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

Lumineers

If your smile is compromised by chips, cracks, or stains, Lumineers® can transform your appearance with minimal to no preparation. These thin porcelain shells cover the front surface of teeth and conceal imperfections beneath. Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers do not require enamel removal prior to placement, making this treatment entirely reversible. Dentists can place Lumineers quickly and easily without the need for numbing agents, anesthesia, or painkillers.

Thinner Restorations Mean Less Preparation

Veneers in background and veneer on fingertip
Lumineers are thinner than traditional porcelain veneers so they can be affixed using more conservative techniques. 

Lumineers vs. Traditional Veneers

Lumineers are ultra thin veneers, requiring minimal to no reduction of your natural tooth. As a result, you can preserve more of your natural tooth structure. This not only reduces the risk of dental sensitivity, but also allows you to reverse treatment at a later date should you desire to do so.

Traditional veneers are thicker. They require your dentist to remove about half a millimeter of enamel to ensure they fit comfortably in your smile. As a result, teeth must remain covered at all times to avoid sensitivity. This treatment is considered irreversible.

Explore Your Candidacy

Lumineers can conceal imperfections including:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Disproportionate teeth
  • Gapped or unevenly spaced teeth
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Discolored teeth

Candidates for Lumineers should have good oral health and be free from tooth decay and gum disease. Any underlying conditions will need to be addressed prior to treatment. Your dentist can conduct a thorough evaluation during your consultation to determine whether you qualify. Keep in mind that your enamel must be strong enough to support Lumineers. 

Lifelike Results

Close up of front teeth
For the right patients, Lumineers can achieve beautiful results which are comparable to traditional restorations. 

Placing Lumineers

The treatment process typically takes two office visits. To design your Lumineers, your dentist can take detailed impressions of your smile and take note of the shade of porcelain you would like. These molds will be sent to DenMat Laboratory, where your custom veneers will be crafted from medical-grade porcelain. As your teeth will not be reshaped in preparation for Lumineers, there is no need to wear temporaries in the interim. When your veneers are ready, your dentist can ensure they fit properly in your smile. To ensure a strong bond, your dentist can apply a special etching solution over your teeth before bonding the Lumineers in place with dental cement. Your dentist can then polish your smile to reveal stunning results.

How to Care for Lumineers

Caring for Lumineers is much like caring for your natural teeth. You should brush your twice twice a day and floss daily. While it is important to be thorough, do not be over-aggressive when brushing your teeth, as this can loosen veneers. It is also crucial to visit your dentist for biannual exams. Though teeth are covered by veneers, they are still susceptible to decay. At routine checkups, your dentist can identify areas of concern, including loss or worn veneers. To maintain the longevity of your restorations, avoid using your teeth to open packages. You should also refrain from biting your nails or chewing on items like pens or ice.

How Much Do Lumineers Cost?

The cost of Lumineers varies on a case-by-case basis. However, on average, the cost can range from $800 to $2,000 per tooth. Variables such as the dentist’s experience, the number of teeth treated, and the complexity of your procedure can influence the overall treatment cost.

As this treatment is elective, insurance typically does not cover the cost of Lumineers. However, many dental offices offer in-office payment plans or accept third-party financing to help cover any out-of-pocket expenses. With its multidimensional effects, many patients view Lumineers as a worthwhile investment.

Benefits of Treatment

For the right candidates, Lumineers offer several noteworthy benefits, including:

  • Longevity: Lumineers are durable and can last for 20 years when cared for. 
  • Realistic Results: Each veneer is ultra thin and made to look and feel like a natural tooth. Porcelain mimics the sheen and translucency of natural enamel for the most natural-looking results.
  • Minimal Prep: With minimal to no enamel removal, patients can maintain more of their natural teeth. In addition, treatment can be reversed without causing prolonged dental sensitivity.
  • Immediate Transformation: Correcting issues such as minor dental misalignment can take months with traditional orthodontics. Lumineers can transform your smile in only two office visits.

A beautifully brighter smile can improve your sense of self-confidence and your overall quality of life.

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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