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

Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Bright, vibrant teeth are key to a beautiful smile. However, factors such as age, food, and the environment can cause teeth to appear dull and discolored. If you are unhappy with a lackluster smile, Zoom!® Teeth Whitening can brighten your teeth by up to eight shades. You can choose between an in-office treatment, which can be completed in only 45 minutes, and take-home kits that can be used in the comfort of your home. These whitening solutions contain a bleaching agent known as hydrogen peroxide, which penetrates deep into teeth to eliminate stains.

Types of Dental Staining

There are two forms of dental staining: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains affect the outer layer of the tooth, or the enamel. Food and drinks such as dark berries, tea, coffee, wine, and pasta sauce can cause extrinsic stains to develop. Brushing your teeth can help to remove surface stains, but professional whitening offers more dramatic results.

Intrinsic dental stains affect the inner portion of the tooth, known as dentin. This type of discoloration can result from an overexposure to fluoride, medications like tetracycline, and trauma. More often than not, professional teeth whitening cannot effectively address intrinsic stains. Treatments such as porcelain veneers may be a more suitable alternative.

Candidates for Zoom! Teeth Whitening

You may be a candidate for treatment if you:

  • Struggle with extrinsic dental stains
  • Have not had success with over-the-counter products
  • Want immediate results
  • Have healthy teeth and gums
  • Do not have severe dental sensitivity

Your doctor can conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and review your medical history to determine whether you qualify for treatment.

Professional Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter Treatments

There are many forms of whitening treatment, ranging in price and efficacy. While products such as toothpastes, strips, and rinses can lighten a smile compromised by extrinsic stains, the results are often less dramatic and take weeks or months to achieve. In contrast, some products contain a dangerous amount of peroxide, which can cause severe sensitivity.

Professional teeth whitening offers predictable results, and reduces your risk of irritation. 

Professional teeth whitening offers predictable results, and reduces your risk of irritation. Whether you choose to brighten your smile in the office or at home, you can work alongside a qualified professional who can monitor your progress. Your dentist can even alter the concentration of peroxide as needed. Moreover, chairside treatments can be completed in under one hour, so you can reap the benefits of whitening more quickly.

An In-Office Whitening Treatment

Your dentist can begin by cleaning and drying your teeth, before placing a cheek retractor to gain better access to your smile. To ensure the whitening agent does not transfer from the teeth, your dentist can apply a special protective solution to the gums. The whitening gel will be carefully applied to the surface of the teeth, and an LED light will be used to activate the bleaching agent. This process can be repeated as needed to achieve your goals. Most patients can enjoy a more vibrant smile in as little as 45 minutes. After whitening your teeth, your dentist can apply a post-treatment gel to reduce your risk of sensitivity. 

At-Home Kit

If you choose to lighten your teeth at home, your dentist can create custom trays that will deliver the whitening gel directly to the surface of your teeth. You may be directed to wear your trays for a short period of time each day, or overnight. The typical treatment timeline is two weeks. At-home kits can also be used to maintain in-office whitening treatments.

Benefits of Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Chairside Zoom! Teeth Whitening is an excellent solution for patients with upcoming events, such as weddings or reunions. Whiter teeth can improve your sense of confidence and encourage you to engage in life more freely. With Zoom! take-home kits, you can also experience the convenience of whitening your smile in your own home. For patients who feel self-conscious about stained teeth, professional whitening can provide truly life-changing results.

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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