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

Adult Orthodontic Treatment Can Improve Your Oral Health By drparr on May 06, 2019

An adult undergoing orthodontic treatmentPerhaps you have always wanted to address the appearance and function of your teeth, but you never received orthodontic care as a child or teenager. At the Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA, Drs. Scott Parr and Tara Frey offer adult orthodontic treatment.

We understand that, as an adult, you may feel very self-conscious about the look of metal braces. For this reason, we offer discreet orthodontic treatment options, including Invisalign® clear aligners, as well as traditional braces.

No matter which type of treatment you choose, we can help you achieve a more beautiful smile.

Are You a Candidate for Adult Orthodontic Treatment?

Many patients mistakenly believe that they are too old for orthodontic treatment. In fact, adults can benefit from braces just as much as teens. If you have any of the following issues, you may be a good candidate for adult orthodontic care:

• Crooked or overlapping teeth

• Extra spacing

• Turned, tipped, or rotated teeth

• Overbite

• Underbite

• Open bite

• Crossbite

We will carefully evaluate your teeth and take x-rays of your entire mouth. That way, we can determine your candidacy for orthodontic treatment, and begin creating your treatment plan.

Orthodontic Treatment Options for Adults

Our practice offers several different types of orthodontic treatment that can benefit patients of all ages. The right type for you will depend on your aesthetic goals, budget, and the severity of your misalignment.

The options at our Virginia Beach practice include:

  • Traditional braces: If you choose traditional braces, we will attach metal brackets to your teeth. A wire will connect to each of the brackets, and the gentle force will gradually move and straighten your teeth. Traditional braces are affordable, and they can correct more severe alignment issues. However, they are more noticeable than other orthodontic options.
  • Ceramic braces: Ceramic braces have tooth-colored brackets that will blend in with your teeth. In some cases, the wire may be tooth-colored, as well. Though more subtle, ceramic braces typically cost more than metal.
  • Plastic coating: We may also place aplastic coating over metal brackets to make them look less conspicuous.
  • Invisalign®: Invisalign® is the most inconspicuous treatment option, since it uses clear aligner trays to straighten the teeth. Like braces, each tray will exert slight pressure, shifting your teeth over time. Invisalign® can correct minor to moderate cosmetic issues, as well as overall bite misalignment.

The Benefits of Adult Orthodontic Care

No matter what type of braces you choose, adult orthodontic care can improve your appearance and oral health. First, your teeth will be straighter and more proportionate.

Your new smile may revitalize your whole face, and you could look several years younger.

Along with your improved smile, you will also enjoy a greater sense of self-confidence. Following treatment, you may feel more assured in both social settings and in the workplace.

Along with these aesthetic benefits, adult orthodontic treatment can improve your long-term oral health. With straighter teeth, you will be less prone to cavities since food will no longer be trapped beneath crooked and overlapping teeth.

Braces and Invisalign® can also reduce your risk for TMJ disorder by redistributing the force of your bite.

Contact Us for More Information

To learn more about the different types of adult braces, as well as your financing options, contact our practice today. Contact us online at your convenience, or call us in Virginia Beach 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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