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

Whitening Your Teeth at Home

Take-home teeth whitening treatments allow you to dramatically improve the shade of your smile in the comfort and convenience of your home. As this type of bleaching is supervised by your dentist, it is safer and more effective than over-the-counter methods. Most take-home treatments use customized trays to apply whitening gel to your smile. The length of your treatment will depend on the extent of your discoloration, as well as the concentration of the peroxide in the bleaching agent. Teeth whitening at home is an affordable way to achieve a brighter, more dazzling smile.

Customizing Your Trays

whitening trays
Whitening trays must be fully customized to ensure a proper fit and equal distribution of the whitening agent.

While some dentists offer pre-made trays for a more economical option, custom trays are an effective way to tailor whitening treatment to your particular needs. Your dentist will first create impressions of your teeth. Then, lab technicians will use the measurements to fabricate whitening trays that fit comfortably and securely in your mouth. Once they are complete, your dentist will adjust the trays to ensure they fit properly and educate you on the best way to use and care for them.

How It Works

When you are ready to begin your whitening treatment, you can fill the custom trays with whitening gel using a syringe. Then, you can place the whitening trays over your teeth, so the gel evenly covers the surface. Custom trays help ensure the whitening agent remains on your teeth rather than your gums while the tray is in place.

At-home bleaching is a good option for patients who want an affordable and convenient way to whiten their smile. 

The duration of your treatment will depend on the strength of the gel. Wearing the trays for the specified amount of time allows the oxygen molecules to penetrate your enamel and break down stains. Generally, most patients wear their trays daily over the course of a few weeks. The treatment time may last 15 minutes to one hour per day. Many dentists also offer an overnight option so you can whiten your teeth while you sleep.

Maintaining Your Results

Your dentist may advise you to perform teeth whitening treatments every few months, or whenever stains begin to reappear. You should only perform touch-up treatments with the guidance of your dentist. Over-whitening can cause permanent enamel erosion.

Benefits of Whitening at Home

At-home bleaching is a good option for patients who want an affordable and convenient way to whiten their smile. Often, over-the-counter products have lower concentrations of peroxide in addition to other chemicals that can lighten your smile. However, these can damage your teeth when used incorrectly and cause sensitivity. Dentist-supervised whitening treatments provide more predictable results.

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The whitening agent is loaded directly into the tray during each session.

In addition, your dentist has access to whitening gels with safer chemicals and can monitor the results of your at-home bleaching. As a result, you can achieve dazzling results and maintain the health of your teeth. At-home whitening is an excellent standalone treatment. However, it can also be combined with other cosmetic services for more dramatic effects.

Comfort and Convenience

When considering the best method of whitening for you, keep in mind that whitening at home will take longer than an in-office treatment. Typically, a bleaching procedure at your dentist’s office will take about one hour and offer immediate results. However, at-home whitening kits allow you to alter your smile at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. 

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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