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: ACHIEVE A SEAMLESS SMILE

Dental bonding at our Charlotte, NC-area practice involves using a tooth-colored resin to refine the shape and appearance of your teeth. This quick, virtually painless procedure can provide a dramatic transformation of your smile. Dr. George Betancourt or Dr. John Pinnix will color-match the resin to the shade of your teeth, and carefully shape and polish the composite material to create a natural-looking effect. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of dental bonding, contact our office. During your consultation, your doctor will explain how the procedure works and how it can be customized to fit your aesthetic goals. 

A closeup of a smile with a chipped tooth

Candidates for Dental Bonding

Dental bonding can be an effective treatment to repair decayed, chipped, fractured, or discolored teeth. It can be used to make teeth appear longer, more uniform, or to reduce the appearance of large gaps within your smile. The material used for bonding is the same resin that is used for composite tooth-colored fillings. During your consultation, your doctor will thoroughly examine your teeth to determine if bonding is the right cosmetic procedure for you. 

The Procedure

Your doctor will use a guide to determine which shade of resin best matches the color of your teeth, ultimately providing a custom result. Your doctor will then prepare the tooth by etching it lightly to create texture, which helps the material adhere. A conditioning liquid is then applied to the tooth, followed by the composite resin. Your doctor will carefully mold and smooth the material until the desired shape is achieved. An ultraviolet light then hardens the material into place. Finally, your doctor will trim, shape, and polish the material until it precisely matches the surrounding teeth. The procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth. Anesthesia is usually not required unless your doctor is using dental bonding to treat a decayed tooth.

In order to achieve the best result, it is important that you follow your doctor's post-procedure instructions. For the first 48 hours following your procedure, you will have to avoid food, drinks, and habits that are likely to stain your teeth. These include coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco use. It is important to remain diligent about avoiding or restricting exposure to these substances even after the first 48 hours in order to prevent discoloration.

Benefits

Bonding is a non-invasive that provides an immense cosmetic enhancement. The procedure is highly customized so you can achieve a dramatically improved smile, while still appearing natural. Compared to other procedures, including the placement of veneers or crowns, dental bonding requires less removal of tooth enamel. It is also considerably less expensive than the cost of veneers.

Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about dental bonding, contact us today. During your consultation, your doctor will discuss the costs and benefits of dental bonding with you. If you and your doctor decide that dental bonding is the right cosmetic procedure for you, we will guide you through every step of the process, from the procedure itself to the continued maintenance of your beautifully refined smile. 

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8918 Blakeney Professional Dr
Ste 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

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