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

4 Ways Porcelain Veneers & Cosmetic Dentists Help Straighten Your Teeth

By Dr. Pinnix on July 24, 2014


Many people dont think about porcelain veneers when they are thinking about ways to straighten their teeth because braces are typically the first solution. Braces seem time consuming. An individual may spend more time in pain or dreaming about their favorite foods that are on the no-eating list than he or she wants straight teeth. However, cosmetic dentistry includes a way to straighten teeth without wearing braces. Here are four ways Blakeney cosmetic dentists can help change your look without using braces:

1. No Prep Veneers
An individual with minimal teeth issues like crooked or misshaped teeth will benefit from having no prep veneers. The porcelain, thin facades are placed over natural teeth without the need for any grinding, filling or cutting of the natural teeth. These type of veneers look like a contact lens and changes the appearance of any teeth. Putting on the veneers takes about one to two dental visits. There is generally no pain after the procedure is complete and in many cases, treatment is more affordable than braces.

The no prep veneers are similar to invisible braces. A person must wear a retainer at night to keep the veneers in place.

2. Traditional Veneers Straighten Teeth Instantly
If no prep veneers arent an option, an individual can still choose traditional veneers. Sometimes teeth must be cut, ground or filled in to straighten them prior to the veneers being attached to them. There is usually no little to no pain involved in the process. The veneers can close gaps between teeth and make them appear straight and perfect. From start to finish, the process typically takes about two office visits.

3. More Durable Veneers
The de Vinci veneers are similar to traditional veneers made with plastic compounds. So they look the same on a persons teeth. However, they are made with porcelain instead. These veneers are commonly used to straighten teeth without the use of braces. Some patients prefer them over traditional veneers because they look more like real teeth.

4. Lumineer Veneers
Lumineers are made with a type of porcelain called Cerinate. They are just as thin as no prep veneers. This is another type of veneer that requires little, if any, natural tooth reduction. Patients wont need any numbing shots or anesthesia during the process.

Affordable Porcelain Veneers
Affordable porcelain veneers doesnt mean cheap. They are an inexpensive alternative to the cost of having and maintaining braces. Braces can become costly and needless when a person only needs on or two teeth straightened. To understand more about straightening teeth using cosmetic dentistry and smile makeover treatment plans, contact one of the Blakeney cosmetic dentists.


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