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. 

Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Bright, vibrant teeth are key to a beautiful smile. However, factors such as age, food, and the environment can cause teeth to appear dull and discolored. If you are unhappy with a lackluster smile, Zoom!® Teeth Whitening can brighten your teeth by up to eight shades. You can choose between an in-office treatment, which can be completed in only 45 minutes, and take-home kits that can be used in the comfort of your home. These whitening solutions contain a bleaching agent known as hydrogen peroxide, which penetrates deep into teeth to eliminate stains.

Types of Dental Staining

There are two forms of dental staining: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains affect the outer layer of the tooth, or the enamel. Food and drinks such as dark berries, tea, coffee, wine, and pasta sauce can cause extrinsic stains to develop. Brushing your teeth can help to remove surface stains, but professional whitening offers more dramatic results.

Intrinsic dental stains affect the inner portion of the tooth, known as dentin. This type of discoloration can result from an overexposure to fluoride, medications like tetracycline, and trauma. More often than not, professional teeth whitening cannot effectively address intrinsic stains. Treatments such as porcelain veneers may be a more suitable alternative.

Candidates for Zoom! Teeth Whitening

You may be a candidate for treatment if you:

  • Struggle with extrinsic dental stains
  • Have not had success with over-the-counter products
  • Want immediate results
  • Have healthy teeth and gums
  • Do not have severe dental sensitivity

Your doctor can conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and review your medical history to determine whether you qualify for treatment.

Professional Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Treatments

There are many forms of whitening treatment, ranging in price and efficacy. While products such as toothpastes, strips, and rinses can lighten a smile compromised by extrinsic stains, the results are often less dramatic and take weeks or months to achieve. In contrast, some products contain a dangerous amount of peroxide, which can cause severe sensitivity.

Professional teeth whitening offers predictable results, and reduces your risk of irritation. 

Professional teeth whitening offers predictable results, and reduces your risk of irritation. Whether you choose to brighten your smile in the office or at home, you can work alongside a qualified professional who can monitor your progress. Your dentist can even alter the concentration of peroxide as needed. Moreover, chairside treatments can be completed in under one hour, so you can reap the benefits of whitening more quickly.

An In-Office Whitening Treatment

Your dentist can begin by cleaning and drying your teeth, before placing a cheek retractor to gain better access to your smile. To ensure the whitening agent does not transfer from the teeth, your dentist can apply a special protective solution to the gums. The whitening gel will be carefully applied to the surface of the teeth, and an LED light will be used to activate the bleaching agent. This process can be repeated as needed to achieve your goals. Most patients can enjoy a more vibrant smile in as little as 45 minutes. After whitening your teeth, your dentist can apply a post-treatment gel to reduce your risk of sensitivity. 

At-Home Kit

If you choose to lighten your teeth at home, your dentist can create custom trays that will deliver the whitening gel directly to the surface of your teeth. You may be directed to wear your trays for a short period of time each day, or overnight. The typical treatment timeline is two weeks. At-home kits can also be used to maintain in-office whitening treatments.

Benefits of Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Chairside Zoom! Teeth Whitening is an excellent solution for patients with upcoming events, such as weddings or reunions. Whiter teeth can improve your sense of confidence and encourage you to engage in life more freely. With Zoom! take-home kits, you can also experience the convenience of whitening your smile in your own home. For patients who feel self-conscious about stained teeth, professional whitening can provide truly life-changing results.

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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