Meet Our Board-Accredited Cosmetic Dentist N. Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD


Inspired to Craft Stunning Smiles

Dr. N. Summer Lerch is our board-accredited cosmetic dentist as well as the owner of the Center for Esthetic Dentistry in New Haven, CT. She takes great pride in helping patients transform their smiles into beautiful works of art. She has decades of dental experience and can help patients achieve beautiful smiles that are also healthy and functional. 

She has wanted to work in the field of dentistry for as long as she can remember. Even as a child, she was told she would be a great hygienist. At 17, her mentor, Dr. Baird Barterson, recognized her passion and suggested that she become a dentist instead of a hygienist.

In college, she was working towards dental school and she started doing pottery. She loved working with her hands and developing herself as an artist. This propelled her into the art of cosmetic dentistry, where she could combine both passions to create stunning smiles that changed people's lives. 


Education and Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Lerch began her professional education at Whitman College. She then moved on to dental school, attending the University of Washington School of Dentistry, where she graduated in 1982.

Following dental school and college, Dr. Lerch obtained her accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). She was the first female dentist in New England to be accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the fourth female dentist in the world to earn this accreditation. She has held this accreditation for 33 years. She has also been a board examiner for the AACD for over 20 years. 

Dr. Lerch has also achieved the prestigious title of Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. She believes that these accreditations and affiliations have helped her become an even better doctor and smile designer.

Prestigious Affiliations

AAD American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Accredited Member
Connecticut State Dental Association 2022 member
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Dr. N. Summer Lerch combines her experience, skill, and passion to help patients achieve stunning smiles at our dental office in New Haven, CT. By transforming smiles, she believes she can help transform their lives and boost their self-confidence. 

From cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers and smile makeovers to restorative and general dentistry options, Dr. Lerch and her team go above and beyond to help you achieve your oral health and cosmetic goals. 

Unhappy with your smile or need some help to restore your oral health? Request an appointment with Dr. Lerch by calling our dental practice in New Haven, CT. You can also fill out our online form. We look forward to serving you.

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Why Patients Choose Dr. Lerch for Their Smile Needs


Alexis K.

New Haven, CT


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Great service with incredibly kind dentists and staff! So happy I went here while in New Haven for school!

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Márcia E.

New Haven, CT


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Very supportive dental office, that guided me through my Invisalign treatment. Good and attentive professionals.

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Serving the New Haven Community

Dr. Lerch is deeply involved with her community and loves helping shape the next generation of dental professionals. She is an active member of the Lions, Connecticut State Dental Association, Washington Leadership Conference of the American Dental Association, and the New Haven Dental Association. She also recently became Vice President of the Connecticut State Dental Association.

She loves her community of New Haven for its intellectualism and artistic energy. New Haven is known worldwide for its Art and Ideas conference. She loves that her community is small, agricultural, and neighborly.

Outside the Office


When she isn't practicing dentistry and transforming smiles, Dr. Lerch loves to ski, read, lead Landmark courses, garden, and go to the lake. She also enjoys wine and nice restaurants. 

Featured Procedures  Performed by Dr. Lerch


Straighten your smile without bulky metal wires and brackets. These discreet clear aligners gently guide your teeth into proper alignment.

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Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that conceal cosmetic imperfections like chips, cracks, and stains. Once fitted over the front surface of the tooth, dental veneers can enhance and transform the appearance of your smile. 

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Smile Makeover

Do you have multiple cosmetic concerns with your smile? A smile makeover combines cosmetic dentistry treatments to simultaneously address your issues and give you the smile of your dreams. 

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Dr. Lerch's Full Services

A Stunning Transformation

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Before Smile Makeover
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After Smile Makeover

New Haven Patients Love Dr. Lerch


Wanea W.

New Haven, CT


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This was my first time visiting Dr. Lerch. From the time I walked in I knew I was going to have a great experience. I became so emotional because of the care I received. Dr. Lerch and her team are like momma bears protecting their cubs. I felt safe, I didnt feel judged or embarrassed. What an amazing job she did! This experience was such a blessing. I will NEVER visit another dentist. I'm here to stay.... Thank you Dr. Lerch and team.

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Sharonda A.

New Haven, CT


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Before coming to the office I had a bad experience at another dentist. So I was VERY anxious and skeptical about seeing another dentist. The office made me feel at home right away—like a family. I had a torsion at the roof of my mouth and my teeth were just starting to feel as though they didn’t even belong in my own mouth. The Invisalign helped to stop the torsion development, make my teeth feel as though they belonged again and straightened my teeth (as an added benefit). Highly recommend the office. The Dentist is exceptional and will set you mind at ease reguardless of your issues with your teeth.

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Center for Esthetic Dentistry
Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS, FAGD, AAACD

Dr. N. Summer Lerch is the first female board-accredited cosmetic dentist in all of New England and the fourth in the world. She and her team are committed to creating and maintaining beautiful smiles for our patients. Dr. Lerch is proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (Accredited)
  • Connecticut State Dental Association
  • New Haven Association
  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Clear Aligners

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your specific smile needs. Please request an appointment by contacting us online or by calling (203) 624-5256. We look forward to meeting you

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