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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  How One of Our Patients Found His Smile

​Raheem has always been passionate about inspiring his students. Still, he struggled to share his smile with them. Thanks to some help from Dr. Lerch and his Invisalign clear aligners, Raheem is now able to bring his smile back into the classroom again.

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:

See the Invisalign Difference A Closer Look at Their Advanced Aligners

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​Invisalign uses aligners, as opposed to the noticeable and uncomfortable wires that are characteristic of traditional braces. Aligners slide easily over your teeth, making them removable in an instant. Because the aligners are clear, they also blend in with your natural enamel.

"I could not be more pleased." Hear From Our Happy New Haven, CT, Patients


Stacey B.


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This office has changed my life for the better. I've been a patient for over 10 years now and my teeth and gums are cleaner and healthier then they have ever been. Somehow they make me better and healthier with every appointment.

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Victoria E.


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The staff always take the best care of me, and I could not be more pleased with their work. The drive is over an hour for me but it's worth every mile.

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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 a board-accredited cosmetic dentist, Dr. 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

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.

Did You Know Orthodontics Can Also
Improve Your Oral Health?


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.

"A superb dentist."


Vlada S.

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 P.

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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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. 

What Can Dr. Lerch Do for Me?

As the first female accredited cosmetic dentist in New England and the fourth in the whole world, Dr. Lerch stands out from the rest. If you are considering Invisalign treatment, her results speak for themselves, like these photos of an actual patient.
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?
Visit Us for a Smile Makeover

If you have several cosmetic concerns you wish to address, you may want to consider a smile makeover. It 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 to take your results to the next level.

The finished product will be a picture-perfect smile. 

Choose a Team That Offers Multiple Cosmetic Treatments

One of the most exciting aspects about cosmetic dentistry is the fact that there are so many different ways to refine your smile.

Dr. Lerch and the caring, experienced team at the Center for Esthetic Dentistry believe in showing our patients innovative, exciting solutions.

Whether you want to combine your Invisalign with teeth whitening or you want to explore other possibilities like veneers, we can't wait to help you.

Ready to learn if you're a candidate for Invisalign? Have questions about our available treatments? Contact our New Haven, CT, office or call


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Your new smile starts here. Reach out to our New Haven team for more on aligners and cosmetic dentistry.

Invisalign Can Help Adult Patients Of All Ages

Have you spent years wishing you'd had braces as a teenager?

It's not too late!

In fact, thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, tooth straightening options are more discreet and effective, giving you better options than ever before.

Patients of all ages can wear effective clear aligners from Invisalign, while still maintaining a professional appearance. Invisalign works to subtly refine your smile in a relatively quick amount of time.

With orthodontic treatment from Dr. Lerch, you can finally have the smile you've always wanted.

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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

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


"This Office Is Top-Notch!"


Bob C.


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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 S.


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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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Patients Can See Swift Results From Invisalign Aligners

It's typical to start noticing a straighter smile within the first few weeks of wearing your aligners. Some of our patients finish wearing their clear aligners in just six months. Generally, though, you will need to use your aligners for about 12 to 18 months for the full treatment.

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


After we examine your teeth during your consultation, Dr. Lerch will design your custom Invisalign system. We take precise impressions of your bite using our iTERO scanner 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.


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.


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.

How to Care for Your Beautiful New Smile

After Invisalign, you can maintain your results and overall oral health with just a few consistent practices.

Excellent Oral Hygiene

The most important thing you can do for your mouth is to practice good oral hygiene, brushing your teeth, tongue, and gums twice a day. You should also floss daily. Now that your teeth are straighter, you may notice that it's easier.

Proper Retainer Usage

Dr. Lerch will instruct you on proper retainer usage. It's simple to put it in each night, forget about it, and sleep comfortably. You should also clean your retainer each day, rinsing it and brushing away buildup with your toothbrush.

Regular Dentist Visits

You want your gorgeous smile to last — so dental visits are crucial. Ideally, you should visit the dentist every six months to a year. This can also ensure that any problems you may have are spotted — and treated — as soon as possible.

Ask Us Questions

Empowering our patients to have healthy, stunning smiles is our biggest priority. We love hearing from you — and we're more than happy to answer any questions that you might have. So please, ask away!

"One of my best dentist experiences."


Amelia W.

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 W.

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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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.

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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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