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. 

LaserSmile

Who Can Undergo Teeth Whitening?

As people age, teeth become discolored for many reasons, but the primary causes are consuming darkly colored food and drinks, and smoking tobacco. Virtually anyone who is dissatisfied with the color of his or her teeth may benefit from teeth whitening. While most stains will respond to whitening, yellow discoloration tends to yield the best results.

Who Should Avoid Teeth Whitening?

For fillings, crowns, or veneers, patients should know that teeth whitening will not work on the restorations. When dental work discolors, the restorations would need to be replaced. Many dentists will recommend teeth whitening for patients prior to having restorations placed, particularly cosmetic veneers and bonding, so that the new dental work matches tooth enamel at its brightest.

Because fewer treatments and less time are involved with LaserSmile treatment, patients tend to experience less sensitivity after the procedure, compared with both other in-office and at-home whitening systems.

Usually, dentists will not perform teeth whitening on patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding. Patients younger than 16 years of age are also not eligible for teeth whitening because the nerves within teeth are enlarged and chemical bleaching could lead to increased sensitivity during and after the procedure.

Patients with teeth or gums that are especially sensitive may choose not to undergo whitening, because the procedure could worsen these conditions. Many whitening systems utilize peroxide gels, so any patient with an allergy to peroxide should avoid these systems.

Teeth stains that are brown, gray, or purple may not respond well to chemical whitening. For these, a cosmetic dentist may suggest covering the teeth with porcelain veneers or resin bonding.

What Is LaserSmile Teeth Whitening System?

LaserSmile Teeth Whitening System was developed by Biolase, a dental and medical device company that specializes in laser technology. LaserSmile utilizes a laser, a handpiece, and a proprietary peroxide-based gel.

Before whitening begins, the dentist or hygienist will protect the patient’s gums with a barrier. Next, the proprietary gel is applied to the patient’s teeth. The dentist then uses the handpiece to direct the laser onto the teeth to activate the gel. The laser is applied for bursts of 15 seconds, for up to a total of 16 minutes. Finally, the gel is rinsed from the teeth, and the barrier on the gums is removed.

What Are the Benefits of LaserSmile Teeth Whitening System Over Other Whitening Systems?

To begin with, LaserSmile is extremely safe, and it poses many benefits over other whitening systems. Unlike competing in-office whitening systems, LaserSmile requires only one treatment. In addition, the time required for LaserSmile is typically less than one hour (often 30-45 minutes), while other in-office whitening systems can take twice as long.

Because fewer treatments and less time are involved with LaserSmile treatment, patients tend to experience less sensitivity after the procedure, compared to many in-office and at-home whitening systems.

laser teeth whitening
LaserSmile can provide a dramatic whitening effect that lasts for years.

Who Can Perform LaserSmile Teeth Whitening?

LaserSmile Teeth Whitening must be performed in a dentist’s office with the appropriate equipment from Biolase.

How Should Patients Care for Their Teeth After LaserSmile Teeth Whitening?

Patients who have undergone LaserSmile teeth whitening should continue to practice good dental hygiene following the procedure, including brushing the teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. In addition to not using tobacco products of any kind, dentists typically recommend avoiding foods and drinks that may re-stain the teeth, such as tea, coffee, cola, red wine, dark sauces, and berries. Attending twice-a-year checkups and cleanings is imperative for continued good oral health.

How Long Does LaserSmile Teeth Whitening Last?

With proper dental hygiene, teeth whitening with LaserSmile can last for many years. Patients can seek re-treatment when teeth begin to discolor. Between sessions, ask your dentist whether at-home whitening is a good option for maintaining your bright 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.

Contact Us Today

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite

Gainesville Office

7575 W University Ave
Ste P
Gainesville, FL 32607

Closed Today

What is the best time for you?

Add additional time

Tell us a bit about yourself...

(352) 331-4626 Send a message