6 MONTHS…It’s the Clear Choice

How can teeth be straightened in only six months with adult braces? The Six Month Smile™ technique employs the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth
quickly and safely with clear adult braces. The key components of the treatment are the use of unique, clear braces and a primary focus of moving the teeth that show when you smile.

Six months sounds good, but will I still have a mouth full of metal braces for the whole time? No! Six Month Smile™ uses clear braces that are barely visible to gently straighten your teeth.

How are Six Month Smile™ braces more comfortable than
regular braces? Six Month Smile™ uses low force to move teeth gently. Many people think that the accelerated braces treatment means simply “tightening” regular braces to get the teeth moving, but that is not true. Six Month Smiles utilizes standard orthodontic mechanics, but with an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite.

Do Six Month Smiles braces damage the teeth, roots, or gums? There are no more risks of root damage or other issues that are associated with traditional orthodontics. Since the forces used with Six Month Smiles braces are lighter and teeth are seldom
extracted, they are actually easier and safer.

Will I have to wear a retainer? Yes, as with any teeth-straightening treatment a retainer is necessary to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. A bonded retainer’s best, or a remonvable retainer might also be used. There are a variety of options that you can choose from according to your personal preference and situation.

What’s the catch? There is no catch. If you are an adult (16 years and older) with crooked or spaced teeth and you’re not looking for a major alteration to your bite, this could be the solution for you! Most adults ARE candidates for Six Month Smile™.

Call today for a consultation to determine if Six Month Smile™ is right for you!

Posted in Clear braces, Orthodontics, Six Month Smiles

Feeling Tired Even After a Full Night’s Sleep?

If you’re snoring loudly at night and exhausted during the day, sleep apnea may be to blame. Sleep apnea, episodes when breathing stops during sleep, can wake you and your partner and cause you to fall asleep during the day. But sleep apnea is more than an annoyance – it can be fatal.

“You are literally suffocating in your sleep and have no awareness of it,” says dentist Lisa Marie Samaha, owner of Port Warwick Dental Arts in Newport News, who treats sleep apnea in coordination with a sleep physician. “Although most sleep apnea patients are overweight and older, this condition can afflict young people, thin people and children.”

The episodes of apnea (when breathing stops) can last for 10 seconds or more – with the average being 18 seconds and the longest on record 138 seconds. About 17 percent of the adult population has sleep apnea, but many are undiagnosed. Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to heart attacks and strokes. According to research―patients with untreated sleep apnea will die an average of 10 years sooner than those without sleep apnea. Alarmingly, 93 percent of all women and 82 percent of all men with sleep apnea are undiagnosed.

Symptoms include snoring, and then waking up with a gasp, frequent silences during sleep, falling asleep during the day, and feeling exhausted even after what should have been a full night’s sleep. “Sleep apnea can cause or contribute to high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, heart disease, low libido, erectile dysfunction, short-term memory problems, weight gain, indigestion (gastric reflux or GERD), dry mouth, sore throat, low energy and even auto accidents,” says Samaha.

In collaboration with a Board Certified Sleep Physician, Dr. Samaha and her highly trained team at Port Warwick Dental Arts in Newport News have been helping sleep apnea patients breathe easier for many years. Patients wear a small, custom fitted dental appliance that positions the lower jaw and tongue slightly forward to keep the airway open all night. Samaha is one of the small number of dentists in the United States specially trained to offer this treatment.

“We want to work alongside our patients’ physicians to help add a new, simpler dimension to what is being offered,” Samaha says. “We can help the patients who cannot or will not wear their CPAPs. We are also able to help about 90 percent of snorers stop snoring. There are so many people who want and need this kind of help.” For Harry Broskie of Newport News, seeing Dr. Samaha was dramatically life-changing.

“Dr. Samaha gave me a referral to a sleep center and they told me I had the worst snoring and sleep problems they had ever seen,” Broskie says. “That led me to their CPAP machine and other options, which were cumbersome and caused my sleep to be restless. Dr. Samaha provided me with a custom-fitted oral appliance instead, and my sleep improved considerably. I was able to fall asleep and wake up comfortably eight hours later. Soon, I was no longer exhausted all the time. I felt like I had my life back after many, many years.”

The difference after treatment is dramatic. Medications can often be reduced under the direction of the patient’s physician, depression and other physical complaints often become a thing of the past and patients have an energy level they haven’t known for years, sometimes decades. Spouses sleep more soundly and are no longer worried about their partner or resentful of having their own sleep disturbed. They are happier and quite relieved, too!

Posted in Sleep Apnea, Snoring

Mind the GAP: Dental Implants Are Becoming Standard Care

A gap-toothed smile is charming on a seven-year old.

Not so much for an adult. But if you’re missing a tooth or teeth, you have several options to restore your smile, says dentist Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha of Port Warwick Dental Arts in Newport News.

Those options are:

*A removable appliance, also known as a partial or complete denture. That’s the least expensive but also in most cases the least desirable, Samaha says.

*A bridge. Teeth on either side of the gap are reduced. A porcelain tooth fills in the gap and attaches to the teeth on either side. A bridge is usually more expensive than an implant.

*An implant. A titanium metal post which is later covered by a crown. “If you are missing a tooth, an implant is the preferred option to a bridge in most cases,” Samaha says. “It feels and functions like your own tooth and is cleaned like a natural tooth. Implants are quickly becoming the preferred choice for replacing a missing tooth.

The success rate for implants is high: 98 percent for lower implants and 91 percent for upper implants, according to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Unlike a removable denture that rests on the gums or a bridge that uses adjacent teeth as anchors, a dental implant is typically a titanium post that is gently placed into the jawbone. The crown is then placed on top, looks and acts just like your natural tooth. Dental implants never slip and don’t make embarrassing noises that alert the world to your false tooth or teeth. Because the implant is fused with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

It is vital that any candidate for an implant be totally committed to a meticulous regimen of oral hygiene as well as preventative maintenance as prescribed by the dentist, Samaha notes, as periodontal infection can occur around an implant, just like a natural tooth. The good news is, implants don’t decay.

Advances in dental technology can reduce healing time after getting the implant post placed. In fact, if you’re getting implants, it’s possible but not typically recommended to get the crown placed the same day as the titanium post, Samaha says. “In general, most situations are not ideal for immediate crown placement,” she cautions, and a few months of healing helps to create greater stability of the implant.

A crown is a long-lasting artificial cover for a tooth. It can be made of gold or other metals, porcelain or ceramic or a combination of metal and ceramic. A ceramic or porcelain crown can be made to mimic a beautifully natural tooth, Samaha says.

If you’re getting a crown on an existing tooth, you can even skip the inconvenience of a temporary crown and proceed straight to a permanent crown, thanks to computer-aided design technology. So instead of a couple visits to the dentist over three to four weeks and the hassle of dealing with a temporary crown that can pop out or crack, you can get your new crown in as little as a one-hour visit, Samaha says.

The technology that makes it possible is called CEREC 3-D. Samaha takes a pin-sharp optical image of the tooth. She then prepares the tooth and digitally designs the crown in as little as 5 minutes. No need for gooey impressions, second visits or extra numbing shots.

Tooth-colored CEREC crowns can restore up to 100 percent of the tooth’s natural strength, Samaha says. They are quite stunning, too.

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants


Looking for an effective way to replace missing teeth?

Are tired of your dentures shifting around in your mouth?


If you are missing most or all of your teeth you have probably considered getting dentures, or you have them already. Like most of the patients who come to us with missing teeth, you might not like the way your dentures feel, or fit, and even how they look. As dentures age, they become worn and the face begins to collapse, giving you an older, tired and sometimes even angry look. A new, custom denture can help all of these concerns and give you the rejuvenated look of a natural facelift – without the surgery!


  • Slipping and sliding
  • Gum irritation
  • Minimal chewing support
  • Impaired talking ability
  • Embarrassing clicking or sucking noises
  • Reduced food taste
  • A sunken facial appearance

Dental implants require very little maintenance other than regular and consistent dental hygiene and professional dental visits. You can care for your implant just like you care for the rest of your teeth. Even better, they function just like your natural teeth!

While many restorative procedures require replacements or additional restoration after several years, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime if cared for properly. Best of all, they won’t ever decay!

Posted in Dental Implants, Dentures

Secured Fit for a Renewed Life!

SOCIAL ANXIETY: Poorly fitted or loose dentures can cause many denture-wearers to be socially isolated. They rarely, if ever, go out to dinner. Eating their favorite foods is a thing of the past, and the blender becomes front and center in the kitchen, Samaha says. “These individuals worry their upper teeth will fall down and their lower teeth will float up,” she says. “It’s horribly embarrassing. Implant dentures are always securely fitted, allowing for renewed confidence, renewed health and a renewed social life.”

“There are other reasons why eating isn’t fun for many who wear dentures,” Samaha says. “The thick, hard plastic palate of upper dentures keeps the denture-wearer from experiencing the texture and temperature of different foods, as well. Sometimes, foods will even stick to the plastic palate.”

DISCOMFORT, INFECTIONS AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS: When the teeth are worn down and dentures are loose, the constant movement of the denture can scratch gum tissue, creating ulcers, Samaha says. Sometimes the sores are extremely painful and the dentures end up in the nightstand drawer. Other times, the individual doesn’t even knows the sores are present because they don’t hurt. Either way, there is danger in ill-fitting dentures. “Constant irritation of the soft oral tissues can cause sores that can become cancerous,” she says. People with dentures are also very susceptible to fungal infections on the denture and on the tissue. The majority of denture-wearers who are infected are completely unaware they have a problem. And these infections are impossible to get rid of without professional attention,” Samaha says. So for all these reasons, it’s important for denture-wearing­patients to see a dentist at least once a year. However, when implants or natural teeth are present, maintenance appointments are required two to four times a year.

Ill-fitting dentures also lead to poor eating habits. “People who can’t chew properly are more likely to choose high carbohydrate, softer foods,” Samaha says. “Fresh, raw fruits and vegetables are typically lost from the diet. That can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems and other degenerative diseases. Many denture wearers already suffer from such illnesses, only making health issues all the more challenging to stabilize.”

SEVERAL OPTIONS FOR HELP: Today’s customized dentures can be paired with implants, to securely lock them in place. “Options without a palate are excellent for patients who have sensitive gag reflexes,” Samaha says.

Often, highly affordable mini implants can be gently placed in one short appointment, with the denture snapped into place before the patient even leaves the office.

  • “Either way, a patient can get dentures that snap onto as few as two to four implants,” Samaha says. This is the first and most conservative option.
  • “The next option to replacing missing teeth is a more permanent style denture, with no palate and minimal plastic, cemented onto several implants,” Samaha says. The dentist can periodically remove these dentures for cleaning—otherwise, they do not come in and out and they are cleaned much like natural teeth.”
  • A third option that mimics natural teeth in size and shape, includes more implants with porcelain crowns and/or bridges cemented onto them. “No denture or plastic of any kind is necessary in this case,” Samaha says.

Such options are only available in offices specially trained in implant dentistry. No matter which option is chosen, the result can be stunning and natural in the hands of a skilled dentist.

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So You’ve Tried Whitening Before…

“If You Haven’t Been Pleased – You Haven’t Tried KöR Deep Whitening!”

Deep within, we are always ready for the excitement holidays and special occasions bring. Let our team turn your anticipation of a brilliant holiday season or a memoable event into a dazzling smile just in time for those heartwarming moments.

So, if you’re too embarrassed to smile, have dark-stained teeth, or just simply want a whiter smile, the excellence of KöR Whitening is waiting for you.

At Port Warwick Dental Arts, we feature the highly regarded KöR custom teeth whitening for a fast, simple way to reverse years of yellowing with less sensitivity and better, deeper long-term results than traditional teeth whitening methods.

The KöR Whitening System produces the most profound whitening with the least sensitivity and is considered to be the most reliable and effective bleaching system ever developed. We have tried most every whitening system available over the years. Since we became certified in the KöR System several years ago, we haven’t looked back. We are always striving to stay at the forefront of technique and we are very proud to be one of a small number of practices in Virginia to offer this special system.

Perhaps you have only imagined a brighter, more youthful looking smile. Don’t wait for the camera to find you – Call or click today for more Cosmetic options. After all, don’t you de­serve a smile worth smiling about!?

Visit our Before and After Gallery. Call today to schedule a Complimentary Consultation – (A $98 Savings) – and celebrate with the confidence you deserve.

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Affect Your Heart?

Since the mid-nineties, scientists have been increasingly observing a strong connection between poor oral health and heart conditions.

How might oral health affect the heart? In gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease, infection leads to chronic inflammation—gums are swollen, red, and sometimes bleeding. Bleeding gums indicate the bacteria is active throughout the mouth and the body. In periodontitis, the more severe form, the infection affects the bones that support the teeth, leading to tooth loss. In both cases, disease is caused by an accumulation of bacteria, or plaque, between the gums and the teeth. These organisms release toxins that can circulate through the body.

In particular, the body’s arterial system is affected. Numerous reports in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology and other esteemed journals, display a startling correlation: the more severe the gum disease, the thicker and harder the walls of the arteries. This is true even for young, healthy adults with no other symptoms of heart problems. Narrowing of the arteries (or atherosclerosis) is a key component of heart disease.

But gum disease threatens more than your heart. The toxins in dental plaque can cause harm wherever they go. In fact, scientists are finding more and more links between oral health and conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, preganacy complications, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even many types of cancer.

With professional cleaning, excellent oral hygiene, nutrients and removal of bacterial buildup, gum disease can be reversed—if it’s caught in the early stages. In the later stages, it must be treated more definitively.

A 2007 report in the New England Journal of Medicine noted that patients in an intensive six-month program to treat gum disease emerged not only with healthier gums but with improved endothelial function—a reference to the lining of the blood vessels. This result has been confirmed in other studies.

Too many of us neglect our gums and teeth. Good oral health will obviously help you avoid tooth loss. And it is also the way to a healthier heart and much more.

Posted in Gum disease, Oral health, Periodontal Treatment

Angry, Frustrated or Worried About a Snorer in your House?

Do you find yourself sleeping on the couch because of a snorer in your house? While it can be pretty annoying to the bed partner, snoring can also be a sign of life-threatening sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is defined by episodes when breathing stops during sleep. Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to heart attack and stroke while contributing to high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, low libido, weight gain, automobile accidents and more. The rumbling or gasping sounds of snoring are often the first symptoms of sleep apnea.

Working with a sleep physician, Dr. Samaha and her highly trained team at Port Warwick Dental Arts help apnea patients breathe easier during sleep, making dramatic improvements in their health and quality of life.

Ask about FDA-approved sleep studies, which can be done in the comfort of your own bed. If a sleep study, along with a sleep physician’s diagnosis, shows that you have apnea, a CPAP breathing machine is often the first approach to treat severe cases. Unfortunately, CPAP machines, with their face or nose masks, straps, hose and oxygen supply, can be uncomfortable, unwieldy and embarrassing. Research shows that more than 50% of those who should be using a CPAP machine, do not.

An oral appliance can be a highly effective treatment for those:

  • who cannot or will not wear a CPAP machine
  • with mild or moderate sleep apnea
  • who simply have a snoring problem

With a sleep physician’s referral, a custom-fitted oral appliance from Dr. Samaha gently shifts the lower jaw forward, moving the tongue out of the throat and allowing air to flow freely. An oral sleep appliance can be life-enhancing, even life-saving, for those individuals who cannot or will not wear a CPAP machine due to physical, emotional or practical reasons. It can also help to rescue a marriage troubled by a partner’s frustration – even anger -over having had his/ her sleep disrupted throughout the night.

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry, Holistic dentistry, Sleep Apnea

Do you suffer from Tension or Migraine headaches? TMJ pain?

If you suffer from any of the above, you are probably all too familiar with over-the-counter and prescription reme­dies that can only offer you temporary relief (if any relief at all). Frustrating, to say the least. Wouldn’t it make more sense to treat the cause? Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha of Port Warwick Dental Arts believes so, and knows the answer to head and neck pain may be in your bite.

“Headaches are not normal,” says Dr. Samaha. “Those who suffer from headaches, (including migraines) TMJ pain and generalized head, neck and jaw pain, often think this is ‘normal.’ And when they seek help, they are often told that their pain is the result of stress. Sometimes this is true. Often, individuals are evaluated by a skilled physi­cian, extensive testing is performed, only to result in the administration of prescription drugs that may control the pain, often have negative side effects and do little to treat the cause.”

“The overwhelming reality is that a person’s bite or bite habits are the origin of the majority of head, neck and jaw pain. In many cases pain can be resolved, sometimes overnight, with a gentle, straightforward process offered by a dentist who has the training necessary to evaluate and treat head and neck pain. Other times, more advanced techniques that include neuromuscular and structural analyses are necessary in order to unravel the cause(s).Once discovered, a more advanced and strategic plan can be developed.”

No matter what, when it comes to caring for her patients, Dr. Samaha is committed to diagnosing and treating the cause—rather than medicating the symptoms—of any disease process she encounters in her patients.

Although biting and chewing seem like relatively effortless processes, these functions are made possible by a complex series of muscles, ligaments and joints working together to keep your upper and lower jaws aligned. A misalignment between the upper and lower jaws can be caused by accidental trauma to the face or skull, or simply from trauma occurring as far back as the birthing process. When a distortion has occurred, the movable lower portion of the jaw (called the mandible) must find and fit into the upper stationary portion of the jaw (the maxilla) during th chewing process.

When any part of that alignment is off, the muscles and ligaments involved do their best to compensate and bring the jaws back into alignment. The associated twisting needed to make this happen can cause head, neck, jaw and even tooth pain.

So if you have more headaches than you’d care to count and you’re tired of masking the pain with pre­scription drugs rather than getting down to the true core of the problem, make an appointment today to see Dr. Samaha for a diagnostic evaluation. Treating the cause rather than just the symptoms is a hallmark of Dr. Samaha’s patient care. There is no need to live with unnecessary pain for another day.

Posted in Headaches, Holistic dentistry, TMJ treatment

Don’t hide your smile – SHOW IT OFF!

A beautiful smile can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your perceived attractiveness, your attitude, your con­fidence and even the overall youthfulness of your face. And while enamel (the translucent outer layer of your teeth) is the hardest sub­stance in the human body, teeth are still relatively fragile, especial­ly with all the stresses and strains we put them through. Once the enamel is decayed or cracked, it may be only a matter of time before extensive dental care is needed.

Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha from Port Warwick Dental Arts wants you to know that even if you don’t have a vibrant smile now, you can easi­ly have one more simply and in less time than you think, thanks to such technological marvels as porcelain veneers, crowns, and dental implants.

PORCELAIN VENEERS: A veneer is a very thin slip of porcelain requiring minimal to no preparation of tooth structure, due to new techniques provided at Port Warwick Dental Arts. In the past, veneers required aggressive tooth reduction. Not anymore, with the quality skill provided by the master lab technicians with whom Dr. Samaha works. Veneers enhance the color, shape and overall aesthetics of a tooth or teeth. Porcelain veneers can also fill in gaps between teeth, brighten discolored teeth and strengthen a tooth weakened by decay, cracks or inherent enamel defects.

PORCELAIN CROWNS: A crown is a tooth-colored shell of porcelain that is placed over the top of cracked or severely damaged teeth, restoring the strength and beauty of the tooth to near 100% of its original integrity. Crowns protect teeth from splitting, causing painful nerve exposure and/or even the need for extraction. In the past, crown procedures would always include two or three visits to the dentist, who would first take a mold of the prepared tooth and send it off to a dental lab, often taking weeks to be completed. While the new “tooth” is being manufactured, a temporary crown is worn over the tooth. Inconvenient and often uncomfortable, this procedure has been almost completely replaced at Port Warwick Dental Arts. Dr. Samaha offers strikingly beautiful, one-hour porcelain crowns that she designs and mills herself, on high-tech Cerec cad-cam technology. One visit, one hour. Sounds great!

DENTAL IMPLANTS: A dental implant is a small post that is gently placed in the jaw in a matter of minutes, in order to replace a missing tooth. The post is then cov­ered with a crown to make it look, act and feel like a nat­ural tooth.

“If you are missing a tooth, an implant may be the pre­ferred option for tooth replacement,” says Dr. Samaha. “An implant feels and functions like your own tooth and is cleaned just like a natural tooth. Implants are quickly becoming standard care for the replacement of a miss­ing tooth.”

If you’re embarrassed about your teeth, or if you’re ex­periencing gum, tooth or jaw pain because of cracked or missing teeth, let Dr. Samaha and her team put a daz­zling smile back on your face. You’ll be amazed at how quickly most procedures can be done and even more as­tonished by how a few small changes can improve your overall appearance.

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