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 an Overbite By drparr on February 09, 2021

healthy smile vs. one with an overbiteAn overbite causes the teeth and jaw to fit together unnaturally, making the upper teeth project further than the teeth of the lower jaw. An overbite can compromise oral functions and aesthetics. While many people are eager to correct an overbite, they often hesitate to wear metal braces. For these patients, the doctors at The Smile Center recommend Invisalign®.

Invisalign corrects the most common alignment issues, including an overbite, to give patients a straighter smile and a healthier bite. Individuals in the Virginia Beach, VA, area who are considering Invisalign for an overbite can learn more about the treatment process here.

Invisalign Candidates

Invisalign treatment addresses nearly all of the malocclusion problems that can be corrected with traditional braces, including:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Cross bites
  • Open bites
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded teeth

Because Invisalign has such wide applications, nearly all of our Virginia Beach patients who would be ideal candidates for traditional braces are also suitable applicants for Invisalign treatment. 

Regarding an overbite, the only significant consideration is the degree of misalignment. Invisalign can correct minor to moderate overbites, but severe cases may require traditional braces. A simple consultation with our doctors is all it takes for patients to find out if Invisalign is right for them.

The Treatment Process 

Just like traditional orthodontics, Invisalign treatment takes place over the course of several months, with the average treatment spanning about 12-18 months. During the treatment period, patients make their way through a series of smooth, clear, plastic aligners.

Invisalign aligners hold the teeth and jaw in place and apply subtle pressure that encourages necessary movement. In regards to an overbite, the aligners gradually move the upper teeth and jaw back, so that, by the end of treatment, they are more in line with the teeth of the bottom jaw.

Invisalign aligners are unique from braces, because they are completely metal free, and they are not bonded to the teeth. Aligners are removable (and can be taken out for eating, drinking, or brushing the teeth), but they need to be worn a minimum of 20-22 hours a day for treatment to be effective.

Throughout treatment patients switch to a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks. Each set of aligners fits slightly different, so the teeth continue to receive the pressure that is needed to encourage movement.

Every four to six weeks during Invisalign treatment patients attend check-ups to monitor treatment progress, and to provide them with their next several sets of aligners. If any adjustments are needed, they can be made during these appointments.

Benefits of Invisalign

Many of our Virginia Beach patients prefer Invisalign over traditional braces, because of the many benefits they provide. Some of the greatest advantages of Invisalign include:

  • Virtually invisible aligners, which provide discreet treatment
  • Convenience of removable aligners that make oral hygiene easier
  • Smooth, comfortable aligners that don’t scratch the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Minimal dental appointments/check-ups
  • Fast, effective results

Contact The Smile Center

If you are tired of living with a crooked, uneven smile, you should consider the many benefits of Invisalign. To learn more about this teeth straightening treatment, and whether it may be right for you, contact The Smile Center online, or call (757) 473-8482 to schedule an appointment.

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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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