite foods.

“The average treatment time with Invisalign is just 1 year.”

- Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling 

Offering Many of the Same Benefits

Reliable Outcomes

While the time investment, cost, and aesthetics may differ, both braces and Invisalign offer the same outcome: a noticeably straighter smile.

Aftercare with Retainers

To maintain results, patients may need to wear a retainer for at least the same amount of time as their orthodontic treatment. Over time, you will only need to wear the retainer at night.

Improved Oral Health

Regardless of which treatment you choose, the results make brushing and flossing more effective. When your teeth are straight, it is easier to clean your smile and prevent decay.

“I’ve seen patients who by our diagnostic criteria have periodontal disease, but as their teeth are being straightened, their pockets resolve…Some patients respond so well…that less or no surgery was needed.”

Dr. John A. Martin

More Adults Are Pursuing Treatment than Ever Before

Invisalign stat graphic

From 2012 to 2014, adults seeking treatment from orthodontists in the United States and Canada increased significantly.

*According to the Dental Tribune

Understanding the Pros and Cons

Pros

Braces Invisalign
Straighter smile X X
Inconspicuous treatment X
Good for severe misalignment X
Removable X

Cons

Braces Invisalign
Discomfort X
Retainer needed to avoid re-treatment X X
Longer timeline X
Greater cost X

Still Considering Your Options?

Most orthodontic options require a considerable time investment. If you prefer more immediate results, your doctor may recommend porcelain veneers or dental crowns. While these restorations cannot correct underlying misalignment, they can quickly improve the appearance of your smile in two appointments or less.

Veneers

Deciding What’s Right for Your Smile

When deciding whether braces or Invisalign is right for you, ask yourself:

  • How severe is my misalignment?
  • What is my budget like?
  • Does it matter to me if people can tell I have braces?
  • How likely am I to remember to wear an aligner?

This last point is especially important. If you forget to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day, you may prolong your treatment timeline. Your doctor can recommend which option is best suited to your aesthetic and oral health needs during an in-depth consultation.

Dr. Porter

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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