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. 

Invisalign Timeline

Treatment with Invisalign® is tailored to each individual patient and can be customized to suit your needs. Your Invisalign timeline will depend on the severity of your case and how consistently you wear your aligners. During your initial consultation, your dentist can provide you with an estimate of how long your treatment will take and fully explain all the steps involved. On average, the process takes about 12 months for adults.

Woman fitting Invisalign tray over her teeth
Most Invisalign patients undergo treatment from between 12 to 18 months. 

Initial Consultation

Your first step is to attend a consultation at your dentist or orthodontist’s office. During this appointment, you can discuss your needs and goals with your doctor. They will also perform a comprehensive evaluation of your bite and oral health to determine whether Invisalign is the right treatment for you

Designing Your Custom Plan

Your doctor can take a series of scans or x-rays to examine the underlying structure of your teeth. They may use an iTero® digital scanner or another system to create a digital 3-D image of your smile. In some cases, they may take physical impressions instead.

Using this information, your doctor can design a precise treatment plan and map out the expected movements of your teeth. At this point, they may also provide you with an estimate of how long your treatment will take. If your doctor has a digital scanner, they may be able to show you a preview of your expected results. Once you and your doctor are satisfied with the plan, your doctor can send the impressions to a laboratory where your aligner trays will be fabricated.

Receiving Your Aligners

Generally, aligners can be manufactured in a few weeks. Once your aligners are ready, you will visit your doctor’s office to ensure they fit correctly. Your doctor can also provide you with specific instructions regarding how to wear and care for your aligners. 

The Invisalign Process

During treatment, you will wear your Invisalign aligners 20 to 22 hours each day, removing them only to eat, brush your teeth, or floss. Wearing your aligners for the proper amount of time will keep you on track for your expected end-date. Every one to two weeks, you should replace your aligners with the next set in the series. Each new aligner is slightly different than the previous one and applies gentle pressure to guide your teeth into place

Since Invisalign treatment is tailored to the needs of each patient, your timeline may differ from others. However, most Invisalign treatment plans follow a similar format.

The number of aligners needed varies from patient to patient. However, most patients are able to achieve their desired results in 12 to 18 months. Your doctor will likely recommend you schedule an Invisalign check-up every six weeks. During each appointment, your doctor can assess your progress and provide you with the next set of aligners. 

Maintaining Your Results

The last stage of treatment with Invisalign is maintenance. Once your teeth reach their optimal location, you will need a retainer or other device to ensure your teeth do not shift out of place. Some patients are able to wear their last aligners as a retainer. Others receive a Vivera® or other type of custom-made retainer to keep their teeth in place. 

A Custom Timeline

Since Invisalign treatment is tailored to the needs of each patient, your timeline may differ from others. However, most Invisalign treatment plans follow a similar format. If your case of misalignment is more complex, your treatment may extend longer than 12 months. Teenagers in particular have different timelines than adults.

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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