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 (admin@blakeneysmiles.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.

Best,

Drs. John M. Pinnix, George A. Betancourt and the staff of Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Dental Bonding: How Long Do the Results Last?

By Dr. Pinnix on May 04, 2018

A woman's smileDental bonding involves the use of tooth-colored dental resin that is painted directly onto the surface of the tooth. This color-matched resin blends in seamlessly with your natural tooth structure, masking cosmetic imperfections from view in the process. Thanks to dental bonding, people can have smiles that look pristine with just one simple, minimally invasive procedure. Bonding is often included into more comprehensive smile makeover plans.

The dentists at our Charlotte, NC field many questions about the results of dental bonding treatment and how long they last. Let’s cover some of the basics and then consider the lifespan of this cosmetic dentistry treatment option.

Problems Dental Bonding Can Treat

Dental bonding is an ideal treatment option for the following cosmetic flaws:

  • Minor chips
  • Small cracks
  • Slim gaps
  • Dental stains
  • Tooth discoloration

During the consultation process, we can determine if dental bonding is right for you or if another cosmetic dentistry procedure would be more effective.

How Durable Is Dental Bonding Material?

Dental bonding material is highly durable, and able to withstand the normal wear and tear on the teeth from daily biting and chewing. It can still chip or crack with major trauma or pressure, but it is sturdy and remains in place for quite some time. With that in mind, teeth grinding or other conditions that exert a great deal of pressure on your teeth can result in additional wear to your bonding material.

On Average, How Long Does Bonding Last?

On average, dental bonding material can last up to 10 years. This can vary from patient to patient. With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your dental bonding results will last longer.

Fixing and Touch-Up Treatment

During dental visits, your dentist may be able to fix or touch-up a previous dental bonding procedure if needed. This helps patients keep the results and benefits of dental bonding for the long run. New bonding material will be created and color-matched, and touch-ups or a new bonding procedure can be done as needed.

Advancing Beyond Dental Bonding

After 10 years of dental bonding, you may need more extensive cosmetic dentistry work to help your smile look its very best. At this point, your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers or another type of treatment, but is important to keep in mind veneers are more expensive than bonding.

During your dental visit, your treatment options can be discussed in more detail. We will be more than happy to consider your many options for cosmetic treatment.

How to Prolong the Life of Dental Bonding Treatment

If you want to prolong the life of your dental bonding treatment, there are several things that you can do:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that’s not too abrasive
  • Floss your teeth at least once a night (ideally after every meal)
  • Avoid using tobacco products
  • Wear mouth and face protection as needed and when applicable
  • Reduce consumption of sugar and soda
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups

Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about dental bonding and whether or not it’s right for you, be sure to contact experienced cosmetic dentists. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.

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