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 Teeth Whitening

Some patients, such as those with intrinsic staining or especially sensitive teeth, are not considered good candidates for teeth whitening. However, there are several alternatives to teeth whitening which can achieve similar results for a bright and dazzling smile. Your dentist will evaluate your dental health and discuss your treatment goals in order to recommend the right procedure for your needs.

bright smile
Whitening has limitations. Fortunately, other solutions are available to brighten virtually any smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Created from incredibly lifelike dental ceramic, porcelain veneers conceal stains rather than lighten them. These thin shells can be an especially effective option if your smile is affected by dark internal stains. At the same time, veneers can mask a number of additional imperfections, including chips, worn edges, cracks, gaps in your smile, and more. This treatment can provide a dramatic transformation and is typically recommended for patients who want to alter the size and shape of their teeth as well as the color.

If you are not a candidate for teeth whitening, alternative treatments, such as bonding and porcelain veneers, can achieve a brighter, more dazzling smile.  

There are two types of porcelain veneers: traditional and minimal prep. In order to place traditional veneers, your dentist will need to remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of the treated teeth. This alteration is permanent and may not be right for patients with thin enamel or dental sensitivity. In contrast, minimal-prep veneers can often be placed without altering the tooth’s structure.

Dental Bonding

Like veneers, dental bonding can transform intrinsically stained teeth. During the dental bonding procedure, the doctor will apply composite resin over one or more teeth, concealing discoloration. Your dentist can precisely shade the resin to match your natural tooth color, allowing it to blend seamlessly into your smile. Then the material is sculpted and polished to give it a realistic shape and shine.

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Dental bonding can conceal imperfections and enhance the color of a tooth.

Dental bonding is a quick, affordable, and conservative treatment that can improve cosmetic concerns in a single appointment. While composite resin is prone to staining and cannot achieve results that are as natural-looking as veneers, bonding preserves healthy enamel and can be reversed if you change your mind.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Dark intrinsic stains often develop due to certain medications or trauma. In some cases, however, this type of discoloration may result from amalgam dental fillings. Over the years, metal can start to show through your teeth, giving your smile a gray tint. Your dentist can often remove older traditional fillings and replace them with a composite resin restoration. Made from the same material used for dental bonding, the resin can be colored to match the natural shade of your teeth.

In addition to the cosmetic benefits, tooth-colored fillings are also better for your general health and your oral health. The material will form a stronger bond with your tooth than metal fillings, increasing its longevity. Additionally, unlike metal, it will not expand and contract with temperature variations, a process which can fracture the tooth over time.

Snap-On Smile®

Snap-On Smile is a removable, custom-crafted appliance that fits comfortably over your dental arch. It can completely transform your smile without the need for extensive treatment or alteration of your teeth. Many patients use the Snap-On Smile as a temporary measure or a trial before deciding to undergo certain dental procedures.

Achieve a Dazzling Smile

If you are dissatisfied with the color and appearance of your smile, there are a number of treatment options available to you. Learn which procedure is best for you by discussing your concerns and cosmetic goals with your dentist.

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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