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Posts for: March, 2015

By James C. Lewis, DMD
March 30, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: ClearCorrect  

Say goodbye to metal braces and say hello to the invisible way to straighten your teeth.

So, you’ve been thinking long and hard about braces; however, you might still think that braces are only for children. Luckily, thisClear Correct isn’t true! In fact, more and more teens and adults are opting to get braces, especially since your New Port Richey dentist offers a variety of different kinds of subtle and clear braces to straighten your smile without anyone noticing. If you want a straighter smile without the metal brackets, then it’s time to consider how ClearCorrect could help you.

What is ClearCorrect?

ClearCorrect is a series of clear, removable trays that are custom-made to fit the upper and lower teeth to shift them into their proper position.

How do I get ClearCorrect?

You will first need to come in for a consultation, where your New Port Richey dentist will examine your smile and talk to you about your smile goals. If they match up with what ClearCorrect can do, then we will take X-rays and impressions of your smile and send your prescription to a lab to fabricate your aligners. Once your ClearCorrect is in, we will fit you with your first set of aligners. You will then come in to see us every four to six weeks to see how your treatment is progressing and to fit you with a new set of aligners.

What are the benefits of clear braces?

The first obvious benefit is that your braces are clear, so they will be invisible to those around you. Therefore, you won’t have to deal with coworkers or classmates staring at your braces.

Secondly, they are removable. This might not seem like the biggest benefit, but if you realize how many foods you won’t have to avoid while wearing traditional metal braces, you’ll be thankful that you opted for ClearCorrect. Enjoy all your favorite foods; just be sure to remove your aligners first.

Thirdly, you don’t have to deal with an exhausting oral care routine each day

How long will I wear my ClearCorrect?

The more often you wear your aligners the more effective your treatment. We highly recommend that patients were their ClearCorrect for at least 22 hours each day, only removing them to eat, drink or brush their teeth. Everyone’s length of treatment will be different; however, the average length tends to be around one year.

To find out if ClearCorrect could give you that perfect smile, schedule an appointment today with your New Port Richey dentist, Dr. James Lewis, DMD.

By James C. Lewis, DMD
March 24, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   gum disease  

Nearly half of all Americans have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Without proper daily hygiene and treatment, this aggressive disease can ultimately cause tooth loss. It also appears the effects of gum disease reach beyond the mouth, as researchers have found relationships between it and other systemic diseases.

Inflammation, the body’s response to infection, is at the center of these relationships. In the case of gum disease, periodontal tissues become inflamed as the body attempts to isolate and fight the infection. If the inflammation becomes chronic, however, it will begin to damage gum tissues.

Inflammation is also a major feature of diabetes, a condition in which the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. Without enough of this hormone that transforms sugar into usable energy for the body, the sugar accumulates in the blood stream; as a result, the patient becomes more susceptible to an exaggerated inflammatory response when the body encounters an infection. This is especially true for periodontal infections: the resulting inflammation can be greater and harder to control in diabetic patients. What’s more, uncontrolled gum disease may worsen their blood sugar levels.

Although not as prominent as with diabetes, cardiovascular disease also seems to share a connection with gum disease. This collection of chronic conditions like high blood pressure or restricted blood vessel flow raises the risk of heart attack or stroke. Like gum disease, inflammation is a major component in the progression of cardiovascular disease — in fact, both diseases leave similar chemical “markers” in the blood that indicate their early development.

Ongoing research has also produced some promising treatment findings for both gum disease and inflammatory diseases, which also include osteoporosis, respiratory disease and rheumatoid arthritis. We’re now finding in many cases that treating one side of the disease connection can have positive effects on the other side. For example, diabetics who receive professional treatment for gum disease may see better blood sugar control.

With this in mind, the best approach is to practice effective, daily oral hygiene to reduce the risk of gum disease, coupled with regular office cleanings and checkups. Not only will this help you maintain optimum oral health, it may also contribute to better management of other conditions you may have.

If you would like more information on the relationship between periodontal (gum) disease and other diseases, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”


Supermodel Christie Brinkley has a one-in-a-million smile, but she is just one of millions who have benefited from today's preferred tooth-replacement technique: the dental implant. In a wide-ranging interview, Brinkley told Dear Doctor magazine about a helicopter accident she suffered while back-country skiing.

“I fractured two molars in the back of my mouth and I had to get two dental implants,” Brinkley told the magazine. “I am grateful for the dental implant technology that feels and looks so natural.”

You might think it serves little purpose to replace a missing back tooth that was barely visible in your smile to begin with — especially if you don't spend a lot of time posing for magazine covers. But this is actually not the case. Your molars are extremely important for chewing and even for maintaining a more youthful appearance.

Dentists generally agree that losing posterior (back) teeth can have many consequences for the remaining teeth and their surrounding structures, i.e., bone and gums. If back teeth are missing, the front teeth end up bearing more stress than they were built for. And there are certain things that happen when any tooth is lost, whether front or back, that can affect function and appearance.

For one thing, when a tooth is lost the adjacent teeth tend to drift into the empty space or tip towards it. This can adversely affect your bite. Too much shifting can render a tooth basically useless and also leave it more vulnerable to gum disease.

Another complication is the loss of tooth-supporting bone that inevitably occurs when teeth are lost. When a tooth comes out, the bone under it actually begins to melt away. Since back teeth support the vertical dimension of the face, their loss can cause what's known as “bite collapse” — a reduction in facial height that becomes increasingly noticeable over time and can make you look older.

A dental implant can prevent all of these things, while providing you with a replacement that looks and feels just like the tooth you lost.

If you are interested in learning more about implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. If you would like to read Dear Doctor's entire interview with Christie Brinkley, please see “The Secret Behind Christie Brinkley's Supermodel Smile.” Dear Doctor magazine also has more on “Replacing Back Teeth.”

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