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

Porcelain Veneers for Small or Misshapen Teeth By drparr on November 16, 2018

Dentist taking tooth shade on patientCosmetic flaws, such as small or irregularly shaped teeth, can take away from the overall beauty of your smile. Cosmetic dentistry treatments such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers can transform your smile and give you a boost in confidence.

Here, our team at The Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA discusses porcelain veneers for small or misshapen teeth and explains how this treatment option can enhance the overall aesthetics of your smile.

What Causes Small or Misshapen Teeth?

One of the most common causes of small or misshapen teeth is genetics. If you have parents or grandparents with this issue, you are more likely to have the problem yourself.

Small or abnormally shaped teeth can also be caused by:

  • Bruxism: If you grind or clench your teeth habitually, it could lead to dental erosion. As a result, your teeth can appear jagged or small.
  • Gaps or spacing: Large spaces in the smile can make the teeth appear smaller than they really are.
  • Excess gum tissue: Patients with a “gummy smile”, or overgrowth of gum tissue, may notice that their teeth seem small, boxy, or misshapen. This appearance can occur when the natural tooth-to-gum ratio is off.
  • Misalignment: Orthodontic malocclusion or misalignment can make normally shaped teeth appear irregular.

Why Correct Small or Misshapen Teeth?

In addition to making your smile appear “off”, small or misshapen teeth can actually interfere with normal occlusion and bite function. As a result, your oral health could suffer.

Therefore, if you have irregularly shaped teeth, it is a good idea to see your dentist for an evaluation. If treatment is recommended, our team at The Smile Center can go over your options with you.

Porcelain Veneers for Small or Misshapen Teeth

Made from several layers of medical-grade ceramic, porcelain veneers are bonded to the front portions of the affected teeth. With veneers in place, the smile is transformed, offering optimal balance and symmetry.

How Does it Work?

Before placing veneers, your dentist will need to perform a comprehensive assessment to ensure you are free from decay and gum disease. If you are eligible for cosmetic treatment, minute amounts of enamel will be removed from the affected teeth.

This is necessary to make room for your new veneers and increase the bonding surfaces. Next, impressions will be taken and will be used to craft your veneers according to your distinctive dental anatomy.

Once your veneers have been made, your dentist will assess their color and fit. If everything looks good, they will be bonded permanently into place.

Are There Alternative Treatments?

There are several cosmetic treatments that can enhance your smile. If you have small or misshapen teeth, dental bonding may be another option.

Typically reserved for minor aesthetic flaws, dental bonding can alter the size and shape of the teeth through the application of composite resin. Your doctor can let you know if this is an option for you.

Learn More about Porcelain Veneers

If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers for small or misshapen teeth, schedule a visit at our practice. Contact us online or give us a call at (757) 473-8482.

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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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