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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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
Invisalign® allows patients to realign their smile without the discomfort and hassle of wearing traditional braces. The Invisalign system employs a series of comfortable and virtually invisible aligners that gently guide your teeth into the proper location. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, serving Charlotte, NC, we have over a decade of experience straightening and realigning patients’ smiles. Dr. John M. Pinnix and Dr. George A. Betancourt are certified providers of Invisalign who are ready to help you straighten your smile discreetly and conveniently.
Invisalign can treat many of the same conditions as traditional braces, including:
Typically, Invisalign is most effective in treating mild to moderate orthodontic issues. For more complex misalignment, you may require traditional braces. The best way to determine your candidacy for Invisalign is to attend an initial consultation with Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt. We can take scans and x-rays of your smile to assess the extent of treatment necessary. You can also discuss your goals and concerns with your dentist at that time.
The main advantage of Invisalign over orthodontics is the discrete and comfortable material. Made from BPA-free plastic, the aligners are designed to fit securely over your teeth while remaining virtually invisible. With completely smooth surfaces, you avoid the irritation and discomfort of metal brackets.
The aligners are also removable, making it easy to brush and floss. This feature also allows you to eat any foods you choose.
During your initial visit, we will take a series of digital impressions to create a 3-D image of your smile. Using this information, your dentist can create a precise treatment plan for the exact movements of your teeth. They can also provide you with an estimated timeline of your treatment.
A straighter smile can increase your confidence and make it easier to maintain your oral health.
Once your aligners are ready, you can begin treatment. You will need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day, removing them only for brushing, flossing, or eating. About every two weeks, you will replace your aligner with the next one in the series. Over time, your teeth will gently and gradually shift into place. Your dentist may recommend that you visit our office about every six weeks to monitor your progress.
When your treatment is complete, you may need a retainer to maintain your results. However, some patients are able to use their final aligner instead of a new retainer. You may wish to undergo a cosmetic treatment such as teeth whitening at this point to further enhance your results.
Invisalign is more comfortable and discreet than traditional orthodontics. A straighter smile can increase your confidence and make it easier to maintain your oral health. For more information about Invisalign and the other cosmetic treatments we offer, contact our office online or call us at (704) 543-1102 today.