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Laser Technology for You

The day ends and you are ready to head home from work.  You have all of your things gathered, and you are heading out of the office.  As you touch the door, your boss stops you and begins praising you for your work with the company.  She tells you that you are being nominated for the most valuable employee of the year, and you will be honored at the next employee gala.

You are so excited! You are thrilled!  And immediately you are concerned about your smile.  You have never been a fan of your gummy smile, and you cannot think of a worse time to highlight one of your least favorite personal attributes.  What can you do?

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD has the solution.  It is laser technology.  This treatment allows her patients to enhance their smiles with little to no pain and/or downtime. To learn more about how laser technology can change your gummy smile, keep reading Dr. Lerch’s blog.

Gummy Smiles Can Disappear

A gummy smile is a smile that appears to be all gums and little teeth.  This can occur when lips open too much, or when there is too much bone under the nose, or when the gums are overgrown, covering the teeth.  With our laser technology, lasers can contour the gums and bone to give you a smile that enhances your pearly whites and your natural beauty.

Dr. Lerch simply trims away the excess gum tissue through a quick and painless procedure.  During this procedure, more tooth is uncovered which in-turn leads to a fuller smile with less gum tissue showing.  Dr. Lerch can also reshape the gums with tissue sculpting.  This evens out gums lines that are misshapen.

Dental lasers can also help with other conditions that affect the look of a smile including:


Mouth breathing

Medication induced gum growth

Extremely worn teeth

Gum disease

These conditions can arise for a variety of reasons ranging from systemic diseases to sleep apnea to poor oral hygiene.  Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD can review how these conditions are affecting your gums, and then proceed to explain how dental lasers might be able to help you achieve your dream smile.  Do not wait any longer to learn more about this revolutionary technology!

Thinking about Laser Dentistry?

If you think that laser dentistry might be a good solution to your gummy smile, then do not hesitate to contact our dental team.  We are here to answer all of your questions regarding dental lasers.  We can help you see if this technology could be a good fit for you.

A gummy smile can block the natural qualities of your smile.  Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD can help you unveil the beautiful smile that you have always wanted.  To learn more, call our Connecticut office today at 203-624-5256.


Health News Article- A Whiter Smile

 Article Title: Eat and Drink Your Way to a Whiter Smile

Article Source:   http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44008827/ns/health-oral_health/#.UHW0CFGRjzI

Article Review:

In this health news article, researchers review different ways that patients can keep their smiles at their whitest and brightest through eating and drinking key ingredients found at the grocery store.

Some of the foods that keep your teeth at their healthiest and brightest include:

Crunchy Foods – natural foods that pack a ‘crunch’ can help scrub the teeth.  Celery, cauliflower, apples, and carrots work to stimulate saliva production, which limits plaque from forming on the teeth; in turn, your teeth stay whiter, longer.

Natural Acidic Foods – foods such as pineapple and oranges can help to whiten the teeth.  The acid that is found in these foods can also kill bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath.  These foods also increase saliva production which limits stains from forming on your teeth, staying whiter longer.

Strawberries – strawberries contain malic acid, which is known to help whiten teeth.  By chewing on these tasty and healthy berries, you are helping your oral health as well as your overall health.

Dairy – products that are made from dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) contain lactic acid and calcium, which can hlep protect teeth against decay.  Adding these products to your diet could actual improve the way that your teeth look and might help your oral health.

To learn more about ways that you can keep your teeth at their whitest, do not hesitate to contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD at 203-624-5256. She will help you find the best methods to keep your smile healthy, beautiful, and looking its best!  Also, read the health news article listed above to gain more information about foods that can help your dental health.













Sparkle and Shine This Holiday Season

Sparkle and Shine This Holiday Season!


So now that you know how your smile can enhance your life and how to choose a cosmetic dentist, because of the holiday season, I thought you might like to know how you can sparkle and shine like the star you are!

It is considered to be one of the simplest and safest cosmetic procedure, whitening.  Yes, it’s that simple.  Brightening your smile will brighten your every day for years to come.

You might be wondering what type of procedure is best for you.  As you know, there are numerous products you can purchase almost anywhere.  Have you tried them?  Are you dazzled with the results?   To be truly dazzled the best results will come from a dental professional.

We offer take home whitening and “Zoom”, an in office procedure.

With take home you will visit the office for impressions from which your custom trays will be fabricated.  Your bleaching kit will include your whitening gel and custom whitening trays.  You will be fitted with your trays, given instructions, take your kit home, use for a week , perhaps two depending on the shade of your teeth and the results you desire.

“Zoom” whitening is an in office procedure that gives you instant, amazing results in 3 – 4  15 minute sessions under a specially designed light.  This procedure includes take home trays and gel for future touch ups.

How does this system work?  Well, I shall tell you.  The “Zoom” light activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide.  As the peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin of the teeth, bleaching away staining while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.  The light helps activate the peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.

This procedure begins with a simple preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed.  The gel is then applied, under the light go your teeth and Voila!   We have dazzled away the dinge and you are shining like a star!

By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than before!

This is a great time of year to treat yourself or a loved one to a lifetime of smiles.  It makes the perfect gift and who doesn’t need a pick me up this time of year?

Our sun kissed glow has long since faded, we are covered up in hats and scarves but our smiles can shine through the darkest days!

It is also “Holiday Special” time of year!  Discounts are available and we can mail that special person on your list a customized gift certificate!

I hope everyone has the whitest, brightest, holiday season!!!!!!!

Dentistry and Smell???

Don’t you just love walking into a home where the bread has just been pulled out of the oven; or the lasagna is bubbling hot on the stove top; or where the grass has just been cut outside?  These are all wonderful smells that bring back lovely memories for many of us.  And did you know that how you brush your teeth makes a difference in your sense of smell?

Yes it is true.    Without the sense of smell you would not get those warm fuzzy memories as noted above.  You might not be able to sense a fire in another room if you cannot smell the smoke.  Or know when the kitty litter needs to be changed.  Or even taste foods in a normal way.  Our sense of smell is very important in our daily lives.

The bacteria you keep in your mouth can affect your taste and smell.  Without regular dental visits, without attending to the details of your brushing, without your commitment to a healthy mouth you could be putting your sense of smell into jeopardy.  The dental bacteria grow in there.  As they build up they will affect the gums, the more copious bacteria then will infect the teeth (decay) and eventually cause gum abscesses.

The high bacterial count  now present can affect both your taste buds on your tongue and your sense of smell since these are so closely related.  The very best way to maintain a good sense of smell is exactly the best way to maintain your pearly whites…brush 2x day, floss 1x day, rinse with mouthwash or salty water 1-2x day and visit your dentist at least twice a year.  You will be glad you did!

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