Patient-Oriented Cosmetic Dental Care In the Heart of New Haven, CT

"This office has changed my life for the better." New Haven Patients Love Their Visits


Stacey Bonet


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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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Emily Szczygiel


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This office is great! It’s very beautifully decorated. Yung is by far thee best dental hygienist! She is so energetic and puts so much effort into education while she is working. I have honestly enjoyed all of my appointments here! At the dentist!!

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Visit Our Trusted Dental Team During These Regular Hours

375 Orange St
New Haven, CT 06511

"Changing a smile changes a life." Our Patient Coordinator, Gail Kuziel

Rely on a Dental Office
With a Key Statewide Distinction

Are you looking for the very best local dentist in New Haven, CT, to improve your oral health and confidence? We provide a full continuum of care, ranging from routine yearly treatments to custom smile makeovers.

Before you visit us, take some time to learn about our cosmetic and general dentist, Dr. N. Summer Lerch. Her calm and understanding approach makes patients feel truly welcome. She can also back up that demeanor with years of experience and distinct achievements in her field.

Dr. Lerch is a board-accredited cosmetic dentist recognized by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). As the first woman in New England to achieve board accreditation from the AACD, she is also a trailblazer.  Even more impressively, she is the fourth woman in the world to obtain that milestone. Ready to contact us? Use our online form to request a consultation or email us today.

Dr. Lerch Pursues Further Education For Your Benefit

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When it comes to your teeth, you want a dentist who stays informed and provides the latest procedures and techniques. Luckily, Dr. Lerch never stops learning. For example, she is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Fellows are required to have finished an impressive 500 hours of approved continuing education. Then, they must pass a rigorous exam before receiving this honor.

Our dentist is also a member of the Seattle Study Club. That means she works together with other dental professionals to discuss new changes in the field.

She can also draw on their experience when planning your custom treatment. The Seattle Study Club allows dental providers to discuss patients' teeth and oral health in their meetings. So, in addition to her knowledge, you can benefit from the understanding of her fellow dentists.

The Core Philosophy Of Our New Haven Dentistry Practice

At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry, we have a detail-oriented, custom approach to all treatments.

Our Prestigious Affiliations

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Connecticut State Dental Association 2022 Member
Great Paducah Dentist - Dr. William E. Hay, PSC
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Seattle Study Club® – Cultivating Excellence in Comprehensive Dentistry
Invisalign® Premier Preferred Provider
Dr. Alspaugh has achieved Top Doctor Status on the RealSelf website! »  Associates in Plastic Surgery

Choose a Dental Team That Treats You as an Individual

Dr. Lerch and the compassionate team at the Center for Esthetic Dentistry believe in building connections with our patients. We strive to make every visitor feel comfortable with their dental treatment and confident in their results.

How do we do this? By staying up-to-date on continuing education and by getting to truly know you as a person. Whether you are a new patient or you've visited us for years, we will listen to your needs. That way, we can tailor your treatment to your goals.

If you're ready for your next cleaning or you're excited to refine your smile, our New Haven, CT, dental team can help. Contact us or call


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If you've always wanted to refine your smile but you've worried about finding the right dentist, your search is over. We pair high-quality care with a reassuring attitude.

Why Patients Return  To Our New Haven Practice


Vlada Shelkova


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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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Amelia Windom


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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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​Tour Our Dental Practice

New patients can easily explore our dentistry office online with this helpful virtual tour.

Transform Your Teeth At Our New Haven Dental Office

Each patient receives custom care at our welcoming office. We might recommend one procedure or combining several treatments based on your needs.

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Smile Makeover
  • Tooth-Colored Bonding
  • Tooth Whitening

Patients Also Visit Us For General Care


Our general dentistry services include routine oral exams, as well as your regular cleaning. If our dentist notices cavities in your teeth during your treatment, she can assist with that too. We place fillings with tooth-colored material for a natural-looking solution.

A Beautiful Smile Made Possible by Our Dentist

Before Cosmetic Dental Treatment
Before Cosmetic Dental Treatment
After Cosmetic Dental Treatment
After Cosmetic Dental Treatment
Our patient had a dark front tooth and wanted a more uniform smile. Our dentist whitened her enamel, placed a crown and three veneers, and lifted her gumline, transforming her smile entirely. If you want to refine your teeth too, contact our New Haven, CT, office to learn about your dental options.

We Accept Dental Financing To Make Your Treatment Possible

Many patients put off the cosmetic treatment they've always wanted due to worry about the cost. While cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance unless they are medically necessary, such as a crown for a damaged tooth, you do have another option to make the price more manageable: CareCredit® financing.

CareCredit allows you to pay for your visit over time. It can help with cosmetic dental care like veneers, teeth whitening, laser gum contouring, and more.

We're Happy to Explain How Financing Works

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Center for Esthetic Dentistry
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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375 Orange St
New Haven, CT 06511

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