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

Dental Bonding vs Porcelain Veneers: Comparing Cosmetic Treatments By drparr on May 14, 2017

A woman smilingThe team at our Virginia Beach dental care center offers patients the latest in cosmetic dentistry treatments. We have many ways to enhance the beauty of your smile, fixing the teeth as well as the gums. When it comes to fixing cosmetic issues with the teeth, dental bonding and porcelain veneers are common solutions.

Patients often ask us which one might be more ideal for them. Let's take a moment to compare dental bonding to porcelain veneers so you know which may be better given your needs.

About Dental Bonding

Dental bonding refers to the use of tooth-colored dental resin to mask imperfections that affect the teeth. This tooth colored dental resin is carefully polished to blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth structure. When the bonding procedure is completed, patients are able to smile with renewed confidence. The bonding material is durable, allowing it to stay in place for a long time. No one will be able to tell that they have undergone a dental procedure.

What Problems Can Dental Bonding Solve?

Dental bonding is an excellent treatment option for the following cosmetic dental issues:

  • Tooth discoloration and stains
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Small fractures
  • Minor gaps

Thanks to the effectiveness of dental bonding, multiple minor cosmetic flaws can be addressed thanks to dental bonding.

About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are fixed to the fronts of people's teeth in order to mask cosmetic flaws from view. With porcelain veneers in place, major aesthetic problems that leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile can be hidden away. The material is semi-translucent, which makes the veneers blend in seamlessly with your teeth. Even up close, no one will be able to tell you have porcelain veneers in place.

What Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Solve?

Porcelain veneers are an excellent treatment option for the following cosmetic dental issues:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Dental stains
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Fractures
  • Gaps
  • Crooked teeth
  • Issues with tooth asymmetry

Given the versatility of porcelain veneers, multiple problems may be solved with just porcelain veneers alone.

Is One Treatment Better Than the Other?

No necessarily. When it comes to dental treatment, the idea of "better" really depends on the needs of the patients. Some patients may be better suited for dental bonding. This is true of very minor aesthetic flaws that affect the teeth. For more serious aesthetic flaws, porcelain veneers tend to be a more ideal solution.

During the consultation process, we can assess your situation and determine if dental bonding or porcelain veneers is right for you and your needs.

Smile Makeovers: Combining Treatment Options

In addition dental bonding and porcelain veneers, some patients may be ideal candidates for smile makeovers. A smile makeover is an advanced cosmetic dentistry procedure that combines multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures. Smile makeovers are ideal for complicated dental issues. A combination of dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and other procedures may be used to help enhance the overall appearance of your smile. The results can be quite dramatic.

Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry

To learn more about dental bonding and porcelain veneers, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We'll be more than happy to go over each treatment option and help determine which one may be most ideal for you and your needs.

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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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