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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!

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.

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!

Vanity Benefits of Invisalign®

December 4th, 2014

Many adults think they are too old for changing their smile. They could not be more wrong. Today, you have many options for discrete orthodontic treatment.  Dr. Menker provides several options for covert treatment.  Today’s blog post will focus on how Invisalign will help make your smile perfect without the use of traditional metal braces. Over the next several posts we will examine other clear solutions.

As you may be aware we live in a world of over publication and social media you have to market your best self. This is why celebrities like Khloe Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Katherine Heigl, Tom Cruise, Gisele Bundchen, Zac Efron, Eva Longoria, Serena Williams all have used Invisalign to transform their smiles.

Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. You almost cannot see them, but you will certainly see the results!

Studies have shown that people with severe dental issues struggle with confidence and self-image. Invisible braces allow for the modification of your smile without broadcasting to the world you are under orthodontic treatment. It is inferred that the resolution of the dental issues will boost confidence and increase one’s self image. We would love to discuss if Invisalign is the correct choice for you, call or schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Menker.

Dr. Craig L. Menker and his staff are knowledgeable and caring. Invisalign® 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!

List of celebrities was attained from dynamicdentalinc.com.

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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