Curtis Orthodontics
Richard Curtis, DDS, MS:
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Curtis Orthodontics
Richard M. Curti, DDS, MS (Orthodontist)
Brea, CA













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

Clear aligners



Comprehensive orthodontics

Palatal expansion


Space maintainers

Interceptive orthodontics


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Wednesday: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Friday: 7:00 am to 1:30 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Girgis A. from San Dimas, CA (Source: Yelp)


I found Curtis Orthodontics because I was referred to by my dentist. My dentist told me that I needed braces, but I never experienced braces. My parents gave me advice of the many challenges braces give you, but I still pushed through. Dr. Curtis and their staff was very supportive to me throughout the 2 years I had my braces and I want to thank them for changing my smile.

Heather E. from San Dimas, CA (Source: Yelp)


Im so happy with the results and excited to have my braces off finally!! Curtis Orthodontics is seriously the best ever!! The staff is amazing and Dr Curtis is super nice and helpful, they are very punctual and take your time into consideration. I was fortunate to work close to them so I was able to just pop in if a wire was poking or if I had any questions and they were ready to help me any and every time I walked in the door! The staff is seriously amazing! If you are thinking of getting or need braces and live near Brea I highly recommend Curtis Orthodontics!

Kristen K. from Placentia, CA (Source: Yelp)


I can not say enough about this place. They have been awesome with my daughter. Dr. Curtis is so patient with her very sensitive mouth and has not charged us for the many extra visits for fine tuning of her expanders. They have gone above and beyond to make sure she is comfortable. They were very up front about costs and options from the very beginning. No surprises or hidden costs. I am very picky when it comes to my kids care and I don’t trust anybody. If my son needs orthodontics, I will be bringing him here as well and I alway recommend them to everybody!

Karen T. from Brea, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Curtis and his staff are amazing!!! My daughter started going there 5 years ago, wanting to do Invisalign’s. Long story short, she wasn’t disciplined enough to keep it up, but Dr. Curtis and his staff have been sooo extremely nice and patient with her and after a long time of trying to convince her that metal braces are the better way for her to go, she finally agreed. She’s had them on for three months now and the results are already amazing!! Never once did anyone in Dr. Curtis’s office ever make her feel bad for not keeping up with her Invisalign’s. They have all been so encouraging and have made my daughter feel really comfortable going in for her visits. Today, my son got his braces on. Of course we didn’t give him a choice of not going with the metal braces. Having built a relationship with Dr. Curtis and his staff, I felt completely comfortable knowing my son will be in the best care for the next 12 – 18 months. Not only is their office clean, their staff extremely nice, Dr. Curtis warm, friendly and personable, but to top it off, they have all the newer technology so that my kids will experience the least amount of pain for the duration of this period of having braces. I have one more kid that will be needing braces and I know I would never waste my time looking anywhere else other than Curtis Orthodontist.

Ellen Norris (Source: Facebook)


Dr. Curtis and his entire staff feels like family. We just finished treatment for our 3rd and last kid, and after 13 years, we are truly going to miss this office. We love to recommend Curtis Orthodontics because we know they are truly THE BEST.

Chandra L. from Brea, CA (Source: Yelp)


I am 10 years old and I have an expander. Dr. Curtis and the staff are all very friendly and nice. I definitely recommend. -Claire I am Claire’s mom and want to recommend Dr. Curtis as well. I went to the office w/ a bad attitude, thinking they were just going to say whatever they could to get our money. The office staff & Dr. Curtis impressed me with their kindness. But, what really impressed me is that he sent us home and told us to come back in a year. We came back the following year and he said the same thing…who does that?! By now I trusted that he wanted what was best for my daughter & didn’t just want our money! When he thought it was a good time to put in the expander (age 9), he recommended it. During each visit he interacts kindly with my daughter and explains everything he is doing. We love and trust the office staff & Dr. Curtis!

Loretta S. from La Habra, CA (Source: Yelp)


Getting a teenage boy to take care of his braces is a daunting task. Curtis Orthodontics always greets us with a friendly smile and a great attitude. Doctor Curtis is also very friendly and always greets my son with a cheerful smile.  The staff is very helpful and always takes the time to explain every detail of the visit to us.  I highly recommend Curtis Orthodontics to adults and kids.

Nicole Welch (Source: Facebook)


There is no other office I would want to do my Invisalign with!! I was so scared being an adult, who’s getting married next year, to go to the orthodontist. I know Invisalign existed but wasn’t sure if I was a candidate. I had done the braces thing before and was very nervous. I met with Dr Curtis and knew that was going to be “my place”. Dr Curtis, and the rest of his office staff, made me feel so comfortable. I was so excited, I could cry. I’m starting my treatment in a few weeks and I could not be more excited!

Patricia Encinas (Source: Facebook)


Curtis Orthodontics was highly recommended to us by several people. Although we’ve just begun our relationship with Cutis Orthodontics, we are very impressed with the staff and the environment. My daughter is excited about getting braces. Everyone has made her feel comfortable about the process. Thank you Curtis Ortho Team!!!

Skot G. from Anaheim, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have had great care here. I had a really bad teeth and needed surgery along with my braces. Dr. Curtis has been very upfront and informative through all steps of this process. I can not wait to see the final result. I am typically early and a lot of the times I have been called back early to get started which is nice. I have never had to wait too long, even on the days where I see that they are really busy. I am glad that I found this place when I decided that I wanted Daemon braces. They even referred me to a great dentist when I needed some dental work done prior to the beginning of putting my braces on.

Bryon H. from Arcadia, CA (Source: Yelp)


Great place!  The building is clean, classy, and inviting.  The office staff is friendly and very helpful.  Dr. Curtis is professional, courteous, and knowledgable.  My wife and I are super impressed with his ability to communicate what is going on – even with our kids, who really like him.  We have two children in braces, and one in a retainer, so our family makes frequent trips.  We are very happy to have such a great orthodontist in such a great office!

Tushay Arenas (Source: Facebook)


Getting braces for your child can kind of be overwhelming and a bit scary. All of that fear and anxiety was thrown aside when we visited the friendly people who work at Dr. Curtis Orthodontics. From our very first visit there, we’ve always felt welcomed and at ease. We were able to get a great plan for our daughter. The front staff is always welcoming and friendly when you walk in. The RDAs in the back are great. Jade was very patient with my daughter and reassuring. Jade let my daughter know everything she was doing to keep my daughter at ease while applying her braces. I’m glad we chose Dr. Curtis Orthodontics for my daughter’s braces. I highly recommend going here for your child’s braces.

Christie C. from Monrovia, CA (Source: Yelp)


Everyone wants the most beautiful smile possible.  And, Dr. Curtis is the orthodontist who can use his knowledge and skill to give a person just that.  His expertise reveals itself as he patiently explains the procedure that he thinks is best for a person’s particular case.  It is a pleasure to visit his office, and his staff supports his professionalism in their scheduling of appointments and attention to their patients’ needs.  I am thrilled with the change in my smile and the entire experience at the office of Drs. Curtis and Tagawa.

Jon C. from Altadena, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Curtis was a true professional.  He took the time to explain all of my treatment options and treated me with respect.  The office is a well-oiled machine and the assistants are very helpful.  People seem to enjoy working there and that says a lot about the quality of the orthodontists that work there.  I would highly recommend Dr. Curtis.  The wooden nickel idea seems like a great idea as well.

Emma K. from Brea, CA (Source: Yelp)


I was recommended to Tagawa for my second set of braces (no fun) but I have been very well taken care of. You can tell that Dr. Tagawa and Dr. Curtis really know what they are doing. They are very professional and kind, and all the staff is very friendly. I am happy with the progress of my teeth so far, and the alignment of my bite has improved. I’ve had a couple “emergencies” with a broken bracket and a couple other problems, but you can call and come in and they give you 3 “oops” coupons which means you don’t have to pay for 3 emergencies. Also, there are a lot of ways you can earn “nickels” for prizes, which is nice. So, for braces, this is about as good as it gets. 🙂

Jennifer Lavery-Mers (Source: Facebook)


Dr. Curtis and his lovely staff are the best. I have two kids that have finished Ortho and one still in Ortho care under this fabulous team. My twins have been a very difficult case with multiple problems. However, with the expertise of Dr. Curtis and his amazing team we have wonderful, beautiful, amazing smiles

Jean C. from Brea, CA (Source: Yelp)


My husband knew Dr. Curtis in dental school and he would always say Dr. Curtis was not only extremely skilled, but one of the most sincerely nice people he knew. Now, our oldest daughter sees Dr. Curtis and I can attest that all this is true. There is absolutely no other orthodontist we trust as much as Dr. Curtis!!!

Jen Paraska (Source: Facebook)


Curtis Orthodontics has never disappointed. From the friendly staff, to the hot coffee and spotless welcoming lobby. The smiles you get and the honest welcome you feel just being there stands out. The staff is professional, kind, promt, and friendly. I cannot recomend Curtis more, and am thankful I chose them every time my daughter shows her beautiful straight smile

Blake Vartanian (Source: Google)


Dr. Olson, DDS in Placentia who is the best Dentist I have met in my 59 years referred me to Dr. Curtis for orthodontic work. Dr. Curtis and his team, Joelle, etc. are so nice. They took the time to do a full evaluation and explained everything up front. No pressure, just good old fashion hospitality and service. I am not happy about having to get braces at this stage of my life, as most certainly no one is, but they made the whole experience very informative and comfortable. Of course at the end of the consultation I happily agreed to let them help me keep the smile and restore what damage has been done just because we all live life. When you need Orthodontic care, you need Dr. Curtis. Thank you Dr. Curtis and team!

Blake V. from Yorba Linda, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Olson, DDS in Placentia who is the best Dentist I have met in my 59 years referred me to Dr. Curtis for orthodontic work. Dr. Curtis and his team, Joelle, etc. are so nice. They took the time to do a full evaluation and explained everything up front. No pressure, just good old fashion hospitality and service. I am not happy about having to get braces at this stage of my life, as most certainly no one is, but they made the whole experience very informative and comfortable. Of course at the end of the consultation I happily agreed to let them help me keep the smile and restore what damage has been done just because we all live life. When you need Orthodontic care, you need Dr. Curtis. Thank you Dr. Curtis and team!

Pamela P. from Tustin, CA (Source: Yelp)


My son has been a patient of Dr. Curtis for several months. We live in Tustin but Dr. Curtis and his staff are worth our drive. The office always runs on time every time and even treated my son on a day he wasn’t scheduled which was my mistake, not theirs. It’s nice to arrive to a pleasant office enjoy a cup of coffee, and be asked back while my son is treated. We appreciate the thoroughness considering this is our first experience with our 9 year old in braces. They encourage him to continue great care of his teeth and braces, provide us with all we need, so we leave educated, happy, and ready for the care to come. The text reminders have saved me and calling the office from time to time, I always get what I need and my call is answered by a pleasant voice. I look forward to continuing care, the outcome of my sons teeth, and starting my 7 year old on the same path with Dr. Curtis. Thanks again to Dr. Curtis and his staff! We just love you all. You make a great team and that’s so important for your patients! God Bless and see you all soon…. Pamela Patterson

Zeina Hamaty (Source: Facebook)


We’ve been going to Dr Curtis’s office for about 5 years now for my three children. Dr Curtis is very professional and caring and the staff are super nice . We couldn’t have asked for a better orthodontist. I highly recommend going there. Thanks

Cindy E. from Brea, CA (Source: Yelp)


My dentist highly recommended Dr. Curtis…and I’m SO impressed….I’m a professional musician (flutist in the Pacific Symphony) so invisalign is the only choice for me. Just got my first trays…I’m so impressed! Terrific, caring staff, easy front office to work with (0% interest financing) and great technicians, plus a wonderful doctor with a rockin’ treatment plan.

Susie Jo Thomas (Source: Facebook)


as an adult, I wore braces for a little under 2 years. I went to Tagawa and Curtis and was met with an awesome staff and excellent service. I got my braces off in 2010 and I’ve loved my new smile ever since. My son is a patient now and he loves the staff. What I like the best is if you need to be seen for a broken wire or bracket, they fit you into the schedule that day.

L. Y. from Yorba Linda, CA (Source: Yelp)


My son got his braces on today! The appointment was on time and efficient. Front office staff and assistants are always friendly and helpful. Jessica took time to explain proper care for brushing and flossing, using wax, how to minimize risk for cavities and loose brackets. Everything looks great and we’re excited about the less-painful Damon system of orthodontics. On the road to a beautiful smile!! Bonus program for on-time arrival and extra points for good report card are great motivators to earn special prizes. Thanks Dr. Curtis!

Jim F. from Fullerton, CA (Source: Yelp)


If you live in N. Orange Co. and are looking for an orthodontist for yourself or your child, I highly recommend Dr. Curtis and his staff. Under Dr. Curtis’s care, I wore braces as an older adult for two years. My experience was so positive, despite the challenge of traditional braces. Every visit was a pleasure! His office staff was friendly and organized. His assistants were so caring and upbeat. Dr. Curtis skillfully straightened my teeth and kept my spirits up in the process. I’ve observed him treating children and teens with as much thoughtfulness as he treated me.

Kimberly H. from Placentia, CA (Source: Yelp)


Every time I have an appointment I got started right away and I almost never had to wait. Throughout my orthodontic treatment, the staff treated me with great care and always have friendly smiles. I loved the wooden nickel program and spinning the wheel every year when it was my birthday. Although my braces process took a long time, I felt so happy and relieved that my teeth looked much better than they did before after I got them off. I kept in mind that I had to follow all the instructions from the orthodontist and everything went smoothly. The staff are professional and knowledgeable and was able to answer my questions and concerns. I highly recommend Tagawa and Curtis to anyone thinking about improving their smiles!

Allen J. from Carson, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been a patient of Tagawa & Curtis for almost two years, I love this place. The staff is really professional and very friendly. When I came there I had really big gaps between my teeth because of gum surgery that I had, my natural gum line between my teeth was actually cut away. They have been able to close the spaces tremendously.  I always receive calls after tightenings to check and see how I’m doing, when being seen by the doctors they always take time to explain what they are doing to my smile. And all of the girls in the office are so sweet and friendly. I will recommend them anytime to anyone who may need braces.

Monica Basurto (Source: Facebook)


Dr. Curtis has treated 3 of my children for that last 5 years. His experience along with his kindness and ability to connect with the kids has been an excellent combination for our family. My kids have beautiful smiles thanks to Curtus Orthodontics. I highly recommend Dr. Curtis and his staff to all of my friends.

Daysi E from Fullerton, CA (Source: Yelp)


At first, I wondered why some of my friends from college go once a month to their orthodontics appointments and I only have to go about every 10 weeks (depending on the situation or the patient) but for the most part, everyone goes every 10 weeks. The difference seems to be in the braces brand Tawaga and Curtis use, the Damon Comfort System. My teeth just looked cleaner in terms of the elastic bands that other patients/friends of mine that I’ve seen. I’ve actually been reading on this system and it looks like its one of the best in the world used by orthos. Besides this, the office is just very clean and they call you in as you arrive; in other words, the patients don’t have to wait more than 2 minutes to be called in for the appointment.

Howard F. from Downtown, Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


We have had four children pass through the doors at Tagawa and Curtis Orthodontics. The entire staff ROCKS!  From the office staff to the technicians and both doctors, I can think of no other place where I would want to have my children treated. We don’t live close by and make a 15+ mile drive passing numerous other dental / ortho offices to be seen here.  They are friendly, knowledgable, caring and professional. You’re in good hands here at all times. To sum it up, Tagawa and Curtis No Ka Oi.

Victoria M. from Brea, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have had nothing but great times at Tagawa and Curtis Orthodontics. They have treated my teeth very well and they have made them look absolutely BEAUTIFUL so far!!!!! Best of all everyone in the entire office is extremely friendly. Dr. Tagawa and Dr. Curtis are both very professional but know when to be funny. That is what makes the appointment very pleasant. My orthodontic experience has been better than I expected. THANK YOU DOCTORS AND STAFF!!!!!

Nicole M. from Diamond Bar, CA (Source: Yelp)


Round 2 (second stage) braces! Well also 2nd child!  Wouldn’t go anywhere else for braces for my children.  Dr. Curtis is the most patient and knowledgeable Orthodontist!  His staff as well are top notch, Rachelle has always been so amazing to us and is the best at what she does! Joelle makes the whole process fun and really stress free!! A big thanks to everyone at Curtis Orthodontics  much more than 5 STARS!

Bob S. from Nevada City, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Curtis is a very professional orthodontist, and he uses only the most cutting edge techniques and well trained dental assistants to get the job done! With his help, my teeth will soon be all straightened out! They even give you a goody bag if you get braces that includes all sorts of fun stuff such as numbing cream! I love Tagawa and Curtis Orthodontics!

Philip H. from Monrovia, CA (Source: Yelp)


I highly recommend Dr. Curtis.  He is extremely professional, friendly, honest, and talented in what he does.  I currently have braces and I am very pleased with the progress of my teeth.  I have also been very impressed with the office itself.  The office staff is very friendly and accomodating. My wife has also had some work done on her teeth by Dr. Curtis.  She also commented that he is very good with his young patients.  We both higly recommend him for both adults and children.


Welcome to Curtis Orthodontics! Dr. Curtis is a board certified Orthodontist who specializes in orthodontic treatment for children, teens and adults. He is a provider of the Damon system braces and is also an Invisalign GOLD provider. At Curtis Orthodontics, our mission is to provide the highest level of orthodontic treatment in a caring, comfortable atmosphere, with exceptional customer service while being a blessing to our patients, families, and the community. We look forward to hearing from you to schedule your complimentary consultation appointment. We have been serving the Orthodontic needs of North Orange County for over 30 years (formerly Tagawa & Curtis Orthodontics). We use the Damon System braces for improved comfort and efficiency. We are Premier Providers of Invisalign since we are in the top 3% of Invisalign practices nationwide. We're proud of our tradition of providing exceptional orthodontic care for over 3 decades. That's because, like you, we understand the thrill of being able to smile with confidence. Your smile is the first thing people notice. And because it says so much about you, we want to be sure that your smile makes a lasting impression. With the team at Curtis Orthodontics, you're in good hands. I feel truly blessed to be part of a profession as rewarding as orthodontics. Every day, I have the privilege to partner with people in changing their lives through the transformation of their smiles. I believe that skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As a board-certified specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, I stay up to date on the latest advancements in my profession in order to provide the most current treatment options for my patients. As a doctor, I recognize that my patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in me and my team. For this reason, I value each and every patient relationship. I appreciate the time that you have taken to visit this site and find out more about our exceptional orthodontic practice, my team, and the many services we can provide to help you achieve a beautiful smile. Dr. Curtis received his orthodontic specialty certification from the University of Southern California, where he served as class president. He has a master’s degree in craniofacial biology from the Graduate School at USC for his thesis studying the temporomandibular joint. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the USC School of Dentistry, where he graduated in the top 3% of his class. While in dental school, he earned top scores on the National Dental Board examinations and did additional training in orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, implant dentistry, and oral pathology. Dr. Curtis completed his undergraduate work at USC, where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in just three years. As a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Curtis is board certified, which is an honor achieved by less than half of his profession. He is a certified Invisalign provider and has led Invisalign study groups, teaching dentists to use this innovative technique. Dr. Curtis is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics, California Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and the Orange County Dental Society.