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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

Advanced Dental Care for Teenage Patients

By Dr. Pinnix on October 06, 2015

A woman smilingThe team at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney takes great care in tailoring treatments to the needs of every patient. This commitment to tailored dental care makes us one of the finer general dentistry practices in the Charlotte area.

It's with this in mind that we want to consider the dental care needs of patients who are in their teends.

Orthodontic Treatment for Teenage Patients

One of the more common treatments for teenage patients is orthodontic care. This means using braces in order to shift the position of the teeth and improve overall dental alignment in the process. Since teenagers are still in the process of maturing, orthodontic care at this time is a sound idea to consider. Improving dental alignment means better smile aesthetics and fewer dental health issues (such as bruxism) in the long run.

Braces come in many different forms and can be tailored to help address crowding, gaps, and more serious issues with malocclusion.

Alternatives to Traditional Braces Common for Teens

Many teens prefer Invisalign treatment to traditional braces. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays in order to straighten the teeth instead of brackets and wires. These trays are custom molded to the patient's teeth. New trays are provided every two weeks to help gradually shift the patient's teeth into a more ideal position.

Invisalign trays are completely removable, allowing patients to eat their favorite foods and experience no hassles when it comes to other kinds of daily activities. Since the trays are transparent as well, few people will realize that you're undergoing orthodontic care.

Sports Dentistry for Student Athletes

Student athletes face a number of challenges, particularly if they're at a competitive school and involved in very physical or demanding sports such as basketball, football, or field hockey. Injuries can happen, which is why sports dentistry is common for a number of teens.

In terms of preventing problems and injuries, dentists can craft custom mouth guards that help prevent tooth damage and harm to the gums and tongue. If a student athlete suffers a dental injury, emergency care services are available to address the injury to the mouth.

Planning for Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are extra sets of molars that emerge typically around a patient's early teens. These teeth can sometimes come in crooked, resulting in impaction of the molars. Left untreated, the impaction can result in serious pain and discomfort, and can also cause teeth to become damaged in the process.

Dentists will be mindful of the wisdom teeth as patients reach their later teens. Taking x-rays and monitoring the development of wisdom teeth means planning ahead of time and helping patients understand what to expect if they require their wisdom teeth to be removed.

Offering Tips for Good Dental Health

It's important that patients receive good advice when it comes to their oral hygiene practice and overall dental health needs. During each visit, advice and pointers will be provided so patients can keep their smiles as healthy and beautiful as possible for the years ahead.

General Cleanings and Routine Dental Care

No matter what age you are, a routine cleaning and checkup is crucial. Teens should stop by twice a year for regular visits, which will allow minor problems to be treated and prevented in a timely manner.

Learn More About Teenage Dental Care Needs

For more information about proper dental care for teenage patients and other dental care concerns of which you should be aware, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. George A. Betancourt and Dr. John M. Pinnix look forward to your visit and helping you have a healthy and beautiful smile.

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