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 Crooked Teeth By drparr on December 31, 2020

Porcelain veneers treatmentMost people have something they would like to improve about their appearance, and for many, that is their smile. There are numerous cosmetic blemishes that can compromise an otherwise healthy and great-looking smile. Crooked teeth are a particularly common concern.

Crooked teeth can be corrected with orthodontics, but that takes a lot of time. For those who are candidates, porcelain veneers offer a much faster solution for crooked teeth. Veneers are thin shells that mask imperfections, and they can be used to straighten and perfect the smile. Individuals in Virginia Beach, VA, can learn more about porcelain veneers at The Smile Center.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile treatment options in cosmetic dentistry. Because of their many applications, these restorations are able to help numerous people achieve the aesthetic goals for their smile. In addition to being a suitable treatment for dental stains, discoloration, gapped teeth, chips, cracks, and fractures, porcelain veneers can also address crooked teeth.

Porcelain Veneers Candidates

It is important to understand that porcelain veneers work very differently than traditional teeth straightening methods. Porcelain veneers do not shift the teeth or correct the bite in any way. Instead, these cosmetic restorations conceal crooked teeth so that the smile appears straight and even.

Because porcelain veneers do not actually correct malocclusion problems, they are only suitable for patients who have mildly crooked teeth that do not compromise oral health or functions. We can determine if you are a good candidate for veneers during your consultation at our Virginia Beach practice.

The Treatment Process

Porcelain veneers treatment is generally completed in two dental appointments. This means that crooked teeth can be addressed in a matter of weeks instead of the many months that the average orthodontic treatment requires.

The First Session

At the first porcelain veneers treatment session, our dentists design a set of veneers that will best address each of our patient’s unique needs. We can customize porcelain veneers by their size, shape, and color.

A very thin layer of tooth enamel is removed to accommodate the final veneer.We then take impressions of the prepped teeth at this dental appointment. The impressions ensure that porcelain veneers are shaped properly so they fit securely against the teeth while maintaining the natural appearance of the smile.

The Second Session

At the second porcelain veneers treatment session, the completed restorations are bonded to the teeth. When the temporary veneers are removed and the teeth have been cleaned, a thin layer of compound is applied. The compound is hardened with the veneers in place, so that it acts like a glue to bond the veneers to the teeth.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers offer many advantages to patients at our Virginia Beach practice. One of their benefits is their durability. Even though veneers are extremely thin shell-like restorations, they are surprisingly strong and long-lasting.

If patients care for their veneers properly, they can enjoy the results of porcelain veneers treatment for upwards of 20 years.

Contact Our Dental Team

Porcelain veneers offer promising and fast results for many people with crooked teeth. If you’d like to find out if this cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for you, we invite you to meet with the dental team at The Smile Center. Contact us online at your earliest convenience, or call (757) 473-8482 to schedule an appointment.

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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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