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

The Porcelain Veneers Replacement Process By drparr on March 14, 2017

A porcelain veneer covering a toothPeople in and around Virginia Beach know they can count on us for exceptional dental care services. We offer the latest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments, including porcelain veneers and other smile makeover options.

While porcelain veneers are excellent for addressing chips, cracks, stains, and other aesthetic flaws, they do have a certain lifespan and will require replacement years down the road. Let's explore these issues right now.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers are quite durable, but like natural tooth structure, they can be chipped, cracked, and damaged. For most people, porcelain veneers will last about 10 years. With good oral hygiene and proper care, porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years. Eventually, though, your porcelain veneers, like other restorations, will require replacement.

Reasons for Porcelain Veneer Replacement

There are a few reasons why your porcelain veneers may require replacement. The most common issues are as follows:

  • Natural Wear and Tear – As noted above, your porcelain veneers can be worn down and damaged by the same things that harm your natural teeth. Years of biting and chewing will eventually take their toll.

  • Physical Injury and Trauma – If you suffer a serious blow to the face, head, or mouth, this can lead to a chip or crack of a porcelain veneer.

  • Tooth Decay Around the Veneer – When there is damage to a tooth that the veneer is covering, it's sometimes necessary to remove the veneer in order to address the problem. In these cases, a new porcelain veneer may be placed.

  • Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) – The gnashing, clenching, and shifting of the teeth can do a lot of damage to your regular tooth structure and your porcelain veneers.

The Porcelain Veneer Replacement Process

The process of replacing your porcelain veneers is similar to the process of the initial placement. First the old veneer is removed and the tooth is polished clean. A little bit of the tooth structure is removed to accommodate the new veneer. Typically this means less than a millimeter of material. An impression is then taken for a new veneer to be crafted at a dental lab. Once the new porcelain veneer is ready, it can be adhered in place.

Like your old veneers, a new porcelain veneer will generally last up to 15 years before replacement may be necessary.

Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Porcelain Veneers

To prolong the life of your porcelain veneers, consider the following tips:

  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day
  • Avoid snacking on junk food and soft drinks
  • Wear mouth protection and head protection when applicable
  • Discuss issues with dental pain with your dentist
  • Attend regular checkups with your dentist twice a year

Do My Porcelain Veneers Need Replacement?

If you got porcelain veneers a while ago and wonder if you're due for a placement, be sure to visit our practice for a consultation. We'll examine your veneers and your teeth in their current state and let you know if a new set of porcelain veneers are right for you.

Learn More About Porcelain Veneers

For more information about porcelain veneers and if your current veneers require replacement, we encourage you to contact our advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Our team will answer your questions and address your concerns.

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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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