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 (email@example.com), 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
Porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental bonding are both cosmetic procedures that can correct imperfections in the way teeth look, but they are quite different procedures. The Charlotte NC cosmetic dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney can help you determine which is right for you, but here is some general information about the procedures to give you an idea of what the differences are.
Porcelain veneers are thin coverings that go over the front of the teeth. Unlike a crown, which goes all the way around a tooth, a veneer only covers the front and wraps slightly around the sides. Veneers are not strong enough to repair a tooth and are only used for cosmetic purposes. They can completely change the appearance of the front of a tooth, including a color change if desired. Because they are made of porcelain, veneers dont stain and last a very long time.
Cosmetic dental bonding is a simpler, quicker and less expensive procedure than veneers, but cannot make as dramatic a change to the appearance of the teeth. Bonding involves a composite material that can cover imperfections in the teeth. Bonding is a good option for chipped teeth or to close gaps between teeth. Bonding can stain, and does not last as long as veneers. After a few years bonding will usually need to be redone.
Getting porcelain veneers is more expensive than bonding because the material is stronger, it doesnt stain, and it lasts much longer. But the process is also more involved and requires more than one visit to the dentists office. The dentist will first have to reduce some of the surface of the tooth or teeth that are to be covered with veneers, to allow them to adhere to the surface. Then impressions of the teeth are made and sent to the laboratory where the veneers are made. When the dentist receives the veneers from the lab, the patient returns to the office to have them placed.
Bonding can usually be done in one visit. This makes it a good option for emergency situations when a tooth is chipped or cracked.
You can visit our Charlotte NC cosmetic dentists for a consultation about veneers or bonding. Ask any questions you have to help the dentist determine which might be right for you.