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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

Instant Orthodontics with Porcelain Veneers

By Dr. Pinnix on December 05, 2015

A smiling woman with straight, white teeth If crooked teeth have you feeling self-conscious about your smile, instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers may be right for you. Porcelain veneers can be used as instant orthodontics to create beautifully straight and even looking teeth without the need for metal braces. To find out if you're a candidate for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Charlotte, NC dentists John Pinnix IV and George Betancourt.

How Does Instant Orthodontics with Porcelain Veneers Work?

Instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers is a treatment designed to improve the appearance of crooked teeth, typically corrected by traditional orthodontics, without the need for metal braces or alignment trays - all in a fraction of the time. Unlike traditional orthodontics, which can take at least 18 months to complete treatment, instant orthodontics using porcelain veneers can be completed in as little as two dental visits. In some cases, it might also be a more affordable option

Once a patient is determined to be a suitable candidate for instant orthodontics, treatment can begin. Treatment for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers usually requires two dental visits. During the first dental visit, the teeth are prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel from the front facing teeth. This allows room for the veneers to sit flush on the teeth.

Next, impressions are made of the teeth and sent to a dental lab so each veneer can be expertly crafted. Temporary veneers will be placed while the custom veneers are fabricated.

Once the porcelain veneers are finished, after about two to three weeks, a second dental appointment is needed to remove the temporary veneers and place the custom-made veneers using special dental cement.

Candidates for Instant Orthodontics with Porcelain Veneers

Instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers is a great option for those looking to improve the overall appearance of their smiles and is often incorporated into smile makeovers. Although many patients make suitable candidates for porcelain veneers, not all patients will qualify for instant orthodontics treatment. Those with major dental alignment issues and severe malocclusion generally aren’t good candidates for instant orthodontics and instead should opt for traditional orthodontics. Candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those with generally good oral health. You may be a good candidate if you:

  • Have mild malocclusion
  • Have gaps between the teeth
  • Are unhappy with the smile's appearance
  • Wish to avoid traditional orthodontics
  • Suffer from other dental issues like minor chips and discoloration, in addition to crooked teeth

The Benefits of Instant Orthodontics with Porcelain Veneers

Using custom-crafted porcelain veneers, instant orthodontics can correct a number of cosmetic dental issues like crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, tooth size, and even tooth color. Instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers allows patients to enjoy a beautiful smile almost immediately. The benefits of treatment include:

  • Immediate results
  • More comfortable than traditional orthodontics
  • Natural look and feel
  • No need for uncomfortable metal braces
  • Easy aftercare
  • Corrects the overall appearance of the teeth

Schedule a Consultation

Instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers can transform your smile in as little as two dental visits. To find out if instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers is suitable for your needs, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.

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