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Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Dental Bonding and Your Smile

For as long as you can remember, you have wished that a certain tooth would not longer have a chip in it.  It has bothered you for years, and every time you notice it in the mirror, you want the secret potion to make it disappear.  However, it seems like every option for cosmetic dentistry is too involved, and much too expensive.

This is where Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD can help with cosmetic dental bonding.  Dental bonding allows for you to repair a tooth quickly and at a much lower cost than other cosmetic dentistry options.  Through this blog, you will learn about cosmetic bonding, and find out if the service could be right for your dental needs.  Keep reading to learn more!

Cosmetic Dental Bonding for Beautiful Results

Cosmetic bonding is a dental service that uses a tooth-colored resin to repair a tooth that may be:

  • Decayed
  • Chipped
  • Fractured
  • Severely Stained

The resin is applied to the tooth after a simple preparation process.  When the resin is applied, it is molded to fit the exact shape that you desire.  Using a strong light, Dr. Lerch is then able to harden the resin so it remains in the set shape.  The total time for this procedure is typically between 30 minutes to one hour.

Many patients choose dental bonding to address a tooth that requires a cosmetic modification.  Dental bonding is one of the least expensive dental procedures and requires minimal time for completion.

In addition, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD combines dentistry with artistry to achieve the right shading and molding of the resin so that each patient can achieve the ideal smile results.  For a dentist that is committed to every detail throughout every cosmetic dentistry procedure, look no further than Dr. Lerch.

Learn More about Dental Bonding

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD is dedicated to helping her patients achieve the smiles that they have always wanted.  With cosmetic tooth bonding, Dr. Lerch is able to transform the look of a smile in one office visit.  During a consultation, you will learn if tooth bonding is the right cosmetic option to allow for you to create the smile that you have always envisioned for yourself.

Dental bonding offers patients an easy and affordable option to create a beautiful smile.  To learn more about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and other cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at our New Haven dental office, please contact us today.  You can have the smile you deserve in less time than you ever thought possible—learn how now!



Cosmetic Dentistry and Insurance


Cosmetic Dentistry

You have wanted to make some changes to your smile for as long as you can remember.  You flip through magazines and the first thing that pops out at you are the models’ beautiful smiles, not today’s fashion trends.  You have been waiting for the right time to transform your smile, but are unsure what you can afford.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD can help you understand the costs that are associated with cosmetic dentistry and how to navigate the dental insurance maze.  Through this blog, you will learn about cosmetic dentistry, insurance, and how Dr. Lerch works to make your dream smile possible.

Dental Insurance Paired with Cosmetic Dentistry

Insurance can be tricky to understand, but we work with you to make the process as simple as possible.  While most cosmetic dentistry procedures are not covered by regular dental insurance, we will help you to understand what is covered by your own personal dental insurance, and then find a payment plan that works for your own budget.

Dr. Summer Lerch offers a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures, including:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Porcelain Veneers

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we can find a payment method so that your dream smile can become reality.  Contact our dental team today to learn more about dental insurance and creating a smile that you want to show to the word.

Learn More about Dental Insurance and Your Smile

To find out more information about your own dental insurance and cosmetic dentistry, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Lerch and her dental team.  We will help you understand your dental coverage and find out what is covered by your insurance coverage.

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we do not want anyone to feel like they cannot afford a beautiful smile.  To find out how Dr. Lerch and her team can help, contact our New Haven practice today.


Health News Article- Foods for Healthier Teeth

Article Title: Foods for Healthier Teeth: 7 Things to Eat Right Now

Article Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/17/foods-teeth_n_1282404.html?utm_hp_ref=dental-health

Article Review:

Through this health news article, different foods are evaluated to see which ones are best to promote oral health.  We all know that there are plenty of foods and drinks that we should stay away from for the sake of our gums and teeth.  Soda, sugary foods, candies are all items that go on the ‘no-good’ list.  But what foods should we eat to keep our teeth at their best?

  • Cheese- cheeses are low in sugar and have high levels of calcium, which can help protect the tooth’s surface.
  • Raw Vegetables- raw vegetables require a lot of chewing, which leads to more saliva production and keeps teeth cleaner.
  • Tap Water- tap water contains fluoride that you do not get from bottled water.  Fluoride helps mineralize teeth, which helps negate the damage caused from acids.
  • Sesame seeds- these seeds may reduce plaque while also remineralize tooth enamel.

All of these foods are good resources to consider in keeping your oral health at its best.  Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD can also share other health news information with you to help your maintain a beautiful and healthy smile.

To learn more about how you can protect your teeth and gums, do not hesitate to contact the Lerch dental team!  We are here to answer any of your questions and keep you smiling for a lifetime!


The Cost of Invisalign

Transforming Your Smile

You can remember the days when it seemed like everyone had braces. You would walk down the halls and see every middle-school teen with brackets strapped onto their teeth.

You were never one of those kids however.  You never had braces, but always dreamed of straighter teeth.  That dream has lasted into your adult life.  But now, you cannot imagine having braces—the corporate world is not like the high school hallways.  Braces would not add to a professional image, but you would still like to make your dream smile a reality.

Ther is where Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD can help.  Dr. Lerch recommends Invisalign for her patients, to help them gain a beautiful smile without the use of traditional braces.  Through this blog, you will gain a little more insight into what the Invisalgn clear aligner system is and what it can do to transform your smile.

Considering Invisalign

The Invisalign system is comprised of clear aligners that are changed every two weeks to shift you teeth further into the correct position.  Dr. Lerch creates a detailed treatment plan that outlines your progress with Invisalign.

Invisalign aligners are clear and fit into your mouth like retainers.  These aligners allow for you to smile without anyone noticing that you are changing your teeth.  With Invisalign, you can also eat, drink, and brush your teeth without any interruptions to your life.  Simply remove the aligners when you eat so you can enjoy your favorite foods.  And when you need to brush your teeth, remove the aligner and brush and floss like normal.  No need to learn new routines or avoid your favorite foods.

Invisalign technology makes it simple to blend into your every day life.  You can feel confident that you are creating a smile that you can be proud of, and confident that your life does not have to be disrupted to achieve the results.

“But what about the cost?” you might be thinking.  “Surely this must be more expensive than traditional braces.”  Invisalign is actually priced at a comparable rate to braces, meaning that you will not have to pay more to straighten your teeth.  You can learn more about the cost of Invisalign with this calculator (http://www.invisalign.com/Cost/Pages/dental-insurance-options.aspx) and by contact Dr. Lerch and her team, who can decipher insurance information and help you understand your financial contribution.

Invisalign can help you change the way that you look at your smile.  If you are ready to make a subtle yet dramatic change to your smile, contact Dr. Lerch and her team.

Find Out More about Invisalign Clear Aligners

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign, contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD today.  Dr. Lerch will answer all of your questions about Invisalign, help you understand if you are a good candidate, and give you information about insurance coverage and cost.

You deserve to have your dream smile become reality.  With Invisalign, you can achieve ther smile in less time than you thought possible, with less pain, and without anyone realizing that you are making a dramatic change.  Find out more about ther dental technology by contacting Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD today!


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!

You Can Afford Cosmetic Dentistry!

Dr. Lerch understands that having the smile that you have always wanted sometimes is limited by not being able to afford the cosmetic treatment.  The Center of Esthetic Dentistry is pleased to announced that we have just partnered with Springstone Finance in order to make all your dreams come true.  From Invisalign, to porcelain veneers, to Zoom whitening, you can have it all!  Financing is easy at the C.E.D., all you have to do is decide how long you want to spread your payments out from 6 months to 6 years!  Yes, 6 years!!!!  You can pay small monthly payments and smile the entire time you are doing it!  The interest rate is a fair rate, and you will know what your payments are before signing any paperwork for treatment!

Center for Esthetic Dentistry and Springstone Finance have partnered to make your wildest dreams come true.  Simply call Anne, patient concierge, at the Center of Esthetic Dentistry so that you can get started today!

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