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

Are You a Candidate for Porcelain Dental Veneers?

By SEO Admin on August 05, 2013

Dental veneers help to restore teeth that are crowded, cracked, gapped or discolored and is considered a cosmetic dentistry service. Porcelain veneers for your teeth are sought after because they are strong and can be made to exactly match the size and color of your teeth thanks to todays advanced dental technology and the skills of cosmetic dentists in Charlotte like Dr. Betancourt and Dr. Pinnix.

Before a porcelain dental veneer is placed on a teeth, a dentist removes a very thin layer of enamel from the surface to the tooth. The tooth is measured and the results are sent to a dental lab, where the technician creates the veneer. In some dental practices, the lab is right in the dental office so the veneer can be made and then applied within a short time after the tooth is prepared. In the meantime, the patient might be fitted with a temporary veneer.

The veneer is a very thin shell of material. When its ready, it's applied and attached permanently to the tooth with a special cement that's cured by a special light. However, not all patients are candidates for dental veneers. How do Charlotte cosmetic dentists determine who is and is not a good candidate?

There are a few types of patients who wouldnt qualify for porcelain veneers. A patient is not considered a good candidate if he or she has serious gum disease or if the tooth is badly decayed and has lost a lot of enamel. Porcelain veneers for your teeth need to be able to bind to the etched enamel on the surface of the tooth. Also, patients who suffer from bruxism are also not good candidates for porcelain veneers. Bruxism is when a person grinds his or her teeth. This usually happens at night. However, a patient can wear a guard at night to keep him or her from grinding his or her teeth.

A patient who has a tooth thats very badly aligned may also not be a good candidate for veneers. Placing a porcelain veneer on a badly aligned tooth can make it crack.

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