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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!

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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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.

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Health News Article- Whitening Your Smile

 Article Title: What You Need to Know About Tooth Whiteners

Article Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/tooth-whiteners

Article Review:

Through this health news article, different tooth whitening methods were evaluated to see which work best for patients’ needs.  Some of the whitening methods tested included:

  • Professional Tooth Whitening- these dental products were found to be more effective than whiteners that are sold over the counter.  The concentration of peroxide is typically higher and whitening trays are created to best fit a patient’s mouth.  This customization allows for the solution to stay in contact with the teeth and not the gums.

 

  • Over-the-Counter Tooth Whitening- these teeth whiteners can be a good option, however they need to be used in moderation.  Following the instructions is essential and make sure that you do not use these whiteners more than recommended. With too much use, the tooth structure can be harmed.

Regardless of the whitening method that you are considering, it is important that you speak with Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD if you are thinking about whitening your smile.  Dr. Lerch can evaluate your smile and offer insight into which teeth whitening strategies might be right for you.  She might also advise you to use natural teeth whitening methods if you suffer from gum disease.  During a consultation, you will learn about the best ways for you to proceed.

Teeth whitening can make a dramatic difference on the look of your smile in very little time.   Contact Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD today to learn more!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Smile, A More Confident You

Your Smile, Your Confidence

Every year you know it is coming, and every year you dread it even more.  Everyone has the date slated on the calendar, and everyone knows where to meet. You and your entire family dress in white t-shirts and blue jeans–a traditional outfit that you have been following for years.

It is family portrait day, and you know how it is going to end.  The photographer is going to say those two words, “Say cheese!” and you are going to freeze your lips together, making sure that there is no possible way the camera can capture your smile.

“No one needs to see these teeth,” you mumble to yourself as you check your reflection in the mirror.  “Oh well. There is nothing that I can do,” you say with a sigh and head to the car.

Fortunately for you, Dr. Summer Lerch is in your Connecticut neighborhood to transform your teeth. Instead of living your life with hesitation and fear, you can start smiling and enjoying each and every day!  But how is this possible?  How can Dr. Lerch make my smile truly beautiful?  The answers lie in cosmetic dentistry.  To learn more, keep reading Dr. Lerch’s blog!

Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions

Dr. Summer Lerch offers a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can be customized for you individual needs.  Whether you just need a little freshening up, or a complete smile makeover, Dr. Lerch is here in the great state of Connecticut to serve you.

So what are these procedures, and how can they change your smile?  Below you will find our top 4 cosmetic dentistry procedures!

  • Tooth Whitening– so maybe you look in the mirror and notice that your teeth aren’t as bright as you want them to be.  With our tooth whitening, you have the option to whiten your teeth at home, or head into Dr. Lerch’s office.  At home, you wear a set of customized whitening trays for a few hours or overnight.  After a few weeks, your teeth will be noticeably whiter, and have that extra brightness that you are looking for.  If you choose to whiten your teeth in our Connecticut office, then you can have a smile multiple shades brighter in less than an hour!
  • Porcelain Veneers- teeth with chips, cracks, gaps, and spaces might seem imperfect, but with Dr. Lerch and porcelain veneers, you can have a ‘Hollywood Smile’ in only three visits.  Porcelain Veneers are thin shells that are applied to the front of your teeth to create a smile that is beautiful, durable, and long-lasting.
  • Dental Bonding- little cracks and chips in your teeth do not have to be something that you hide.  With dental bonding, Dr. Summer Lerch can quickly and easily fix those little imperfections, and send you on your way in one visit with a beautiful smile. 
  • Smile Makeover-your smile might need a combination of multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures, but Dr. Summer Lerch has the knowledge and experience to transform your smile into a piece of art that you are willing to show to everyone.

Dr. Summer Lerch and Your Smile

If you think that cosmetic dentistry could be right for you, then do not hesitate to contact Dr. Summer Lerch in her Connecticut office.  She will answer all of your questions regarding any of the cosmetic dentistry procedures, and offer you unparalleled comfort rarely found in a dentist’s office.

So what are you waiting for? Make today the day that you start smiling at your brightest! Call Dr. Lerch today!

References:

  • Dr. Summer Lerch. The Art of Smiles–Cosmetic Dentistry. https://www.theartofsmiles.com/cosmetic-dentistry.html

 

Your Smile, Your Confidence

Every year you know it is coming, and every year you dread it even more.  Everyone has the date slated on the calendar, and everyone knows where to meet. You and your entire family dress in white t-shirts and blue jeans–a traditional outfit that you have been following for years.

It is family portrait day, and you know how it is going to end.  The photographer is going to say those two words, “Say cheese!” and you are going to freeze your lips together, making sure that there is no possible way the camera can capture your smile.

“No one needs to see these teeth,” you mumble to yourself as you check your reflection in the mirror.  “Oh well. There is nothing that I can do,” you say with a sigh and head to the car.

Fortunately for you, Dr. Summer Lerch is in your Connecticut neighborhood to transform your teeth. Instead of living your life with hesitation and fear, you can start smiling and enjoying each and every day!  But how is this possible?  How can Dr. Lerch make my smile truly beautiful?  The answers lie in cosmetic dentistry.  To learn more, keep reading Dr. Lerch’s blog!

Cosmetic Dentistry Solutions

Dr. Summer Lerch offers a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that can be customized for you individual needs.  Whether you just need a little freshening up, or a complete smile makeover, Dr. Lerch is here in the great state of Connecticut to serve you.

So what are these procedures, and how can they change your smile?  Below you will find our top 4 cosmetic dentistry procedures!

  1. Tooth Whitening– so maybe you look in the mirror and notice that your teeth aren’t as bright as you want them to be.  With our tooth whitening, you have the option to whiten your teeth at home, or head into Dr. Lerch’s office.  At home, you wear a set of customized whitening trays for a few hours or overnight.  After a few weeks, your teeth will be noticeably whiter, and have that extra brightness that you are looking for.  If you choose to whiten your teeth in our Connecticut office, then you can have a smile multiple shades brighter in less than an hour!
  2. Porcelain Veneers- teeth with chips, cracks, gaps, and spaces might seem imperfect, but with Dr. Lerch and porcelain veneers, you can have a ‘Hollywood Smile’ in only three visits.  Porcelain Veneers are thin shells that are applied to the front of your teeth to create a smile that is beautiful, durable, and long-lasting.
  3. Dental Bonding- little cracks and chips in your teeth do not have to be something that you hide.  With dental bonding, Dr. Summer Lerch can quickly and easily fix those little imperfections, and send you on your way in one visit with a beautiful smile.
  4. Smile Makeover-your smile might need a combination of multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures, but Dr. Summer Lerch has the knowledge and experience to transform your smile into a piece of art that you are willing to show to everyone.

Dr. Summer Lerch and Your Smile

If you think that cosmetic dentistry could be right for you, then do not hesitate to contact Dr. Summer Lerch in her Connecticut office.  She will answer all of your questions regarding any of the cosmetic dentistry procedures, and offer you unparalleled comfort rarely found in a dentist’s office.

So what are you waiting for? Make today the day that you start smiling at your brightest! Call Dr. Lerch today!

 

References:

Dr. Summer Lerch. The Art of Smiles–Cosmetic Dentistry. https://www.theartofsmiles.com/cosmetic-dentistry.html

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