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

Porcelain Veneers Risks

Porcelain veneers offer superior coverage for cosmetic imperfections such as chips, gaps, and discoloration. However, like any other dental procedure, porcelain veneers risks should be carefully weighed. While these restorations are extremely lifelike, they cannot replace the function and strength of a natural tooth. Your dentist will typically need to remove some enamel, making veneers an irreversible procedure with a lifetime commitment. Although they rarely occur, risks include increased dental sensitivity, an imbalanced bite, unnatural-looking appearance, and breakage. Most issues can easily be corrected with a follow-up visit to your dentist.

Increased Dental Sensitivity

In order to place traditional and most minimal-prep veneers, dentists must remove a layer of enamel. This protective outer layer is the hardest substance in the body. Once any portion of enamel is removed, the internal structures of your teeth will be more exposed. Although your dentist will work carefully and precisely to remove a conservative amount of enamel, there is also a small risk of your dentin being damaged during the process. This may increase sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, a fairly common side effect which should fade over time.

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Veneers placement can cause increased dental sensitivity but this side effect should subside within a few days.

If you are still experiencing sensitivity three to six months following the procedure, you should consult with your dentist. Prolonged sensitivity can be an indication that the veneers were placed incorrectly or nerve damage occurred during treatment.

Poor Fit

Prior to placing your veneers, your dentist will conduct several thorough assessments to ensure they fit correctly and do not negatively affect your bite. However, lack of training or low-quality materials can contribute to an unsatisfactory result. Poorly fitting veneers can impact the balance of your bite, leading to an increased risk of breakage, discomfort while eating, and stress on the jaw joints.

Veneers which do not fit properly can lead to an imbalanced bite and unnatural-looking results. Choosing an experienced cosmetic dentist can further minimize your already low risk of complications. 

Chipping and Breakage

Using porcelain allows ceramists to create incredibly lifelike restorations that closely mirror the color and translucency of your surrounding teeth. However, veneers may not be a good option if you clench and grind your teeth, as the pressure can cause them to become cracked, worn, or come off. Certain habits such as nail biting, chewing pen caps, and habitually eating ice can also cause your veneers to break prematurely and result in the need for expensive retreatment.

Changes in Color

Although veneers are stain-resistant, the cement that bonds them to your teeth is not. Over time, this material can change colors and make your smile look gray or discolored. Discoloration can be corrected by applying new cement once your veneers are replaced.

Risks During Replacement

Although advancements in technology and materials have lengthened the lifetime of porcelain veneers to approximately ten years or more, they will eventually need to be replaced. When replacing your veneers, your dentist will need to remove an additional layer of enamel. If you do not have enough healthy enamel left to support veneers, you may need to consider alternative treatment options such as dental bonding or porcelain crowns.

Minimizing the Risks of Veneers

Choosing an experienced cosmetic dentist to design and place your veneers can significantly lower your risk of complications. Once you have undergone treatment, practicing good oral hygiene and scheduling biannual exams can ensure your veneers continue to have a healthy, stable foundation. 

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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