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Invisalign Versus Traditional Braces

Transforming the Look of Your Smile

You look into the mirror and start thinking about your smile.  You have always wanted straighter teeth, but braces never seemed to fit into the plan.  Throughout middle school and high school, you remember watching as countless friends who went through braces had a miraculous transformation a few years later; you remember their radiant smiles.

Today, you cannot even imagine having braces.  Your job requires that you always dress ‘to the nines’, your social and community life is very active; between that and your family life there is not too much time to head to multiple orthodontist appointments.  So what are your options for straightening your teeth now?

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD has the answer.  Dr. Lerch knows the importance of having a beautiful smile that you love, and with Invisalign technology, Dr. Lerch can help you to achieve your dream smile.  Through this blog, you will see how Invisalign compares to traditional braces, and find why it is never too late to consider straightening your pearly whites.  Keep reading to learn more…

Braces or Invisalign?

A straight, beautiful, full smile is now available to everyone through the use of clear, invisible trays.  Just because you never had your teeth straightened when you were in early adolescence doesn’t mean that you cannot change the look of your smile in adulthood.  With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth without everyone knowing that you are making subtle changes to the look of your smile.

The Invisalign system is comprised of invisible aligners that gradually shift your teeth into your ideal smile. With the help of Invisalign technology, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD creates a plan for you that only requires you changing your aligners every two weeks and having dental visits every six weeks.   All you do is wear the clear aligners 24/7 except to eat, drink, and brush your teeth.

Unlike traditional braces, you can remove Invisalign aligners whenever you like.  While it is recommended that you wear your aligners continuously, you can always remove the aligners for special events.  You do not have to monitor what you eat; you just remove the aligners and eat what you want.  Since you also remove these aligners when you clean your teeth, you do not have to learn a new way to brush and floss your teeth.

With Invisalign, you also do not have to deal with any cuts or scrapes along the gums and tongue like you do with braces.  In addition, the time required for most adults to wear Invisalign is approximately one year.  This timeframe can be substantially less that that of traditional braces.

During an initial consultation, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD will consult with you to see if Invisalign is a good fit for your smile and tooth position.  It really is possible to have the smile that you want, in less time than you ever imagined, without anyone noticing that you are changing your smile!

Learn More about Invisalign

Since 95% of people say that an attractive smile is the first attribute that is noticed about another, you do not need to wait; Invisalign and Dr. Lerch can give you the smile of your dreams in a short, easy time period.  We invite you to  call Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and her dental team.   Smile your most beautiful smile today!  Please contact our office at 203-624-5256.


Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD. Invisalign.  https://www.theartofsmiles.com/invisalign

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Health News Article- Cranberries, Red Wine, and Your Teeth

 Article Title: Cheers! Red wine, cranberries good for your teeth

Article Source:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40719935/ns/health-healthy_holidays/#.UHW-9FGRjzI 

Article Review:

With the holidays right around the corner, it is a great time to take inventory of the positive ways that you can keep your teeth at their healthiest.  And with the holidays nearing upon us, there is no better time to soak in some of the flavors of the season—with red wine and cranberries!

Red wine contains the compounds called polyphenols that block a molecule made by streptococcus mutans.  Streptococcus mutans are found in all of our mouths.  This bacteria collects on our teeth causing damage over time.  These bacteria erode tooth enamel through acid production.  This leads to cavities.  These are “bad” bacteria.

Red wine contains skin and seeds left over from the wine production process that contain a high amount of polyphenols.  These polyphenols allow the “good” bacteria in the mouth to thrive.

Similarly, cranberry compounds have been found to reduce the “bad” bacteria’s production of acid and glucans by 70 percent, while cavities were reduced by 45 percent.  Caution here: even though these compounds contain an abundance of healthy properties that can enhance your teeth’s health, it does not mean that you should dive into the cranberry sauce.  Try to find ways to include cranberries and red grapes into your diet that do not require extra sugar to be part of the mix.  (Extra sugar in your mouth promotes the “bad” bacteria.)  There are cranberry sauces and juices that have little to no sugar.  Or make your own.  These are the best sources.

To learn more about ways that you can protect your teeth from decay, do not wait to contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD at 203-24-5256.  You can find more information about your dental health and more health news articles through Dr. Lerch’s website at www.theartofsmiles.com.    Keep reading our blogs and articles to learn more too.  Thank you!











Getting Started – Why Choose a Cosmetic Dentist?


In my last blog I discussed the investment in your smile and how life changing that investment could be.  Now I want to help you to understand why choosing a dentist is so important.

When I started in dentistry, I chose general dentistry where I remained for over twenty years.  It was great and yes we did some cosmetic dentistry, after all isn’t any work done on your smile cosmetic?????

Since working with an accredited cosmetic dentist in NE Calgary I have learned so much about the synergy of art and engineering that is cosmetic dentistry.  How many times have you heard the terms “golden proportions” or “buccal corridor” used at your dental visits?  So what is the difference, what training is involved and where do dentists get this training?  One place is through the AACD, American Academy of Dentistry.  The following information was taken from their website which has much information to offer and worth visiting.
“The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry was founded in 1984 and is the world’s largest international dental organization. With more than 6,000 members in more than 80 countries, it is dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. The AACD encourages and expects the highest standards of ethical conduct and patient care through the use of responsible esthetics.


Members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry include a variety of dental professionals: cosmetic and reconstructive dentists, dental laboratory technicians, educators, researchers, students, hygienists, and dental assistants. These professionals have displayed an interest in furthering their education to bring their patients the latest advancements in cosmetic dental techniques, materials, and technology. This is more important today than ever because the field of cosmetic dentistry is on the cutting edge of technology.

Members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry are offered education and training on the latest procedures, techniques, and products through AACD publications, lectures, and workshops. AACD member professionals stay one step ahead of their peers by keeping informed on trends in the market and learning how the latest products and technologies benefit the patient and support the twin concepts of responsible esthetics and systemic oral health. By selecting an AACD member dentist, you know your dental professional cares enough to stay in the forefront of the cosmetic dentistry field, so you receive the most up-to-date and best care available.


In addition to AACD general members, there are dental professionals who have gone the extra mile and devoted themselves to becoming AACD Accredited members. These dentists and laboratory technicians are not only up on the latest techniques and technology, but they’ve also been educated in bringing these advancements to their patients. These professionals understand that your smile is an expression of who you are. If you are looking for smile perfection, then seeking out an Accredited AACD dentist is worth the effort, as they have proven proficiency with the latest cosmetic dentistry advancements.

Becoming an AACD Accredited professional is a rigorous process. Candidates must complete a demanding clinical testing process, which requires a high degree of commitment and perseverance.


Throughout the AACD Accreditation process, dental professionals are required to complete a written examination, document five specific types of clinical cases, participate in continuing education classes, and finally pass an oral examination. Once a dentist or a laboratory technician has achieved AACD Accreditation, he or she is expected to stay on top of industry trends and technology, bringing patients the best care available.”

I hope you found this information useful.  When you start your research it will be helpful to know what to look for.  In my next blog I will take you through some of our “makeover procedures”, starting with whitening and ending with a full “smile design.

Remember, a smile is contagious go start and epidemic!!!!!

To Invisalign or Not to Invisalign

We love Invisalign therapy here at the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, LLC.  It is the perfect, easy, healthy, ESTHETIC solution to crowded teeth, or for an uneven smile or if you have unhealthy gums due to tooth position.

Invisalign is fun for you the patient and us, the staff.  The technology of the Invisalign set up is educational while the treatment is easy and relatively painless for you as you undergo the tooth movement.  Invisalign is an option we offer in our art of smiles menu to give people the smile they have always wanted, a smile that inspires life!

Research has shown that when teeth are in their proper position several things can occur.

  1. Gum health improves.  When teeth are in their normal position, brushing is immediately more effective and flossing is easier.  Anything that makes dental home care easier helps makes your mouth healthier and your gums tighter.
  2. Your dental bite evens out.  With an even, normal bite, your chewing is more effective.  This gives more relief to your chewing muscles, making your bite easier too.  Digestion starts in the mouth, so your nutrition and nutrient uptake is facilitated sooner and more effectively.
  3. With your bite even, you are also under less stress.  You know when you wake up in the morning and your facial muscles are sore that you have been grinding your teeth.  With your teeth in their proper position you have less reason to grind your teeth so your muscles relax. You sleep better.
  4. You smile more.  When you are happy with your teeth, when you like how they look, you NATURALLY smile more.  When you smile more you send out positive energy around you; you are better liked and life flows easier.  This positiveness helps the brain excrete hormones like endorphins that make you feel better.  This is not a trifle matter.

We really like giving all the above benefits to people.  Life is stressful enough.  If you have a smile you do not like, it affects your emotional and physical being.  We like it when people smile more.  That is a really good thing for you, for all of us and for the world around you.  Invisalign does that for a person.  Want more info?  Or need a consultation?  Please call Gail at 203-624-5256 or email her at Gail@theartofsmiles.com.  We look forward to see you!

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