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Tooth-Colored Bonds and Fillings

Our Tooth-Colored Fillings

When you were a child, you remember having to go to the dentist for your cavities.  Your teeth quickly became dotted with silver and whenever you opened your mouth, you could see the silver shining back.

Nothing has really changed since that time.  The silver amalgams are still in place, and every time that you laugh or smile the world can see your cavities.  Or maybe you have a tooth that is chipped that could use some attention.

Either way, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD can help with tooth-colored bonding and fillings.  Dr. Lerch knows how to make your smile look beautiful so you can always be confident. At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we believe in the importance of functionality and beautiful esthetics—keep reading the blog to learn how this applies to dental bonds and fillings!

Beautifying Your Smile

With Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and tooth-colored bonding and fillings, you can have the smile that you want in less time than you thought possible!  Dr. Lerch uses the best dental materials available to create a smile that fits your unique needs.

With cosmetic dental bonds, Dr. Lerch finds the bonding color that best resembles your natural teeth. She is then able to shape and sculpt the material to fit the chip or cracked tooth to make it look full once again.  With a special light, she allows for the material to harden in its proper place. When you look at your smile, you will no longer focus on the blemishes—all you will see is a beautiful set of teeth gleaming back at you.

Tooth-colored fillings can replace existing silver amalgams, or be used to fill new cavities.  These fillings blend seamlessly with the natural color of your teeth, so all you see is a beautiful smile.  In addition, no mercury is used, relieving the fear of mercury-poisoning that can be associated with traditional amalgams.  With tooth-colored fillings, all you see are beautiful features, without side effects.

Tooth-colored bonds and fillings can make a dramatic difference in the look of your smile, with subtle changes.  You can repair your teeth and make fillings disappear in as little as one office visit with Dr. Lerch!

More about Bonds and Fillings

To learn more about how you can transform your smile with subtle changes, contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD.  Dr. Lerch can explain how bonds and fillings could change the look of your smile for years to come.

You do not have to remain dissatisfied with the look of your teeth any longer.  Learn how you can improve your smile with cosmetic bonding and fillings today by contacting our New Haven office today!


Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD. Cosmetic Dentistry.  HYPERLINK “https://www.theartofsmiles.com/cosmetic-dentistry” https://www.theartofsmiles.com/cosmetic-dentistry

WebMD. Dental Bonding.  HYPERLINK “http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding” http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding

Health News Article- Keeping Teeth Healthy

Article Topic: Acid Reflux from Chronic Heartburn May Damage Teeth

Article Source: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/03/08/acid-reflux-from-chronic-heartburn-may-damage-teeth

Article Review:

If you suffer from heartburn and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), then you might also have problems that you did not know about—problems with the state of your oral health.  A recent study followed patients over six months and found that more than 50 percent of the people suffering from GERD, also suffered from more wear and erosion of their teeth when compared to healthy individuals.

With GERD, or acid reflux disease, acid from the stomach can push back through the esophagus and then send acid through the mouth.  This acid is strong enough to dissolve the tooth surface and then wear down the tooth at every layer.

While a patient might not notice that their teeth are changing, trips to the dentist can ensure that teeth are protected.  This is where Dr. Summer Lerch steps into the picture.  With Dr. Lerch’s dental expertise, she can evaluate the state of your teeth and decide what steps might be next to protect your oral health.  If crowns, fillings, or veneers are necessary to replace or repair teeth because of acid reflux, then Dr. Lerch can make certain that you have the very best in dental care.

Dr. Lerch might also have patients with acid reflux and impacted teeth brush with a special toothpaste, use antacids after an episode of GERD, or use a fluoride rinse to protect their teeth from acid.

If you have any questions about the state of your dental health and acid reflux, then do not hesitate to contact Dr. Summer Lerch and her team at the Art of Smiles.



Health News Article- Adults and Gum Disease

 Article Title: Almost Half of U.S. Adults Have Gum Disease

Article Source: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/09/13/almost-half-of-us-adults-have-gum-disease

Article Review:

In this health news article, researchers have examined the recent cases of periodontal disease with Americans.  In reviewing the research, it was found that gum disease or periodontal disease affects nearly half of Americans ages 30 and over.  This study was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Dental Research.

This study is alarming because of the corresponding issues that are related to periodontal disease.  Individuals who do not seek dental  treatment can face gum infections and tooth loss. Dental infections travel through the blood stream ending up in major organs of the body.  Dental bacteria have been found to contribute to inflammation of the arteries, altering A1C levels.  These same bacteria have been implicated in inflammation of the pancreas and the liver. Research is ongoing to determine the extent of “bad” oral bacteria’s effect on the rest of the body.

In addition, tooth loss requires extensive dental care to ensure that the functionality of the mouth remains the same.  Eating, kissing, chewing, talking are just some of the functions affected by periodontal disease.  Then there are the more intangible concerns:  loss of confidence with loss of teeth, bad breath, unsightly stains and yellowing of teeth and loss of ability to smile all affecting a person’s quality of life.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD understands just how important it is to take care of your general oral health.  At Dr. Lerch’s office, the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, LLC, all staff members are trained in helping patients stay on top of any dental disease through meticulous training and the use of special dental implements.

Regular dental check-ups are essential to keeping your mouth in tip-top shape as well as an ongoing daily commitment to meticulous oral hygiene. A person cannot always tell when periodontal disease is building – it is painless and at first, odorless.   Dental health care professionals can see when it is starting and find ways to prevent it from affecting the body.

If you have questions about periodontal disease, or would like to learn ways to keep your teeth, smile, mouth and body healthier, do not hesitate to contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD at 203-624-5256.

Investing in Your Smile Can Increase Your Face Value

A life time of smiling and thirty plus years in dentistry has taught me this:  a smile is the number one feature that makes people approachable, attractive and confident.

Have you ever seen pictures of yourself, and thought “Oh no, my smile looks horrible in these pictures!”?   Then you see one picture that stands out because you are wearing a huge natural smile that instantly puts that twinkle in your eye and makes you look friendly and confident and you think THAT’s the picture that looks like ME!  Well, I hate to break it to you but all the photos look like you, good and bad.

I personally don’t think people smile nearly enough, and miss out on opportunities because they don’t.  Some don’t smile because they just aren’t accustom to doing so and others don’t because they are self-conscious about the condition of their teeth.

People with great smiles radiate warmth that instantly draws others to them.  I have performed my own little experiments with smiles while walking to work, shopping, stopping at the bank and so on.

As soon as I make eye contact with a fellow pedestrian, store clerk or banker I smile.  Most times I get a huge smile back and a “how do you do” and while shopping or banking as soon as I turn on the smile I get “Hi, may I help you?!”

How about babies?  Did you ever notice that as soon as you smile at a baby, the babies eyes light up and you get that adorable smile right back?

Well that is the same response you might get from a potential new employer, or the seller whose home you are bidding on or the cute guy or gal you see every day at the coffee shop.


When I talk with potential middle aged patients who tell me that they have not smiled in years my heart breaks for them.  For years new encounters have left them feeling as if they did not leave a true first impression because they couldn’t express their true personality.


Investing in your smile is one of the smartest investments you can make.  Here at CED we change and enhance people’s lives daily by changing and enhancing their smiles.  Yes, smile design, Invisalign , even whitening is an investment.  A monetary, time and commitment investment, an investment that will pay back dividends every day for the rest of your life which is not something that you can say about that new car you just invested in.  It will be old within a few years, or those Jimmy Choos which will be so out of style next year.

So think about it, wouldn’t you rather invest in a smile that tells the world “I love life, I am a happy person and I have the confidence to take on whatever life throws my way?”  Of course you would, who wouldn’t?

A great smile is the welcome mat that welcomes others to you and welcomes you to a new world of opportunity.

Gail Kuziel

Cosmetic Consultant



OMG What To Do? The Perfect Smile: Cosmetic Resin Bonding or Porcelain Veneers?

I am often asked this question:  “What should I do Doc?  I want a beautiful smile, which treatment is best for me?

The good news is there is not a “right” answer; there is what is “right” for you!  Here are some points to consider:

Beauty:  In the hands of a very skilled cosmetic dentist, cosmetic (resin) bonding can surpass the beauty of porcelain veneers.  In the hands of a skillful dental laboratory technician a porcelain veneer cannot be beat.  So really to make your decision based on beauty alone you must make sure that your dentist is qualified to preform either.  I would find an AACD Accredited dentist; someone who has been board tested on the finer details of cosmetic dentistry and has the acknowledged skills to be able to perform either of these services.  She or he will help you make the right decision for your smile needs and you can feel confident that they have the skills to preform either service for you.   We are an AACD Accredited office.

Longevity:  There is no question that porcelain veneers will keep their shape, color, beauty longer than cosmetic bonding. Porcelain does not wear; does not discolor with long term chewing or coffee/tea use; does not lose it subtle beautiful colorations with time.  Cosmetic bonding is a resin based material, a hardened plastic and with time (over 5-10 years) will wear, discolor, change shape and lose its initial natural beauty.  Porcelain veneers, being a high intensity, heat/oven fired material, like a porcelain vase will not change it shape, lose its color nor be affected by constant brushing.  Porcelain veneers can wear from excessive chewing, i.e. grinding of one’s teeth and even this will be a very subtle change over the course of 5-10 years.

Preparation of Natural Teeth:  This is much harder question to answer and if a big concern for you should be discussed with your dentist before any treatment is done.  To get a beautiful result, the dentist (cosmetic bonding) or the laboratory technician (porcelain veneers) needs to have enough room for the material to shine.  For a small number of smiles this can be a simple over lay of the teeth in which case there is no tooth change (preparation) needed.  This approach, for either treatment option, would work where the teeth are small and / or pushed back. Most of us do not have that luxury.  Usually teeth are in the basic right spot and might be overlapped or too big; might be discolored; or have many colors across the front from old cavities, stained fillings or age related dark color; or the teeth might be too worn with time and the bite needs to be built back up.  These are all indication that minor to extensive tooth preparation is needed.  This will allow the dentist or technician to have the room to create a beautiful, harmonious smile.  If the teeth are not prepared correctly then your smile could include teeth that are too small for your face, or too bulky / bucky for your lips, or too unnatural in the final color / result to fit in with your remaining teeth.

Time:  Both procedures require an initial consult / new patient exam and necessary current radiographs. Some offices like to take initial models and photographs too. (We certainly do to get the maximum information we can on your smile.)  Then some offices have a treatment planning appointment to go over all the pro’s and con’s of the procedure you have chosen, sign informed consent forms, review what to expect and finalize payment arrangements. Thereafter cosmetic dental bonding can be performed in a half to full day depending on the number of teeth.  Presto you are done!  Porcelain veneers take minimally two appointments two weeks apart, one for the preparation / impression of your teeth and the other for the delivery of your new teeth.  Finally both types of treatment should include a return visit a week to two later to check margins, fit, ease of oral hygiene procedures, bite and your satisfaction.  Fact is we tell our patients to write down all their questions / concerns so we can address them at the next appointment. The fee for this often is included in the initial quoted fee.

Cost:  Cosmetic dental bonding is about one-half to two-thirds the cost of porcelain veneers.  Porcelain veneers due to the necessary longer appointment times and the involvement of an outside dental laboratory will always cost more than cosmetic bonding. Many offices have third party financing options available too to help you out.

In the long term your smile is really priceless; the benefits of being able to smile naturally and laugh out loud with confidence and joy with bring you a happiness beyond your wildest expectations!

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