Dear patients.

We are happy to say that we are now open and operating under our full schedule.

COVID-19 has been a very difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care, and we deeply appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to help control the spread of the coronavirus.

Your health and well-being continue to be our highest priority, and we opened with carefully planned and revised office procedures to greatly minimize the risk of infection for our patients and our team members. Our own families are also patients here, so you can be assured that we’ll be taking care of you just as well as we’ll be taking care of them.

For your peace of mind, the measures we are taking to provide a safe dental treatment experience include, but are not limited to, the following:

Upon Your Arrival at the Office

●     Patients will be screened BEFORE treatment and temperatures will be checked. Any patients showing signs of a fever or other symptoms of illness will be asked to reschedule their appointment.

●     ONLY patients will be allowed entry into the office. Parents and other family members will be asked to wait outside whenever possible.

●     Patients are asked to wait in their cars or outside the office until their scheduled appointment time.

●     The waiting area chairs will be spaced apart to allow for 6 feet of distancing.

●     We will ask that you continue to practice social distancing measures in common areas of the office, including the front desk.

●     The front door and the door between the waiting area and operatories will be propped open all day.

●     There will be no physical contact with patients with the exception of treatment.

During Treatment

●     All rooms will be COMPLETELY sterilized before each patient is seated, and public areas, including restrooms, will be cleaned and sterilized frequently throughout the day.

●     All operatories have high-volume air filtration and we have installed a whole office purification system. This system will kill the Covid virus along with other contaminates

●     Our team will STRICTLY follow guidelines set forth by the CDC, OSHA, and ADA in regards to personal protective equipment (PPE) and office sterilization.

●     During patient care, goggles or face shields will be worn by everyone and changed between patients.

●     All surfaces that came in contact with the patient will be wiped with disinfectant including the patient chair.

Checking Out After Your Appointment

●    We will be requesting prepayments when we know the amount of payment which will expidite your visit 

●     All efforts will be made to complete scheduling in the back of the office so you can leave without stopping at the front desk

We are proceeding with an abundance of caution, but we want you to feel as confident as we do that any visit you make to our office will be a safe one.

We also realize that many of you have been impacted financially during this outbreak, and we have solutions to keep dental care affordable for you and your family.

To discuss these payment options, schedule an appointment, or ask us any questions you may have about your next visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 757-473-8482

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Parr, Dr. Frey and the Smile Center Team

Why We’re the Right Dentists for Your Teen By drparr on April 08, 2016

Close up of a teen’s healthy mouthTime is a funny thing. When a person is 15, 30 seems old. In a person’s teenage years, the concept of having to pay consequences in the future for poor choices now may be hard to grasp because, after all, the future is a long, long way away. Leave cosmetic dentistry to the people in their thirties because I’m 15 and my smile is just fine, thank you.

Of course, by the time we reach adulthood, we know differently. 15 feels like it was yesterday, and the phrase “If I knew then what I know now…” comes to mind a lot. Fortunately for our teenaged children, they can know now what we didn’t know then. By taking them to a dentist who understands the special needs of teens while they are still impressionable and their opinions about dentistry are still being formed, parents can help to instill in them a good attitude toward oral health that will last a lifetime.

Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey provide exceptional dental care for teens at their Virginia Beach, VA dental practice. They know how to relate to teens honestly, openly, and respectfully, without making them feel condescended to or as though they are being treated like children. They would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate why they are the right dentists for your teen during a confidential consultation at their state-of-the-art office. Simply contact The Smile Center today, and we’ll take care of the rest.

What Are the Special Needs of Teen Patients?

As a parent, you consider your teenager your child, naturally. But your teen probably does not see things quite that way. Most teens recognize that they are not legally adults, but yearn for the independence that comes with adulthood. They are ready to start testing their boundaries and taking chances. Unfortunately, they are not always ready to accept the consequences.

While teenagers may not legally be adults, their bodies have undergone many of the changes that qualify them as adults on a physical level. Teens have all of their adult teeth, which means that they are out of do-overs. While they may understand this intellectually, it can be a hard concept for some teens to grasp emotionally. After all, they are just a few short years removed from visits from the tooth fairy. Now, they have to live with the fact that a tiny cavity in a tooth will impact their oral health for the rest of their lives.

On the other hand, establishing healthy habits now will also impact their oral health for the rest of their lives, but in the best way possible. We impart this fact to teens by providing them with straightforward, fact-based education about their teeth and gums. We don’t speak in euphemisms or try to make dentistry “cool.” We treat our teen patients as intelligent human beings who care about preserving their smiles.

It’s amazing what can be accomplished through open, honest communication.

In terms of dental treatments that we offer to teenagers, sealants are extremely popular as they help protect the teeth from the bacteria that cause cavities. For teenaged patients who already have cavities, we offer tooth-colored fillings as a safe, aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional metal fillings.

Learn More about Dental Care for Teens

To learn more about the dental care we provide to teens, please contact The Smile Center today.

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The Smile Center

The Smile Center in Virginia Beach has been providing high-quality dental care since 1988. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • The American Orthodontic Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact us online or call (757) 473-8482 today.

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