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

What to Expect While Adjusting to Your New Veneers By drparr on February 13, 2019

Inside view of mouth with veneer hovering near front incisor  Porcelain veneers are a great way to enhance your smile. The cosmetic treatment requires no recovery time and can address misshapen, worn, or discolored teeth.

At the Smile Center, Drs. Scott Parr and Tara Frey offer porcelain veneers, along with several other cosmetic and restorative treatment options, at our Virginia Beach, VA practice.

Porcelain veneers require minimal adjustment time. The veneers closely match the look and feel of your natural teeth. Here, we offer tips to help you adjust to your new porcelain veneers.

Waiting for Your New Veneers

While your custom veneers are being fabricated, you will wear temporary veneers. These will protect the teeth, but you may experience an adjustment period to the temporary veneers.

Because veneer treatment requires the removal of small amounts of enamel, you may notice increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures in your mouth. Avoiding hot tea and ice cream until you fully adjust to these changes can help you avoid discomfort.

During this time, you will want to eat softer foods, and avoid biting into anything tough, so the temporary veneers stay in place.

Adjusting to the Feel of Your Custom Veneers

After your veneers are placed, you may notice a slightly different sensation when running the tip of your tongue over the front of your teeth. This temporary change in sensation will be less noticeable in the days and weeks following your veneer treatment.

Eating with Your Veneers

While it may feel strange to eat during the initial adjustment period, it is fine to eat your regular foods once your custom veneers are in place. During the first two weeks, you may want to eat softer foods while you get used to your new veneers.

Once you become accustomed to your veneers, and you start eating normally again, you will want to take care not to bite into anything overly hard or tough. For the most part, this refers to inedible items such as the fingernails, or avoiding bad habits like opening cans with your teeth.

Talking with Your Veneers

Most patients find that speech and other oral functions feel completely normal after two weeks. If you find that you lisp or have difficulty making certain sounds, practice them until you can speak normally with your veneers.

Tips for Protecting Your Veneers

The most important thing to remember about your new veneers is that they should be treated with the same care and consideration as your natural teeth.

Veneers are designed to be stain-resistant, but they are not stain-proof. Try cutting back on coffee, tea, and other staining drinks to preserve the appearance of your new prosthetics.

Also, avoid biting hard objects and practice good oral health habits.

Learn How Porcelain Veneers Can Improve Your Smile

Dr. Parr opened our clinic in 1989. Under our skilled care, you can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile in as few as two visits. Porcelain veneers require no recovery time and little to no adjustment time.

To learn more about the quick turnaround time offered by porcelain veneers, contact our office online or call (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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