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

Alternatives to Invisalign

Every patient has a different budget, case, and set of goals when it comes to orthodontic treatment. While Invisalign® remains a popular choice for patients who are interested in a discreet solution, it is not the best choice for everyone. Some patients are seeking more cost-effective treatments, some want a shorter treatment timeline, and others simply do not qualify for Invisalign. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Invisalign on the market, and your dentist can help you select a treatment that closely aligns with your needs and expectations. 

Reasons to Look for an Alternative

There are several reasons why Invisalign may not be the best treatment option for you.

Your Case is Too Complex

Although Invisalign can treat mild to complex cases of misalignment, there are certain jaw-related issues that cannot be effectively addressed with treatment. If you have severe bite issues, traditional braces may be a better choice. Traditional metal braces are made of strong stainless steel. They can reposition your upper or lower jaw as well as shift your teeth into their ideal position. Should you desire a more discreet orthodontic solution, you can also ask your dentist about:

  • Clear Brackets: These braces are made using pure monocrystalline sapphire and are virtually transparent.  The archwire may be clear or metal.
  • Ceramic Brackets: Many dentists offer ceramic brackets, which are stain-resistant and tooth-colored to blend with your smile.
  • Lingual Braces: Lingual braces are placed on the back of your teeth and are not visible when you smile. 
  • Damon™ Smile: This brand eliminates the need for rubber bands, which can draw attention to your smile as well as collect plaque and bacteria.

Although these options can increase the cost of treatment, they are good alternatives for patients who are concerned about the aesthetics of metal braces. 

Ceramic Braces

ceramic braces
Ceramic brackets are designed to blend the with shade of your smile.

Invisalign is Too Expensive 

Although Invisalign typically costs as much as traditional braces, you may be looking for a more inexpensive brand of clear aligners. Though not guaranteed to cost less, brands such as ClearCorrect® and MTM® ClearAligner can help you achieve the same results with less out-of-pocket expenses. New companies such as SmileDirectClub also offer a less costly way to straighten your teeth, but treatment is usually completed at home and may not produce the same results.

You Need Faster Results

For most adults, Invisalign can help you achieve desired results in as little as 12 months. While this timeline is typically shorter than that of traditional braces, it may not be fast enough if you have an important upcoming event. Many dentists offer Invisalign Express, a five-stage treatment for patients with minor orthodontic issues. FastBraces® are yet another expedited treatment and can help you achieve a straighter smile in 120 days.

You Are Simply Concerned with Cosmetic Issues

Some patients are more concerned about the look of their smile, rather than the restorative quality of orthodontia. Patients who want to correct cosmetic imperfections have several options. Six Month Smiles® is a short-term treatment that quickly and effectively straightens the teeth that are visible when you smile. This option features tooth-colored wires and clear brackets.

You may also wish to consider porcelain veneers, which act as "instant orthodontics." These thin porcelain shells are bonded to the front surface of your teeth and conceal various blemishes beneath. Veneers may be right for you if you have a small gap in your smile or minor misalignment.

Learn about Your Options

A straighter smile can improve your oral health and increase your self-confidence. If you have been told that you are not a good candidate for Invisalign, you have other options. Speak with your dentist to find out how you can achieve a straighter, more balanced smile.

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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