A Passion for Smiles, a Love of People
I love the combination of art and science that is required to create healthy, beautiful smiles. But without a doubt, my real joy as an orthodontist comes from the people I spend my days with: my team, which is my second family, and my patients and their families. I value each and all they bring to my days!
I especially love working with families and seeing the kids grow and mature. It’s amazing to watch their passions in life develop, whether it involves sports, music, academics, drama, or robotics. I love witnessing this maturation and seeing them go off and do amazing things. I tend to follow people with their retainers longer than many of my colleagues, partly so I can see what they are up to in college, and even post-college!
Each patient is unique and deserving of an orthodontic experience that is unique to them. Whether I am seeing a seven-year-old for early treatment, straightening teeth for an older sibling, or creating a smile for an adult who has waited years for treatment, I am always thinking about what is right for that person.
It is important to design care that addresses both the person’s appearance — that wonderful smile they desire — and delivers an improvement in their function and bite. I want people to finish with an incredible smile: a smile that is beautifully confident and healthy!
I decided to become an orthodontist after having braces as a young teen. That was a life-changing experience and one I wanted to provide to others.
I attended the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry from 1990 to 1994, and graduated with my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. This was followed by a one-year residency at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital San Francisco, and a two-year, part-time residency in craniofacial anomalies (cleft lip and palate) at the University of California San Francisco. I saw patients as a general dentist during that time, as well.
In 1997, I decided to pursue my interest in orthodontics. Through the University of California San Francisco orthodontic specialty program, I completed my specialist in orthodontics and Master of Science in oral biology in 2000.
Constant Learning and Professional Affiliations
My team and I invest in continuing education. We want to provide patients with the most advanced, comfortable, and effective orthodontic treatment. By staying at the forefront of the latest research, techniques, and technology, we are able to incorporate the best into our practice.
I am an active member of the:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
- California Dental Association
- Mid-Peninsula Dental Society
Beyond the Practice
I grew up in Riverside, Southern California, and have lived with my family in Redwood City for more than 25 years. Christine, my wife — who is also our office manager — and I have three children: Jack, Nico, and Caroline. Our family is rounded out by Hunter, our dog.
Time with loved ones, snow skiing, SF Giants baseball, and classic cars are among my passions outside of orthodontics.
My other great love? I’m an avid and accomplished open-water marathon swimmer! You can see some of my solo swims and races here: https://longswims.com/p/scott-kaloust/.