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

Not All Stains Are the Same: Types of Tooth Discoloration By drparr on August 14, 2016

Degrees of tooth discolorationDental stains can ruin the overall appearance of your smile. If your teeth look yellow and dingy and unappealing, it can leave you feeling self-conscious about laughing, smiling, or speaking, even around people you have known for years.

Patients who come to The Smile Center know that we offer expert dental care with a focus on improved appearance as well as enhanced dental health. This approach to dental care is what makes us on of the leading cosmetic dentistry practices in Virginia Beach. What surprises many people is that not all stains are quite the same. The cause of a stain is important to consider wen it comes to proper treatment and prevention.

Types of Dental Stains

There are three types of dental stains:

  • Extrinsic dental stains
  • Intrinsic dental stains
  • Age-related dental stains

Let's consider each of these dental stains in a bit more detail.

What Causes Extrinsic Dental Stains?

Extrinsic dental stains are the types of stains that people are most familiar with. Extrinsic dental stains originate at the surface layer of the teeth and the penetrate down into the tooth structure. Common causes of extrinsic dental stains include:

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Red wine
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Beets
  • Berries
  • Colas

Treatments for Extrinsic Dental Stains

The ideal treatment for extrinsic dental stains typically involves teeth whitening. During teeth whitening treatment, bleaching agents are used to brighten the stained portions of the tooth structure. For serious extrinsic dental stains, teeth whitening may be limited in effectiveness. In such cases, the use of porcelain veneers may be preferable, allowing dentists to mask the stain from view.

What Causes Intrinsic Dental Stains?

Intrinsic dental stains are common as well, though not considered as often as extrinsic dental stains. Intrinsic originate within a tooth's internal structure rather than on the surface of the tooth like an extrinsic dental stain.

Common causes of intrinsic dental stains include:

  • Injury to the tooth
  • Overexposure to fluoride as a child
  • Use of tetracycline as a child
  • Dentinogenesis (a rare genetic condition)

Treatments for Intrinsic Dental Stains

When it comes to treating intrinsic dental stains, teeth whitening is not a viable option. The dental bleaching agent will only be able to penetrate so far into the tooth, and certainly will not be able to reach the central portion of the tooth structure where the staining originates. The best option is the use of dental bonding and porcelain veneers to mask the discoloration from view.

What Causes Age-Related Dental Stains?

Age-related dental stains are a type of tooth discoloration that occurs with advanced age. The wear and tear on the teeth over time can take its toll on the appearance of your smile. In essence, age-related tooth discoloration is a mix of extrinsic and intrinsic staining.

Treatments for Age-Related Dental Stains

Given that age-related dental stains are both intrinsic and extrinsic in nature, the common treatment for these kinds of stains typically involves a mix of teeth whitening and procedures that conceal stains from view. The best approach can be determined during the consultation process.

Learn More About Treating Tooth Discoloration

To learn more about tooth discoloration and how it can be treated, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at The Smile Center looks forward to your visit and helping you feel confident while also have great dental health.

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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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