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

Instant Orthodontics

If you want to achieve a more attractive, straighter-looking smile quickly, instant orthodontics can eliminate misalignment and other cosmetic concerns in just a few weeks. Unlike traditional orthodontic treatment, which can take months or even years to complete, instant orthodontics offers comparable results in a fraction of the time by using a combination of porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and bonding. This group of procedures is especially effective for patients whose aesthetic concerns do not affect the function of their smiles. You can discuss your candidacy for instant orthodontics with your dentist to determine whether this treatment option is right for you. 

What is Instant Orthodontics? Instant orthodontics refers to procedures which can conceal misalignment in just one or two visits.

Graphic of instant orthodontics

Procedures incorporated into instant orthodontics treatment can conceal a range of conditions to create a brighter, more balanced, and straighter-looking smile. Patients often choose:

  • Porcelain veneers: Dental veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic which are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. This treatment can address a range of mild to moderate cosmetic concerns, including cracks, chips, and discoloration.
  • Dental crowns: Also crafted from dental ceramic, crowns cover the entire structure of the tooth. A crown can offer cosmetic benefits, similar to veneers, as well as restore the strength and integrity of a damaged tooth.
  • Dental bonding: During a bonding treatment, composite resin is applied to one or more teeth to correct cosmetic concerns, such as chips and cracks. This reversible procedure is often chosen as a more affordable alternative to veneers.

The length of your treatment timeline will largely depend on what type of restorations you receive and your treatment goals. 

Explore Your Candidacy

Instant orthodontics is often recommended for patients who previously underwent orthodontic treatment and their teeth have shifted. However, many candidates have never received treatment for their concerns. Instant orthodontics can correct minor to moderate misalignment of the teeth, including conditions such as:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Rotated teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Damaged enamel
  • Disproportionate or uneven teeth
  • Internal discoloration

The technique is an attractive alternative to braces for adults whose professions are not well suited to long-term orthodontic treatment, such as public speaking. For younger patients or those with severe overbites, underbites, or crossbites, traditional orthodontics may be the best option. 

The Treatment Process

Treatment with instant orthodontics involves three main phases spread over two or more visits: planning, preparation, and placement of the restorations. Some practitioners offer same-day restoration options, which can be designed and placed during one appointment. Bonding can also be completed in a single visit.

Planning

Before recommending treatment with instant orthodontics, your dentist will perform a comprehensive dental examination. They will assess the health of your gums and teeth, often using x-rays. During this initial consultation, you can discuss your goals and cosmetic concerns with your dentist. In some cases, the doctor will order a wax-up model of your expected result. This model allows you to preview your smile before beginning treatment, making any slight modifications to ensure your satisfaction. 

Preparation

In order to place both dental crowns and veneers, your dentist will need to prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of enamel. This step will ensure the restorations fit comfortably and look natural. You can discuss available sedation options with your dentist, though most patients find that local anesthesia is sufficient. Once any necessary teeth are prepared, your dentist will take impressions of your smile and send them to the dental lab for fabrication. 

Before you leave the office, your dentist will also fit you with temporary restorations to protect your teeth against sensitivity. These temporaries will also allow you to try out your expected result. Fabrication of the permanent restorations typically takes about two weeks. Your dentist may ask you to return to the office in the meantime so they can confirm you are satisfied with the fit and appearance of your temporary restorations. 

Finalizing Your Treatment

At the final visit, your dentist will remove the temporaries. If you are both happy with the look and feel of your crowns or veneers, your dentist will attach the restorations using a special dental cement. They will likely perform a bite check at this point and make any final alterations necessary to ensure your complete comfort. 

Experience the Benefits of Instant Orthodontics

Traditional orthodontics focus mainly on correcting misalignment. While a straighter smile will improve your appearance, this type of treatment cannot address other issues, such as discoloration or damage. Depending on the unique combination of veneers, crowns, and bonding, instant orthodontics patients can improve the color of your teeth, restore the integrity of damaged enamel, and achieve a straighter-looking, more symmetrical smile. In addition, all of these benefits can be achieved in a fraction of the time required for traditional orthodontics. Speak to your dentist about whether this treatment option is right for 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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