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

Can I Drink Coffee and Red Wine after Teeth Whitening? By drparr on January 30, 2020

White cup of black coffee with a few dozen coffee beans nearby. Don’t worry, the doctors of The Smile Center aren’t about to take the fun out of your teeth whitening treatment by listing forbidden foods and drinks. Instead, good habits and dietary changes can help you enjoy your brighter, whiter smile for longer.

Red wine and coffee are particularly stain-inducing. Once you have undergone this cosmetic dentistry treatment at our Virginia Beach, VA, dental practice, small adjustments to your diet can make big differences in how long your results last. Here, we discuss when you can drink red wine and coffee after teeth whitening, and how you can minimize stains when you do enjoy these beverages.

Should I Avoid Coffee and Red Wine?

We know what you must be thinking. Anything but red wine and coffee. Parting ways with life’s pleasures shouldn’t be included in the cost of undergoing teeth whitening, but simple steps and a renewed awareness of how wine and coffee stain tooth enamel can spare you from unpleasant side effects of these drinks.

First, you should avoid drinking red wine and coffee for at least a couple of days after professional teeth whitening. The tooth whitening process temporarily makes the teeth more susceptible to stains, so it is best to avoid stain-causing foods and drinks for at least two days.

After two days, you can resume drinking these beverages. But it is important to note that coffee and wine contain tannins, which, unfortunately, cause stains. The effects of consuming tannins are cumulative, meaning that long-term use can lead to the accumulation of discoloration on the surface of your enamel.

Coffee

If you need to have your coffee fix, try alternating your consumption of java with alternative drinks like green tea. A hot cup of tea can provide many of the same pleasures as coffee. When you do drink coffee, be mindful of how long the liquid stays in contact with your teeth. Less contact time means less staining.

If you tend to sip on your coffee throughout the day, try drinking your cup of coffee in less time. You’ll still enjoy the jolt of caffeine, and your teeth will not suffer from the same levels of discoloration. If you enjoy iced coffee, try sipping it through a straw to bypass your teeth.

Finally, rinse your mouth with water frequently as you drink coffee to cleanse the teeth.

Red Wine

Red wine is a leading tooth-staining culprit. Did you know that plaque actually magnifies the appearance of staining from red wine? Practicing good oral hygiene habits can give wine tannins fewer surfaces to cling to. Of course, occasionally switching to rosé or white wine will also spare your teeth from excessive staining.

No matter what foods or drinks you indulge in, drinking water immediately after can wash away the staining agents before they become entrenched on the surface of your teeth.

Scheduling regular cleanings at our Virginia Beach dental practice is also a great way to ensure that your teeth are clean and free of plaque and tartar.

Why Do Some Foods and Drinks Cause Discoloration?

Tannins, dyes, and certain chemical compounds can be stain-inducing. Most of us have noticed that certain foods and drinks leave our teeth discolored for short spans of time.

Various types of food coloring, such as those that give sports drinks their bright orange or blue colors, can contribute to permanent tooth discoloration over time.

Common stain-causing culprits include:

  • Berries
  • Sports drinks
  • Dark teas
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Red wine
  • Coffee

The makeup and density of our enamel similarly leave some individuals more susceptible to dental discoloration.

Schedule Your Teeth Whitening Treatment Today

Professional teeth whitening treatments can brighten your teeth by several shades. If discoloration leaves you reluctant to smile, our doctors can provide professional whitening treatments that leave your teeth whiter for three or more years. To schedule your professional whitening treatment, 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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