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Best Orthodontists in San Diego, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Diego Orthodontists on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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San Diego, CA 92131

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5.0 (31)

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Gilmore Orthodontics uses the latest orthodontic technology, including Empower, Damon System self-litigating braces, clear brackets, and Invisalign clear aligners. The clinic also treats kids, teens, and adults with traditional metal braces. Patients have praised the practice for its friendly, caring staff and quality care.

San Diego, CA 92131

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4.5 (75)

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The doctor at MOD Squad Dental has more than 25 years of experience in the orthodontic field. The San Diego orthodontic clinic treats TMJ disorder and straightens teeth using Invisalign clear aligners. The practice also provides general dentistry care, periodontal therapy, cosmetic dentistry, and sedation dentistry. Dr. Friedman is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the American Association of Functional Orthodontics.

10432 Reserve Dr #114, San Diego, CA 92127

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4.9 (67)
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5.0 (44)
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5.0 (31)

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Dr. Melanie Orthodontics is a clinic based in San Diego. It is headed by dentist Melanie Wang, who works with her team of registered dental assistants, techs, and office staff to provide the local community with orthodontic services. The firm offers traditional braces, as well as clear aligners like Invisalign and 3M Clarity Aligners. It also has an in-office brand of clear aligners called TLC aligners. The clinic also has another location in Rancho Santa Fe.

La Mesa, CA 91941

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4.5 (63)

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The doctor at Stormberg Orthodontics has worked in the field for more than 15 years. Based in La Mesa, the orthodontic practice uses treatments such as Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Victory braces, metal braces, clear braces, and Clarity braces. The clinic also performs jaw surgery. Stormberg Orthodontics is an Invisalign 2016 Top 1% Provider, a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, and a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Escondido, CA 92025

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4.5 (28)

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The founder of Hardie Orthodontics has more than 25 years of orthodontic experience. The clinic, based in Escondido, treats patients using Invisalign, oral surgery, dental facial orthopedics, Clarity ceramic braces, Forsus, and Empower. Dr. Hardie is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and is a member of the San Diego Academy of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, the American Board of Orthodontics, and other associations.

Poway, CA 92064

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5.0 (41)

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The doctor at Braces by Henry has more than 25 years of orthodontic experience. The practice, based in Poway, has a free shuttle service for students going to an appointment from school. The clinic uses up-to-date technology in its procedures, including digital radiography, digital photography, and advanced computer graphics. The practice treats patients using Invisalign, clear ceramic braces, self-litigating braces, and lingual braces.

San Diego, CA 92123

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4.5 (59)

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Poiset and Associates has been caring for San Diego patients since 1994. The clinic's treatment options include Invisalign, the Damon System, and braces. The practice is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Patients have praised the doctor for his care with kids and professionalism.

San Diego, CA 92130

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Greenspan Orthodontics treats patients using clear braces, ceramic braces, Damon Smile self-litigating braces, Invisalign, and Invisalign Teen. The clinic gives complimentary consultations and uses 3D low-radiation digital x-rays. Dr. Greenspan won The Best in San Diego Award in 2013 and 2014, and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, and the San Diego Orthodontic Society.

Solana Beach, CA 92075

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4.5 (23)

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Great Smiles is an orthodontic and dental clinic based in Solana Beach. The practice cares for kids and adults with treatments including surgical orthodontics, Invisalign, and metal braces. The clinic also provides pediatric dental care for infants, toddlers, kids, and teens. The clinic has been caring for patients for more than 30 years.

San Diego, CA 92127

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5.0 (40)

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Signature Orthodontics treats patients with clear aligners, clear braces, the Damon System, Damon Clear, ClearCorrect, In-Ovation, Clarity, and Incognito. Dr. Jerome is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Board of Orthodontics, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, and the San Diego County Dental Society. Patients have praised the doctor for his professionalism and care.

San Diego, CA 92128

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5.0 (25)

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The doctor at Sun Orthodontics has been practicing orthodontic care for more than 25 years. The practice is accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating and won the 2009 San Diego Award for Best Local Business in Orthodontics, 2010 America's Top Dentist, and the 2011 Top Doc San Diego Award. The clinic is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists. Patients have praised Dr. Duong for her care for her patients and attention to detail.

San Diego, CA 92123

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3.3 (12)

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The orthodontist at Stonecrest Dental Group and Orthodontics has been practicing in the field since 2008. The practice keeps electronic dental records and uses digital x-ray technology. The clinic is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Orange County Dental Society. Patients attest to Stonecrest Dental Group and Orthodontics' friendly and helpful staff.

San Diego, CA 92109

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4.5 (52)
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4.5 (31)

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Reza Kasiri, DDS has been practicing dentistry and orthodontics since 1988. The San Diego orthodontic clinic uses metal braces, clear aligners, and other options for orthodontic treatment. The clinic also provides general preventative dentistry, tooth extractions, root canals, cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, pediatric care, and emergency treatment. The practice is available 24 hours a day for emergency care.

Chula Vista, CA 91910

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4.5 (29)

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Rancho Del Rey Orthodontics is an orthodontic clinic based in Chula Vista that cares for kids and adults. The orthodontic practice's treatment options include Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces, retainers, surgical orthodontics, TMJ and TMD treatments, night guards, sleep apnea treatments, and snoring therapy. The clinic is an Invisalign 2015 Premier Provider, and Dr. Prater is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and other organizations.

San Diego, CA 92117

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5.0 (37)

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Lawrence Lotzof, DDS cares for kids, teens, and adults with Invisalign, traditional metal braces, jaw corrective appliances, retainers, palatal expanders, and lingual braces. Dr. Lotzof is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and an active member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, and the San Diego County Dental Society.

San Diego, CA 92103

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5.0 (43)

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Milberg Orthodontics treats its San Diego patients with clear and metal braces for kids, teens, and adults. The clinic's other treatment options include surgical orthodontics, TADs, palatal expanders, Invisalign, and Invisalign Teen. The practice is a member of The Angle Society and the American Board of Orthodontics. Patients have given positive feedback for Milberg Orthodontics' friendly staff and on-time appointments.

San Diego, CA 92129

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5.0 (43)

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Dr. Marston of Marston Orthodontics has more than 10 years of experience in dentistry and orthodontics. The doctor is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Paci?c Society of Orthodontists, the California Dental Society, and the San Diego County Dental Society. The clinic sponsors local organizations such as the Rancho Penasquitos Little League, the Rancho Penasquitos Town Council, and Wolverine Youth Football and Cheer.

San Diego, CA 92119

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4.5 (66)
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5.0 (14)

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Braces San Diego treats kids, teens, and adults in the San Diego area. The practice uses clear braces, metal braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Smile self-litigating braces, and tongue thrust therapy. The clinic is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. Patients have given positive feedback for Braces San Diego's helpful and accommodating staff.

Compare our Top Orthodontists

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Gilmore Orthodontics
San Diego, CA 92131
MOD Squad Dental
San Diego, CA 92131
Dr.Melanie Orthodontics
10432 Reserve Dr #114, San Diego, CA 92127
Stormberg Orthodontics
La Mesa, CA 91941
Hardie Orthodontics
Escondido, CA 92025
Braces by Henry
Poway, CA 92064
Poiset and Associates
San Diego, CA 92123
Greenspan Orthodontics
San Diego, CA 92130
Great Smiles
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Signature Orthodontics
San Diego, CA 92127
Sun Orthodontics
San Diego, CA 92128
Stonecrest Dental Group and Orthodontics
San Diego, CA 92123
Reza Kasiri, DDS
San Diego, CA 92109
Rancho Del Rey Orthodontics
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Lawrence Lotzof, DDS
San Diego, CA 92117
Milberg Orthodontics
San Diego, CA 92103
Marston Orthodontics
San Diego, CA 92129
Braces San Diego
San Diego, CA 92119

FAQs

  • Introduction

    Dentistry is a broad type of medical specialty that focuses on the care and treatment of the mouth, gums, throat, and overall oral care. An orthodontist is a type of dentist that specializes in fixing misaligned teeth, jaw alignment, and bite patterns. One way to distinguish between the two is that all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. In their lifetime, everyone should regularly see a dentist. However, only people with specific dental problems will need to see an orthodontist.

  • What is an orthodontist?

    An orthodontist is a specialty dentist who receives advanced training to diagnose and treat overbites, overcrowded mouths, misaligned teeth and jaws, and occlusions. After diagnosing the issue, an orthodontist will recommend a treatment course that may include surgery, braces, retainers, tooth removal, and more. An orthodontist receives more training than a general dentist to become an expert in their specific field of dentistry.

  • Are orthodontists doctors?

    Yes, all dentists are doctors of oral health. Dentists receive a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree or a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS). As orthodontists are a type of dentist, they qualify as a doctor.

  • What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?

    A dentist treats a wide variety of issues. An orthodontist is a specialist who has received extra training to focus on one aspect of dentistry — teeth and jaw alignment. An orthodontist has all the training the dentist has and could drop orthodontics and practice general dentistry. In comparison, a dentist would need to have the additional education to become an orthodontist. 

  • What does an orthodontist do?

    People go to an orthodontist when they have teeth or jaw abnormalities. An orthodontist treats:

    • Crooked teeth
    • Crowded teeth
    • Overly spaced teeth
    • Bite alignment issues, such as an overbite or an underbite
    • Jaw misalignment
    • Facial symmetry issues
    The orthodontist's objective is to improve the patient's teeth so they have a straight and functioning smile that allows them to speak, eat, and look normal.

  • Do you have to be referred to an orthodontist?

    Most orthodontists today don’t require a referral to book a consultation appointment with a new patient. However, you may wish to get a referral from your dentist to get a recommendation. If you’re hoping to get your orthodontic care covered by insurance, your insurance may require a referral. Contact your insurance provider to confirm your coverage and details.

  • Do orthodontists keep retainer molds?

    People often lose or break their retainer. If that happens, they’ll need to visit their orthodontist and pay for a new retainer. Luckily, since orthodontists know this happens so frequently, most keep retainer molds on file to get a new one made for you immediately.