Dear patients.

We are happy to say that we are planning to reopen our office for patient treatment on Monday, May 4th. Initially we will be open from 8am til 2pm though we will expand those hours as needed.

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 are ONLY opening because we have carefully planned and revised our 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 will be 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

Best Toothpaste for Porcelain Veneers By drparr on November 29, 2019

A woman brushing her teethPorcelain veneers are a durable and versatile cosmetic dentistry solution. Many Virginia Beach, VA patients at The Smile Center have had their smiles dramatically enhanced thanks to porcelain veneers. The best way to prolong the benefits of veneers is to practice good oral hygiene. What many people don’t realize is that the toothpaste they use could be doing serious damage to their veneers.

Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey would like to go over the impact certain toothpastes can have on porcelain veneers. Our team will then suggest the ideal toothpaste you should be using to keep your smile looking its best.

Does My Toothpaste Really Make a Difference?

Yes, it does.

While porcelain veneers are durable, some toothpastes contain ingredients that are harmful to veneer materials. There are two particular kinds of toothpastes that you should avoid if you have porcelain veneers or crowns:

  • Toothpastes with abrasives
  • Whitening toothpastes

Let’s tackle each in more detail individually.

Why Abrasive Toothpastes Are Bad for Veneers

Abrasives are small particles that are included in toothpastes to help polish the teeth. Baking soda is a common abrasive, for instance. While baking soda and other abrasives may seem benign, they can act like fine-grain sandpaper on your veneers, wearing away the surface gradually over time. In fact, abrasives can have a similar effect on your natural tooth structure.

Why Whitening Toothpastes Are Bad for Veneers

First things first, we should note that porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and cannot be bleached. Using a tooth whitening toothpaste won’t have an effect on the appearance of the veneers whatsoever.

Second, the whitening ingredients can impact the structure of the veneer. Hydrogen peroxide slightly softens the veneer material, which means you could be scrubbing away your veneer over time.

The Ideal Option: Non-Abrasive Gel Toothpastes

Given all of the facts above, we usually tell Virginia Beach patients who have porcelain veneers to use non-abrasive gel toothpastes. These kinds of toothpastes contain no harmful ingredients, and are gentle on veneers, crowns, and your natural tooth structure.

We can recommend various non-abrasive gel toothpastes to you as part of the consultation process. Generally, these kinds of toothpastes are identified as “cosmetic dentistry” toothpastes on the label, and may say that they’re great for people with porcelain veneers or crowns.

The Ideal Toothbrush: Soft Bristles

Your toothbrush can make a difference too. We recommend that patients with porcelain veneers use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. This allows you to clean your teeth, veneers, and dental work gently. The small head allows you to access the hard-to-reach places of your smile, improving your fight against tooth decay and gum disease.

How Long Will My Porcelain Veneers Last?

On average, porcelain veneers will last about 10 years, perhaps longer with good maintenance and care. When you stop by our practice for a checkup, we can let you know if your veneers need to be replaced. The process is simple and straightforward, and will help keep your smile looking its best.

Learn More About Porcelain Veneers

For more information about porcelain veneers and whether or not they are ideal for you, be sure to contact our team of cosmetic and restorative dentists. You can reach our practice in Virginia Beach by calling (757) 204-5227.

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