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

Overlapping Teeth: What Treatments Are Available? By drparr on October 14, 2017

A woman smiling outdoorsNot everyone can be born with a perfectly aligned smile. Thankfully there are many dental care options that can address issues with crooked teeth and malocclusion. Our Virginia Beach cosmetic dentistry center offers a wide array of treatments that can address all sorts of issues that impact dental alignment.

When it comes to overlapping teeth, the right approach is determined by the degree of overlap. Let's consider the problems caused by teeth that overlap and then look at some of the options for treatment.

Problems Caused by Overlapping Teeth

Overlapping teeth can cause a combination of cosmetic and health issues.

In terms of cosmetic problems caused by overlapping teeth, your smile may appear extremely crooked and misaligned. This can result in a great deal of self-consciousness, making you hesitant to smile, laugh, and speak around others, even people you have known for many years.

With regard to dental health, overlapping teeth may result in pain and soreness, particularly when biting and chewing. It can make eating certain foods next to impossible. Overlapping teeth can also contribute to teeth grinding (bruxism), which can cause tooth damage, gum recession, and problems with the jaw joint such as TMJ disorders.

Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry Procedures

When the overlapping of the teeth is not so severe, cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures may be considered. This is only an option when the overlap is purely aesthetic and does not impact a patient's dental health and wellness.

In some cases, a porcelain veneer or two may be used to slightly reshape a tooth and conceal the minor overlap. In other instances, a dental crown may be considered. The overlapping tooth can be reshaped and capped, allowing for a normal and perfectly aligned appearance.

Orthodontic Care for Overlapping Teeth

The most common treatment for overlapping teeth is orthodontic care. Braces, palatal expanders, headgear, and other appliances can be used to reshape and straighten a person's smile. The gradual application of tension over several months can lead to excellent alignment.

Orthodontic care can be performed on minors as well as adults. In general, it's best for orthodontic treatment to be implemented earlier in life. When people are still growing and maturing, it's easier to improve dental alignment.

Oral Surgery and Advanced Dental Procedures

When the overlapping is too severe for orthodontic care alone, the ideal approach is to perform oral surgery. Dental surgery can used to adjust bone structure, reshape or reposition a tooth, alter the shape of the dental arch, and extract teeth that are too far out of position. Following oral surgery, orthodontic care and restorative measures can be taken to straighten teeth and create an optimally aligned smile.

As you can imagine, these dental procedures vary from patient to patient depending on the issue they're dealing with.

Developing a Treatment That's Right for the Patient

So which treatment option is right for you? The best way to find out is to visit our practice for a consultation. During your visit, we will take x-rays and asses your situation to determine the right approach to take to improve the alignment and appearance of your smile.

Learn More About Your Treatment Options

For more information about treating overlapping teeth and improving the alignment of your smile, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist today. We will work with you to improve the health of your smile as well as its overall appearance.

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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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