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

How Do I Clean and Maintain My Invisalign Aligners? By drparr on April 29, 2020

A set of clear aligners sits inside a plastic container with a red topIf you desire straighter teeth but don’t want to undergo the hassle of metal braces, our office offers discreet and comfortable Invisalign® clear aligners

Once you have been fitted with clear aligners at our Virginia Beach, VA, dental practice, Dr. Scott Parr or Dr. Tara Frey will provide instructions on how to clean and care for your Invisalign trays. By maintaining your new aligners, you can protect your smile against the effects of harmful bacteria.

Invisalign Cleaning Basics

Cleaning your Invisalign aligners on a daily basis keeps the aligners clean and prevents plaque buildup that can result in tooth decay. Invisalign offers its own line of cleaning products. To keep your aligners clean and hygienic, remember to:

  • Rinse your aligners with cool or warm (not hot) water each time you remove them
  • Brush and floss before placing your aligners
  • Rinse your mouth after eating to remove food particles before placing the trays
  • Wash your aligners using a soft-bristle toothbrush and water (not toothpaste)
  • Periodically soak your trays in cleaning solution or denture cleaner
  • Maintain good oral hygiene habits throughout your orthodontic treatment

It might seem natural to brush your aligners while you brush your teeth, but using toothpaste to clean your aligners will eventually leave a white film that obscures the clear SmartTrack material.

General Guidelines

Beyond regularly cleaning your clear aligners, patients at our Virginia Beach, VA, practice should take steps to care for and maintain their aligners. Damaged or lost aligners are costly to replace. Unusable aligners can even extend your overall treatment timeline.

Comply with the 22-Hour Rule

The best way to prevent losing or damaging your clear aligners is to follow the 22-hour compliance rule. When our patients leave their trays out for extended periods of time, they risk accidentally losing their aligners. At the very minimum, you should wear the aligners for 20 hours a day.

If you misplace your aligners for several hours, you may notice momentary discomfort as you place the aligners again. Teeth are prone to shift back into their old position. This is why the compliance rule is so important. 

Avoid Hot Water

To avoid warping your aligners, never place them in hot water. When brushing your aligners, use lukewarm water.

Use a Hard Case

To avoid losing your clear aligners, keep them in a mouthguard or retainer holder when they are not in use. Any similarly sized small container will work as well. If you do lose your aligners, let our Virginia Beach, VA, office know immediately. Dr. Parr or Dr. Frey will work to quickly reorder your lost clear aligners.

In some cases, you may be able to use your next set of trays instead of ordering another set of old ones. Your doctor will advise you on the best course of action.

Schedule Your Invisalign Consultation Today

Invisalign treatment can deliver beautiful cosmetic results without the need for uncomfortable and obvious metal wires and brackets. Most of our patients find that cleaning and maintaining their new aligners is a breeze. To schedule your Invisalign consultation, please 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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