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

The Cost of Invisalign

For most patients, the cost of Invisalign® is similar to that of braces, ranging from $3,000 to $8,000. Your final Invisalign cost will depend on several factors, including the complexity of your case, how long your treatment takes, and your insurance coverage. The area in which you live can also affect how much you pay for orthodontic treatment. Since the cost of Invisalign varies on a case-by-case basis, it is important to discuss costs with your dentist before beginning treatment.

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Invisalign is considered a wise investment for patients interested in a discreet treatment option.

Complexity of Treatment

Invisalign can treat many of the same conditions as braces, including overcrowding and gaps in your smile. The overall price will vary depending on the extent of misalignment. For example, if you have a single gap between your front teeth, the price of treatment will likely be less than that of someone with a severely crooked smile. Invisalign offers several types of trays that are designed to address a range of orthodontic issues. The price varies for each solution.

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If you have a complex case, it will likely raise the overall cost of your Invisalign treatment. 

Length of Treatment

In some cases, treatment with Invisalign is faster and more effective than traditional braces, which can save you time and money.

Invisalign features of a series of clear, plastic aligners. Each new set of aligners is slightly different and gradually guides your teeth into their ideal position. The longer your treatment takes, the more aligners you will need, which can raise the overall cost of treatment. For some conditions, Invisalign can correct misalignment more quickly than braces. However, the length of treatment can vary significantly from patient to patient.

Geographic Location

As with many dental services, the price of your treatment may vary depending on where you live. Often, treatment costs are much higher in major urban areas, especially those on either coast. In large cities, the cost of living is higher and the increased overhead costs for dental practices often translates to a higher price for treatment.

Provider Status

Invisalign ranks dentists based on their experience with the Invisalign system. Statuses range from bronze to VIP. In some cases, an elevated provider status may affect the cost of your treatment as more experienced dentists tend to charge more for treatment. However, since straightening your teeth requires precision and care, choosing an experienced dentist or orthodontist can help you achieve the results you desire.

Dental Insurance

Not all dental insurance plans include coverage for orthodontic treatments. However, if your plan covers braces, there is a chance it also covers Invisalign. It is a good idea to consult your insurance company before beginning the Invisalign process to ensure your treatment will be covered. You can also use your flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for Invisalign.

Financing

If your insurance does not cover Invisalign treatment, a financing plan can help you manage your out-of-pocket costs. Companies such as CareCredit® offer no- or low-interest plans to make paying for your orthodontic treatment easier. Your dentist may also offer in-office financing for qualifying patients. 

Why Choose Invisalign?

Invisalign is an advanced alternative to braces that provides a more comfortable and discreet way to straighten your teeth. In some cases, treatment with Invisalign is actually faster and more effective than traditional braces. Invisalign also requires fewer trips to your dentist’s office, saving you on copays and other office fees. With its numerous cosmetic and oral health benefits, many patients consider Invisalign to be a worthwhile investment in their 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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