By Deborah Bostock-Kelley
When you make an appointment with Albert Family Orthodontics, patients will always see the orthodontist and practice founder, Dr. Jeremy Albert, DMD, MS. A specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, he divides his time between his Trinity and Palm Harbor practices. He wants his patients to have the assurance and guarantee that someone personally involved in their treatment always treats them with a passion for dentistry.
Growing up in Tarpon Springs, an East Lake High School alum, Dr. Albert earned his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from The University of Florida and has been honored with numerous awards and leadership positions with multiple dental associations since starting his career.
Dr. Albert fell in love with dentistry at an early age. His exceptional experience as a teenage braces patient led him to his lifelong career. In practice since 2003, he uses his 19 years of experience to care for his orthodontic patients conveniently where they live, work and go to school. He makes them feel comfortable, knowing they are in the most capable, experienced hands possible for braces, expanders, and Invisalign.
In addition to the amazing smile transformations in his office daily, Dr. Albert also has various promotions, donations, and giveaways planned for his patients and community throughout the year. From annually supporting teachers’ classrooms and donating to local schools to patient appreciation giveaways with prizes including electronics, gift cards, and recently an Oculus Quest 2 system, there is always something going on at Albert Family Orthodontics. This summer, their annual ‘Summer of Music and Smiles’ promotion will allow lucky winners to see Luke Bryan or The Weeknd live in a concert in Tampa.
When it comes to orthodontics, teens like the fun-colored bands that can accompany the classic silver and clear braces, and adults tend to gravitate to Invisalign because of the convenience and minimal intrusiveness in their lifestyle. Dr. Albert notes that some young people do choose Invisalign for their comfort and versatility for their active lifestyles. While some do-it-yourself products are available online, Dr. Albert has seen a significant increase in demand for consumers wanting professionally controlled and monitored treatment through Invisalign in his practice.
“I think most people know in their heart of hearts that the best treatment they can give themselves involves personally being seen by a doctor with experience and being monitored and helped throughout their treatment,” he said. “Invisalign has become very popular and is what most of our adult patients are treated with nowadays, with more and more teens deciding to do it as well over braces. For those unfamiliar, Invisalign is a series of clear trays that the patient wears for one week at a time, and we typically give them 12-16 trays each time they come in. They then progress through the trays in between the visits. We continually check them and ensure that they fit properly. Minimal movements with each aligner, but over the treatment time, it moves the teeth to where we want.”
Adding the Propel appliance to Invisalign treatment can reduce the length of treatment time by 30%. Propel applies a gentle vibration 5 minutes daily that helps increase the bone and tooth remodeling process, which speeds the rate at which teeth can be safely moved.
Albert Family Orthodontics treats children and adults, and new patient evaluations are always free of charge. Based on the recommendation by the American Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Albert suggests initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. Orthodontic treatment may not always be necessary at this early age but helps determine the best time to begin treatment and is complimentary.
The first consultation visit includes a thorough exam, a complimentary panoramic x-ray, and a discussion of potential treatment options and costs. Along with a low initial down payment, Albert Family Orthodontics offers no-interest, in-house financing, Care Credit, and accepts most insurance that includes orthodontics.
Dr. Albert is proud to offer the most advanced technology at Albert Family Orthodontics to help his patients see a replica of their teeth in a three-dimensional view. Digital scanning replaces antiquated tray impressions or molds of teeth.
Instead of the traditional physical dental impressions, which can be a potential contaminant and uncomfortable for patients, the iTero intraoral digital scanner scans a patient’s mouth to create a 3D digital model for braces, Invisalign, expanders, and diagnostic study models. Not only does the 3-D scan show the current structure of the teeth, but it can also produce a simulated outcome of what their teeth will look like after the completion of the expected treatment plan.
Dr. Albert has treated many orthodontic cases that initially present similar, but he knows that no two patients’ treatment is precisely the same. Treatment time varies per each patient’s specific orthodontic problem, but generally, it ranges from 6 to 24 months. A person’s average time in braces or Invisalign is approximately 15 months.
After an unprecedented last couple of years with the Covid-19 pandemic, inflation, supply chain issues, and staffing challenges, Dr. Albert is very appreciative that his orthodontic practice has continued to thrive and gladly supports his community’s schools, and youth sports teams and bands, and charities.
“One of the unique strengths of a well-oriented orthodontic practice has always been its ability to become part of its community in a beautiful and enjoyable partnership,” Dr. Albert said. “Individuals and families trust us with their orthodontic care and continue to support us, and our office is able to support the community around us through sponsorships and donations. And after almost twenty years in practice, I still feel honored with every patient who chooses to seek orthodontic care with our team. With every patient, I look forward to helping them improve their smile and working toward a result that I know they will be thrilled as well.”
Albert Family Orthodontics’ Trinity location is at Trinity Professional Place, 1806 Short Branch Drive, Suite #102 in Trinity (at the corner of Duck Slough and Trinity Blvds.) The Palm Harbor office is at 2445 Tampa Road, Suite A. For more information, call 727-376-2770 (Trinity) and 727-781-7475 (Palm Harbor), Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., or log on to www.albertfamilyortho.com.