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 Timeline

Treatment with Invisalign® is tailored to each individual patient and can be customized to suit your needs. Your Invisalign timeline will depend on the severity of your case and how consistently you wear your aligners. During your initial consultation, your dentist can provide you with an estimate of how long your treatment will take and fully explain all the steps involved. On average, the process takes about 12 months for adults.

Woman fitting Invisalign tray over her teeth
Most Invisalign patients undergo treatment from between 12 to 18 months. 

Initial Consultation

Your first step is to attend a consultation at your dentist or orthodontist’s office. During this appointment, you can discuss your needs and goals with your doctor. They will also perform a comprehensive evaluation of your bite and oral health to determine whether Invisalign is the right treatment for you

Designing Your Custom Plan

Your doctor can take a series of scans or x-rays to examine the underlying structure of your teeth. They may use an iTero® digital scanner or another system to create a digital 3-D image of your smile. In some cases, they may take physical impressions instead.

Using this information, your doctor can design a precise treatment plan and map out the expected movements of your teeth. At this point, they may also provide you with an estimate of how long your treatment will take. If your doctor has a digital scanner, they may be able to show you a preview of your expected results. Once you and your doctor are satisfied with the plan, your doctor can send the impressions to a laboratory where your aligner trays will be fabricated.

Receiving Your Aligners

Generally, aligners can be manufactured in a few weeks. Once your aligners are ready, you will visit your doctor’s office to ensure they fit correctly. Your doctor can also provide you with specific instructions regarding how to wear and care for your aligners. 

The Invisalign Process

During treatment, you will wear your Invisalign aligners 20 to 22 hours each day, removing them only to eat, brush your teeth, or floss. Wearing your aligners for the proper amount of time will keep you on track for your expected end-date. Every one to two weeks, you should replace your aligners with the next set in the series. Each new aligner is slightly different than the previous one and applies gentle pressure to guide your teeth into place

Since Invisalign treatment is tailored to the needs of each patient, your timeline may differ from others. However, most Invisalign treatment plans follow a similar format.

The number of aligners needed varies from patient to patient. However, most patients are able to achieve their desired results in 12 to 18 months. Your doctor will likely recommend you schedule an Invisalign check-up every six weeks. During each appointment, your doctor can assess your progress and provide you with the next set of aligners. 

Maintaining Your Results

The last stage of treatment with Invisalign is maintenance. Once your teeth reach their optimal location, you will need a retainer or other device to ensure your teeth do not shift out of place. Some patients are able to wear their last aligners as a retainer. Others receive a Vivera® or other type of custom-made retainer to keep their teeth in place. 

A Custom Timeline

Since Invisalign treatment is tailored to the needs of each patient, your timeline may differ from others. However, most Invisalign treatment plans follow a similar format. If your case of misalignment is more complex, your treatment may extend longer than 12 months. Teenagers in particular have different timelines than adults.

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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