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

Porcelain Veneers for Stained Teeth By drparr on September 16, 2020

Illustration of porcelain veneer being placedStained teeth can have a significant negative impact on your overall appearance. Discoloration can often be addressed with teeth whitening, but this treatment is not effective for deep dental stains. In these instances, porcelain veneers can be used to conceal imperfections and enhance the smile.

Drs. Scott Parr and Tara Frey offer veneers at The Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA. Here, we discuss how porcelain veneers can treat stained teeth and how patients can maintain their results for the long haul.

Types of Dental Stains

First, it is important to understand the two primary types of dental stains. Extrinsic discoloration is caused by environmental factors, such as smoking or eating dark-colored foods and beverages. These stains can be effectively treated with professional teeth whitening.

Deep dental stains are caused by genetics, trauma, and even certain medications. These intrinsic stains affect the inner layers of a tooth, so they do not usually respond to whitening. At our practice in Virginia Beach, we may recommend porcelain veneers for intrinsically stained teeth. The results are incredibly dramatic.

Am I a Candidate?

If you are considering porcelain veneers to enhance your smile, you must meet a few criteria. This type of treatment may be right for you if:

  • You have cosmetic concerns about your smile’s appearance. Porcelain veneers not only treat discoloration. They can also address other flaws such as chips, cracks, and slight misalignment.
  • You are free from gum disease and tooth decay. Candidates for veneers must be in excellent oral health. If veneers are placed on a faulty foundation, it can hinder the long-term results of treatment.
  • You have a full understanding of the treatment process. It is important that patients know what to expect during and after treatment. They should also have realistic expectations of results.

About the Veneers Treatment Process

After confirming that porcelain veneer treatment is right for you, we will prepare the affected teeth by removing a small layer of enamel. This helps your new veneers bond properly to your teeth. Next, impressions are taken so that your veneers can be fabricated.

During a second visit, your dentist assesses the color, fit, and look of your new porcelain veneers. Finally, your final veneers are bonded onto the front surfaces of your teeth to conceal all dental stains and imperfections.

Maintaining Your Results

Once you have undergone porcelain veneer treatment, you will want to protect your investment. Here are a few tips for keeping your smile looking healthy and bright for many years to come:

  • Choose gentle, nonabrasive products. Dental porcelain can become scratched if continually exposed to harsh ingredients, such as baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Use a nonabrasive tooth gel and a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Avoid staining agents. While porcelain veneers are not susceptible to staining, your natural teeth are. Therefore, if you consume dark-colored foods and beverages in excess, your natural teeth will darken while your veneers remain bright.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. During routine exams and cleanings, our team can detect and treat any problems before they worsen.

Contact Us for More Information

Do you have dental stains that do not respond to teeth whitening? Porcelain veneers may be an appropriate treatment option for you. To learn more, schedule a consultation at our Virginia Beach practice. Contact us online or call us 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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