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How can you improve the look and function of your smile? While preventive services such as checkups and cleanings support your cosmetic dentistryhygienic rituals at home, your teeth and gums can become their absolute best through aesthetic services from your Newtown, PA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Robert Lantzy. Dr. Lantzy knows that minor cosmetic treatments such as tooth-colored fillings, composite resin bonding, and cosmetic contouring give your appearance and self-image a real boost. Learn more about what this modern dental specialty does for patients of all ages and lifestyles.

Getting a smile analysis

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry maintains that a person's most important asset is their smile. In fact, research from this group of dental professionals backs up the assertion that individuals with attractive teeth and gums are viewed as personable and competent in social and professional situations.

However, isn't it also true that you desire to feel at ease when you smile and laugh in public? Who wants the color, shape, and alignment of their teeth and gums to embarrass them, or make them hide their smiles? Your cosmetic dentist in Newtown understands. As a Bucks County Happening Finalist 2017 (One of four finalists out of 100+ offices nominated) and Suburban Life Top Dentist 2017, Dr. Lantzy takes his extensive dental training seriously. He creates smiles that are healthy and attractive.

To begin changing your look, Dr. Lantzy recommends getting a consultation. This complete examination and discussion of your smile goals will help both you and your dentist arrive at a care plan that fits your timeline, budget and the realistic changes you want to make.

What a cosmetic treatment plan can include

First, Dr. Lantzy ensures your smile is completely healthy. That means no extensive decay, deteriorating restorations or gum disease. He does this via visual inspection including X-rays as needed. Having established that healthy baseline, Dr. Lantzy considers the shape and width of your smile, the size of your teeth and other aesthetic factors. Then, he may advise one or more of these services:

  • Tooth-colored fillings for durable and aesthetically-pleasing cavity repair
  • Composite resin bonding to repair small flaws such as chips, gaps, surface pits and hairline cracks
  • Cosmetic contouring to remake uneven gum lines and tooth shaping

More extensive makeovers may include services such as natural looking porcelain crowns to support and beautify failing tooth structure, Invisalign clear aligners, the discreet way to straighten crooked teeth, and porcelain veneers, which can disguise front teeth that have chips, deep stains, and small gaps. You may rest assured that your treatment plan will leave you with a smile that represents the real and vibrant you.

Learn more about our aesthetic services

Your renewed smile starts with a phone call to Dr. Lantzy's office in Newtown, PA. Schedule a consultation, and learn about all that your smile can be. Call (215) 860-5901 today.

By Dr. Robert Lantzy
May 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC Crowns  

It’s always best to try to prevent problems before they occur, but sometimes a tooth becomes damaged, either through decay or because CEREC Crownsof an accident. In the past, if you needed a dental crown to fix a damaged tooth, it would take a couple of visits to get your restoration completed. However, with advances in dental technology, there is a new and improved method to restore damaged teeth in just one visit. Discover how with CEREC Crowns from your Newtown, PA, dentist Dr. Robert Lantzy can work for you.

You may have put off a dental problem, but it’s best not to ignore problems with your smile, as they could get worse if not treated in time. If you have a damaged tooth, either from decay or due to an accident, a dental crown may be the recommended treatment option. In the past, if you needed a dental crown, there were two visits that were required in order to complete the restoration.

First, your tooth would be prepared and an impression made. Once the impression was taken, it would be sent to a dental laboratory and you would have to return to the doctor, once again, to finish the procedure. With CEREC Crowns from your Newtown, PA, dentist, we are now able to complete the restoration in just one dental visit.

There is a digital scanner that takes impressions of your tooth, which are then transferred to the machine that mills your restoration. Using the 3-d digital camera reduces the hassle of messy impressions, and once the camera takes digital impressions of your damaged tooth, then it’s up to the CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology to take over and design a restoration that looks good and fits in with the rest of your smile. Then the dental crown is milled while you wait. Finishing touches are added to the dental crown so that the color and aesthetics fit in with the rest of your smile.

This technology allows your dentist, Dr. Lantzy, to restore damaged teeth with a natural looking restoration, that is both quick and effective. You will still want to maintain great oral hygiene with daily brushing and flossing to ensure that the dental crown and the rest of your smile remain in good shape. And while we always try to work with you to prevent dental issues, there are times when a restoration is necessary. Trust Dr. Lantzy to provide the treatment you need, for a beautiful and healthy smile, with CEREC Crowns in his Newtown, PA, office today.

By Dr. Robert Lantzy
February 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you and an important part of your self-esteem. But your smile is about more than gum diseasehow it looks. The health of your smile should be a priority as well. You may notice if you chip a tooth, but other oral health issues don’t always make themselves known. Periodontal disease is often a silent issue that doesn’t present symptoms until some damage has already been done. According to a recent CDC report, 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease. This is why it is important to visit your Newtown, PA cosmetic dentist Dr. Robert Lantzy for regular dental visits and to make your oral health a priority.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria attaches to plaque that is not removed by daily brushing and flossing. If plaque is not removed it can turn into tartar, this allows the bacteria to attack the support structure and the gums around the teeth, causing chronic inflammation. Periodontal disease is often a silent condition. If you ignore your oral health and you have not visited the dentist for a while this could be wrecking your oral health. Oftentimes, by the time that you encounter symptoms, some damage may already have occurred. There is also growing research about the connection or possible link between periodontal disease and other chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, as well as stroke and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

What Are The Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

While periodontal disease does not always present with symptoms, especially at the early stages, there are certain things that you should be on the lookout for including:

  • red or swollen gums
  • gums that bleed easily (after brushing or flossing)
  • bad breath that doesn’t go away
  • teeth that are loose
  • receding gums

Ignoring these symptoms can have an adverse effect on the health of your smile, potentially leading to more serious complications including loose teeth and possible tooth loss. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it is best not to ignore them. It is important to visit Dr. Lantzy, your cosmetic dentist in Newtown, PA so that he can evaluate your condition and determine an appropriate course of action.

After a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Lantzy may determine that a prophylaxis or cleaning is appropriate. This is done to guard against gingivitis, an early form of gum disease. This cleaning will remove plaque and bacteria near the gumline that is causing irritation. If the periodontal disease is more advanced, a periodontal cleaning may be needed to clean below the gumline and remove bacteria that can damage the supporting bone structure.

Dr. Lantzy, your Newtown, PA cosmetic dentist, will work with you to develop a plan to halt the condition. This may include a recommitment on your part to an oral health routine, such as daily brushing and flossing, as well as a monitoring system to detect progress in follow-up visits. Ultimately, a preventive focus on periodontal disease will necessitate fewer treatments in the future as well as increased oral health and a prevention of the adverse side effects of this condition.

We all want a great looking smile. But while striving for that, are you maintaining the fundamentals of having a healthy smile? There is oral health growing research that suggests your overall health is related to your oral health. So if you haven’t visited Dr. Robert Lantzy, your cosmetic dentist in Newtown, PA, in a while, it may be time to give us a call. Dr. Lantzy can help lead you towards a path to better dental and overall wellness.

Our practice philosophy focuses on providing excellent service to enhance our patients’ overall well-being. We stress preventive care, and we believe that starts with a comprehensive assessment. The assessment is important in determining a baseline of your oral and overall health.

The comprehensive exam includes not only an examination of your teeth, but also your gums, jawbone, jaw joints and occlusion. Additionally, it includes an examination of your head and neck, an oral cancer exam, periodontal charting, a review of your medical dental history, medication and your vitals such as blood pressure. We use this information to develop a baseline of when we first meet so we can monitor your progress each time you return. 

The benefits of a comprehensive exam is it is a preventive service and it helps us catch problems early while they are more manageable and before they become severe. Caught at an early stage, they prevent a major cost and pain factor. This is also a great opportunity to talk about your wishes and your goals regarding your smile and any concerns you may have. We find a way to bring it all together to provide lasting results that you will be happy with.

Follow up dental health visits are important as we monitor those baselines and our patient’s health continues to improve. If you are dealing with gum disease, we watch for improvement and institute a plan for preventive action. If signs of inflammation are caught at an early stage, it is easier to treat.

Our goal is to educate all our patients on how to care for their oral health. It is important to start at an early age to develop healthy habits that last a lifetime. However, it is never too late to focus on your oral health. Part of our philosophy is helping to educate patients on the connection between your oral and overall health. There is growing evidence about the connections between dental and overall wellness. Oral hygiene is important because if plaque is left behind this increases your risk for cavities and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is linked with serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

If at a follow-up appointment with your Newtown dentist, we discover that there are problems, we are able to make improvements to your smile. Dr. Lantzy is skilled in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Whether it is using Invisalign to straighten your teeth or using the latest technology like CEREC to create a crown in the same day saving you time, our cosmetic dentist can handle all of the issues that you are likely to encounter.

But whether you are young or old, it’s not too late to start on the road towards better dental and overall health. Contact Dr. Lantzy, your cosmetic dentist in Newtown, PA today.

By Dr. Robert Lantzy
November 10, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   Invisalign  

If you have a misaligned smile but think that it is too late to do anything about it, know that there is still an option that can help you. invisalignMaybe you have a smile that you feel is less than perfect but have stayed away from orthodontics because you don’t like the idea of metal braces. Now there is an alternative to metal braces known as Invisalign, which uses nearly invisible aligners to straighten your smile. Dr. Robert Lantzy in Newtown, PA offers Invisalign to his patients to help them improve their smile and their oral health.

So, what is Invisalign? Invisalign works similar to traditional orthodontic methods to straighten your smile by applying constant pressure to your teeth to move them into the desired position. The main difference is that Invisalign uses aligners made of clear plastic and are nearly invisible. Some of the dental problems that Invisalign can help correct include: Gapped teeth, overbite, underbite, overly crowded teeth and crossbite.

Dr. Lantzy uses his knowledge as well as 3-D imaging to take an impression of your smile, the aligners are made specific to you so you know they will fit great. The aligners will slowly move your teeth into place. Every two weeks you will replace your aligner until your treatment is complete, and you will come to see us about every six weeks or so to check the progress of the treatment. Treatment typically takes between 9 – 15 months, though it may vary slightly depending on your needs. That’s it! 

So if you are ready to improve your smile it’s time to invest in Invisalign. You may think that having a misaligned smile is simply a cosmetic issue and not an oral health issue or that it may not be worth the cost. But when you realize all of the benefits of Invisalign you will see that it is an investment not only in how smile looks today but in how you will maintain the health of your smile for years to come. 

Having a straighter smile is the main reason people choose Invisalign, but there are other benefits that you may not be aware of. Having straight teeth can be a boost to your confidence, and we definitely want you to feel great about your smile. Another way to feel great about your smile is to have great oral health. 

We are interested in your smile for more than just its appearance. After Invisalign treatment, it will become less likely for your teeth to chip because your smile will become more even and your bite will be better aligned. When you have crooked teeth, it can make it more difficult to brush your teeth which can leave plaque behind and increase your risk of cavities and periodontal disease. There is growing research showing that periodontal disease is associated with other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, osteoporosis and respiratory diseases. The connection between your mouth and your body’s health should not be ignored, and we want to do everything possible to help you maintain a healthy you.

We also offer a loyalty program that can help you maintain your oral health as well as save you money, and who doesn’t want that? This may apply to you if you don’t currently have dental insurance and are a patient in our practice. There are several programs depending on if you are an adult or a child, as well as if you want to include periodontal preventive care. As a practice, we take your oral health seriously and we want you to take a preventive approach to your oral health and your general health. This is a simple program that provides clear benefits, and which also includes a discount on other treatments that you may need.

So what are you waiting for? Your oral health is not going to take care of itself. We want to help you achieve your oral health goals, whether it is a straighter smile with Invisalign or an easier ability to take care of your smile for the long haul. Give Dr. Lantzy in Newtown, PA a call and get started on your new smile today.

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