Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

Alternatives to Invisalign

Every patient has a different budget, case, and set of goals when it comes to orthodontic treatment. While Invisalign® remains a popular choice for patients who are interested in a discreet solution, it is not the best choice for everyone. Some patients are seeking more cost-effective treatments, some want a shorter treatment timeline, and others simply do not qualify for Invisalign. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Invisalign on the market, and your dentist can help you select a treatment that closely aligns with your needs and expectations. 

Reasons to Look for an Alternative

There are several reasons why Invisalign may not be the best treatment option for you.

Your Case is Too Complex

Although Invisalign can treat mild to complex cases of misalignment, there are certain jaw-related issues that cannot be effectively addressed with treatment. If you have severe bite issues, traditional braces may be a better choice. Traditional metal braces are made of strong stainless steel. They can reposition your upper or lower jaw as well as shift your teeth into their ideal position. Should you desire a more discreet orthodontic solution, you can also ask your dentist about:

  • Clear Brackets: These braces are made using pure monocrystalline sapphire and are virtually transparent.  The archwire may be clear or metal.
  • Ceramic Brackets: Many dentists offer ceramic brackets, which are stain-resistant and tooth-colored to blend with your smile.
  • Lingual Braces: Lingual braces are placed on the back of your teeth and are not visible when you smile. 
  • Damon™ Smile: This brand eliminates the need for rubber bands, which can draw attention to your smile as well as collect plaque and bacteria.

Although these options can increase the cost of treatment, they are good alternatives for patients who are concerned about the aesthetics of metal braces. 

Ceramic Braces

ceramic braces
Ceramic brackets are designed to blend the with shade of your smile.

Invisalign is Too Expensive 

Although Invisalign typically costs as much as traditional braces, you may be looking for a more inexpensive brand of clear aligners. Though not guaranteed to cost less, brands such as ClearCorrect® and MTM® ClearAligner can help you achieve the same results with less out-of-pocket expenses. New companies such as SmileDirectClub also offer a less costly way to straighten your teeth, but treatment is usually completed at home and may not produce the same results.

You Need Faster Results

For most adults, Invisalign can help you achieve desired results in as little as 12 months. While this timeline is typically shorter than that of traditional braces, it may not be fast enough if you have an important upcoming event. Many dentists offer Invisalign Express, a five-stage treatment for patients with minor orthodontic issues. FastBraces® are yet another expedited treatment and can help you achieve a straighter smile in 120 days.

You Are Simply Concerned with Cosmetic Issues

Some patients are more concerned about the look of their smile, rather than the restorative quality of orthodontia. Patients who want to correct cosmetic imperfections have several options. Six Month Smiles® is a short-term treatment that quickly and effectively straightens the teeth that are visible when you smile. This option features tooth-colored wires and clear brackets.

You may also wish to consider porcelain veneers, which act as "instant orthodontics." These thin porcelain shells are bonded to the front surface of your teeth and conceal various blemishes beneath. Veneers may be right for you if you have a small gap in your smile or minor misalignment.

Learn about Your Options

A straighter smile can improve your oral health and increase your self-confidence. If you have been told that you are not a good candidate for Invisalign, you have other options. Speak with your dentist to find out how you can achieve a straighter, more balanced smile.

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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