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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!

Why We Love Invisalign!

There are a number of reasons why CED* loves Invisalign clear braces orthodontic treatment over traditional orthodontic care. Here are a few of them:

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Value for your money: Treatment to align your teeth is not cheap, so you must make sure you get the best treatment possible for your money. Invisalign aligns your teeth in an effective and efficient manner, often quicker than traditional braces and conveniently with a technique that is healthier for you and your teeth.

Latest Technology: Invisalign aligners are made from bio-compatible plastic using the latest in fabrication technology.  You will avoid the usual metal and wires in your mouth that come with traditional orthodontic techniques.

Comfort: The aligners are first invisible.  No one can see them.   They are also light, easy, and comfortable.   The aligners are plastic appliances which ease your teeth into the perfect form.  There is very little discomfort as you move through the entire process of obtaining a great smile.

12Flexibility of use:  The aligners can be removed any time you want to eat or drink or brush your teeth.  Therefore you do not have to worry about your aligners getting damaged.  With traditional metal braces, there are foods you have to stay away from – with Invisalign there are no limitations.

No Damage to Gum Tissues: The Invisalign aligners use a gentle easing pressure to overcome cross bite situations or crooked teeth. There is no damage to your gums or bone.  With traditional braces this can occur.

Aesthetic Value: The aligners are invisible. No one knows.  This gives you that added advantage of knowing you are doing something good and healthy for yourself while carrying on a normal life style – whether you are an adult or a teenager.

Protection: If you grind or clench your teeth in your sleep the clear aligners protect your teeth from damage.  With metallic braces, often you have to protect the braces themselves from damage. In this case, Invisalign does double duty.

Easily replaced in case of damage:  If your Invisalign clear aligners are damaged, a new aligner can be picked up from your dental office. Easy.  If traditional braces are damaged, you must see your dentist again for a full appointment.

beforeafterInvisalign makes our patients happy:  Center for Esthetic Dentistry, LLC has been providing clear braces technology since 2009.  We have watched beautiful smiles blossom under Invisalign treatment.  Our patients are thrilled with their new beautiful healthy new smile.  What could be better?

With so many advantages, Invisalign is the obvious choice.  Look for a Preferred Provider. This is someone who has attained a proficiency in Invisalign treatment.  Dr. Lerch and the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, LLC (CED) are such providers.  Call now: 203-624-5256 for your free March consultation

Is your smile holding you back?

So, Guys you just left the gym, stopped off for a shave and a great haircut; Gals, are you summer ready with your perfect mani, pedi and tan, perhaps you’ve indulged in a few Botox injections…….Looking great? Feeling confident? You take the time and effort to get in shape and put your best foot forward so, why aren’t you smiling? Why are you covering your mouth when you speak or laugh with your perfectly manicured hand?

Could it be your smile? Is it holding you back? Nothing boosts confidence and sex appeal like a bright, beautiful sexy smile. So when choosing a work out or a cosmetic procedure to make yourself feel and look your absolute best, why not choose cosmetic dentistry first. From a simple whitening procedure, to a full smile makeover, cosmetic dentistry will change the way you see yourself and the way others see you.

Studies have shown:
1. Virtually all Americans, 99.7%, believe a smile is an important social asset.

2. 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex.
3. Three-quarters, 74%, of adults feels an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success. *Article from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

A healthy, white, confident smile will open many doors for you! Watch those sales numbers rise in your business, get the position you have been wanting, go and ask out that special someone you’ve been too shy to ask!

A smile is like a magnet, it attracts. Start your magnetism nowCall 203-624-5256.

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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Tooth Colored Versus Amalgam Fillings

Different Types of Dental Fillings

It used to be that you did not have a choice in the type of filling that you would have when a cavity needed to be filled.  Using amalgams was the common practice, and the combination of different metals was considered to be an acceptable option in dentistry.

Today, many patients are requesting composite fillings, which are tooth colored and blend seamlessly with the look of natural teeth.  These fillings are mercury free and allow for a patient to have a tooth filled without any dotting of silver in the mouth.  Composite fillings allow for a beautiful smile, without the use of mercury.  To learn more about tooth-colored fillings, keep reading Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD’s blog.

Tooth Colored Fillings and Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD

A cosmetic dentist will use composite fillings are made from dental materials that are tooth-colored.  These dental materials look natural and blend with the natural color of the teeth.  Allowing for aesthetics to be maintained ensures that patients can combine excellent oral care with beautiful dental aesthetics.

Tooth colored fillings are created from a mixture of resin mixed with quartz fillers.  Because of the size of these fillers, a composite filling is able to remain durable while also being able to be polished for a natural look.  Dental bonding completes the composite process by bonding the tooth colored filling into its correct placement.  When performed correctly, the bond is extremely strong and very durable.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD uses composite fillings to fill teeth in both the front and back of the mouth.  In addition, Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD can replace existing amalgam fillings with composite fillings.  Dr. Lerch only uses the latest technology and methods to ensure that her patients are kept safe during the amalgam replacement process.

Tooth colored fillings allow for patients to achieve a beautiful result using safe dentistry procedures.  In addition, tooth-colored fillings do not require as much tooth to be removed as with amalgams to hold a filling in place.  A healthy tooth can then be preserved with a composite filling with added support from the dental bonding.

Learn More about Composite Fillings

Composite fillings only require one visit to Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD’s New Haven Emergency Dental office and can help patients achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.  If you would like to learn more about having a composite filling, or to learn about having an amalgam replaced, do not hesitate to contact our Center for Esthetic Dentistry.  We are here to answer all of your questions about the procedure, and help you find if composite fillings are a good choice for you.

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD is passionate about delivering unparalleled services to each dental patient.  To find out more about our procedures and services, please contact our New Haven office today.

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Porcelain Dental Crowns

What You Should Know about Dental Crowns

You might have heard that you need a dental crown from Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD, but what does that mean?  While most individuals understand that they might need to make modifications to protect the teeth and smile, many do not understand what a dental crown is and why it may be necessary to improve the health and aesthetics of a smile.

Through Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD’s blog, you will learn all about dental crowns and find out why one might be a good fit for you.  And, with Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD’s dental skills and artistry, you can rest assured that you will receive unparalleled oral care services.  Keep reading to learn more about dental crowns and Dr. Lerch’s dental team.

All about Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over a tooth.  This cap covers a tooth and restores a tooth’s shape, size, strength, and can even improve the appearance.

Most individuals need a dental crown to help a tooth in the following instances:

  • To protect a weak tooth that may break
  • To restore a severely worn tooth
  • To support a tooth that requires a large filling
  • To cover any teeth that are misshapen or severely discolored
  • To help hold a dental implant in place
  • For dental aesthetics

Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD uses porcelain dental crowns to provide patients with crowns that can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.  This allows for patients to retain a natural and beautiful smile, without metals interfering with the look of your smile.

During a consultation with Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD, all of your dental crown options will be discussed with you so that you have a clear understanding of which crowns may be best for you.  With Dr. Lerch, you have a dentist who truly cares about the health and wellness of your smile, as well as the aesthetic features.  Contact her today to learn more about all of our restorative and cosmetic dental procedures.

Learn More about Restorative Dentistry

If you would like to learn more information about porcelain crowns and other restorative dentistry procedures with Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD, do not hesitate to contact our dental team.  We will answer all of your questions about general and restorative dentistry procedures, and help you understand if a porcelain crown could be the right fit for you.

We believe that all dental procedures should make you feel more confident about the health and the look of your smile.  Contact Dr. Lerch’s dental team to find out how we can help you achieve your most beautiful and healthy smile, today.

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The Transformation of ST

A Patient Story

Patient-StoryLet Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD introduce to you a wonderful young man, whom we will refer to as ST.  We fell in love with ST the very first day we met him.  His quiet, respectful, and humble manner impressed us all.  So did the fact that he hid his smile.  We wanted to take on the transformation of ST.  When someone comes into our office not being able to smile and then eventually leaves with the ability to grin like a Chesire Cat – THAT is a transformation!  Their ENTIRE life changes:  self-expression explodes, smiles abound, happiness comes knocking at their door, ideas that were dreams start coming true.  It is an amazing adventure and it happens EVERY time when the reason for not smiling is addressed!

By age 24, ST and his parents had tried everything to get his teeth even, white and bright.  Due to a series of childhood events, ST’s enamel was damaged and no matter how much fluoride therapy or brushing skills or whitening products were used, ST’s smile just never blossomed. Even after dental bonding, the results just did not do ST justice.

In the consultation we talked about dental porcelain veneers. ST’s teeth were strong under the damage and stained outer enamel, strong enough to support veneers.  Further ST has begun to show a real commitment to his home oral hygiene care.  Finally his teeth were in the right place, so the foundation of his bite did not need any changes.              

(Proper tooth placement is key to a beautiful smile, both for functionality of the bite and long term stability.  Proper placement also aids ease of home care.)

ST was a wonderful and willing partner in his appointments.  His first appointment included a dental cleaning, full dental records including radiographs, pre-op models and photographs. The appointments were laid out to him, all his questions answered and forms signed.  The most important aspect here was for ST to pick the style of teeth he wanted.  Square? Oval?  Long laterals or short? Pointed canines or rounded?  There are many choices that go into creating a beautiful smile.

The second appointment was his preparation appointment.  Once the old enamel was removed and any lingering decay removed, an impression was taken of ST’s teeth, teeth and midline location.  Provisional teeth were made from his original models that began to give ST the look and feel of his soon to be new porcelain teeth.  They were lightly cemented in and off he went to experience life with a new smile.

The day arrived for his third appointment.  This is always a try-in appointment and very often also a cement appointment. This is a very special and often emotional day.  What people have been waiting for, often for their whole lives, is about to come true.  As it did for ST.  His provisionals were removed, his teeth cleaned, and his beautiful porcelain slivers placed gently on his teeth.  “WOW!” we all said almost immediately – a home run for ST!  There was so much excitement in the office. ST was moved to tears.  We were moved to tears.  ST was going home with his new smile and nothing was going to stop that today!!!

After the final piece of extra bonded cement was removed, and after we had gone over the new home care instructions ST needed to know and after his bite was thoroughly adjusted, checked and rechecked, ST got to walk around and practice smiling.  You see after years of not smiling, it takes something to remember how to.  It takes practice.  And we could see that he was well on his way to mastering his new smile.

Two weeks later these photos were taken.  You can almost feel the difference!

“My experience with Dr. Lerch and her team was fantastic. Every step of the way they were there to make me feel 110% comfortable and confident in my teeth and care. Thank you so much.  I love my new smile!!!”  – ST                          

Dental Implants

Dental Implants and You

You have a tooth that is missing.  As a child, this would make you feel joyful and eager to await the tooth fairy’s arrival.  As an adult, a missing tooth generates the complete opposite reactions.  You feel anxious, nervous, and wish that it never happened.

A missing tooth does not have to incur such negative feelings, especially with Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD in New Haven.  Dr. Lerch has the dental technology and resources to ensure that a missing tooth does not become a big headache for a patient.

Through this blog, you will learn about dental implants and what they can do to improve your smile’s beauty and functionality.  Keep reading to learn more about this revolutionary technology!

Your Enhanced Smile

A dental implant is a replacement tooth root that is implanted into the jaw.  The implant is attached to the jawbone to give the prosthetic tooth a secure base.  Dental implants can provide patients with some very positive features, including:

  • Improved appearance– implants look natural and blend with your existing teeth, creating a seamless look.
  • Better speaking– with dentures, slippage can occur impairing speech.  Dental implants stay in place and ensure that you can eat and speak naturally.
  • Better oral-health- you do not need to use other teeth with dental implants—they stand alone unlike bridges.  You can clean between a dental implant just like you would a normal tooth, improving your oral health.
  • Durability- with dental implants, you follow the same plan of care that you would with your natural teeth.  Flossing, tooth brushing, and regular visits to the dentists keep dental implants at their best and lasting for many years to come.

Dental implants give you the freedom to forget that you have a dental implant.  You care for an implant the same way that you would your normal teeth, and in return, you have a beautiful smile that makes you feel confident.

Dr. Lerch is a leader in implant dentistry.  For any questions that you have about the procedure, contact the Lerch dental team today!

Learn More about Implant Dentistry

If you think that implant dentistry might be something that you would like to learn more about, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Summer Lerch and her dental team.  We will answer all of your questions about dental implants, and evaluate if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

During an initial consultation, Dr. Lerch will demonstrate the effects of dental implants for you, and help you gain more of an understanding as to what you can expect from the entire procedure.

You deserve to have a smile that is not only beautiful, but functional as well.  To learn more about dental implants, contact Dr. Lerch today!

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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

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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!

 

Health News Article- Gum Recontouring

Article Title: Gum Contouring: Is It Right for You?

Article Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/gum-contouring-facts

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Through this health news article, the gum contouring procedure is reviewed to demonstrate what it can do for a patient’s smile.  Gum contouring can improve the look of the smile by exposing more of the teeth.  Some individuals have a more “gummy” smile, where excess gum tissue covers the teeth and makes the teeth look shorter than they really are in reality.

During the procedure, dentists like Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD, use lasers or cutting tools to remove some of the gum tissue.  The entire procedure is usually completed in one dentist visit, and can shed considerable results.

With the gum contouring procedure, Dr. Lerch makes sure that only gum tissue is removed that extends over the enamel.  No tooth roots are exposed, and the shape and size of your natural teeth determine the end result.

When you visit Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD for a consultation, she will ensure that you understand all of the details of the procedure and give you an idea of what you can expect from your own gum contouring procedure.

If you are tired of always focusing on your gummy smile, then do not hesitate to contact Dr. Lerch and her team.  You can have the smile that you have always wanted in as little as one appointment to the dentist.  Learn how you can transform your smile today with Dr. Lerch!  Call us at 203-624-5256!

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