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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 (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

Treatment for an Overbite

By Dr. Pinnix on September 26, 2018

Female patient receiving dental examinationPatients with an overbite or other forms of malocclusion can benefit from cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the appearance of the smile at our Charlotte, NC practice. There are two types of overbites: horizontal and vertical.

A horizontal overbite, also referred to as an overjet, is characterized by protruding upper front teeth. A vertical overbite refers to the depth of the bite, that is, the vertical overlap of the upper teeth over the lower teeth.

Here, Drs. John M. Pinnix and George A. Betancourt discuss treatment for an overbite, including Invisalign, tooth bonding, and porcelain veneers.

What Causes an Overbite?

While vertical overbites are typically genetic in nature, horizontal overbites can be hereditary and environmental.

For example, early childhood habits and behaviors, such as tongue-thrusting, thumb-sucking, or prolonged pacifier use, can cause the upper front teeth to splay outward over time.

Otherwise, if you have family members who suffer from an overbite, you are far more likely to have the condition yourself.

Treatments for an Overbite

The treatment recommended for overbite depends entirely on the nature and severity of the issue. If an overbite is due to skeletal discrepancies, then oral surgery may be necessary to correct the issue.

However, if the teeth are simply out of alignment, then the problem may be addressed with cosmetic treatments. Mild overbites may be treated with tooth bonding or porcelain veneers, while more significant malocclusion will require orthodontics.

Invisalign

A popular option among our teen and adult patients, Invisalign straightens the teeth without the need for metal braces. Instead, this system moves the teeth gradually over time using a sequence of custom-made thermoplastic trays.

Patients with moderate to severe malocclusion can benefit from this type of treatment. Because the aligner trays are virtually invisible, others will never know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Tooth Bonding

Mild cases of overbite may be addressed with tooth bonding. During this procedure, your dentist applies tooth-colored composite resin to the affected teeth. By slightly altering the size and shape of the teeth, bonding can make the them appear as though they are in alignment with one another.

Porcelain Veneers

Like tooth bonding, veneers can also give the illusion that the teeth are in proper alignment. However, while bonding involves the application of composite resin, porcelain veneers are custom-crafted fabrications that are affixed to the front surfaces of the teeth.

Generally, veneers can be placed in two office visits. During the first appointment, your doctor prepares the teeth and takes impressions of your bite. Once the final restorations have been fabricated, we will schedule you for a second appointment at which your doctor will bond them into place.

The Importance of Treating Overbites

Many patients assume that an overbite is simply an aesthetic issue. However, if the condition is directly affecting the health of your smile, it is important to address the problem as soon as possible. During a consultation at our practice, our doctors can let you know if treatment is recommended for you.

Contact Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, consider what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. To learn more, schedule a visit with Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt. Call our office at (704) 543-1102 or contact us online anytime.

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