Office Closure Notice - Open for Emergencies ONLY!

Dear Patients, Families and Friends,

As our community copes with the fast-moving spread of Covid-19, coronavirus, we hope you and yours are in good health during this stressful time.

As you are aware, the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has issued warnings and precautions to health-care providers worldwide regarding Covid-19, Coronavirus.

Public officials have advised medical and dental providers to postpone elective procedures for a limited time while we social distance in the effort to slow the spread of this virus.

Patients with upcoming appointments that will have to be rescheduled will be notified by our team, on an ongoing basis as we wait for more understanding of this ever-changing situation.

We will continue to be available on a limited basis for dental emergencies only.

Should you experience a dental emergency, please call our main office phone number and leave a message. This phone number connects to our after-hours cell phone. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

Before Call for an emergency you must read
We will continue our use of universal precautions, which includes use of our masks, gloves, surface barriers, and will always exceed the highest standards of disinfection and sterilization for all instruments per OSHA and CDC guidelines.

The health, safety and well-being of our patients, families and our community is of the utmost concern. Having said that, here are some precautions we’re asking you to take if you come in for an emergency:
  1. Please let us know as soon as possible if you start to experience any symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment for another time.
  2. Please do not bring anyone to your appointments. If you need a ride, ask the person who drives you to your appointment to wait in their car until your appointment is concluded.
  3. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after entering our office.
  4. We will also be monitoring temperatures prior to caring for you.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel welcome to call us at(828) 684-1633.When we are given the green-light to renew regular business operations, we will update you.

We thank you for your patience during this interruption and we look forward to seeing you as soon as we are able, happy and healthy.

Warm regards,
Dr. Chris Port and the Asheville Smile Center Team
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600 Julian Lane, Suite 610, Arden
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Maintaining oral health throughout Invisalign Asheville treatment

Invisalign is a treatment we use in our Asheville practice to lead patients to their most attractive smiles. Throughout treatment, however, it is important to maintain awareness of oral hygiene so that teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible. The fact that Invisalign consists of removable plastic aligners does allow for improved cleaning processes. However, a bit of extra care is still in order for a beautifully healthy smile.

Brushing and flossing with extra care leads to optimal health of teeth and gums, as they are covered for most of the day by Invisalign aligners. Maintaining these practices on a daily basis, as recommended, eliminates tiny food particles and reduces the number of harmful bacteria that could lead to tooth decay and gum disease. As such, teeth are shiny and white, and gum tissue looks pink and healthy, not red or irritated. Brushing and flossing frequently throughout the day also leads to fresh breath.

Should bad breath begin to occur more frequently, or gums bleed during brushing, this is a sign that oral hygiene practices should be elevated. Brushing teeth should be a practice that is approached mindfully during Invisalign Asheville treatment, with attention given to all surfaces of each tooth. This practice should commence for a full two minutes, at least twice a day. Following brushing, flossing is the single most important practice that leads to the elimination of harmful bacteria, reaching them between teeth where they like to hide.

The extra care that is necessary during treatment with Invisalign from our Asheville office is that aligner trays should also be cleaned regularly. Most ideally, a new aligner will be gently washed with cool water before first-time wear. Aligners should also be washed and rinsed before replacing them after a meal. If teeth cannot also be brushed after each meal, the mouth should at least be thoroughly rinsed.

Aside from rinsing after meals, Invisalign aligners can be kept in their healthiest state by brushing them with a soft toothbrush each day during the oral hygiene routine. Maintaining this practice of washing aligners as well as teeth and gums will reduce the risk that bacteria may build up on the aligner itself. The appliance will also be less likely to become discolored or to develop an unpleasant odor.

Invisalign is a convenient and effective method of straightening teeth for an attractive smile. Keep the smile healthy as well, by maintaining good practices and visiting our Asheville practice for regular check-ups.

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