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By James C. Lewis, DMD
February 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  
VivicasVeneerstheMakingofaHollywoodSmile

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By James C. Lewis, DMD
February 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Veneers are a key part of a complete smile makeover -- especially when other treatments like braces or tooth whitening won't help your veneerscase. No matter your cosmetic problem, there’s a good chance that veneers can fix it. Here are a few of the most attractive advantages of getting veneers at the office of Dr. James Lewis in New Port Richey, FL.

Covers Up Even the Worst Imperfections
The great thing about veneers is that they can cover up a wide array of dental problems. When you smile, only the front side of your front teeth are visible and that is where the veneers are bonded. Here are a few common issues that may call for veneers:

- Broken or chipped teeth.
- Teeth that are too small, causing gaps.
- Intrinsic staining (at the inner layers of the tooth) that can’t be bleached.
- Protruding or crowded teeth.

A Relatively Fast Procedure
After just two appointments at Dr. Lewis' New Port Richey office, you can go home with a new smile thanks to veneers. At the first appointment, the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth enamel, then take a mold of your teeth. That mold will allow a technician to create custom veneers. At the next appointment, the dentist will use a strong bonding agent to attach the veneers to your teeth, then contour and polish them to perfection. You’ll be amazed by how dramatically your smile has changed when you look in the mirror at the end of your appointment.

A Beautiful Smile for 20 Plus Years
After the veneers have been installed you'll have a beautiful smile for up to 20 years. The length of time they will last depends on your commitment to dental and oral health. Keep your veneers clean and free from debris. Also, floss thoroughly every day to reduce the chance of gingivitis or periodontitis—gum disease puts the tooth and the bonded veneer at risk.

Take the First Step
It's time to take the first step toward having a smile that you can feel good about. Call New Port Richey, FL, dentist, Dr. Lewis, at (727) 372-7887 today to talk about dental veneers.


By James C. Lewis, DMD
February 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tmj disorders  
KnowtheFactsBeforeConsideringBotoxforJawJointPain

If you have chronic jaw joint pain you may have heard of using Botox to relieve discomfort from temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Before you seek out this remedy, though, be sure you know the facts beforehand.

TMD is actually a group of conditions affecting the joints, muscles and overall structures of the jaw. People with TMD often experience sharp pain and reduced range of motion of the jaw joints. Although we don't know the exact causes, we believe stress (accompanied often by teeth grinding habits) is a major factor for many patients.

Treatments run the spectrum from conservative to aggressive. Conservative treatments include cold and heat packs, therapeutic exercises, and muscle pain or relaxant medication. On the more aggressive side, patients undergo surgery to reorient the lower jaw. Most people gain a significant amount of relief from conservative therapies; the results aren't as positive with surgery.

Botox falls on the aggressive side of treatments. Approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration for cosmetic uses, the drug contains botulinum toxin type A, a bacterial toxin that can cause muscle paralysis. It's often injected into facial structures to paralyze small muscles and temporarily “smooth out” wrinkle lines. Only recently has it been proposed to help relieve jaw pain.

The jury, however, is still out on its effectiveness with jaw pain. The double-blind testing performed thus far hasn't produced any relevant clinical results that the injections actually work with TMD.

And there are other complications. Some people injected with Botox encounter pain, bruising or swelling at the injection site, and some have severe headaches afterward. Botox is also a temporary solution, not a permanent cure — you'll need another injection a few months later to maintain the effect. You might even develop antibodies that diminish the drug's effect and require higher subsequent doses to compensate.

This and other concerns should give you pause before seeking out this remedy. The best strategy is to try the traditional treatments first, which are also the least invasive. If there's no significant relief, then talk to us and your physician about other options.

If you would like more information on treatment options for TMD, 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 “Botox Treatment for TMJ Pain.”




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