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. 

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

Crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth can cause functional and cosmetic concerns, negatively affecting your oral health and confidence. When considering orthodontic treatment, you may ask yourself: “Is Invisalign® right for me?” Although traditional braces have been a trusted orthodontic method for decades, Invisalign is a popular alternative because it is effective, discreet, and comfortable. When weighing which orthodontic treatments suit your needs and lifestyle, answering four questions can help determine whether Invisalign is the best option for you.

Are You Hesitant to Wear Braces?

Woman placing Invisalign tray over her teeth
Invisalign is ideal for patients who are looking for a discreet orthodontic treatment. 

#1. What Is the Condition of Your Smile?

Although Invisalign is appropriate for mild to complex cases of misalignment, gaps, or overcrowding, it may not be an appropriate solution for treating severe orthodontic issues. In general, Invisalign can effectively correct:

  • Gapped teeth
  • Overly crowded teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite

The ideal Invisalign candidate should have a treatable case, be over the age of 13, and remain committed to treatment. 

If you have a dramatic overbite, large underbite, or crossbite, traditional orthodontic treatment may be necessary. To evaluate whether your condition can be effectively corrected with Invisalign, the company offers a complimentary smile assessment. Although this tool can help you begin developing realistic expectations, only a dentist can decide whether you are a good candidate for treatment during an Invisalign consultation.

Treating Misalignment and Overcrowding

Close up of man's crowded teeth
Invisalign may be recommended to treat overly crowded teeth. This concern often leads to misalignment. 

#2. How Old Are You?

As younger patients quickly develop and change, so do their smiles. Children’s teeth are constantly shifting as their jaw continues growing, which makes it virtually impossible to create a predictable Invisalign treatment plan based off of an initial set of impressions. Teens over the age of 13 and adults are usually the best candidates for Invisalign treatment. To better suit the orthodontic needs of teens, Invisalign has created a specifically tailored line of products that allow teenagers to continue participating in active lifestyles while straightening their smiles.

#3. Are You Fully Committed?

Invisalign aligners must be worn at least 22 hours per day in order to effectively achieve your desired results within the proposed treatment timeline. The aligners should only be removed when brushing, flossing, or eating. As the aligners can be easily removed, many patients forego consistently wearing their aligners or lose their trays, which can lengthen your treatment timeline or completely alter the course of your treatment. In some cases, your dentist may have to take a new set of impressions and create a new treatment plan if your teeth have shifted significantly.

Once your Invisalign treatment is complete, you will likely be required to wear a retainer. Often these devices are only worn while you sleep. If your doctor recommends wearing a retainer, neglecting to do so may reverse the effects of your treatment. Therefore, even patients who have completed Invisalign treatment should be committed to follow-up care.

#4. Can You Afford Treatment?

Although the final cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on the severity and duration of your case, treatment generally costs the same as traditional metal braces. If your insurance plan covers orthodontics, you may be able to pay for part or most of your Invisalign treatment using your dental benefits.

Invisalign offers a virtual cost calculator to help you estimate your treatment costs. If you are interested in financing your care, many doctors also work with third-party lenders such as LendingClub® and CareCredit®. Both companies offer low-interest financing to help you repay costs at a rate that works well for your budget.

Seek a Professional Opinion

If you or your child are over 13 and have a treatable case, you should also consider whether removable aligners and retainers work well with your lifestyle. Patients who are worried about the cost of Invisalign should note that investing in orthodontic treatment now can save you time and money on extensive restorative care in the future. If you still believe you are a good candidate for Invisalign, scheduling a consultation with your dentist is an important next step.

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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