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

Invisalign vs. Braces: Which Choice Is Right for Me? By drparr on August 06, 2019

Female mouth shows Invisalign on left and braces on right side of her teethTraditional metal braces and Invisalign® can help patients have a more symmetrical and beautiful smile. When deciding which orthodontic treatment option is right for you, there are multiple factors to consider.

At the Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey discuss Invisalign vs. braces so patients can better understand the benefits of each orthodontic option.

An Overview of Both Orthodontic Treatments

Traditional metal braces and Invisalign gradually move teeth into proper alignment but through different means.

The Wire and Bracket Method

Traditional metal braces use bands, wires, brackets, and other corrective appliances. The treatment process typically begins by using spacers to create small gaps between teeth.

Brackets are then placed on each tooth, and archwires are used to connect the brackets. The wires can be tightened or adjusted as needed to nudge specific teeth into better alignment. Once the braces have been placed, one of our dentists will periodically tighten the wires.

Clear Aligner Trays

Invisalign treatments are considered more discreet because the clear trays are less visible than metal braces. During your first visit to our office, digital images will be taken to precisely measure the position of your teeth.

Custom aligner trays will then be manufactured and sent to our office. Each tray is designed to be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day. The trays, which are changed every two to three weeks, are designed to slowly nudge teeth into proper alignment.

Benefits of Traditional Braces

Invisalign treatments are increasingly popular, but traditional metal braces still offer unique benefits. Patients with more severe crowding or bite issues may be better candidates for metal braces, for example.

Braces also offer our doctors the ability to fine-tune a patient’s treatment by making minor adjustments along the way.

Braces may be a better option for children and teenagers due to the fact that they cannot be removed. Invisalign requires that children clean the trays daily while leaving the trays on for 20 to 22 hours a day. If a patient fails to follow this rule, complications and delayed cosmetic results may arise.

Benefits of Invisalign

The Invisalign aligners are considered more comfortable than metal braces.

Patients who use the clear trays do not have dietary restrictions. Invisalign trays are easily removable, meaning that patients have the option to choose which 20 to 22 hours per day are used for the treatment.

Many patients also appreciate the discreet nature of Invisalign trays, which are barely noticeable.

Which Treatment Is Right for Me?

There are multiple factors to consider when deciding between traditional metal braces or Invisalign. In the days and weeks before your appointment at our office, we recommend that you write down any questions that you may have about these orthodontic treatment options.

During your consultation at our Virginia Beach office, one of our doctors will discuss each option in detail.

A few of the questions you may consider include:

  • Which option works within my budget?
  • Will I have trouble committing to the 20- to 22-hour compliance rule for Invisalign?
  • Does the visibility of my orthodontic appliance matter to me?
  • What are the respective treatment timelines between the two options?
  • Will either option interfere with my daily activities?
  • Am I willing to have dietary restrictions throughout my treatment timeline?

Schedule Your Orthodontic Consultation Today

Once you have decided between Invisalign or braces, you will be well on your way to straighter, more attractive teeth. To schedule your orthodontic consultation, please contact our office online 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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