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“How much calcium does my child really need?”

August 19th, 2016

Everyone remembers their parents reminding them to drink milk on a daily basis to build strong bones in order to grow tall and strong. Getting enough dairy is critical for kids whose teeth are still growing. A child who consumes the recommended daily serving of dairy will develop healthy, strong teeth for the rest of his or her life.

Milk and other dairy products are excellent sources of calcium to help your child build bone tissue and maintain optimal dental health. Milk contains vitamin D, phosphorus, magnesium, and proteins. Magnesium works to promote calcium deposits in your child’s enamel, while phosphorus forms a small but important barrier against acidic foods that are known to cause caries, or cavities.

Experts at the Academy of General Dentistry warn that kids don’t receive enough calcium, stating only one in five children meets the minimum standards for calcium consumption. That is, two and a half cups of dairy per day. Children who are nine years old need almost twice as much calcium as younger kids and about the same amount as adult men and women. In addition to milk, eating yogurt or cheese is a great way your child can increase his or her dairy consumption.

If your child is lactose intolerant or is allergic to milk, there are many products which contain the same amount of calcium that your child would receive from drinking a glass of milk. These include:

  • Calcium-fortified soy milk
  • Calcium-fortified orange juice
  • Calcium-fortified breads and cereals
  • Plant-based problem foods such as beans, broccoli or spinach
  • Tofu

If your child does not get enough dairy–rich products, they run the risk of improper tooth development and other dental health problems. We strongly encourage you to monitor your child’s dairy consumption to ensure he or she grows healthy bones and teeth to last a lifetime.

If you have any questions about the role calcium plays in your child’s diet, please give us a call or ask us during your child’s next appointment!

Avoiding delays during your orthodontic treatment

June 19th, 2016

Our patients hate the thought of delaying their treatment time and often ask us what they can do in-between their adjustment visits to avoid having a setback. Today, we thought we would provide some tips on how you can stay on track in regards to your treatment plan time.

The first thing we want you to do is keep your adjustment appointments. Each of your visits while you are undergoing treatment is carefully planned to move your teeth a specific way in a certain time frame. It is critical to note that missing an appointment can add weeks, if not months, to your overall treatment time.

Next, we want you to let us know right away if your experience any problems with your braces or appliances. A missing wire, rubber band, or broken bracket can delay treatment time, so we ask that you please give us a call right away to report any issues rather than waiting until your next visit. We are committed to get you into the practice to address and resolve any issues as soon as feasible.

Make sure you wear your rubber bands as prescribed. Most, if not all, of our patients will need to wear elastics or rubber bands at some point during their treatment. Like missing your adjustment appointments, not wearing the bands or elastics, or not wearing them enough, can slow down the treatment process and cost you valuable treatment time. Rubber bands play a key role in aligning your bite and are essential for the bite-fixing phase of your treatment.

Finally, we want you to maintain good oral hygiene, just as you did before your treatment began. In addition to flossing regularly, we encourage you to brush your teeth several times a day. Not brushing will allow sugar to wear away the cement on the braces, rendering them inadequate in moving your teeth, as well as elevate your risk of developing cavities or tooth decay, which will inevitably delay valuable treatment time. The goal is to end up with a beautiful and healthy smile, and home care is essential to achieving this on schedule.

If you have any questions about any of these tips, or if you have any general questions about your treatment, please give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment visit!

Are Braces Right for Me?

April 19th, 2016

Are Braces Right for Me?

According to Preferred Consumer, it's estimated that 50 percent of people have teeth that are crooked, not aligned properly, or irregular. Fortunately, modern orthodontics has advanced to the point where corrective devices, such as braces and retainers, are less obvious, more comfortable, and can be worn for shorter periods of time.

So, with that being said, how do you know if braces are right for you? Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not braces could be in your future:

Crooked Teeth
As children grow, so do their teeth. And more often than not, certain teeth will grow in crooked. This isn't uncommon, as the majority of children will require some sort of teeth correction, whether that’s braces or retainers. Retainers are custom-made devices that either work to hold teeth in place or correct tooth alignment. They're often worn all day, aside from meals, at the start of the treatment period and then eventually are rolled back so they're just worn at night. Braces on the other hand are worn for at least a year and work to help straighten or position teeth.

Overbite or Underbite
The other main oral issue that orthodontics helps correct is uneven alignment, such as an underbite or an overbite. You might hear us refer to this as a "malocclusion," which means "bad bite." Braces can help rearrange your alignment so an overbite or underbite is less of a problem. Typically after the braces come off for this sort of treatment, patients need to wear a retainer to finish the treatment.

While braces are typically associated with dental issues in children, more adults are wearing the devices as well. According to USA Today, about one in every five braces wearers are adults; a sign that it's never too late to correct any oral issues. Part of this trend is due to significant technological advancements in orthodontics. For instance, new braces feel much better and come in a variety of styles — including clear — so they're far less obvious. Plus, the wires on braces are now made from advanced metals, which are stronger and lighter, so they get the job done much more efficiently. With so many people wearing braces these days (according to thePennsylvania Dental Association, about four million people in the US wear braces at any given time and many more have worn them at some time in their lives), nicknames like "metal mouth" and "brace face" are almost a thing of the past. Technology has also advanced to the point some orthodontic treatment will not require braces at all. The entire treatment can be successfully achieved by wearing clear aligners over your teeth, removing them for meals. This prevents any discomfort that may be associated with traditional braces. What's more, insurance plans are increasingly covering orthodontic treatment, making braces a much more feasible option for families on a budget.

When weighing whether or not braces or aligners are in your future, it's important to study all of your options about the categories of braces and other treatments. Also be sure to contact your insurance provider to see what is covered and what will have to be paid out of pocket. It might take a few years of treatment, but braces can give you that winning smile for the rest of your life. Call our office with any questions you might have!

A Guide to Preventing Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces

February 19th, 2016

Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When your braces are finally removed, you want a beautiful, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. Here are a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

Learn Proper Brushing Techniques

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums in order to clean the whole tooth, and brush gently in the area between the wiring and the teeth. Use a softer toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste for best results. Using an oral rinse every day will help, too. Rinsing with mouthwash is important regardless, but especially important when you have braces, as you need to disinfect the entire mouth, including those spots under the braces where your brush can’t always reach.

Brush after Every Meal

Since braces block food from naturally escaping your teeth after eating, it’s important that you take the time to brush and floss after every meal. The less time food has to sit on your teeth, the less likely it is to cause decay. This may seem like an inconvenience, but when you get your braces off, you will be very glad you brushed after every meal.

Eat Braces-Safe Foods

When you have braces, there are certain foods that you must avoid. For starters, sticky foods such as caramel or gum can get stuck in your braces and are difficult to remove during brushing. Avoid hard foods, too, such as nuts and candy. Those goodies can bend wires or even break a bracket. And while you may love apples, carrots, or corn on the cob, they’re too firm or hard to bite into and can damage your braces. Crunchy treats can also harm your orthodontic appliances. It’s best to stay away from chips and popcorn, which can damage your braces. So just what can you eat? We recommend soft foods that are low in enamel-busting acids, such as bananas, mangoes, milk, water, poultry, and pasta.

Get Regular Checkups

It’s important to keep your routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits will be up to your dentist, as some types of braces are more demanding of a regular cleaning than others.

As long as you practice good oral hygiene and follow these basic tips, you should have no problem keeping your teeth healthy while you wear braces.

Aging and Oral Health

January 19th, 2016

Aging and Oral Health

As you age, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth, gums and overall oral health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one-fourth of adults age 65 and older have no remaining teeth. What's more, nearly one-third of older adults have untreated tooth decay.

Oral health, regardless of age, is crucial to overall good health. Ideally, we all want to keep your natural teeth, but whether you're caring for natural teeth or dentures, advancing age may put older adults at risk for a number of oral health problems, including:

  • Dry mouth
  • Diminished sense of taste
  • Root decay
  • Gum (periodontal) disease
  • Uneven jawbone caused by tooth loss
  • Denture-induced tissue inflammation
  • Attrition (loss of teeth structure by mechanical forces)
  • Recession of gums resulting in root exposure
  • Oral cancer

These conditions may not be diagnosed until it is too late. If you want to feel good, stay healthy, and look great throughout life, you might be surprised what a difference a healthy mouth makes.

Here are some tips for maintaining and improving your oral health as you age:

  • Brush twice a day with a toothbrush with soft bristles. You may also benefit from using an electric toothbrush. Each brushing session should be two minutes long.
  • Clean between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner.
  • If you wear full or partial dentures, remember to clean them on a daily basis. Take the dentures out of your mouth for at least four hours every day. It's best to remove them at night.
  • Drink tap water. Since most contains fluoride, it helps prevent tooth decay no matter how old you are.
  • Quit smoking. Besides putting you at greater risk for lung and other cancers, smoking increases problems with gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss.
  • Visit our office regularly for a complete dental checkup.

If you have any questions about keeping up with your oral hygiene at home, please give us a call!

Adapting Your Diet after an Orthodontic Adjustment

December 19th, 2015

If you have just gotten braces or had them tightened, it may take a few days for your teeth to adjust. During this time, you’ll want to take extra precautions to prevent unnecessary pain and potential damage to your teeth, gums, and appliances. Don’t worry: Any discomfort you experience will soon disappear. And it’ll all be worth it in the end. Your new, beautiful smile will be yours for a lifetime!

Change What You Eat

Eating inappropriate foods can cause unnecessary pain. Here are some easy ways you can adapt your diet and eating habits after an adjustment.

  1. Cut your food into small pieces. Any food that requires chewing can be cut up into bite-sized pieces. This includes sandwiches, pizza, meat, and bread.
  2. Eat softer foods. In the first couple of days, stick to soft foods such as yogurt, pudding, and soups. Mashed potatoes and applesauce are good options as well. It’s easy to cook fruits and vegetables to make them softer: just steam them in the microwave!
  3. Be gentle with your teeth. Braces give your teeth a workout, so to ease soreness, be gentle with your teeth. Avoid chewy foods that can further irritate already-sore teeth and gums.

Dealing with Discomfort

Even if you alter your diet and take extra precautions, your mouth may still be sore or irritated. Here are some ways to reduce any lingering discomfort.

  1. Eat slowly and carefully. If it hurts to chew something, stop! If chewing is needed, try to use your back teeth as much as possible.
  2. Put pain on ice. Try sucking on some small pieces of ice. Don’t chew on the ice; this will make your discomfort worse. You can also use an ice pack or put frozen peas in a bag and apply pressure to the sore areas.
  3. Use wax. Put wax on any metal part that irritates your mouth. If you need some, please let us know!
  4. Do a salt rinse. Dissolve one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes. Just don’t swallow the salt water.

Following these simple tips will get you back to smiling in no time! If you have any questions about your treatment, or how to eat with braces, please give us a call or ask us during your next appointment!

What to Do in Case of Emergency

November 19th, 2015

We never want you to experience pain or discomfort, below you will find information on how to address some of the most common issues associated with orthodontic treatment.

What to Do in Case of Emergency

Call our office as soon as possible (908.756.6006) if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.

Loose Brackets or Bands

Call our office immediately (908.756.6006) for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.

Wire Irritations

Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our office (908.756.6006) for an appointment.

Lost Separators

Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our office (908.756.6006) to see if it needs to be replaced.

Discomfort with Orthodontic Treatment

During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.

Some emergency issues require hospital assistance  if you have suffered substantial loss of blood or an allergic reaction please call 911. This information is for orthodontic treatment only.

Treat Yourself Right

October 9th, 2015

Treat Yourself Right

With the Halloween treats you choose to eat

Many treats can cause havoc for trick-or-treaters with braces, clear aligners or other orthodontic appliances.
These treats can potentially cause damage that may prolong your treatment. This is why the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and I are providing tips for trick-or-treaters who are having orthodontic treatment. Learn about which treats are orthodontic-friendly and which ones should be avoided.  A few sweets can be okay occasionally, provided that you remember to brush and floss after eating.  Below are guidelines to help you enjoy the holiday and still be on pace to complete your treatment with  a healthy, beautiful smile.
Ortho-Friendly Treats
In general, look for foods that are soft and easy to chew.
  • Soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Milk shakes
  • Gelatin
  • Peeled, thinly sliced apples
  • Ice cream

Treats to Avoid

In general, avoid treats that are sticky, hard, chewy or crunchy.
  • Caramel
  • Nuts (including candies  that contain nuts)
  • Licorice, jelly beans, taffy, candy corn or bubblegum
  • Hard pretzels
  • Lollipops
  • Popcorn (including unpopped kernels)
  • Taco chips or corn chips
  • Ice

Got my braces. Now what?

August 14th, 2015

Now that you are wearing braces, it is just as important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you did before your orthodontic treatment began.

How do I keep my teeth clean?

Braces are known to trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or remove plaque, which is why we recommend that you brush and floss after every meal. We also encourage you to use a proxabrush to help with the smaller areas where your toothbrush does not reach. We also recommend the use of fluoride rinse. When your braces are initially placed, your teeth are likely to be very sensitive. You may experience discomfort for up to 3 or 5 days, which is why we encourage you to eat soft foods during that time. Remember, the less pressure you put on your teeth, the less discomfort you will experience.

You may also be thinking, “Okay, so what can I eat?” We would encourage you to avoid eating sticky, hard, crunchy or chewy snacks that can stick to your teeth or damage the braces.

It is critical to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office immediately to schedule an appointment for repair.

How do I maintain my oral health during treatment?

Lastly, in addition to visiting our office during your orthodontic treatment for regular adjustments, you should visit your dentist for professional check-ups and teeth cleaning appointments every six months, or as recommended by your doctor.

Questions? Please let us know below by giving us a call or during your next adjustment!

Information in this post was attained from sesamecommunications.

Dr. Menker Among Top in the State

July 29th, 2015

"We asked 6,542 New Jersey dentists to tell us which of their fellow dentists they consider New Jersey’s best practitioners. The result: Our 2015 list of the state’s 603 Top Dentists, as chosen by their peers!"
New Jersey Monthly Magazine July 2015 Top Dentists cover
For the third year, Dr. Menker was voted one of New Jersey’s top orthodontists as published in New Jersey Monthly Magazine, and as a favorite of kids in New Jersey according to New Jersey Family Magazine.
Dr. Craig Menker opened his practice in 1991. “I hung a shingle and was unknown,” he says. “I started with a few patients, and the practice grew from there through referrals, which I’m very proud of.” A graduate of Boston University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Menker recently built a new, state-of-the-art office to better serve his patients. “My focus is on providing excellent orthodontic treatment paired with exceptional customer service,” he says. “We go above and beyond for our patients.”

In addition to traditional braces, Dr. Menker is a Preferred Provider for Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen®—for those who prefer a treatment without wires and brackets. He is also a Premier Provider of Incognito™, a new type of completely customized, hidden lingual braces. “Orthodontic technology is improving rapidly right now,” says Dr. Menker. “I’m very excited to bring all this technology to my patients for faster, invisible, more comfortable treatment.”

Top Doctor : New Jersey Monthly Craig L Menker

Call 908.756.6006  or use our online form to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Menker to discuss your options for your more confident smile!

This information was originally published in the July 2015 issue of New Jersey Monthly Magazine.

Dr. Craig L. Menker and his staff are knowledgeable and caring. Incognito Invisible Braces and other clear choices are provided to Warren, South Plainfield, Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Edison, Piscataway, New York and all neighboring communities.

Four facts about Adults in Braces

June 30th, 2015

First impressions are important – and a person’s smile plays a large role. It’s not surprising that 87 percent of adults agree it’s important to have straight teeth, and many also agree that an unattractive smile affects their career success. Despite a strong desire to make a good impression, taking the next step to straight teeth can make adult candidates feel anxious.
Here are four facts to consider:

  1. Do you think an unattractive smile means you don’t look their best? Well, you’re not alone - studies show 99.7 percent of adults think an attractive smile affects physical appearance.
  2. What can braces do for your confidence? Studies show that 49 percent of adults expect confidence in their appearance to be an outcome of braces, and another 49 percent of adults expect to smile more than before treatment.
  3. If you are nervous about the effect braces will have on your professional life, have no fear. Why? Studies show more than half of adults (65 percent) do not think that having braces has or will have a negative effect on their personal or professional life – they are confident in their choice to fix their smile, but need to find the right solution.
  4. Children and teenagers are not the only orthodontic patients, in fact one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

Now is the time for you to treat yourself to the gift of straight teeth.
With today’s technology, Dr Menker can help patients avoid much of the appearance-related anxiety that traditional metal braces bring by offering more discreet, or even invisible choices, to improve your smiles and health.
Consider the following treatment options for your smile:

  • 3M™ Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Brackets: This revolutionary solution is less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Clarity ADVANCED ceramic brackets are a leap forward in ceramic brackets, offering a combination of aesthetics and performance to your patients. The ultra-small, translucent brackets are made of innovative ceramic material, which blends in with natural tooth color and is resistant to staining and discoloration throughout the treatment process.
  • 3M™ Incognito™ Lingual Appliance System: This option is perhaps the most discreet option for patients who want to keep their braces completely hidden. The customized lingual brackets and robotically bent wires are engineered to work together to deliver the targeted result. Each bracket pad and body conforms to the patient’s dental anatomy, optimizing comfort.

To learn more about these treatment options, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Menker Today!

Going on vacation? Remember these simple tips!

June 29th, 2015

If you are wearing braces and are planning a vacation, we would suggest that you be prepared. We put together a list of items that will be handy to have with you at all times while you are out of town. They include:

  • Toothpick, flosspick, or other interdental cleaners
  • Travel toothbrush
  • A water bottle or a mini bottle of mouth rinse
  • Orthodontic wax to help with discomfort from protruding wires
  • A small mirror for examining any possible issues in your mouth

Putting these items together in a "braces/oral hygiene kit" may be wise. You may even buy pre-made braces kits. Please ask us for more information.

If you happen to be on vacation and experience problems reaching our office, we suggest going online and searching for orthodontic practices in your area. Most orthodontists will lend a helping hand to another orthodontic patient and get him or her out of pain or discomfort.

We also suggest avoiding the following foods to prevent broken brackets and/or wire distortion while you are on vacation:

  • Chewy, sticky, or gummy food
  • Apples, pears, and other whole fruits (cut fruit into wedges before consuming)
  • Bagels and hard rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Hard candies, cookies or pretzels
  • All varieties of nuts, including peanuts, almonds, and cashews

Finally, if you are wearing clear aligners and happen to lose your tray, don't worry! Simply put in either the previous tray or the next tray and contact us as soon as you get home!

Follow these tips and you can have a worry-free vacation! Enjoy your time away!

Dr. Craig L. Menker and his staff are knowledgeable and caring. Incognito Invisible Braces and other clear choices are provided to Warren, South Plainfield, Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Edison, Piscataway, and all neighboring communities. New patients are always welcome. Schedule your complimentary consultation today!

How do braces move teeth, anyway?

May 31st, 2015

Tooth movement is your body’s natural response to light pressure applied by braces over a period of time, on an average of two years. Traditional orthodontic treatment works when we attach braces and brackets onto your teeth; these brackets have small slots, and that is where we insert orthodontic wires when you first get your braces on, as well as your subsequent adjustment visits. These wires are held in place by small elastic ties that fit around the brackets. As time passes during your treatment, these wires apply pressure on your teeth, which sets in motion the movement of your teeth into their desired positions. Each of your teeth has a different size and shape, and so do the brackets. Each bracket is custom-made for the particular tooth on which it’s supposed to fit.

Not long ago, orthodontists had a single option—stainless steel wires–and that was about it. Today, however, we have a number of different high-tech wires at our disposal to move your teeth faster and more comfortably.

When you first get your braces, the first wire or two will typically be very flexible, but still strong enough to apply a constant force on your teeth. As your teeth straighten out over time, however, you will notice we will use progressively thicker and firmer wires to help move your teeth in place for an ideal bite.

Each time you visit Menker Braces for an adjustment, we will swap out the wires in order to keep putting the right amount of pressure on your teeth, which is why it’s so important for you to keep your adjustment visits during your treatment. Most adjustment appointments are scheduled four to eight weeks apart to give your teeth time to move at a steady pace and allow us to assess progress and ensure we keep your treatment plan on track.

As for rubber bands and elastics? Most of our patients will need to wear elastics or rubber bands at some point during their treatment. These elastics are typically placed from one or more of the upper braces to one or more of the lower braces, pulling on your teeth to move them in the direction they need to move in order to achieve an optimal bite and a beautiful smile.

If you have any questions about wires, brackets, or elastics, or have any general questions about your orthodontic treatment, please give us a call or ask us during your next adjustment visit!

Do you have questions about how you can attain a beautiful smile? Dr. Craig L. Menker and his staff are knowledgeable and caring. We offer affordable financing for clear braces. Incognito™ Hidden braces and other clear choices are provided to Warren, South Plainfield, Basking Ridge, Edison, Piscataway, and all neighboring communities. New patients are always welcome. Schedule a complimentary consultation today!

Information in this post was attained from sesamecommunications.

Everyone's Smiling About Braces

April 3rd, 2015

You want what’s best for your child. A beautiful smile can help build your teen’s confidence — a beautiful smile may enhance their chances to succeed during social, educational, and career events. Dr. Menker has helped family's like yours achieve straight, beautiful smiles for over 20 years. He provides a variety of options for braces other than traditional metal braces.

Dr. Menker and his knowledgeable staff would like to make learning about treatment options easily accessible to you. Recently the Lifetime Network filmed this excellent segment with his colleague Dr. Lisa Alvetro. The segment features real patients and Dr. Alvetro talking about their positive experiences with the technologically advanced aesthetic solutions offered by 3M Unitek, including:

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Do you have questions about braces? Dr. Craig L. Menker and his staff are knowledgeable and caring. Incognito™ Hidden braces and other clear choices are provided to Warren, South Plainfield, Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Edison, Piscataway, and all neighboring communities. New patients are always welcome. Schedule a complimentary consultation today!

Information in this post was attained from publications from www.3Munitek.com and used with their permission.

An Overview of Orthodontic Appliances

March 19th, 2015

Orthodontic treatment corrects the alignment of your teeth and jaws so that you can speak clearly, chew food effectively, and look attractive when you smile. This is done by putting sophisticated gadgets in your mouth. While many of these dental devices look similar, our orthodontist uses a wide variety of orthodontic appliances to straighten your teeth and repair jaw problems.

Orthodontic appliances are devices that move your teeth, change the position of your jaw, or hold your teeth in their finished positions after the orthodontist removes your braces. These devices may be attached to your teeth or removable.

Braces straighten your teeth. Brackets, bands, and wires characterize traditional braces. Braces are attached to the teeth, so they are not easily removable.
Spacers are small plastic rings fitted between your back teeth before your braces are placed. These spacers create space between your teeth to optimize the alignment your braces provide.

Retainers hold teeth in their finished position after your braces come off. A Hawley retainer is the most common type of retainer; it features an acrylic plate that rests against the roof of your mouth and a wire crossing in front of your teeth. Essex retainers are quite popular as well, as they are durable and nearly invisible. Some retainers can even be affixed to the lingual, or tongue side, of your teeth.

Bite plates correct a deep bite, where the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower front teeth to cause bite problems.
Holding arches prevent the back teeth from moving forward to crowd the front teeth. A lower lingual holding arch prevents your permanent molars from migrating forward. The Nance holding arch maintains space between teeth after you lose baby teeth and before the permanent teeth come in.

palatal expander widens your upper jaw by separating the bones of your palate. This appliance helps your top and bottom teeth fit together better. The Quad Helix widens your jaws to create more room for crowded teeth.

Contact our office today to learn more about the orthodontic appliances we use to straighten smiles, and to schedule an appointment for yourself.

Earn $25 for each Friend you Refer

March 2nd, 2015

Refer a Friend receive $25

Do you love your Dr. Menker smile?  This March give the gift of a beautiful smile to your friends and let us thank you!  Refer your friends to  Dr Menker and when your friend starts treatment, you get a $25 Amazon gift card!

Fill out a referral form to let us know who you referred. It’s that easy!
Your earnings are unlimited!

Legal - This promotion is only offered to existing patients of Dr. Menker.  Gift Cards are available when your friend starts treatment. The terms and conditions of this promotion are in accordance to any laws of the state of New Jersey.  Facebook is not a sponsor of this promotion.  Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this promotion.  Amazon, Amazon.com, the Amazon.com logo, and the Amazon Gift Cards logo are trademarks of Amazon.com. For Complete Terms please reference the Amazon.com Gift Card website.

Dr. Craig L. Menker and his staff are knowledgeable and caring. Invisalign® Invisible Braces, Incognito Invisible Braces and other clear choices are provided to Warren, South Plainfield, Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Edison, Piscataway, and all neighboring communities. New patients are always welcome. Schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Incognito – Not Just Another Clear Choice.

January 8th, 2015

Incognito braces are a lingual brace.  Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth. They are considered a clear solution since you can’t see them at first glance . They offer a solution that is more discrete than aligners and far less noticeable then clear braces. Incognito in many cases is the best choice for adult patients and patients who are in the spotlight with their social lives.

You have seen famous people with braces and you would have never known, the treatment is so discrete. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge both used lingual braces. Miley Cyrus also had lingual braces when she was the star of the show Hanna Montana. Due to the stigma that braces get people do not always want to showcase they are receiving orthodontic treatment. Incognito is perfect for people who want to receive the smile of their dreams in private.

Treatment with Incognito braces takes about the same amount of time as traditional braces. The treatment is customized for you; Dr. Menker will help you achieve the smile of your dreams upon completion of your treatment. Just like Mary Jain showcased in the image below completed Incognito treatment at our office she is ecstatic about the results she received from her hidden treatment! She looks fabulous! Contact our office today to discuss the best option for you.

Dr. Craig L. Menker and his staff are knowledgeable and caring. Incognito Invisible Braces and other clear choices are provided to Warren, South Plainfield, Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, Edison, Piscataway, and all neighboring communities. New patients are always welcome. Schedule your complimentary consultation today!

Could you use an extra $25?

November 20th, 2014

We have a new friend referral program and your earnings are unlimited. As an existing patient of Dr. M; refer a friend who starts treatment with Dr. Menker and receive a $25 gift card.

Various gift cards are available after your friends treatment has started.

Start referring friends today!

* An error in our newsletter stated this was a larger amount. That amount was incorrect.

Text “C” to Confirm your Appointment

November 15th, 2014

You asked for it – we’ve done it. Now you can confirm your appointments via text message!

When you receive your text message reminding you of your next appointment, simply reply with the letter “C” to let us know you’ve confirmed.

If you’re not yet receiving text message appointment reminders, here’s how you can sign up:

Visit our website and log in to your patient page. (Click for a password reminder if you need one.)
Once you’ve logged in, click Update Info.
Click Activate for the cell number where you want to receive texts. (If you don’t see your cell phone number, click Add Cell Phone Number.)
You can add cell numbers for your spouse and children so everyone will be reminded.

You’ll receive appointment reminders both by email and on your cell phone. Enjoy this new state-of-the-art convenience!

*Please note our practice offers the text message reminder feature free of charge. However, your cell phone company may charge a minimal fee for receiving text messages.

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Newly Designed Website

November 14th, 2014

We are excited to announce our newly re-designed website at www.menkerbraces.com. Our website's fresh new look, user-friendly navigation and mobile friendly functionality are some of the features you will enjoy. The new site has several easy to use menus. One of our main goals was to build a mobile friendly and simple to navigate site. The new design allows you to view the site on any device. We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site and find more options and information each time you visit!

Please take some time to look around and acquaint yourself with the new layout and features that include:

Referral Bonus

Our new website gives you easy access to friend referral that now gets you a bonus if they successfully start treatment at our office. We are offering a bonus to you for referring your friends to our practice. Receive a $50 gift card for each referral. There is no limit to how many friends you can refer. It’s our way of thanking you for your kind words about our practice.

Online Forms

Bypass our waiting room by filling out your health history information online. Fill out this confidential form and your information will be sent to our office with secure encryption. We will have your information when you arrive for your appointment. You can now easily update your medical information from any device.

Blog – Tid Bits

We look forward to using our Tid Bits blog to provide you with even more information about our latest products, promotions and keep in touch with all our wonderful patients like you.

Improved Patient Portal

The new patient portal allows you to customize how you interact with our office.  It will allow you to see your upcoming Appointments, update your patient information, Refer a friend, and leave feedback on your experience with our office.  Visit www.menkerbraces.com and login to your patient portal at the top of the screen.

Text Reminders.

You will receive appointment reminders both by email and on your cell phone. Enjoy this new state-of-the-art convenience! Learn how to edit your notifications settings.

*Please note our practice offers the text message reminder feature free of charge. However, your cell phone company may charge a minimal fee for receiving text messages.

We love hearing from our patients, please let us know in the comments below what else we can do to help make your treatment convenient for your busy life.

Thanksgiving Dinner

November 12th, 2014

Everyone has a favorite dish on Thanksgiving. Some people love the turkey; others love the green bean casserole. What does Dr. Menker love? Dr. Menker, he loves the stuffing and cranberry sauce. We recently shared some ideas for variations of stuffing in our newsletter.

We would love to hear what food is your favorite. Please leave a comment telling us your favorite Thanksgiving dish.

Dr. Menker Named in New Jersey’s Top Dentist’s

July 12th, 2014

New Jersey Monthly Magazine asked 6,426 New Jersey dentists to tell us which of their fellow dentists they consider New Jersey's best practitioners. The result: Dr. Craig Menker is on the list of the state's 441 Top Dentists, as chosen by his peers.

"Dr. Menker is honored to begin his 23rd year of creating perfect smiles with this award. The brand new state of the art office in Warren has been designed to provide the highest quality treatment in the most comfortable environment. I offer the latest treatment technologies for esthetic and efficient results including Invisalign for adults, InvisalignTeen for teenagers and Incognito customized lingual braces."  This information was originally published in the July 2014 issue of New Jersey Monthly Magazine.

Don’t worry if you think these sound expensive, Dr. Menker and his expert staff will work with you to make sure that your treatment fits not only your budget but your lifestyle too. Some people would prefer that their orthodontic treatment be hidden. Dr. Menker is aware of this and offers hidden braces in multiple formats. Contact Menker Braces today at 908.756.6006 to schedule your complementary consultation and he will discuss your options for your more confident smile!

Craig L. Menker DMD is your Warren Hills Orthodontist. Menker Braces also has a satellite office in South Plainfield, NJ for your convenience. Visit www.menkerbraces.com for more information.

Smart Clip Braces

June 3rd, 2013

Dr. Menker Uses "Smart Clip" Self-Ligating Braces (No Rubber bands)

I have been using the Smart Clip braces for years now with excellent results.  With the Standard braces, I use tiny elastic bands to hold the wire onto your braces. Advancements in technology now bring self-ligating braces onto the scene. Instead of rubber bands, 3M™ Self-Ligating Braces use a unique clip to hold the wire in place. So your teeth stay cleaner and you can spend less time in chair at our office!

SmartClip™ SL3 Self-Ligating Braces
SmartClip™ SL3
Self-Ligating Braces

SmartClip™ SL3 Self-Ligating Braces

The SmartClip™ Self-Ligating Braces technology eliminates the need for elastic bands. Instead, an innovative clip system does the trick. That's a big change for the better when it comes to your smile.

  • Smaller SmartClip™ braces move teeth more quickly
  • Smooth, contoured surfaces offer a more comfortable fit
  • Self-ligating design keeps my appointments with you to a minimum
  • Without elastic bands, braces are easier to keep clean
Clarity™ SL Self-Ligating Braces
Clarity™ SL
Self-Ligating Braces

Clarity™ SL Self-Ligating Braces

Clarity™ SL Self-Ligating Braces provide all of the benefits of self-ligating braces with the added advantage of translucent ceramic. Clarity Braces blend in with your teeth and provide a smooth, comfortable and extremely durable fit.  I like these braces because you have absolutely nothing to stain or pick up pigment!

  • Engineered to move your teeth quickly
  • Durable, translucent ceramic blends with your teeth
  • Potential for fewer and faster appointments
  • Allows for easy cleaning and reduces plaque build-up
  • Smooth, molded edges provide added comfort

Show off your new braces – they're hard at work on your smile every second of every day.  Please ask our wonderful staff about these braces.  Also, check out our website for more info and videos of the Smart Clip Braces in action.

Smart Clip Braces at Dr. Menker's Office

Digital Orthodontic X-ray

May 6th, 2013

Dr. Menker has the new CS 9000C 3D Panoramic and Cephalometric System

In an ongoing effort to provide you with the best care possible, our practice has invested in the CS 9000C 3D Panoramic and Cephalometric System. The CS 9000C 3D System is the ideal and complete diagnostic tool, blending cutting-edge one-shot cephalometric technology with high-quality panoramic imaging and 3D imaging capability, while using less radiation.
Panoramic and cephalometric images are typically the first step in orthodontic examinations and treatments, given their overall perspective of the patient’s jaws, teeth and related anatomy. Our new panoramic system offers an open and airy design, making the experience comfortable for the patient. Cephalometric image acquisition with this new radiography system takes less than a second, thereby reducing exposure to radiation and the need of retakes due to patient movement.
The CS 9000C 3D System was designed to acquire 3D images on a specific dental region of interest, so I am able to target the exact area for the 3D exposure. Because a specific area is being targeted, the amount of radiation exposure is significantly reduced, delivering 10-30 times less exposure than other dental radiography systems.
Having highly detailed, true-to-life 3D images helps me provide quicker and more accurate diagnoses, improved treatment planning and better patient care. The added third dimension allows me to view and analyze root position or poor root development, conduct bone loss screenings, and evaluate tooth eruptions. Precise localization of impacted canines is also made possible by 3D imaging. Multiple slices allow me to view impacted teeth from various angles to best determine the method of treatment.
Benefits include:
· High-resolution images – I can view your teeth more clearly
· Less radiation – the new CS 9000C 3D system focuses specifically on the area in need of diagnosis
· Comfortable positioning – when images are taken, you are positioned face-to-face with your clinician, making image acquisition more comfortable for you
· Improved patient care – I can perform a wider range of diagnoses, helping you reduce multiple office visits, therefore saving you time and money
· One-shot difference – cephalometric image acquisition takes less than a second, reducing your exposure to radiation and risk of retakes
We are here to provide you with superb orthodontic care, every time. If you have any questions regarding our technologies, feel free to ask myself or contact us

High-tech and professional care, impeccable facility, friendly and efficient staff!
– The Iroudayassamy Family

Everyone is so friendly and professional. Appointments are a pleasure!
— The Horne Family

My child and I are extremely pleased with the final results. Yesenia has a beautiful smile.
— Yvette Alvarez

Overall, excellent service! I would not change a thing!
— DeAngelis family

I wish every Doctor's office I visit could run the office as efficient and as smoothly as Dr. Menker's.
— Isaiah V.

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Warren Location
58 Mount Bethel Rd. Suite 201
Warren, NJ 07059
South Plainfield Location
1904 Park Ave.
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
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