Meet Your Orthodontist

Dr. Raphael Separzadeh is a specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. He is dedicated in providing an individualized experience and the highest quality of care in orthodontics for all ages. He also continues to bring the latest advancements in orthodontics to benefit his patients.

Dr. Separzadeh attended the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) and received a B.S. degree in psychobiology, graduating Magna Cum Laude, Kappa honors society. He then continued his education at UCLA receiving his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the UCLA School of Dentistry, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class. Dr. Separzadeh then specialized his dental training, attending a 30 month residency in orthodontics at Saint Louis University where he received his Orthodontic Certificate and Masters of Science in Dentistry (MSD).

Dr. Separzadeh belongs to numerous local, national, and international dental and orthodontic associations. His professional affiliations include: Saint Louis University Society for Advancement of Orthodontic Education, American Association of Orthodontics, Pacific Coast Society for Orthodontics, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and the San Fernando Valley Dental Society.

His motto is that with a positive mental attitude, and going the extra mile, one can achieve anything the mind conceives.


balboa-othro_imageOrthodontics (using braces or Invisalign) is the term we use for straightening teeth to a more ideal position to look better and function better. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays to accomplish this movement while traditional braces use metal wires to achieve the movement used in straightening teeth.


During initial consultations with our orthodontist, we will examine the teeth and jaw to determine if the patient is a good candidate for braces. Next, we will take necessary radiographs (X-rays) and pictures of the teeth and jaw. A mold of the teeth will be taken and a plan of action will be developed.

In order to move teeth, metal brackets are affixed to the front of each tooth. A metal archwire is threaded through the brackets. This wire is progressively tightened, resulting in the teeth slowly being moved by force. As the teeth move, new bone is generated in the space formerly occupied by the tooth. Some patients may complain about some mild discomfort from metal brackets rubbing against the gums and lips. Dental wax can be placed over the brackets to alleviate this discomfort.

The amount of time it takes to achieve the desired results can vary greatly. The severity of the problems and the amount of adjustment will largely determine how long braces must be worn. You will need to visit the dentist every 4 weeks to make these adjustments.


During initial consults, we will examine the teeth and jaw to determine if the patient is a good candidate for Invisalign. Next, necessary radiographs (X-rays) and pictures of the teeth and jaw. A mold of the teeth will be taken and a plan of action will be developed. Using a computer-imaging program, we’re able to make a series of molds that will be used to progressively move your teeth to new positions.

Invisalign advantages – to give you the great smile you have always wanted:

  • Invisible, so no one can tell you are straightening your teeth. Now you can smile more DURING treatment as well as after.
  • Removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are not a problem.
  • Comfortable, because it has no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. No metal and wires mean you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments.
  • Oral hygiene is improved.
  • Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when you treatment is complete.
  • May reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease when compared to wire braces that trap food and plaque.
  • Visit dentist only once every 6 weeks.
  • Usually faster than conventional braces.
  • No metal braces.
  • In most cases, the aligners are doing multiple tooth movements simultaneously. Commonly, in conventional bracketing, some movements get ignored until another movement is completed by the current mechanics.
  • Work usually completed in 15 months conventional braces takes on the average of 2 years.

Invisalign disadvantages:

  • They are not designed to treat patients with mixed dentition, changing a bite and/or growing palates, and therefore, are not appropriate for children.
  • All restorative work must be completed before or after the treatment.
  • Designed to treat patients with less complex orthodontic needs.
  • It is difficult to change this system after treatment has begun because this system is so exacting.
  • The system is dependent on the patient wearing the retainers.
  • May temporarily affect your speech.
  • They are to be worn full time, day or night, except while eating and brushing or flossing.
  • Teeth may be sore with a slight ache from the pressure, especially for the first few days with each new aligner.
  • After the work is completed you may have to wear a retainer at night.
  • Need for good patient compliance.


Whether you are interested in Invisalign or traditional braces, our orthodontist is the Top Rated Local Dentist in the Encino area. Contact us today to schedule your dental consultation.