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Invisalign – The Clear Choice for Orthodontics During Social Distancing

We live in strange times – gestures once taken for granted – handshakes, hugs, fist bumps – are now taboo; even our smiles are often hidden behind masks. But that doesn’t mean no one is seeing your smile. COVID-19 has meant socially distancing ourselves but it has also meant a boom in social media. Humans are social creatures and we’ve found new and creative ways to connect even while apart. 

More selfies, virtual school, virtual meetings, and video chats are happening than ever before, which means we are even more up close and personal with our smiles. We all want to feel confident on screen – teens and adults alike. Self confidence is a huge factor in teen development and having a beautiful smile increases teen confidence when they’ve achieved the smile they’ve always wanted. 

Now that the stay-at-home orders have been lifted, there is no reason to wait on getting the smile of your dreams for you or your child; and at Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics, we have combined the technology of Invisalign and Virtual Appointments, to make sure you are as safe as possible while achieving that smile.

Why is Invisalign a great choice right now?  

While we are all allowed out and about again, we’re doing everything we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients.  Invisalign allows for fewer in-person appointments while still ensuring you get the expertise of trained and specialized orthodontists like Dr. Cabassa and Dr. Woodfin. It’s extremely important to have an expert orthodontist plan, execute, and monitor your orthodontic treatment to ensure the best outcome as well as maintain the health of your teeth during treatment.  To get started, we use a 3D scanner to take images of your teeth and bone structure in order to map out a customized treatment plan and to build custom aligners that will help straighten your smile – invisibly. That means less time in your mouth to get started. 

Once your treatment plan is put in place, you will receive clear aligners to wear 22 hours a day – no skimping or treatment will take longer! We will want to see you for appointments, just like with braces, but with Invisalign we can space those appointments further out! The appointments can also be virtual so you don’t even have to leave your home.  During your treatment, you will receive a few batches of clear Invisalign aligners at a time. We then gauge your progress at appointments, and if all is going well, we move to the next set.

Invisalign allows us to help you attain the smile of your dreams- it’s the clear choice. At Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics, we have the expertise with both orthodontics and technology to help you get that smile. Our fun and friendly office may look a bit different than it used to, but we’re still finding ways to make sure you feel the love while you’re here! 

There is so much that we’re depriving ourselves of these days, don’t let the smile of your dreams be one of those things. We have flexible financing options available.

Call us today at (850) 477-2180 to schedule a free consultation– we can start virtually or in person – your choice! 

 

Virtual *is* Reality at Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics!

To continue serving our patients during the COVID-19 outbreak while keeping our community safe, Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics has gone completely virtual.

Virtual is Reality. We’re a technology-forward team, and we can seamlessly provide treatment to our patients during this challenging time.

We offer virtual orthodontic consultations for those considering enhancing their smile, and hope to e-meet you soon!

Simply click here to start.

Stay safe and healthy,

Dr. Cabassa & Dr. Woodfin

 

An important message from Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Patients,

In order to ensure the safety of our patients, our team and the community at large during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are adapting the way that we provide orthodontic treatment. What this means for you and your family:

-Regular appointments will now be done virtually

-We will implement curbside pick-up for additional aligners

-For all emergencies, please call (850) 477-2180

-All new patient consultations will be conducted virtually

We will reach out shortly if you have an upcoming appointment to discuss the best option for your family. It is our social responsibility to do our part to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our patients, staff, and our families from inadvertent exposure. Stay safe & healthy!

Yours virtually,

Dr. Woodfin & Dr. Cabassa

The Smile Tune-Up Program with Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics

Many of the parents in our practice had braces in the past (but didn’t wear a retainer) or you’ve simply never been happy with your smile. We also know that it’s a big time and financial commitment to undergo years of braces as an adult. Our team values the relationship we have with the families in our practice and don’t want any roadblocks in the way of you having a beautiful smile… or having it back again. That’s why we’re offering our new Smile Tune-Up Program, where we will address only the elements of your smile that are most important to you. That means shorter treatment times and reduced fees.

If you’re interested in talking about whether you’re a candidate for our Smile Tune-Up Program, set up a complimentary consultation at one of our three office locations in Pensacola, Perdido, or Gulf Breeze by calling 1-850-477-2180. We would be happy to explore this option with you, free of charge!

 

Is Orthodontics Ever Done in an Emergency?

Orthodontic treatment can be performed quickly, if it is done safely and in a systematic way. There are times when a dental procedure might be considered an emergency. If you have a painful infection or trauma to the mouth. Or, if you have a loose piece of hardware that is poking you or causing discomfort. These are emergencies that need to be taken care of stat. They require the services of a dentist or orthodontist to intervene quickly so you need to make an appointment ASAP. In times like these, we need to move fast.

 

Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics does not consider regular orthodontic treatment something that needs to be done in an emergency. Teeth just don’t move that way, at least not on purpose. In fact, we consider orthodontics like building a house. It takes expert planning and consideration before getting to work. We create an outline of where your teeth are now and assess any issues, like an overbite, crossbite or crowding. Then we put together a treatment plan that we will follow to ensure optimal results. We also work with your primary dentist to get appropriate dental records and confirmation that all routine dental care is completed before placing appliances. A good foundation will guarantee a positive outcome. All the specialists must come together to ensure the work is done the right way and in the right order.

 

Your orthodontic work is completed according to a timeline we develop from the beginning. Moving teeth and adjusting the jaw is not something that can be done overnight. (You’ve heard that Rome wasn’t built in a day!) But, we can move quickly as long as it is safe and reasonable for the work that needs to be done.

 

Can orthodontics be expedited if a patient wants it? Absolutely. If treatment can be done in a shorter time frame and in a safe manner, we will certainly oblige and discuss every option that is available. If all the requirements are met, we will move the process along as swiftly as possible. But remember that orthodontics must be performed in a systematic order. Neither Dr. Sal or Dr. Greg will ever “cut corners” just to get a patient in treatment on the same day of their initial exam.

 

We’re happy to answer all questions and we’ll make sure you or your child receives the right treatment plan for them. Contact us today for a complimentary 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

Join us at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 26th

Join Team Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics on Saturday, October 26th at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Pensacola. Check in is at 8 am and the walk begins at 9 am. The location is: The Community Maritime Park, 301 W Main St, Pensacola, FL.

CLICK HERE to join Team Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics!

Wait! Don’t Order DIY Orthodontic Treatment Until You Read This

It’s easy to do so many things these days with the click of a button. Order shoes! Get a ride across town. Watch your favorite blockbuster movie! It seems like every day there’s a newer and easier way to do almost everything. We’ve been programmed to accept that anything can be ordered online and delivered right to our front door. However, at Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics there is one thing that we believe has no easy replacement: orthodontic treatment. There is no match for a trained, experienced professional when it comes to your oral health, in addition to our Certified Orthodontic Assistants who all have over 12 years of experience.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) agrees. They recently issued a Consumer Alert listing key questions to ask about direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies. You can download a print-friendly version here.

The issue is that many direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies don’t involve the in-person evaluation and/or in-person supervision of your treatment that we provide at Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics. In-person supervision and expertise is important because there is more to creating a healthy, beautiful smile than moving the visible portions of your teeth. If not done correctly any dental work can lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues. 

 

The Top 10 Questions To Ask

The AAO advises that when researching orthodontic treatment (including treatment models from direct-to-consumer companies), you should consider many key questions, some of which include:

  1. As part of your treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before your treatment?
  2. As part of your treatment fee, do you receive any in-person visits to a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office during your treatment?
  3. Is only one treatment type offered (such as invisible aligners or a certain appliance)?
  4. If a dentist or orthodontist is involved with your treatment, do you know the name of the dentist or orthodontist who will be specifically involved with your case (for example, is it available on the company’s website or elsewhere)?
  5. What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment?
  6. Who is responsible for detecting any issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment? Is it you? If it is a doctor not associated with your treatment, who pays for those check-ups?
  7. If a doctor is involved with your orthodontic treatment, how can you contact him or her over the course of your treatment? How can you contact him or her if an emergency arises?
  8. If an emergency arises, does the company have a dentist or orthodontist in your area that you can see in-person? If not, who would cover the costs associated with seeing a dentist or orthodontist in your area?
  9. If you are injured or have another dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, how is it handled (litigation, arbitration, etc.) and what rights do you have? 
  10. Does the treatment model comply with the dental laws in your state? To check your state’s dental laws, click https://www.aaoinfo.org/state-laws-and-regulations. Information for your state dental board can be found at https://www.aaoinfo.org/aao/state-dental-board-info.

 

Where You Receive Your Health Care Is A Very Important Personal Decision

Remember that orthodontic treatment is not a product or device – it is a professional, medical service. 

 

Learn more about Dr. Greg Woodfin

“I have been a practicing orthodontist for more than 25 years. During that time, I have had the opportunity to work with many patients, creating with them smiles that not only improve their appearance, but also enhance their self-confidence and self-esteem. Each patients’ unique orthodontic needs, and their individual personalities, make my professional life rewarding and fulfilling. One of the primary reasons I chose to become an orthodontist is because it is an area of dental care that patients seek out: not just because of necessity, but because they want to change their lives.

In addition to my formal degrees, I am also passionate about pursuing continuing education opportunities. These allow me to keep abreast of the latest orthodontic techniques, which results in my being able to provide the most up-to-date orthodontic processes and treatments for my patients.”

 

Dr. Woodfin’s Education

Columbus State University, Bachelor of Science, Biology

Medical College of Georgia, Doctorate of Dental Medicine

Emory School of Dentistry, Orthodontics

 

Learn more about Dr. Sal Cabassa

“I love my work as an orthodontist. My greatest joy comes from teaming with patients to create the perfect smile, one that will increase their self-esteem, boost their self-confidence, and transform their lives. I believe in delivering the best orthodontic care possible, and enjoy the one-on-one interaction I have with my patients. I like getting to know them as individuals with fascinating lives. We learn from each other, and that is incredibly rewarding.

I also am a staunch believer in continuing education, which allows me to stay on the cutting edge of treatment options in orthodontics. This means I am able to provide the most comprehensive orthodontic treatment options for my patients.”

 

Dr. Cabassa’s Education

University of Florida, Doctor of Dental Medicine, 1990

University of Florida, Master of Science, Orthodontic Specialization, 1995

 

Before making any decision about orthodontic treatment, consider doing some research and having a complimentary in-person consultation at Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics. We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice.

 

We’re happy to answer all questions and we’ll make sure you or your child receives the right treatment plan for them. Contact us today for a complimentary 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

 

The Story Behind The Handprints…

In Pensacola, McGuire’s Irish Pub restaurant is a famous icon and is known not only for great food but for the over 1 million signed dollar bills hanging from the wall and ceiling. The first dollar was tacked to the ceiling for good luck, and a fantastic tradition began. So, about 20 years ago, we were only a few years into our new building and, on a whim, I had my staff and my kids do their handprint on a wall in our staff lounge just for fun. Since then, we’ve encouraged our patients to “sign” a Wall of Fame when they got their braces off. Instead of just a signature, they would place their handprint and signature along with the date of their “big day”. And that was the birth of our brand (borrowed from McGuire’s dollar bill idea!). Well, little did we predict that 20+ years later, it was exactly what we were looking for! Handprints are everywhere in the office. Most every wall and some low ceilings, even outside on the porch has become necessary because we were running out of walls and never wanted to paint over someone’s big day event.

Each handprint represents a new smile, a happy patient, and their big day at Woodfin Cabassa Orthodontics.

This year, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re celebrating our 55 years of combined experience!