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® for Gaps By drparr on August 31, 2020

up close photo of woman placing Invisalign tray over upper teethGapped teeth can detract from the appearance of your smile. Most importantly, they can have a negative impact on oral health and function. At The Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA, we recommend closing gaps and spaces to improve health and reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease.

Invisalign® can correct most of the same conditions as traditional metal braces, including crowding, overlapping, and gaps. In this article, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey discuss Invisalign for gaps and explain what patients can expect when undergoing this treatment.

What Causes Gapped Teeth?

Gaps and spaces between the teeth are clinically referred to as diastema. This condition can be caused by a number of different factors. Most often, diastema is the result of genetics. Gaps are more likely to develop if a patient has small teeth or a large jaw. 

Another common reason for diastema is irregular frenum attachment. The frenulum is a small piece of tissue that connects the lip to the gums. Whenever this rope of tissue is connected too high or too low, it can cause excess tissue to push the teeth apart. This is the reason why many individuals develop a gap between their two front teeth.

Childhood habits can also be a factor. For example, thumb-sucking can push the teeth forward and apart, resulting in gaps. Additionally, individuals who develop a “tongue thrust” may notice an increase in gaps and spaces over time. Patients with this condition push their teeth forward with their tongue when swallowing, instead of pressing the tongue to the roof of the mouth.

Why Correct Gaps and Spaces?

In some instances, diastema is not harmful to oral health. However, gaps are likely to cause food, plaque, and bacteria to become trapped in the pockets around the teeth. Should this occur, it can lead to gum disease and other oral health issues. Our Virginia Beach team recommends correcting gapped teeth to preserve your smile for years to come.

How Does Invisalign Address Gaps?

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign closes gaps by using a series of clear aligner trays. Patients wear each set of trays for approximately two weeks each. The subtle differences in the aligners move the teeth into the proper positions over time. To be effective, aligners must be worn at least 22 hours every day. When worn properly, Invisalign is extremely successful in addressing gapped teeth.

How Long Will Treatment Take?

The answer to this question is different for every individual. The length of your treatment timeline depends on the severity of your misalignment, but typically averages 12 to 18 months. Those with smaller gaps are likely to complete treatment sooner than those with large spaces. During a consultation at our office, we can give you a better idea of how long your Invisalign treatment will take.

Contact Our Practice for More Information

Are you thinking about orthodontics to eliminate gaps in your smile? Invisalign is just as effective as traditional braces, and much more discreet. To explore your treatment options, schedule a visit at our Virginia Beach, VA, practice. Contact us online anytime or call our office 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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