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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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
Braces have traditionally been used for teeth straightening when the teeth are moderately to severely crowded or misaligned. The method is painful, can takes years, is expensive and may not be the chosen option for everyone. For a person who does not want these unsightly metal braces for mildly misaligned teeth, our Charlotte dentists, Dr. Betancourt and Dr. Pinnix recommend alignment tools and techniques such as Invisalign devices, retainers, and cosmetic contouring to be more appropriate teeth straightening options.
A person seeking these alternative options should first consult with their cosmetic dentist or orthodontists to determine the specific treatment options for straightening your teeth. If the Invisalign clear braces system treatment is selected, then a number of such aligners will be created and switched out every few weeks. These aligners gently shift the teeth in position as determined by the orthodontist and they provide an effective and comfortable treatment. The entire Invisalign treatment lasts about a year and approval for Invisalign treatment will only be given for patients whose secondary molars are at least partially erupted. This includes most teenagers as discussed by Dr. Betancourt and Dr. Pinnix.
Retainers are another option for straightening teeth especially if they are being used to correct minor teeth imperfections. Some people start using retainers in their teenage years and continue wearing them until they are in their mid twenties. Some patients who wore braces in the past but still need additional straightening will opt for wearing retainers until the minor misalignment is corrected.
Teeth overcrowding can sometimes be corrected with the use of cosmetic contouring. The process involves the reshaping of the affected teeth and is usually completed within 3 dental visits.
Braces are still the fastest and most efficient method for teeth straightening especially if the teeth are moderately to severely misaligned and overcrowded. However, alignment tools such as Invisalign and retainers are suitable for minor teeth misalignment and overcrowding. Many Charlotte dentists do not provide Invisalign treatments and often insurance companies do not cover them if they feel they are being used for cosmetic purposes, so contact our Blakeney dental office today to speak with our professional dental staff about your options!