Dr. Melissa Bailey
Board Certified Orthodontist
I’m a board certified orthodontist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m experienced in clear aligner therapy (Invisalign®), fixed orthodontics (braces), functional appliance (Herbst) and Phase I treatment (rapid palatal expansion, headgear, facemask).
I find joy in providing excellent orthodontic care while keeping the experience enjoyable and comfortable for my patients. I was inspired to become an orthodontist when I started my own orthodontic treatment in dental school. Getting braces as an adult taught me that having a confident and healthy smile can open many doors in life.
I earned my undergraduate degree from UCLA in piano performance and business administration. I graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry with honors and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a prestigious national dental honor society. While at UCLA, I wrote grants and helped run a children’s clinic to provide dental care for the under-served communities. I was awarded the California Dental Association’s Outstanding Senior Award for my leadership and community service. After dental school, I continued my advanced training in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at Loma Linda University in Southern California.
I enjoy learning and staying current with the latest orthodontic techniques and innovations and take numerous continuing education courses. I'm particularly interested in clear aligner therapy and co-founded TrayMinder®, an app I developed to help my patients to stay on track with their clear aligner treatment. I am board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO), which requires a rigorous written and clinical examination process evaluated by experts in the industry. ABO certification is recognized throughout the world as representing the highest level of excellence in orthodontic patient care.
Areas of Expertise
Clear Aligner Therapy (Invisalign®)
Phase One Interceptive Treatment
Dentofacial Orthopedics (Headgear, Facemask)
Orthodontics is more than just straight teeth. As a specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, I create beautiful smiles because I evaluate the jaw structure and soft tissue profile, in addition to the teeth, to create smiles that respect facial harmony and esthetics.
At your initial complimentary orthodontic exam, I will take a panoramic x-ray, review medical history, evaluate the hard and soft facial profile, screen for oral cancer and TMJ concerns, and assess the teeth alignment and bite.
After the exam, I will review the clinical findings and provide options for orthodontic treatment, including the types of appliances (Invisalign® clear aligners, braces, expanders, etc.), the time frame, and the orthodontic treatment cost.