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

Clear Braces

In the past, every orthodontic patient was required to wear metal brackets and wires to straighten their teeth. With advances in orthodontia, patients now have the option of clear braces, which can more discreetly and often more comfortably improve alignment. There are several types to choose from, including clear aligner trays that fit snugly over teeth and translucent brackets and tooth-colored wires. The right form for you will depend on your health, lifestyle, and budget.

Candidates for Clear Braces

The severity of misalignment will impact your options. Minor to moderate concerns can be effectively corrected with aligner trays. However, extensive jaw-related malocclusion is better suited to traditional braces. You may qualify for clear braces if you have:

  • Crooked or overlapping teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Rotated teeth
  • An overbite
  • An underbite
  • An open bite
  • A cross bite

While clear braces are appropriate for patients of all ages, treatment is increasingly popular among teens and adults.

Tooth-Colored Brackets

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Clear braces offer a more discreet way to straighten your smile.

Clear Aligner Trays

Translucent aligner trays are custom-made and fit comfortably over the upper or lower dental arch. Each patient will receive a series of trays, which vary slightly in shape. Every few weeks, patients will graduate from one set of aligners to the next, which will gradually shift teeth into their proper position. There are several brands of aligners to choose from.

  • Invisalign® is perhaps the most well-known option. Invisalign aligner trays are made from multilayer SmartTrack® material, which is virtually invisible. Younger patients can benefit from Invisalign Teen®, which features blue indicator lights that fade when used as directed. Patients who need only minor orthodontic adjustments can benefit from Invisalign Express®. 
  • ClearCorrect™ is similar to Invisalign, in that it features clear aligner trays made of smooth plastic material. Treatment involves four phases, and aligners are worn for three-week periods.
  • Red, White & Blue is ideal for those who want to correct minor to moderate spacing issues in their front teeth. Manufactured by Allesee Orthodontic Appliances, this system features three custom-made aligners. Each is marked by a red, white, or blue dot to indicate the order in which trays should be worn. With fewer aligners, treatment often costs less than other options.
  • Simpli5 is an extension of the Red, White & Blue system, and it comes with five aligner trays. If needed, patients are eligible for two extra trays to enhance the final results.
  • MTM® Clear•Aligners are also intended for patients who need a slight orthodontic adjustment. MTM stands for “minor tooth movement.” The trays are created with special “force points” that target pivotal locations on the dental arches. These aligners can often achieve desired results in as little as three to six months.

Removable aligners require discipline and motivation, and patients who opt for clear aligners must take responsibility for their care. You must be able to commit to wearing you trays for 20 to 22 hours each day, and only remove the trays when you eat or brush your teeth.

Standard Braces with Clear Brackets

For patients who have pronounced malocclusion, clear aligners may not be an effective solution. However, clear brackets and tooth-colored ceramic wires can provide an alternative. There are several brands on the market.

  • Damon® Clear™, manufactured by Damon™ Smile, consists of virtually transparent brackets and wires. These innovative braces are self-tightening, so you can visit your dentist's office less frequently. In addition, many patients find these braces to be more comfortable, since the brackets are equipped with a proprietary slide mechanism.
  • Six Month Smiles® can correct minor to moderate orthodontic issues affecting the front teeth. The force of the wire is carefully calibrated to move teeth more quickly, so treatment can usually be completed in just six months. Thanks to the precise regulation and gentle movement, Six Month Smiles can be more comfortable than other types of braces.

Your dentist can recommend the most appropriate solution for your needs.

Applying Braces

The dentist can bond the brackets to the surface of your teeth and thread an arch wire through each.

What to Expect during Orthodontic Treatment

The treatment process will depend entirely upon the form of braces you select. If you opt for clear aligners, your dentist will first need to take impressions of your smile, which will be sent to an dental laboratory. There, these molds will be used to fabricate your aligner trays. In many cases, your doctor can use digital software to create a simulation of your results, so you can preview your new smile.

If you prefer clear-bracketed braces, your doctor will use dental cement to secure the brackets to the surface of your teeth. The ligature wire will then be threaded through each bracket. Your dentist may be able to choose the shade of wire that blends seamlessly with your smile.

The Advantages of Clear Aligners

Clear aligner trays are becoming one of the most popular orthodontic treatments, especially because they can now address a wider range of issues. These trays offer several noteworthy benefits. 

  • Aligners are more subtle than any type of bracket. Your friends or coworkers may not even notice you are wearing aligners, even when standing at arm’s length.
  • Whereas metal brackets can irritate the inside of the lips and cheeks, clear aligners are smooth and more comfortable. 
  • Aligners can be removed to eat, so you will not have any dietary restrictions during treatment. It is also easier to brush and floss your teeth. Simply remove the aligners beforehand.
  • If you are very active, blunt metal brackets can place your lips cheeks, and gums at risk. Clear aligners, on the other hand, will not jeopardize your smile in the case of an accident.

Of course, those who do not qualify for aligner trays can still enjoy subtle and effective care with other types of clear braces.

The Importance of Orthodontic Care

Orthodontia can improve not only the aesthetics of your smile but also your oral health. Crooked, gapped, or rotated teeth are more difficult to clean. As a result, they tend to collect more debris and harbor bacteria. Straighter teeth are easier to maintain, reducing your risk of serious conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. Additionally, when the force of your bite is evenly distributed across your dental arches, your risk of cracked teeth, dental erosion, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder also decreases. In cases of severe misalignment, patients may even find it easier to bite and chew after treatment. Speak to your doctor to find out how you can benefit from clear braces.

The Smile Center

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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