Adult Orthodontics: It’s never too late for your dream smile!

It’s never too late to achieve the confident, beautiful smile you always wanted. More and more at Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics, we’re hearing from adults who want a straighter smile. Either they didn’t keep up with their retainer and are hoping for their old smile back, or they never had orthodontics and would like to see the smile of their dreams in the mirror. Whichever boat you fall into, we’re here to help. While many people think of an orthodontic practice as a place for kids and teens, at Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics we also love treating adults.

Comfortable, Effective Treatment

Advances in orthodontic technology have made treatment more comfortable and precise than ever. Modern braces and clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are customized to your exact specifications as outlined by our Doctors. Combined with our (goop-free!) 3D scanner, you can expect better results, in shorter times, and a more comfortable experience from start to finish.

The Benefits

There are many benefits to orthodontic treatment for adults! Here are some to name a few:
A confident smile: There is nothing like wanting to show off your smile. Misaligned teeth cause many adults to feel self-conscious about their smiles.
Healthier gums: Food is more likely to get trapped and cause plaque buildup, which is harder to brush and appropriately floss, increasing the chances of gum disease (periodontal disease). Crowded teeth can cause redness and swelling of the gums.
Stronger teeth: Teeth are constantly put under pressure. Crooked teeth can receive more wear and tear and a misaligned bite can mean uneven force on your jaw. Trapped food in misaligned teeth can cause tooth decay.
Overall Improvement of health: A misaligned bite, worn or missing teeth can make it more difficult to fully chew food, causing gastrointestinal problems. Inflammation of the gums has been linked to heart disease and diabetes.

Treatment Options

Invisalign: When it comes to treating adults, clear aligners are the name of the game. The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates called aligners that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth.

Damon Smile Braces: Our office is pleased to offer our patients passive self-ligating Damon Smile braces. Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the archwire, reducing the amount of pressure exerted on the teeth and allowing the teeth to move more freely, quickly, and comfortably. Thanks to these innovative new braces, achieving your perfect smile can be faster and easier than you ever thought possible!

Ready for a NEW smile?

Our friendly team is waiting to answer any of your questions and start you or your child on a path to a gorgeous smile. Contact us today for a complimentary virtual or in-person consultation! Visit us online at www.gulfcoastbraces.com, or call us at any of our local offices: Pensacola: (850) 477-2180 Gulf Breeze: (850) 934-2828 Perdido: (850) 477-2180.

Early Orthodontic Treatment: It’s About More than Just the Smile

Every parent wants their child to smile with confidence, and a consultation with an orthodontist is one of the best approaches to ensuring that goal. However orthodontic treatment, especially during your child’s younger years, has many benefits … beyond straight teeth and a healthy bite. At Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics we see children as young as seven, to prevent future issues and adjust for them before they become larger problems, which are more difficult or invasive to treat.

Early treatment can:

PREVENT OVERCROWDING:

Traditionally, orthodontists may wait until age 12 or 13 to treat a crowding problem, but the problem isn’t going to get any better by waiting. Through early treatment we can regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, creating additional space for permanent teeth. This can lessen or decrease the possibility of permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth and can even help correct abnormal swallowing or speech problems.

AVOID CROSSBITES:

A crossbite is when you close your mouth and some of your upper teeth are sitting inside your lower teeth — rather than on the outside. A trained eye can see early on if crossbites will be an issue as the rest of your child’s permanent teeth come in. The earlier treatment begins, the easier it will be because your child’s jaw is less developed at this early age and can be guided along the right path rather than working to reverse issues at a later age.

SIMPLIFY TREATMENT:

Early treatment (Phase 1), when indicated, can simplify later treatment (Phase 2). Children who undergo early treatment often have a much shorter second phase of treatment once their permanent teeth come in. This makes life easier for both them and you as their schedules get busier and busier.

At Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics we strive to make children’s visits comfortable and positive.

No more goop! We have a state-of-the-art, iTero® Element™ digital scanner, which is used to take 3D impressions on each child, allowing us to permanently retire that uncomfortable, gooey, impression material we all (not-so-fondly) remember.

Family oriented: We strive to provide a positive, warm and friendly atmosphere to all of our patients, especially young children. We know that the first impressions we make can impact their attitude toward not only orthodontic care but also healthcare as a whole.

Our friendly team is waiting to answer any of your questions and start you or your child on a path to a gorgeous smile. Contact us today for a complimentary virtual or in-person consultation! Visit us online at www.gulfcoastbraces.com, or call us at any of our local offices: Pensacola: (850) 477-2180, Gulf Breeze: (850) 934-2828, Perdido: (850) 477-2180.

Thank you for voting us Best Orthodontist 3 years in a row!

The Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics team is thrilled to announce that we were voted “Best Orthodontist” in Inweekly’s Best of The Coast 2021! We are so proud to serve this amazing community. Thank you for this honor, Pensacola!

Drs. Woodfin and Cabassa have over 50 years of combined experience in the orthodontic field – the highest of any orthodontic practice in the Gulf Coast region. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation– in person, or virtually! Visit us online at www.gulfcoastbraces.com, or call us at any of our local offices: Pensacola: (850) 477-2180, Gulf Breeze: (850) 934-2828, Perdido: (850) 477-2180

New Normal, New Smile!

At Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics we’ve noticed a trend over the past year: more and more people are looking to straighten their teeth with orthodontics. Adults have always been interested in having a great smile but we think there’s a reason for this sharp increase in requests: they are looking to the future and ready to navigate the new normal with a new smile. As we return to our pre-covid (mask-less) routines again, many are seeking a Zoom-ready smile while they work from home while others who are heading back to the office are seeking that new and beautiful smile that they’ve always wanted for their grand return!

It’s not just any orthodontic treatment they’re after Invisalign is the most highly sought. Invisalign Clear Aligners are the way to go for adult orthodontic treatment. Not only do they take less time than traditional braces, but they’re virtually invisible! Plus, we can treat only the elements of your smile that are most important to you.

Get that new smile as we go fully maskless again!

Here’s how it works: we start with a digital scan of your teeth and then Dr. Woodfin and Dr. Cabassa use our digital imaging technology to map out a unique treatment plan and create custom aligners to guide your teeth along their journey. It will be important that you wear your aligners 22 hours per day – and since we’re all home more often these days, good hygiene will be easier to attain.

We know there are a lot of direct to consumer options out there – here’s why we think it’s important to seek orthodontic care at a local practice: Orthodontists MOVE BONES IN YOUR FACE. Your teeth are bones! Without proper x-rays you could cause serious damage to your jaw, bite and smile. Local orthodontists, like Dr. Woodfin and Dr. Cabassa, have spent years studying in dental school and then additional years of education to gain an Orthodontic specialty degree. The team at Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics has also been treating patients in the Pensacola area for over 25 years and is trusted by thousands of families in our community.

Ready for a new smile? Schedule an appointment with us today! Contact us today for a complimentary virtual or in-person consultation! Visit us online at www.gulfcoastbraces.com, or call us at any of our local offices:  Pensacola: (850) 477-2180 Gulf Breeze: (850) 934-2828 Perdido: (850) 477-2180.

Invisalign Teen: The Choice is Clear!

Many parents know about Invisalign®, the virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without metal braces that we now have over 20 years of experience providing for all patients. But we’re often asked for more information about Invisalign® Teen– a treatment option we have offered since 2008.

Our doctors, Drs. Greg Woodfin and Sal Cabassa have over 50 years of combined experience in the orthodontic field – one of the highest of any practice along the Gulf Coast area. With all of our team’s experience as Premier Invisalign Providers, we are happy to offer the answers to the top common questions that we’re asked about Invisalign Teen. It is a high priority to us that our patients are educated on what we’re doing every step of the way so that they understand their treatment plans and feel comfortable with our process and timelines – that goes for teens and parents! We hope you find these answers helpful!

What’s Invisalign Teen?

In short, rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign® Teen uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth, a result of precise images we take with the sophisticated iTero Scanner. Your teen simply wears these aligners over their teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners periodically—most often every two weeks. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place.

Can Invisalign Teen be as effective as wearing traditional braces?

When worn according to the customized plan we set in place, Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces. The chances are very high your teen will be a candidate for Invisalign as it can treat many of the common issues we see.

What are some of the responsibilities of wearing Invisalign Teen?

It’s very important that aligners are worn the majority of the day. Compliance and cooperation is critical to any orthodontic care but especially Invisalign. Invisalign Teen is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed approximately every two weeks. In fact, Invisalign Teen aligners have blue indicators that fade over time when used as directed so we can track compliance.

What sets us apart?

Our team wants to help boost all teen’s confidence! Research shows that parents underestimate the extent to which teens feel self-conscious about their smile—and their appearance in general. Wearing braces can often make this lack of confidence even worse. Invisalign Teen removes a potential source of anxiety, giving them more confidence during what can be a challenging time in their lives. Our team will support your teen throughout their treatment while educating them on the importance of following all of the steps that are included in the treatment process. Although this approach is not for every situation, we feel it should be considered when making your choices for teen, as well as adult, orthodontic treatment.

At Woodfin & Cabassa Orthodontics, we pay personal attention to every patient and make sure our patients are educated on what we’re doing every step of the way. You’ll never feel out of the loop or pressured into any decisions at our practice. We take the time to make sure our treatment plans are clear and we work hard to get excellent results for every single patient and their family.