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Invisalign

What if you could straighten your teeth without the discomfort, hassle, or embarrassment of wearing bulky braces?

You can, thanks to Invisalign®! Dr. N. Summer Lerch offers this revolutionary orthodontic system to conveniently correct misaligned teeth. 

Find out why our New Haven, CT, patients love Invisalign.

Raheem's Invisalign Journey 

Check out this patient's experience with Invisalign treatment by Dr. Lerch.

Benefits of Invisalign

Clear aligners have eliminated many of the challenges associated with orthodontics and given patients an easier way to straighten their teeth. Some of the benefits of Invisalign include:

Don't I Need to See an Orthodontist to Straighten My Teeth?

While orthodontists are specially qualified to provide some orthodontic treatments, Invisalign is an orthodontic option that can give you the same fantastic results as braces with supervision from your cosmetic dentist. Choose Invisalign to skip trips to the orthodontist and achieve a beautifully straight smile from a team focused on esthetics.

Orthodontics Made Easy A Stunning Smile Is Within Reach With Invisalign

Undergoing orthodontics is undoubtedly a commitment, but it doesn't have to be a struggle. Invisalign makes the process much easier and manageable. Dr. Lerch loves using clear aligners to help you achieve the stunning smile you have always dreamed of. As board-accredited cosmetic dentist, N. Lerch upholds the highest standards of care and will carefully manage every aspect of your treatment.

Take the first step by scheduling a consultation at our New Haven, CT, office. You can contact us online, or by calling:

(203) 624-5256

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Dr. Lerch has been honored by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry for her work in the industry.

"A superb dentist."

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Vlada Shelkova

January, 2021

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What a wonderful dental practice! I’ve never received such amazing and personal care at a dentist office and/or most other medical offices. This team works well together and is happy to let you know as many details as you’re interested in knowing about what’s going on in your mouth. Everyone is on the ball, responsive, and just a pleasure to chat with! I rarely post reviews and found myself asking where I can do so for this office due to the high level of service I received. Thank you everyone and I look forward to my next cleaning ;)

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Gayle Pemberton

September, 2020

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I have been seeing Dr. Lerch for more than 20 years. She is a superb dentist with a terrific staff. Everything about your problem or how your goals can be met is explained clearly and effectively. Her equipment is state-if-the-art. She is very highly regarded in her field.

If you love your teeth, Dr. Lerch will keep the love affair alive. If you hate them, she will find a way for you to love them. Not bad, eh?

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Did You Know Orthodontics Can Also
Improve Your Oral Health?

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While most people undergo orthodontics to fix cosmetic concerns, treatment can also improve your oral health. When your teeth are evenly spaced, you can brush and floss more thoroughly and prevent tooth decay. Furthermore, clear aligners will properly align your bite, helping you avoid serious and painful jaw conditions.

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?

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Invisalign works well for the majority of our New Haven patients with mild to moderate dental misalignment. While traditional braces might still be the best option for severe cases, aligners can address most types of orthodontic concerns. Despite some common misconceptions, there is no age requirement for Invisalign and you are never too old to undergo treatment. As long as you have all your adult teeth and are responsible enough to wear the aligners, your age is not important. In fact, Invisalign can be a safer treatment option for younger patients who are active in sports and could sustain trauma from braces.

The best way to find out if you qualify for Invisalign is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lerch.

Invisalign Attachments Make Straighter Teeth an Option for More Patients

Have you previously been told that you are not a candidate for treatment with Invisalign aligners because of the complexity of your dental issues? We have good news for you. Our New Haven, CT, team can use Invisalign attachments to treat more involved cases of misalignment than aligners can on their own. In essence, they allow your aligner trays to achieve a better "grip" on your teeth for more effective tooth movement.

Here are some of the ways aligner attachments can enhance your Invisalign experience:

Easy to Place

Invisalign attachments are small, resin-based spots placed on the teeth to help aligners stay in place. These tiny spots can be quickly and comfortably bonded to your teeth as part of a regular Invisalign appointment.

Virtually Unnoticeable

Invisalign attachments can be precisely color-matched to the natural shade of your teeth, making them just another discreet part of your treatment plan.

Leave No Trace

Once your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is complete, your dentist will gently buff the attachments off the surface of your teeth, leaving no sign they were ever there.

Most patients will not require Invisalign attachments as part of their treatment plan, and we will only recommend attachments if Invisalign would not otherwise be an option for you. If your misalignment issues are too complex to be corrected even with the aid of attachments, we can refer you to a skilled orthodontist for treatment. 

More Adults Are Undergoing Treatment Than Ever Before

Invisalign has helped over 5 million patients, including 1 million teens, achieve straighter smiles
*According to Align Technology

What to Expect During Treatment

Take a look at the steps involved in your Invisalign treatment at our New Haven, CT, dental practice.

If you wear your retainer as instructed, your results can last the rest of your life.

Day of Procedure

If you wear your retainer as instructed, your results can last the rest of your life.

Planning

After we examine your teeth during your consultation, Dr. Lerch will design your custom Invisalign system. We take precise impressions of your bite and send them to the lab that produces your personalized clear aligners. When they are ready, you will return to the office for detailed instructions and your first set of aligner trays.

Realignment

Wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day, taking them off as needed to eat, drink liquids other than water, and brush your teeth. Each aligner is used for approximately two weeks and then switched out for the next in the series. The trays apply gentle pressure on your dental arches and gradually shift the alignment of your teeth and bite. Every 6-8 weeks you will come in for a checkup to ensure your results are progressing as intended.

Results

Your treatment is complete once you finish with the last aligner in your series. After, you will no longer need to wear your trays during the day. Dr. Lerch will provide you with a retainer to continue wearing at night. If you wear your retainer as instructed, your results can last the rest of your life.

More on the Cost Of Your Invisalign Treatment

Many insurance providers help to cover the cost of Invisalign just as they do for other orthodontic options like braces. Straightening your smile with clear aligners can cost between $1,999 and $5,999, depending on the time and number of aligners your treatment plan requires.

To help our patients manage out-of-pocket costs, we offer financing through CareCredit®, a leading healthcare lender that can help you break up the cost of treatment into smaller low-interest or interest-free monthly installments.

"This Office Is Top-Notch!"

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Bob Corso

2021

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I am very thankful for finding them, they are very friendly and professional in dealing with all my dental needs. They are also very helpful in finding ways to help with financial assistance in dealing with all costs of the procedures needed. Thank you again for all your understanding and help about my dental needs, greatly appreciated. Bob Corso

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Amy Smith

2021

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Dr. Lerch and her team are fantastic! I’ve had some less than ideal experiences with dentists over the years but this office is top notch! They are empathetic and sensitive to meeting patients needs and I trust their work wholeheartedly!

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Creating Gorgeous Smiles In the Heart of New Haven

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we know that location matters when choosing your home for dental care. We are conveniently located in Downtown New Haven, just blocks from New Haven Green and Yale University.

No one wants to take time out of their already busy schedule to commute for quality dental care. If you are looking to transform your smile with Invisalign treatment with the help of an experienced, easily accessible cosmetic dentist, contact us online, visit during our office hours, or give us a call at:

(203) 624-5256

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What Can Dr. Lerch Do for Me?

If you are considering Invisalign treatment, please check out our smile gallery to view results from actual patients of our New Haven dental practice.

Before Invisalign
Before This patient had several cosmetic concerns, including asymmetrical and gapped teeth.
After Invisalign
After Dr. Lerch treated the patient with Invisalign as part of a comprehensive smile makeover.

Looking for the Same Dramatic Transformation?

If you have several cosmetic concerns you wish to address, you may want to consider a smile makeover. A smile makeover combines multiple forms of cosmetic and restorative dentistry into one streamlined procedure. Dr. Lerch will sit down with you to discuss your goals and customize your treatment to reach them there. Straightening your teeth with Invisalign is usually a great first step. Once your teeth are properly aligned, we can use whitening, veneers, bonding, and more can take your results to the next level. The finished product will be a picture-perfect smile. Learn more about smile makeovers at our New Haven practice and schedule a consultation today.

"One of my best dentist experiences."

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Amelia Windom

April, 2021

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The best dentists office I’ve been to in years. I saw dental hygienist, Dung (pronounced young) at the beginning of the week. She was so kind and explained everything that she saw in my ex-rays. Gave me tips on flossing and other things. Today I received a filling and Dr. Lurch was just as lovely and thorough. 10/10 would recommend.

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Kareem Woods

March, 2021

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Definitely one of my best dentist experiences. Dr. Dung is very knowledgeable and made sure that I was comfortable throughout the entire process. She also taught me a lot about taking care of my oral health and broke down the applicable anatomy. Highly suggest this office for anyone looking for a new dentist.

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Nancy Summer Lerch, DDS

Dr. N. Summer Lerch was the first female board-accredited cosmetic dentist in all of New England and only 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:

  • Academy of General Dentistry (Fellow)
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (Accredited)

You can schedule an appointment at our office by contacting us online or by calling (203) 624-5256.

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