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

Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers

If your dentist decides that porcelain veneers are not the right treatment for you, there are several other options that can achieve a radiant, natural-looking smile. Some patients are hesitant to permanently alter the structure of their teeth, so they opt for dental bonding as a conservative alternative. Others simply want to brighten the color of their smile and can achieve a dramatic aesthetic enhancement with teeth whitening. For patients with more extensive damage to a single tooth, dental crowns may provide a more effective option, while orthodontics can address even severe misalignment for a straighter smile. During a consultation, your dentist can discuss available options with you to determine whether alternatives to veneers can better address your needs.

Dental Bonding

Bonding may be recommended for patients with insufficient dental enamel or for those who do not want to permanently alter the structure of their teeth. During the bonding procedure, your dentist will apply a composite resin to the front of one or more teeth. The resin can be custom-shaded, sculpted, and polished so it is virtually indistinguishable from your natural enamel.

With dental bonding, your dentist can achieve many of the same results that are possible with veneers. While composite resin can stain over time and does not offer the same natural reflective qualities as dental porcelain, bonding can conceal cracks, discoloration, misalignment, and gaps between teeth. It is also considerably less expensive than veneers.

Filling Chips with Bonding

Illustration of chipped tooth
In cases of small chips, bonding may be a more appropriate solution than veneers.

Teeth Whitening

Patients who only want to enhance the color of their smiles may opt for teeth whitening instead of veneers. Dentist-supervised bleaching is a quick and extremely affordable alternative to veneers. It is also suitable for a wide range of patients. By chemically breaking apart stained molecules deposited in the enamel, both in-office and take-home whitening treatments can lighten teeth by up to eight shades.

If your dentist decides that porcelain veneers are not the right treatment for you, there are several other options that can achieve a radiant, natural-looking smile.

The downside of whitening is that it can only address extrinsic stains, such as those caused by coffee, red wine, sodas, or tobacco use. Whitening treatments will not affect tetracycline stains or discoloration caused by trauma or silver dental fillings. Addressing this type of discoloration requires a procedure which actually conceals the tooth, such as bonding or veneers.

Dental Crowns

In some ways, dental crowns are very similar to veneers. Customized to complement a patient's natural smile, these porcelain caps completely cover the tooth down to the gumline. For a crown to fit properly, your dentist will likely need to remove a significant amount of dental structure. Crowns are an excellent option for patients who have considerable damage affecting the strength or structural integrity of a single tooth. However, for patients who are seeking mainly cosmetic enhancements, veneers are an effective and less invasive option.

Orthodontics

While porcelain veneers can conceal minor misalignment, orthodontic treatment is still the best option for patients with severely crooked teeth or malocclusion. Advancements in orthodontics have resulted in a wide range of treatment options beyond traditional metal braces. White or clear brackets, as well tooth-colored arch wires, are available. In addition, clear aligner trays, such as Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®, offer discreet, comfortable treatment. For certain patients, there are also accelerated systems which can straighten teeth in just a few months.

Explore Your Options

While veneers are an effective and safe treatment, alterations to the structure of your teeth are permanent. Some patients may also find the treatment cost outside their budget. Fortunately, there are a variety of alternatives to porcelain veneers available to you. 

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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