1st Choice Dental
Katayoon Shafagh, DDS:
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1st Choice Dental
Katayoon Shafagh, DDS (Orthodontist)
North Hollywood, CA













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays



Clear aligners

Pediatric dental care

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Thursday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (by appointment only)

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Nirmala M. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


FANTASTIC experience. I had my Invisalign treatment here. They did an amazing job. Their staff and doctors really care about your needs. I have been coming to this office for more than two years for now for all my dental care and have no complaints. Their staff is awesome and always does their best to accommodate me. I was nicely greeted by the staff on each visit and provided with appointments that worked with my schedule. I’m very happy with their orthodontic service and much appreciate their efforts to fix my bite corrections. Their doctors and staffs perform an outstanding service. I highly recommend this dental office!

Karen Vela (Source: Google)


I started my Dental treatment here because my younger brother had been taken care of at this location and I loved his results with his braces treatment. For the past year I have been satisfied with the help and support that I have gotten from the staff. It has always been a pleasure and an easy process coming in on my check ups; from having braces and transitioning to Invisalign I couldn’t be more happy with my results and my experience. I am happy with the turn out of my treatment after using Invisalign. I thank them for their hard work and dedication to their patients. I highly recommend 1st Choice Dental to anyone interested in any dental work, you won’t regret it!!

Lily M. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


How often do you hear about anyone being happy about going to the dentist? I have dental insurance, live on the Westside with a dentist assigned to me in my neighborhood and still go to 1st Choice Dental–which is 15 miles away and I pay out of pocket, because they are that good. 1st Choice Dental was referred to me by my family and every time I go there (27 miles from my work) I am happy all over again. The staff are amazing: caring and conscientious. I never feel like they’re trying to foist dental work on me that I don’t need. I know this because my assigned dentist was always trying to make me walk out of his office $1200 later–for work that 1st Choice Dental assures me is not necessary, and as time goes by, it becomes obvious that is was never necessary. My cleaning, done meticulously and thoroughly by Yolanda, is the best I have ever received. That lady made my mouth brand-new again–and gave me some good advice on flossing, toothpaste, and future dental care. Looking forward to going back to have a chipped filling (done by my assigned dentist) refilled by the professionals at 1st Choice Dental.

Jessica M. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


After moving from across the country, I decided to google a good, local orthodontist. Thankfully, I found just that 5 minutes away. I previously had braces and over time my teeth began to space out. I came in to1st Choice Dental and got impressions for a retainer THAT day! I’ve had my retainer for two months and the gaps have closed. They know what they are doing and that’s hard to say for a lot of places in Los Angeles. The staff is always super friendly and do the best they can to serve you. Thanks 1st Choice Dental for giving me my smile back!!!

Justine Reiss (Source: Google)


WE Love 1st Choice Dental! My entire family is now going there. After we went in for a consultation for my son’s Braces with Dr. Shafagh, I was amazed to find out they have dentists and periodontists on staff. Prices are great, they take many insurance options and conveniently located. The office is very clean and even has the newest equipment like the 360 degree xray machine which I was going to have to go elsewhere while receiving treatments at another Ortho’s office. 1st choice dental can solve all of your families dental needs.

Nic M. from Chatsworth, Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I can’t say enough great things about 1st Choice Dental and it’s staff. I was referred by a friend who had her braces done there and my friend is super critical. I knew if she was happy about her results, I would be. The office is clean, the staff is friendly, the prices are reasonable and they are timely with appointments. Dr. Shafagh is an AMAZING orthodontist. I had braces as a teenager and the two experiences are night and day. I had a protruding overbite. Dr. Shafagh knows exactly how to tweak a wire to get your teeth in the ideal position; I see results immediately after each treatment. I was quoted 2 yrs at my first consultation. It’s been 13 months and I’m almost done! Yolanda Morgan is also a great hygienist. My pockets have decreased significantly after 2 treatments and my teeth have never been so healthy. I would highly recommend 1st Choice Dental.

Keren R. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Where do I begin with 1st Choice Dental??! Lets see… my experience here has been totally amazing! Not to mention the pain of having braces but the staff made it all worth it with there comments like “don’t worry it’ll be all worth it” or “you’re already pretty image with your braces off”! Convos with the staff are always fun. Plus I love the way they treat you with great service and excellent quality. Now let me tell you about the doctor at first to be honest I thought she was going to be mean but I was completely wrong she’s so so nice! And has a great personality! She could always make you laugh no matter what. Not to mention the rest of the staff like Elena she so awesome and cute!! She always asks me how I’m doing and you know the usual “girl talk” plus rolando which I thought this WHOLE time that his name was victor ops I’m still not sure… But he’s such a cool guy! He’s really so so so nice, not to mention the fact that I love him so much cause he finally took off my braces today of course with the doctors approval! I enjoyed every second of going to the 1st choice. My experience has been great and will always be, with a loving staff, and the smartest prettiest doctor ever! Make 1st choice your dentist today! You won’t regret it!

Lily Moayeri (Source: Google)


How often do you hear about anyone being happy about going to the dentist? I have dental insurance, live on the Westside with a dentist assigned to me in my neighborhood and still go to 1st Choice Dental–which is 15 miles away and I pay out of pocket, because they are that good. 1st Choice Dental was referred to me by my family and every time I go there (27 miles from my work) I am happy all over again. The staff are amazing: caring and conscientious. I never feel like they’re trying to foist dental work on me that I don’t need. -I know this because my assigned dentist was always trying to make me walk out of his office $1200 later–for work that 1st Choice Dental assures me is not necessary, and as time goes by, it becomes obvious that is was never necessary. My cleaning, done meticulously and thoroughly by Yolanda, is the best I have ever received. That lady made my mouth brand-new again–and gave me some good advice on flossing, toothpaste, and future dental care. Looking forward to going back to have a chipped filling (done by my assigned dentist) refilled by the professionals at 1st Choice Dental.

Andrès S. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Went in today for my cleaning appointment. Carlota was awesome! Received incredible treatment, we had such a great conversation before hand that I trusted her with the treatment. An hour later, and my mouth has never felt so clean. Also got retainers and fillings at a prior appointment. Fast, no pain, and easy. Great staff, great people, overall a very happy procedure. All of it was done in a day except the teeth cleaning, which required a different appointment due to my own error, which was coming in late for my original appointment. Fillings, and retainer specs were done in less than an hour. Super fast, and they take care of you with water, and a very happy positive attitude that leaves a smile on your face. Highly recommend, and all my future dental works will be held at this place.

Leilani S. from Woodland Hills, CA (Source: Yelp)


Love First Choice! My only regret is that I hadn’t found this place sooner.  My husband has slowly been replacing his old fillings (11 in total) over the past several years and his Beverly Hills dentist has been charging him $1,200 for each one.  I started going to First Choice last year and I had such a great experience and was so impressed with their low rates that I asked them how much they would charge my husband for refilling old cavaties.  I think they said $400.  I couldn’t believe it!  I highly recommend this place and have been sending friends there and they rave as well.

Edwin O. from Canyon Country, CA (Source: Yelp)


We strongly believe that 1st Choice Dental is a great dental office; we’ve had the opportunity to establish a relationship with every patient that walks in 1st Choice Dental’s door. As employees of 1st Choice Dental our patients trust and satisfaction in our doctors, manager, assistants, and receptionists is not only part of our job is part of showing who we are as a person. And that is why we recommend 1st Choice Dental to be your dental office!  
Flor and Edwin…..

Alfonso Flores (Source: Google)


My experience at 1st choice dental is very friendly everyone here is really nice they take care of you very well, while they are attending you they make sure you don’t have any pain & if you do they take care of it right away, when you’re done they give you am appointment and when the day is close to arriving they call you & make sure you remember I recommend this dentist to everyone in the area because they know how to attend you

Emmy S. from Woodland Hills, CA (Source: Yelp)


I only have great things to say about this dental office! The staff is well educated and friendly as well as patient.  I have had to frequent the office several times a month for the last year because  I’m going through the tedious process of implants.  Each time I arrive I’m greeted with a smile and the staff even knows me by name (which is quite impressive these days)!  I’m in and out in no time at all… I love to give credit where credit is due and 1st choice dental definitely deserves credit for their stand out service!

Shay S. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been going here a little over a year now. The other day I visited for the first time since the Coronavirus hit the U.S.A. I was nervous obviously, but rest assured, the entire team here did amazing to maintain safety as the highest priority for patients. I received an email the day before my appointment checking on my health (my whereabouts within the last 14 days, any symptoms and so on). I was instructed to remain in my car in the parking, call the office and wait to be instructed inside the office. Once I was inside my temperature was taken. Then I was asked to rinse my mouth with mouthwash, and was told not to touch the faucet handle. The nice lady turned off the water for me and then disinfected it after she touched it. The treatment room had new one time covers on everything any patient could have touched. All in all, Coronavirus is NOT going to get you at this establishment. You’re safe here.

Antonio M. from Lake Balboa, Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Been coming to 1st Choice Dental since 2018 for my Invisalign treatment and I’m near the end of my journey! They remain open during the Covid-19 pandemic but I was very pleased with the protocols they’ve taken to ensure all guests and employees are safe. Waiting area is closed so people are socially distanced and once inside your mask remains on until proceeded to take off. The workers are on top of cleanliness and sanitation so no need to worry over here. Will be back soon!

Flora E. from Santa Monica, CA (Source: Yelp)


I normally go to Studio their office on Ventura Blvd., but due to the COVID situation they are operating out of this office. I have now been in twice and feel very comfortable and safe there.  The office is really clean and they have procedures in place for safety.  They don’t have people in the waiting area, everyone wears face masks and there’s hand sanitizer.  The staff is all in protective gear as well.  I wouldn’t hesitate to come to this office during this time or normal times! The orthodontist is wonderful and so is the staff.  I’m really happy with my new smile.  On yeah, plenty of easy parking too.

Jim A. from Burbank, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been going to 1st Choice for about 2 years for my Invisalign. I love Dr. Kathy and my teeth look amazing! I needed to return for a follow up, and this was my first time since covid. I was so nervous to go! Thankfully, 1st Choice is being extra careful and taking safety more seriously then most. They did a temperature check, filled out a form declaring I have no symptoms, while waiting for appointments, patients wait outside. All the doctors and staff are wearing full PPE, included fask shields, masks, gloves, etc. I felt like my health was a top priority and all my nervousness about it dissipated as soon as I was there. They are a fantastic team doing a fantastic job!

Jenn De La Guardia (Source: Google)


My first impression was omg! this environment is amazing!! staff is great ….Dr. Shafagh is an excellent Orthodontist she makes you feel always welcomed and in safe hands. The office is always super clean and makes you feel at ease to get you’re teeth worked on. If you’re looking for the best this is the place to go! check them out and im sure you will fall in love.

Roxanne P. (Source: Google)


I moved to North Hollywood almost 2 years ago, & I had no idea how I was going to find a dentist. I visited at least 3 other dentists but still didn’t feel great about any of them. Luckily for me (but not for my friend) because he broke a tooth & needed emergency work done. He highly recommended 1st Choice Dental, & when I went in for my appt, I could clearly see why! The office is always very clean, the staff is courteous & professional, & the hygienists, dentists, periodontists, & endodontists are fantastic!! They are knowledgeable & honest, which top my list of things I want in my dentist. I rate 1st Choice Dental 5+ stars, & give them an A+!!

Sal I. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Been coming here for about a year and never a let down, I’m always seen in a reasonable amount of time from my appointment time and the staff is always super friendly and attentive. The office is clean and the and the Dentist and Hygentist areas as well. The Dentist and hygenist’ make sure that you are comfortable and are extra informative about procedures and options regarding your oral health, this put me at ease and made me feel that hey care. The fact that they remember your name is also indicative of this. I will be coming back for the foreseeable future for my dental needs.

Valerie A. from San Fernando, CA (Source: Yelp)


I am a first timer here at this dentist and from the moment I called to make an appointment the staff was very helpful, kind, and patient. I had a lot of questions about the teeth whitening treatment and actually called more than once with questions about the whitening and they worked well with my availability. I talked to multiple different people from the staff as each one made sure I new the process of the teeth whitening and I had all the information I needed. I was recommended to this dentist by my sister who had previously done her teeth whitening here and was very satisfied with the results.

Stacie F. from Encino, CA (Source: Yelp)


My daughter started seeing Dr Shafagh about 6 weeks ago for braces. From the first time we went there, Dr Shafagh made my daughter feel so comfortable and relaxed. She’s only 8 years old so this is extra important to me. Everyone in this office is wonderful and we have interacted with many of the staff. They are nice, friendly, and professional. I should also mention that the prices are very competitive and actually lower than many of the other places I contacted. Go see Dr Shafagh…she’s amazing and you will be very happy! We love her!!

Timi Birch (Source: Google)


We’re so happy with the care we’ve received from Dr. Shafagh and her wonderful staff at 1st Choice Dental! It was such a relief to find an orthodontist with such expertise whose goal is to give the absolute best, most up-to-date quality of treatment without “over-treating” and over-charging. After consulting with three other orthodontists for our two children, we chose Dr. Shafagh based on her knowledge, years of experience, the successful results we’ve seen in other patients, and because her principles and standards are in line with our own. Dr. Shafagh truly wants the best for our family and gives our children the same attentive care she gives her own children.

Felicia Semiao (Source: Google)


My sister has been going to this office for some time now and nothing but great work . Service is great very friendly . I have a lot of work to be done on my teeth an seeing the great job they did on my sister’s teeth I’ve decided to have 1st choice dental work on my teeth. Since I’ve started it’s been nothing but great experience . Thank you 1st choice dental ! Keep up the good work .

Justine R. from Studio City, CA (Source: Yelp)


I m so happy to have found this office!  They can handle my entire families needs- which is a rare find in the LA area but much needed when you are very buys! My son is in need of an Orthodontist and Dr. Shafagh is taking care of him – I shopped around- their prices were competitive and I liked her conservative, gentle approach.  My husband needs a bridge and is seeing the dentist here, I will be needing gum surgery and they have a Periodontist on staff who can handle that too!  1st Choice dental is a great solution for Family Dental services.

Jimecia J. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


this is  must go to dentist. the staff is great and caring. i came in 3yrs ago just for an ortho consultation and i ended up not only getting braces through them but also all my dental work is done here. what won me over is they not only new me by my first name but also they take their time with me. this shows they really care to  know their patients and will meet your individual needs. Dr. shafagh always has a smile on her face anytime i have ever seen her 🙂 .

Marie S. from Granada Hills, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been coming here for many, many, years and have been so pleased with the service provided. The front desk staff is so welcoming when you walk through the doors. The professionalism, and respect from all who works there just shows what kind of service you will be recieving. My kids had ortho work, there smiles today are absolutley BEAUTIFUL. I’m so pleased with all my dental work that I will continue to refer all who are in need of an awesome dental office! Thank you Dr. Shafagh for all that you do, Thank you Flor, Norma, and Edwin for always helping me, my family, and friends by going an extra mile and making us feel at ease. You all are Awesome!!!!!!

Mizrain G. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


This dental office offers great value and quality with reasonable prices as well as a professional and knowledgeable staff. They  offer convenient monthly payment plans so you can get the services you need and pay over time instead of paying all at once which is a big plus.  They are very flexible when it comes to appointments and work well with your schedule. Of all the treatments I have received at First choice Dental I have been extremely pleased with the results and I can tell my oral health has improved greatly ever since I started going to this dental office. I highly recommend this dentist office if you are looking for a dental office or you want a new dentist to go to.

Mark Dubrow (Source: Google)


I am 66 years if age and have never received better dental care. I wear full upper and lower dentures. I will attest to the fact that I gave this office a hard time, including missed appointments, and coming in late a few times. No one blinked an eye. I severely stepped outside my boundaries. Thank you so much for your kindness and understanding! Sincerely, Mark E. Dubrow

Alicia Sukovieff (Source: Google)


I highly recommend 1st Choice Dental. Everyone here is amazing, and very knowledgable. I’m from Canada, and I loved my dentist there. When I first started looking for a new dental office here, it felt hopeless. Unfortunately, due to the differences in each country’s health care system, there are many offices here in the US that are solely focused on making money and care little for their patients. They have fancy looking offices to deceive people into thinking they are good doctors and dentists. I went to one place in West Hollywood and had a horrible experience. The dentist was clearly extremely inexperienced, and had no real answers for me. They just kept trying to push procedures, and used rather extreme scare tactics to sell me an electric toothbrush. I left their swanky looking office feeling used, and with absolutely no answers, wondering why I ever left my sweet albeit cold home town in Canada. At 1st Choice Dental I saw both the orthodontist and dentist, both of which took the time to really address the problem I had come in for. The staff and dentist assistants are so lovely, and made a point to talk to both the doctors for me so that all of my questions were answered before I left. Not to mention that somehow this complete, in-depth consult cost me half of what I paid at the other place. Every visit and procedure I’ve had since my first visit has been equally as wonderful. I never thought I’d find a place I liked as much as the one I had in Canada, but I definitely have. I feel confident and happy to call 1st Choice Dental my new dental office. This is great news as I’ve become climatized to this lovely California weather, and I don’t think I could survive moving back to the cold north 😉

Joel S. from Van Nuys, CA (Source: Yelp)


woohooo the best place. This place for me is like my second home. because they make my smile better . thank Dr. Shafagh Katayoon for donate my braces and give me a nice smile. and for taking out the smile in me. When you reach this place you feel at home.when I arrived to the dentist the staff took care of me fast. the people here are so professional. the doctor Kathy shafagh is the best and the assistants are awesome……………………………. thanks 1st Choice Dental for make my life easy And my bright smile.. Att: Joel Sanchez see you guys tomorrow for my Retainers.

Marina M. from Glendale, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Kathy Shafagh is a miracle worker. I took my teen son to 2 other orthodontists to fix his jawline with braces and both advised me to wait till he’s an adult so they can break his jaw to make the corrections… Then by some miracle I found Dr. Shafagh’s advertisement on the school’s fence and within 13 months she fixed his smile and jawline with Invisaligns. And in this strange time of Covid they take tremendous care to keep their patients and parents safe. I would definitely recommend her and her amazing staff any day.

Warren W. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


From the  first step into First Choice Dental I was greeted with “hellos” and a fresh breath of cleanliness and sanitation. The office assistants give you the standard paperwork to fill out, accompanied with the also now standard COVID-19 questionnaire. All interactions are done with face coverings and gloves. Once I am done with my information, my temperature is taken and within 5 minutes my name is called. Expectedly, the operations side of the door is spotless and thoroughly clean to the eye, the smell of sterilization to the nose and all you hear are the sounds of latex gloves snapping onto the hand. I was a bit hesitant to visit any dentist with all that has transpired with the spread of COVID, but with each person and sight that I encounter of CDC rules and cleanliness, I become more assured that I’ve made the right decision with First Choice Dental. I am poured a shot glass of mouthwash and told to rinse and dispose of my cup. The faucet was turned on and off for me, and the assistants gloves were thrown away and replaced. The remainder of my appointment was approached in the same fashion. Even when my nervous clumsy self accidentally knocked off an instrument from the table, I was asked to relax. The assistant promptly picked it up, disposed of it, replaced her gloves and then the instrument. I don’t think I’ll ever be welcoming of having strangers hands in my mouth, but at First Choice Dental it’s the friendliness along with sanitation and attention to detail that made these visits as calming and pleasant as can be. When all was done I was asked to put on my face covering and accompanied back to the waiting room to make my next appointment. I’ve felt more welcomed and more importantly, impressed with the initiative and execution of the CDC directive for COVID-19 for the First Choice Dental facility patients. It’s reassuring and encouraging to see a business taking the necessary precautions that I and the people do during the times of this pandemic. Thank you.

Emmie F. from Thousand Oaks, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’m so impressed with the protocols put in place for COVID. I felt safe, everyone was wearing masks, my temp was taken at a distance, the had me wash my hands without touching anything, the chairs are protected and alll items are clean. I thank the Dr. for continuing her practice during this time. We all invested in our dental care and it shows she really cares about every patient. Also- my crooked teeth look insanely straight and gorgeous!!! Thanks you Dr.Kathy + Team xM

Cynthia P. from Valley Glen, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have to say my experience for my wisdoms teeth extraction was something I was not expecting. I was terrified and extremely anxious. The Dr. made feel so comfortable and reassured me that I will not regret it. I chose to be sedated because I’ve had bad experiences with the dentist . I can honestly say that he did an amazing job!!! I was asleep the whole time. Waking up and getting home did feel groggy , but of course that’s because of the meds. It’s been 4 hours since the extraction and I have no swelling and no pain. I did take a pain killer but the pain is so bearable that you probably don’t need it!! I highly recommend you doing it here. I am so satisfied on how I am feeling and how easy it was. Thank you!


At our North Hollywood dental office, our goal is to provide patients with the most beautiful smiles and healthiest teeth possible. We treat every patient like a family member with our outstanding customer service and utilization of the latest technology and treatment options available. We offer everything from a routine exam and cleaning to high-end cosmetic work, such as veneers, implants, teeth whitening and dentures. Our highly trained dentists and orthodontist work together to provide expert quality care by combining conventional braces, Invisalign and other restorative and cosmetic dental services together. We believe in helping people of all ages achieve the smile they deserve. 1st Choice Dental is a community involved business with roots in the San Fernando Community dating to our opening in 1996. Over the years we have formed ties with "Padres Contra El Cancer" and "LA's BEST". We are a dentist office but we aim to be much more than that by treating out patients like family. We are dedicated to providing the best care with the most friendly service. Here are some of the services that we offer: 1st Choice Dental is a group practice with multiple specialists. Our group of highly qualified dentists includes: general practitioners, orthodontist (braces specialist), periodontist (bone and gum specialist), endodontist (root canal specialist), oral surgeon and pedodontist (kid Specialist). Dr. Kathy Shafagh attended college at the University of Utah and received a four-year academic scholarship to dental school. During the course of four years that she attended university of Texas Dental School in Houston, she was always an Honor student and graduated in 1991 at top of her class. She pursued her higher education at University of Pacific in San Francisco and attained a Master of Science in Orthodontics. Since completing her orthodontic degree in 1993, she has been treating thousands of orthodontic patients with a wide range of dental problems. Dr. Shafagh is also an advocate for improving dental health in the community and is involved in a wide range of charitable contributions for schools and low-income families in the area.