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 Teeth Whitening

Some patients, such as those with intrinsic staining or especially sensitive teeth, are not considered good candidates for teeth whitening. However, there are several alternatives to teeth whitening which can achieve similar results for a bright and dazzling smile. Your dentist will evaluate your dental health and discuss your treatment goals in order to recommend the right procedure for your needs.

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Whitening has limitations. Fortunately, other solutions are available to brighten virtually any smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Created from incredibly lifelike dental ceramic, porcelain veneers conceal stains rather than lighten them. These thin shells can be an especially effective option if your smile is affected by dark internal stains. At the same time, veneers can mask a number of additional imperfections, including chips, worn edges, cracks, gaps in your smile, and more. This treatment can provide a dramatic transformation and is typically recommended for patients who want to alter the size and shape of their teeth as well as the color.

If you are not a candidate for teeth whitening, alternative treatments, such as bonding and porcelain veneers, can achieve a brighter, more dazzling smile.  

There are two types of porcelain veneers: traditional and minimal prep. In order to place traditional veneers, your dentist will need to remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of the treated teeth. This alteration is permanent and may not be right for patients with thin enamel or dental sensitivity. In contrast, minimal-prep veneers can often be placed without altering the tooth’s structure.

Dental Bonding

Like veneers, dental bonding can transform intrinsically stained teeth. During the dental bonding procedure, the doctor will apply composite resin over one or more teeth, concealing discoloration. Your dentist can precisely shade the resin to match your natural tooth color, allowing it to blend seamlessly into your smile. Then the material is sculpted and polished to give it a realistic shape and shine.

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Dental bonding can conceal imperfections and enhance the color of a tooth.

Dental bonding is a quick, affordable, and conservative treatment that can improve cosmetic concerns in a single appointment. While composite resin is prone to staining and cannot achieve results that are as natural-looking as veneers, bonding preserves healthy enamel and can be reversed if you change your mind.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Dark intrinsic stains often develop due to certain medications or trauma. In some cases, however, this type of discoloration may result from amalgam dental fillings. Over the years, metal can start to show through your teeth, giving your smile a gray tint. Your dentist can often remove older traditional fillings and replace them with a composite resin restoration. Made from the same material used for dental bonding, the resin can be colored to match the natural shade of your teeth.

In addition to the cosmetic benefits, tooth-colored fillings are also better for your general health and your oral health. The material will form a stronger bond with your tooth than metal fillings, increasing its longevity. Additionally, unlike metal, it will not expand and contract with temperature variations, a process which can fracture the tooth over time.

Snap-On Smile®

Snap-On Smile is a removable, custom-crafted appliance that fits comfortably over your dental arch. It can completely transform your smile without the need for extensive treatment or alteration of your teeth. Many patients use the Snap-On Smile as a temporary measure or a trial before deciding to undergo certain dental procedures.

Achieve a Dazzling Smile

If you are dissatisfied with the color and appearance of your smile, there are a number of treatment options available to you. Learn which procedure is best for you by discussing your concerns and cosmetic goals with your dentist.

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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