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Get Those Poopies Off!

The idea is to have your teeth outlive you. Period!

Blog-ImageLike many other diseases, you can take the necessary steps to prevent cavities, decay, and plaque in your teeth. Good preventive care involves effective removal of the bacteria doing the damage. This can prolong the life of your teeth for years. Here is what to do!

1. Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. 95% of all cavities are caused by lifestyle habits such as drinking sugary sodas and juices and eating sugary foods. Streptococcus mutans love that sugar that feeds them. When the sugar is removed, cleaned off and/or not even present, then the bacterial poopie is vastly lessened.

2. Gently message your gums (a new way to “brush your teeth” ) with a soft toothbrush and warm water for two minutes twice a day and floss once a day to remove that plaque.

3. Use a fluoride toothpaste such as Prevident to both harden your enamel and create a hostile environment for the S.mutans.

4. Come in for a dental cleaning minimally every six months to detect tooth decay at an early stage.  Also to get a professional application of fluoride. Flouride is no longer just for kids.

5. And for some – wear a night guard if you clench or grind your teeth. Deep concentration or stress can cause you to clench or grind your teeth. The most common time for this to happen is while you are sleeping. Not only can this lead to headaches, jaw aches, ear aches, and neck stiffness, it can also cause tiny stress fractures in your teeth. These fractures allow sugar and decay to burrow deeper into your teeth and intensify damage to your teeth while sometimes putting you in severe pain.

Healthy teeth are always the foundation of a beautiful smile!

Our Dental Technology

Dental Technology for a Healthy Smile

Have you ever dreaded a trip to the dentist? All you can think about is how uncomfortable you will be while sitting in the dentist’s chair. In addition, you cannot help but think of the pain that can be associated with the dentist as well.

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we believe a patient should be comfortable through every step of the dental process. Dr. N. Summer is passionate about offering unparalleled dental services to every one of her patients. This dental care is coupled with state-of-the-art dental technology, which can allow for you to have the best overall dental experience.

Through Dr. Lerch’s blog, you will learn more about some of the dental technology that is offered at her New Haven dental clinic, which can keep you feeling at ease and with a smile.

Our Dental Technology

With improved dental technology, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD can provide procedures that are more efficient, do not require as much recovery time, and are typically less invasive. All of these improvements in dental technology allow for a patient to be more comfortable during appointments.

At our dental practice, we provide the latest dental technology, including:

  • Digital x-rays
  • Reminders through emails and texts
  • Dental lasers
  • Krystal
  • Digital patient charts
  • Fifth Generation Dental Bonding
  • Detect
  • Encode Implant Impressions

These features provide our patients with greater levels of comfort and faster recovery from dental procedures than ever before. To learn more about our dental technology and Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD, please contact the Center for Esthetic Dentistry today to schedule a consultation. Your smile’s health and wellness is of the utmost importance—meet the team that values both the patient and the smile.

Learn More about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD

If you would like to learn more information about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and all of the dental technology that she has available, please contact the New Haven clinic today at 203-624-5256. We will answer all of your questions about all of our dental procedures, and schedule you for a consultation with Dr. Lerch.

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we value each patient’s needs and comfort. To learn more about how your dental experience should be, pleasant and comfortable, please contact us today.

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Proof Is Here: Bright, Healthy Smiles Make You Happier!

Dental FearsOK – we have a new one for you.  You know that visit to the dental office, the one you put off, the one that has a low grade PIA factor, the one where you would MUCH rather be at the Zoo eating ice cream while making eyes at the chimps?  Yes that one…research now shows that all those regular visits to the dentist CAN actually make you happier! And from the inside out!

Recently,  more that 10,000 American participated in a health study where researchers found a link between poor dental health and depression.  In fact, the more dental problems a person reported, the more severe their depression.  Further 61 percent of the participants in the study who reported being depressed also described having an “aching mouth” in the previous year. And when asked about the condition of their teeth, 57 percent of those depressed said that their teeth were in fair or poor condition.

What does this all mean?  There appears to be a strong link between oral health and depression.  Current research points to oral bacteria being the common thread.  If the researchers are right, then the treatment and management of depression could come down to regular, comprehensive cleanings in the dental office with good flossing and bushing habits during the intervening months.  And maybe even some whitening gel to boost the happiness factor!

Gold versus Porcelain Dental Onlays

Considering Dental Onlays

Our Center for Esthetic Dentistry is known for state-of-the-art dental techniques and equipment combined with outstanding patient care.   When considering any dental procedure, including dental onlays, look no further than Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and her team to deliver amazing results for your smile.

Dental onlays can help to restore functionality to your teeth.  Through this blog, you will learn about gold and porcelain onlays and find out how they might improve the structure of a tooth.  Keep reading to learn more about the Center for Esthetic Dentistry difference in dental care!

Gold and Porcelain Onlays at the Center for Esthetic Dentistry

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we are proud to offer our patients a wide variety of procedures and treatments in order to ensure that smiles are beautiful and healthy.  Our dental onlays are no exception.  Dental onlays are typically used to restore rear teeth that have a moderate amount of decay or are damaged.

The onlay can maintain the structure of the tooth to decrease the amount of damage created from tooth decay.  During a consultation with Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD, all of your dental onlay options will be discussed with you, which include gold and porcelain onlays.  Porcelain onlays are designed to blend in with the existing structure of the teeth, but gold onlays are noted for their extreme durability.

With both gold and porcelain dental onlays, Dr. Lerch will create a stable tooth structure that helps your smile to remain healthy. In addition, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD is known for her dental artistry, making the new tooth structure complement your existing smile.

Learn More about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD

If you would like to find out more information about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD, then do not hesitate to contact our team of dental experts. We will answer all of your questions about dental onlays, and also provide information about any of the services that we offer.

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to offering our patients with unparalleled care and attention to detail.  We believe that you should always be satisfied with how your smile looks and feels, and we work with you to achieve outstanding results.  To find out more about the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, please contact Dr. Lerch today at our New Haven practice at 203-624-5256.

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Seduction: Your Most Powerful Tool

procelain-dental-crownsWhat is the most powerful tool of seduction in your arsenal? What is the one thing you have that, when used properly, can turn an ice queen into a kitten and make even the strongest women become bubbly little girls?

  • Is it your sense of style?
  • Your suave demeanor?
  • Perhaps your silver tongue?

Those things all are great, but there’s one thing you can use to greater effect than quite possibly all of them combined. Want to guess what it is?
It’s your smile.

When you don’t smile, others tend to see you as the doom and gloom person. You become one of those background people that simply, blends in. Even if you change how you dress or cut your hair, your smile is still your sexiest feature. I’ve seen people who suddenly change their attitude and start smiling more often. They go from wallflower to the person everyone wants to know.
So open your arsenal and use your most powerful tool!

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are placed over an existing tooth to restore a tooth’s shape, size, and overall strength.  They are typically used to restore a tooth that may be broken, support a tooth that had a large filling, cover severe tooth stains as in tetracycline, hold dental bridges, and/or to protect a weak tooth.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD knows that oral health and beauty in smiles are both important traits when treating teeth.  Dr. Lerch and her team work to provide patients with the procedures and services to achieve a healthy and stunning smile.  Through this blog, you will learn more about porcelain fused to metal crowns and the benefits that this procedure can provide to an individual.  Keep reading to learn more about this procedure offered at the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, LLC.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, LLC we are always looking for methods to improve dental procedures for patient comfort and durability.  The same can be said about our dental crown procedures.  Dental crowns come in many forms – some with metal under copings, some with zirconia or white underpinnings and some with no central core; these depend on bond strength for durability.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD offers porcelain fused to metal crowns or PFM specifically where strength is needed. There are many advantages to considering porcelain fused to metal crowns, which include:

  • Metal fused with porcelain adds stability and strength to a crown
  • PFM’s can be very beautiful in the hand of skilled craftsman
  • High rates of success with the procedure

During a consultation, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD will discuss all of your dental crown options with you, and evaluate which method might be best for you.  With Dr. Lerch, you can rest assured that all of your questions will be answered and that you can have a smile that is not only healthy, but beautiful as well.

Learn More about Our Dental Services

If you would like to learn more about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and our dental procedures, please do not hesitate to contact us at our New Haven office.  We will answer all of your questions about our services, and offer insight into which type of dental crown may benefit your needs.

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we are passionate about delivering outstanding patient care with every procedure and service that we offer.  Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD combines technical skills with artistry to provide patients with unparalleled results, no matter what procedure is performed.  Learn more about the Art of Smiles difference.  Give a call today at 203-624-5256.

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Design and Materials of Dental Bridges

Considering Dental Bridges

You have just been told that you might need a dental bridge.  A flood of questions starts rushing through your mind—what is a dental bridge? What will a dental bridge do for me? What types of dental bridge materials are available for my dentistry needs?

Through this blog, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD will explain the different types of dental bridges and the materials used for each.  With Dr. Lerch’s high level of expertise, you can rest assured that if you need a dental bridge, you have a dentist who knows the best solution for your individual needs.  Keep reading the Art of Dentistry’s blog to learn more about dental bridges.

Dental Bridges and Your Dentistry Needs

Patients who may require dental bridges are those who have a missing tooth, but also have healthy teeth around the gap that can keep the bridge in place and stable.  There are multiple dental bridges to consider, and during a consultation with Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD, you will learn which bridge may be best suited to you.

These types of bridges include:

  • Traditional dental bridge
  • “Maryland” dental bridge
  • Cantilever dental bridge
  • Implant supported dental bridge

In addition to the type of dental bridge, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD will also discuss the materials that can be used for these bridges.  These materials include:

  • All porcelain bridges
  • Porcelain fused to types of metal, including gold
  • All metal bridges

All porcelain bridges and porcelain bridges that are fused to metal are both tooth colored bridges, and can blend seamlessly with the color and look of your existing smile.  With Dr. Summer Lerch’s attention to detail and artistry in dentistry, you can rest assured that with any of our dental bridge options, you will have a smile that is not only functional, but beautiful too.

Learn More about Dental Bridges

For more information about the materials and types of dental bridges that we have available to you, please contact our dental office.  We will answer all of your questions about dental bridges, and Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD will explain which dental bridge options might be good solutions for you.

We are committed to offering our patients unparalleled care and services.  To experience the Art of Smiles difference for yourself, contact our Center for Esthetic Dentistry located in New Haven.

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Evolution of Dental Technology

Dental Technology and Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD

Technology is all around us.  We see it as we head down the grocery aisles and television monitors promote the latest products.  We see it when we are at the movies and the latest high-definition images are projected at us.  And we see it everyday in our pockets, as the latest smart-phones have become the normal accessory.

But in addition to all of these forms of new gadgetry, we also see technology transformations in dentistry.  At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD is always researching the latest dental technology to assure the best for patient comfort, recovery times, and satisfaction.  Through this blog, you will learn about our latest dental technology and find out how this technology can enhance your overall dental experiences.  Keep reading Dr. Lerch’s blog to learn more.

New Dental Materials for Patient Comfort

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we offer a wide array of dental procedures with the latest dental technology to ensure that our patients can achieve their dentistry goals.  Some of our most popular technology features include:

  • Porcelain veneers- dental veneers can transform your smile in only a few visits to see Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD.  Veneers are affixed to the fronts of your teeth and can yield a “Hollywood Smile.”
  • Teeth Whitening- for a quick and simple way to erase years off of a smile, then look no further than teeth whitening.  Our patients can leave our dental office in an hour with a smile that is multiple shades whiter than when they started the treatment.
  • Laser Recontouring- to improve the look of the gum line, laser recontouring can make a dramatic difference in a short amount of time.  With laser recontouring, patients can see a gummy smile, high lip line, or uneven gum line disappear in one office visit.  The procedure is painless and the recovery time is minimal.

We offer even more procedures that combine artistry and dental technology to deliver beautiful smiles.  Contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD today to find out more information about all of our procedures offered.

Learn More about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD

If you would like to learn more information about our dental materials and technology at the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, please contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and her team.  We will answer any of your questions about our dental procedures, technology, and techniques, and offer guidance as to the procedures that you might best benefit from in our office.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD is passionate about offering unparalleled services to her patient to ensure that they can have the smiles that they have always wanted.  To learn more about how Dr. Lerch can make your smile dreams a reality, with less recovery time and better dental materials.

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Lasers and Dental Technology

Dental Technology at the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, LLC

We have all had experiences in dental offices where everything seems wildly outdated.  You look around the office and see posters that have not been updated since the 1980’s, with models sporting wild colored sweaters and smiling brightly.  While you are in the dentist’s chair, you feel like every tool could use a fresh makeover, as you keep thinking, “There has to be better technology out there now, right?”

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, LLC, you can rest assured that the only feeling you will feel in our dental office is ‘comfortable.’  We outfit our office with the latest dental technology, information, and techniques to ensure that you are always comfortable and that each procedure is as efficient as possible.  Throughout this blog, you will learn more about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD’s commitment to dental technology, and find out what procedures might be right for you.  Keep reading to learn more.

Our Dental Procedures Combined with Technology

We know how valuable our patients’ time is, and we strive to provide procedures that help our patients achieve their dream smiles with less recovery time.  Some of our most popular forms of dental technology include:

  • Laser Dentistry– with laser dentistry, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD is able to reconstruct gummy smiles, adjust gum lines, and help with a variety of gum issues.  The procedure is quick, relatively painless, and can yield dramatic results in one office visit.
  • Invisalign- with Invisalign clear orthodontic aligners, you can straighten your teeth in less time than you thought possible, without anyone knowing that your are transforming your smile.  There are no wires, no brackets, and you are still able to eat all of the foods that you enjoy during the process.  Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD creates a treatment plan that works with your individual case so that you can attain the best results possible.
  • Smile Designing- Yes we design smiles!  Our cosmetic dentistry / smile design procedure allows you to go through four successive stages; each one fine tunes what eventually becomes your most natural and beautiful smile.  It does not require any more time and yet leaves you refreshed; younger looking and feeling.  As they say…you will be glad you went for it!
  • Teeth Whitening- we offer both in-office and at-home teeth whitening procedures to help you attain a whiter and brighter smile.  With our in-office Zoom! Whitening procedure, you can leave the dental office in one-hour with teeth multiple shades brighter and a smile that years younger.
  • Oral Hygiene – We have an unique approach that allows our patients to have the cleanest and healthy mouths in Southern New England. It is centered around massaging rather than brushing.  It is kinder and more healthful for your gums.  Your teeth will outlast you with this innovative approach to caring for your smile.

Our dental technology helps patients to achieve their most beautiful smiles quickly and without pain.  Contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD to learn more about what dental technology can do for you.

Learn More about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD

If you are interested in learning more information about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and her team, then do not hesitate to contact our New Haven dental office.  We will gladly answer all of your questions, and offer guidance as to which dental procedures might serve your needs best.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD is dedicated to making your dental experiences as positive as possible.  To learn what the Emergency Dentist in Newington CT difference is, please call our office today to set up a dental appointment. Learn how technology and artistry combine to create beautiful smiles with Dr. Lerch.

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Press Release

For Immediate Release

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, our team has over 100 years of combined experience.  Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD is the only female Board Certified Accredited Cosmetic Dentist in lower New England, and is one of only 423 accredited dentists in the world.

We are dedicated to offer unparalleled procedures and services to our patients.  Our staff loves to see the transformation in our patients.  We approach the patient as a whole person. We want our patients’ smiles to compliment their life.  We want to our patients to achieve the smiles that they never thought possible. In short, we care about how we interact and perform for our patients.

In addition, our patients leave us feedback about our procedures and services, including, “Dr. Lerch has found her passion.  I love the detail, the meticulousness required to provide beautiful, high quality, long term smile design treatment.”

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we believe in one common mission, “Beautiful smiles; life enhanced. Extraordinary patient satisfaction. A dental practice where honor and dignity are commonplace forever.”

To learn more about Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD and her New Haven dental team, please contact our dental office today.  You deserve to have a smile that you are proud to show the world—allow our dental team to show you how the impossible can be possible.

 

 

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