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

A Closer Look at the Invisalign Treatment Timeline By drparr on December 10, 2018

Invisalign trays and Invisalign logoCrooked, turned, and crowded teeth can affect the look, feel, and function of your smile. Because of the aesthetic and oral health problems associated with misaligned teeth, many patients decide to undergo orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign® has become a popular orthodontic treatment for its discretion and comfort. This system relies on a series of clear, plastic aligners to straighten the teeth.

The Invisalign treatment timeline is roughly the same as  the braces treatment timeline, but is more convenient. The dentists at the Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA, review what to expect of your Invisalign experience.

An Overview of the Invisalign Process

Invisalign treatment applies gentle pressure to the teeth using a progression of aligner trays that are made from clear, bio-compatible plastic.

These trays are customized for each patient based on digital impressions of their mouth and a computer-generated model. When worn, the trays are virtually invisible, and thanks to the smooth plastic, are very comfortable. Patients will be given a new tray to wear about every two weeks.

Step 1: Consultation

At an initial consultation, your dentist will examine the teeth to ensure that Invisalign can provide the necessary teeth-straightening results.

Invisalign is appropriate for most mild to moderate cases of tooth or bite misalignment. More severe cases may require traditional orthodontics.

If a patient is a suitable candidate for Invisalign treatment, your dentist will create a customized treatment plan. Impressions are taken of the teeth to create a 3D model of the mouth and map out treatment planning.

Step 2: Progressing Through Aligners

Invisalign aligners typically arrive within two to four weeks after treatment planning. Patients are asked to wear their aligners for at least 22 hours a day. This means the aligners should only be taken out for eating and hygiene purposes.

About every two weeks, patients will progress to a new aligner designed to gently move the teeth further into the correct position. Unlike traditional orthodontics, Invisalign aligners do not require manual adjustments or as many checkups.

How frequently you need to see your dentist to monitor your progress will depend your case and how you are progressing. Your dentist can give you a better idea of this during your consultation.

Step 3: Enjoying Your Final Results

Most patients need about 12 months to complete their Invisalign treatment, about the same amount of time as traditional orthodontic treatment.

The length of your Invisalign treatment will depend on the severity of your case, as well as your compliance in wearing the aligners for the daily minimum hours. Treatment timelines will take longer, and treatment may not work at all, if patients do not wear aligners consistently for at least 22 hours a day.

At your final appointment with your dentist, your progress will be reviewed to ensure that you have met your treatment goals. At this time, you and your dentist will also discuss how to maintain your straight teeth.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign treatment and whether it is the right tooth-aligning solution for you, reach out to us today. You can call and speak with a team member at (757) 473-8482. Or, fill out our online form and a member of our team will get back to you.

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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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