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

How Does Invisalign Work? 

If you are considering orthodontic treatment but want to explore options outside of traditional metal braces, you may be asking yourself: "How does Invisalign work?" Invisalign treatment combines state-of-the-art materials and uniquely designed treatment options to help you achieve a straighter smile just as effectively and efficiently as traditional metal braces. Although Invisalign offers a highly advanced design and has helped many patients achieve outstanding results, a large part of its effectiveness depends on your level of commitment and participation. Patients who wear their aligners as instructed, visit their dentist every six weeks, and wear their retainers regularly after treatment can enjoy the benefits of Invisalign for many years to come.
Close up of teeth and Invisalign tray
Invisalign's clear trays blend seamlessly within your smile. 

Specially Designed Invisalign Aligners

While traditional braces use brackets and wires to gently straighten your smile, Invisalign aligners are made with SmartTrack®, a clear, thermoplastic material that is comfortable yet highly effective. Similar to custom-made teeth whitening trays, SmartTrack aligners are carefully crafted using your own impressions to fit comfortably. Unlike traditional braces, these aligners are smooth and can protect your cheeks against cuts and irritation. 

During your treatment, you will transition into a new set of aligners every two weeks. Worn at least 22 hours per day, SmartTrack aligners gently force your teeth into a straighter position according to the plan designed by your dentist. Each tray is slightly adjusted from the previous tray to move your teeth a few millimeters per tray. This design is patented by Invisalign and uses controlled SmartForce® to move your teeth into their desired positions. Rather than moving all of your teeth at once, each aligner moves certain teeth at a time to help you achieve your desired results with less discomfort. In most cases, SmartForce achieves 75 percent more predictable tooth movement for patients. 

Precisely Custom-Fit Trays

Illustration of Invisalign tray being fitted over top teeth
Each Invisalign tray is designed based on impressions of your smile. This ensures a comfortable fit within your bite.

A Treatment Plan Unique To Your Needs

Invisalign is a unique orthodontic option because your entire treatment plan will be designed during your initial consultation. This allows your dentist to explain your proposed plan, provide an accurate treatment timeline, and show you your expected results before beginning treatment. By predicting and controlling how your teeth will move each day, your dentist can predict highly accurate results and better help you achieve your desired outcomes. During the course of your treatment, you will see your dentist approximately every six weeks to assess your progress. 

Invisalign aligners are made with SmartTrack®, a clear, thermoplastic material that is comfortable yet highly effective.

With Invisalign, your treatment plan will also be tailored to address your unique concerns. Although Invisalign can effectively treat most issues including gapped teeth, crowded teeth, and bite misalignment, the only way to determine whether Invisalign can work for your condition is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. Most adults are able to achieve their desired results within twelve months of starting treatment, and some dentists offer options such as Invisalign Express to further expedite the course of your treatment. 

Your Participation Affects How Invisalign Works

Your carefully designed aligners and custom treatment plan will only work well if you are committed to treatment. As aligners must be worn 22 hours per day, you are responsible for fully participating in your treatment. Neglecting to wear your aligners could have serious consequences and completely alter the course of your treatment. If your aligners no longer fit, your dentist may have to create a new treatment plan for you which can be very expensive and time-consuming. In addition, you will be responsible for wearing your Invisalign retainers after treatment to prevent your teeth from shifting back into their pre-treatment condition. 

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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