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 (, 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


For many years, patients who wanted straighter smiles were limited to traditional metal braces. Although braces remain an effective treatment, there are also a growing number of alternatives, including Invisalign®. If you are interested in straightening your smile, visit our Charlotte, NC, office to evaluate whether Invisalign or braces are right for you. Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt are Invisalign Premier Providers who can evaluate your case and discuss the pros and cons of each treatment to help you feel confident about your decision. 

Teeth covered with a clear aligner next to teeth covered with traditional metal braces
Invisalign eliminates the need for bulky and noticeable metal brackets and wires.

Common Features Shared by Invisalign and Braces 

Both Invisalign and braces are used to gently move the teeth into their desired positions over time. Both orthodontic options have successfully corrected:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overlapped or crooked teeth
  • Tipped or rotated teeth

Most insurance providers offer coverage for both treatment options, and our office can help you arrange financing for out-of-pocket costs.

How are Braces and Invisalign Different?

In addition to the discreet look of Invisalign, there are several differences that can make it a better option for patients. During an initial consultation with one of our doctors, we can discuss the differences between each treatment to help you confidently make a decision. 


Where braces can take anywhere from 18 months to four years to correct misalignment, the Invisalign timeline is closer to 18 months total. 


Although braces are a more cost-effective alternative, our office provides financing options to make Invisalign treatment more affordable. 

Materials Used 

While braces use rubber bands, wires, and brackets to move the teeth, the Invisalign system uses a series of clear, thermoplastic trays. Because the aligner trays are clear, most people will not even realize you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Most insurance providers offer coverage for both treatment options, and our office can help you arrange financing for out-of-pocket costs.

Visits to the Dentist 

Braces require monthly appointments for adjustment. In contrast, Invisalign patients will simply receive a new set of aligners every four to six weeks when they come in for a check-up. 

Conditions Treated 

Although Invisalign can address a large majority of mild to moderate orthodontic issues, braces may be a better option for severe misalignment. Patients with more severe or complex cases of malocclusion may find that traditional orthodontic treatment is more predictable and effective. 

Dietary Restrictions 

Another decision factor to consider is how each option will affect your day-to-day living. Many patients choose Invisalign because there are virtually zero dietary restrictions. Because the trays are removable, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods. You can also brush and floss your teeth normally, without the need for floss threaders or specialized brushes.

Your Level of Commitment 

It is important to understand that if you are not committed to wearing your aligner trays for at least 22 hours every day, then Invisalign may not be the right choice for you. Patient compliance is one of the most essential elements of treatment. If you are dedicated to wearing the trays as directed, Invisalign can offer impressive results. 

Decide Which is Right for You

If you are currently considering orthodontic treatment, you may be wondering which treatment option will meet your needs and your lifestyle. To learn more about these orthodontic solutions, schedule a consultation at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney. As always, our team is standing by to answer any questions you may have regarding treatment. Contact us online or call us at (704) 543-1102.

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8918 Blakeney Professional Dr
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Charlotte, NC 28277

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