Teeth Whitening

At home. On the go. At our New Haven, CT, practice. When you choose us for your teeth whitening, you can complete care anywhere.

How? Dr. N. Summer Lerch and the team at the Center for Esthetic Dentistry feature several kinds of custom whitening options.

Explore your candidacy—and your options—with our trusted cosmetic dentist.

Teeth Whitening

At home. On the go. At our New Haven, CT, practice. When you choose us for your teeth whitening, you can complete care anywhere.

How? Dr. N. Summer Lerch and the team at the Center for Esthetic Dentistry feature several kinds of custom whitening options.

Explore your candidacy—and your options—with our trusted cosmetic dentist.

Isn't Whitening Toothpaste Enough?


No, it's not. The truth is, none of the over-the-counter whitening products you could use will be as effective as dentist-directed whitening. That's because they use less intensive formulas. Not to mention, they can be more expensive and time consuming than they initially seem, because patients continually spend time and money on subpar results. 

Young woman smiling in mirror at dentist

Choosing Custom Care

Over One-Size-Fits-All Products

With over-the-counter whitening, you'll be doing all the work. You'll also be using products made for anyone to use, as opposed to trays and gel tailored to your needs. Your dentist can work with you to create a custom plan addressing all of your concerns.

As the leader of a comprehensive practice, she is well-educated in general dentistry and restorative procedures too, so she'll never gamble your health for an aesthetic touch-up. For a more cost-effective and transformative option planned with your smile in mind, visit Dr. Lerch.

Get to Know Your Whitening Options

We proudly put our patients first by curating a selection of different custom and premade whitening options that can be performed at our dental office in New Haven, CT, or done from the comfort of their own home, like:

Philips Zoom! Whitening

Conducted in Our New Haven Office

It's easy to get visibly whiter teeth with Philips Zoom!® whitening gel. In fact, our dentist can perform this treatment in under an hour, which is far quicker than the at-home bleaching process.

Depending on the type you receive, we can also bolster your results by using both whitening gel and effective LED light.

Opalescence™ Whitening

Conducted at Home

Have certain restrictions? Opalescence's™ whitening gel is gluten-free, kosher, and vegan, so you can feel good about the ingredients used to give you a beautiful smile.

Opalescence also directly addresses concerns of usage time, tooth sensitivity, and effectiveness by featuring five different formulas.

Convinced by Our Results? Then It's Time to Explore Your Options

Dr. Lerch stands behind her results. By combining teeth whitening with dental bonding, she was able to give this patient brighter, more even teeth. Plus, she performed necessary preventative care, improving the patient's overall dental health as well.
Discolored front tooth and yellowing of surrounding teeth
​Before Tooth Whitening
Perfectly white teeth after professional whitening
After Tooth Whitening
Considering whitening alone? Or would you like to combine it with procedures like gum contouring, veneers, or Invisalign® for a more comprehensive transformation? No matter your preferences, you're one step closer to the smile you've always wanted.

A Dentist That Truly Cares About Her Patients


Ashley Rivas

New Haven, CT


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The professionals definitely care about your teeth and want you to feel confident and comfortable with your smile.

Scheduling appointments and services was very fast and easy, and everyone is welcoming.

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Amanda Maturo

New Haven, CT


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I could not be happier with my decision to see Dr. Lerch! I wish I had done this sooner. The entire process of designing a new smile with veneers was seamless from start to finish. From the first consultation to the following 2 appointments I was soon in my new smile. Dr. Lerch, Sherri and the entire team make each patient feel so comfortable and safe in this big decision. I find myself smiling and laughing more than ever before and I could not thank them enough!

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How Can I Cover My Teeth Whitening Treatment?


While you can't rely on insurance for teeth whitening, there is another option to help keep this cosmetic treatment affordable: flexible financing.

Cash or Credit

You can also pay for your visit using cash or credit card, either on their own or in combination with financing.


In some cases, we may have whitening specials or discounts when you combine procedures available. Our New Haven team is happy to let you know about select offerings, so reach out any time for more information.

How to Decide Between at-Home and in-Office Whitening

Our New Haven, CT, team can help you brighten your smile using your choice of custom or premade trays. Not sure where to start? We'll help you weigh the draws of our two main options.

The Advantages of At-Home Whitening
From Opalescence

At-home teeth whitening is typically best
for patients with:

  • Dedication to Results

    At-home whitening puts you directly in charge of your treatment. You'll need to wear your trays as directed. If you have trouble remembering to conduct your treatment, it may be much easier for you to attend a simple brightening appointment.
  • Busy Schedules

    As adults, there's always something on the agenda for us to deal with. Luckily, even if your schedule is packed, you can easily factor teeth whitening into your day. Simply put in your trays when you can, take them out, and enjoy results in just a few weeks.
  • Tooth Sensitivity

    If your teeth are commonly affected by sensations like temperature, you may want to whiten them with a formula that uses lower levels of hydrogen peroxide. At-home whitening is less concentrated, so it fits the bill perfectly for patients with tooth sensitivity.

The Advantages of In-Office Whitening
From Zoom!

​If you're considering Philips Zoom in-office teeth whitening, it's a great option for patients wanting:

  • Faster Results

    At-home kits have a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide, which means that they take longer to work. By conducting in-office bleaching, though, Dr. Lerch is able to use a more powerful formulation of hydrogen peroxide, transforming your teeth in as little as one visit.
  • Brighter Smiles

    Another benefit of choosing to whiten your teeth with a more concentrated hydrogen peroxide formula is the intensity. That means they will be noticeably brighter compared to results from whitening gel, whitening toothpaste, and other at-home whitening products.
  • Dentist Directed Care

    During your in-office whitening treatment, our dentist's sole focus will be on you. Whether you have questions or you simply want the peace of mind that comes with having Dr. Lerch's help at your disposal, in-office bleaching is well worth it.

Great Experiences and Beautiful Results For Our New Haven Patients


Blakeslee Palmer

New Haven, CT


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They are the best!! The entire process was super simple and I came out with my dream smile. Can’t recommend them enough!

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Jiayi Xu

New Haven, CT


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Great experience at this dentist place! The staff are friendly, helpful and professional. Thank you for making my teeth look better now!

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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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