Greetings from Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to you and your families. We hope that you continue to navigate these most difficult times with strength, perseverance and the promise that we will all soon return to 'business as usual'.

Please note, the purpose of this email is not to go into detail about our office protocols during the current COVID- 19 response. We always have and will continue to maintain the highest level of aseptic and sterilization techniques. Regarding our office hours, we are presently closed as a result of recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Dental Association. For patients with upcoming appointments, trust that we will communicate directly with you via phone call to reschedule them as we learn more about our current situation.

For the time being, we want to extend to you, our patients, the helping hand you need during these times for all things dental. While we may be limited in terms of office hours and available services, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt remain available to you via other modalities. For example, we ask that you please find and follow our social media pages, pinnixandbetancourt on Instagram, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney on Facebook, and @BlakeneySmiles on Twitter. We will use these social media outlets as a means of communication and also a way to provide a Question & Answer forum for general questions anyone may have.

For personal/private needs related to ongoing treatment or your dental health, we will be available to schedule a virtual consultation. This may be accomplished via FaceTime, Zoom meeting or other platform whereby we may have a face to face encounter. These will be available to you, our patient, as a courtesy.

These are unprecedented times for us all. We strive to be on the front edge of the capabilities and service we provide our patients. Much of that depends on our availability and communication. We are here and we will, across any medium possible, provide the guidance you need during these difficult times. We ask that you please reach out to us either via email to the office (, one of our social media platforms, or our phone line from which you can leave a message. We will make every effort possible to get back to you in a timely manner.

From Drs. Pinnix, Betancourt and our entire staff at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we hope you and your families manage the COVID-19 pandemic with an abundance of care, caution and respect for the well being of our community.


Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

What to Expect from Your First Invisalign Experience

By SEO Admin on June 04, 2012

Our South Charlotte dentists offer an alternative to traditional, metal braces with clear braces from Invisalign. Invisalign teeth straighteners are less painful, nearly invisible when worn, and can be removed for brushing the teeth. Patients who have had experience wearing these clear braces have many positive reviews of the process and results.Wed like to share what you can expect with Invisalign!

Before a patient can begin to wear Invisalign aligners, a Charlotte cosmetic dentist must examine the teeth, take X-rays and photographs, and create an impression of the teeth so the aligners can be made to fit perfectly. These steps are painless, similar to having X-rays of the teeth taken for a general dental exam. Once this information is collected, the dentist sends it to the company to have the patient's personalized clear braces from Invisalign made.

The Invisalign tray preparation process requires another visit to the dentist to have the teeth prepared for the delivered Invisalign trays. Some people may require some slight adjustments to be made to the teeth for the Invisalign trays to properly move the teeth into the correct position. People with overcrowded teeth will typically have their Charlotte cosmetic dentist add spaces to allow the teeth to move. This is a painless process that is typically done when the aligners are delivered.

The upper and lower Invisalign trays each come with their own storage case, but these trays should be worn for at least 20 hours every day. So, long-term storage is not needed. An instructional booklet will come with aligners, and most dentists in Charlotte will review this to ensure the patient understands how to care for the trays. A series of slightly different Invisalign trays will be needed. These usually are changed every two weeks as the teeth move into their new position.

When the new Invisalign trays are worn or when the trays are changed to the next set, the patient may feel some soreness in the teeth or mild pain, but this typically eases, and it is usually not upsetting to ones day. Other than this minor discomfort, Invisalign clear braces are painless to wear and begin with a painless fitting process.

Patients interested in Invisalign clear braces should contact ourCharlotte cosmetic dentist office at 704-543-1102 or by using our convenient online appointment request form.

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