Eli Orthodontics
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Eli Orthodontics
John T. Eli, DMD, MSD (Orthodontist)
Lake Forest, 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: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Summer hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and Wednesday from 7:00 am to 10:30 am





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

Cristina P. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


We have been to three different orthodontists to get an opinion about my 9 year old needing a phase one treatment and expander. While I get that they need to have a reward system to make the experience exciting for the kids and make them want to keep coming back while the treatment takes more than a year — the other two we went to had a LOT of selling on toys and treats for the kids — and well, when you are asking me to drop $4000-$3000 on the treatment,  I want to be sold on the treatment, not on the toys. I can buy my own movie tickets, thank you, I don’t need to get them from my ortho. That being said, Dr. Eli’s staff was highly efficient and friendly and got us into an appointment fast. When we got there, we were in an office with an evaluation with Dr. Eli within minutes – and while the other two orthos showed me beautiful photos of my kid during the consultation — Dr. Eli performed the examination of my son right in front of me and I could hear all his comments up close and personal. And then he sat down and gave me his professional opinion — which ironically was the same as the other two — however he didn’t offer expanders with the US flag or a watermelon design on it ( it’s in my kids mouth, I’m not going to be staring at it on my wall) or he didn’t push more expensive clear braces ( and truthfully, the colored rubber bands are the most exciting part to my kid). And in the end, Dr. Eli’s treatment was considerably more affordable with a financial plan that would work for our limited budget. Just looking around the office, I immediately saw at least 5 families that we knew — and I know maybe 20 families that have their kids treated there. We signed up and my son is getting his braces in two weeks. I am confident we made the right choice! Updates in a few weeks!

Karen Esparza (Source: Google)


My daughter has been going to see Dr. Eli for a little over two years, and we have no complaints whatsoever! She thoroughly enjoys going and is motivated to do the things asked of her because of their point system. I enjoy the overall feel of the environment in the office and when talking to Dr. Eli and the assistants that work on my daughter. We have been so blessed with his work. I would most definitely recommend his services

Kristian Oftebro (Source: Facebook)


Such an amazing place. We have had 3 kids get braces here. 2 are done and one more is coming through. Dr Eli and the whole staff have been so caring as well as professional. They have always been very communicative and I knew my kids were getting the very best without any extra/unnecessary treatments They treated us like family and I felt like we were getting special treatment the whole time. The more I talk to other people that go to Dr. Eli the more I realize that they feel the same way too! Dr. Eli’s office has my highest recommendation. Thanks for your excellent work!

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


Dr. Eli and his wonderful staff at Eli Orthodontics make every part of the process of orthodontic treatment so easy! From the first phone call to every appointment after this office knows what they are doing and make sure every detail is taken care of along the way. The office feels like family and are always welcoming and cheerful. We had previously come to Dr. Eli with my older son a couple years back, and when my second son was ready to start the process, we came back to Dr. Eli without hesitation because we know this is the place where we get the best care! Thank you Dr. Eli, Kym, Linda, Grace, Bree and Jenny-you all rock!

Melissa Connolly DiLeo (Source: Facebook)


My daughter got her braces put on by Jenny yesterday who was fantastic! She shared in my daughter’s excitement and made her feel so special…she has been wanting braces for YEARS! Kim, the treatment coordinator, is fabulous and answered all of our questions and made us feel so comfortable and part of the practice immediately! Dr. Eli then called to check on my daughter before he went home for the evening to see how she was feeling! Can’t say enough about this super orthodontist and his staff!!!

Alyse B. from Newport Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr John Eli is an amazing orthodontist. We have been patients of his for the past 5 years, and he is simply the BEST. Both of my children tend to be on the more anxious side when it comes to having any type of procedures done, and Dr Eli and his fantastic staff have been compassionate, comforting, professional and so very caring. Dr Eli is extremely knowledgeable, conservative and understanding of my children’s needs. He treats my children as he would his own, and we are so appreciative of the excellent care received at Eli Orthodontics. He cares about their overall health and well-being, in addition to being a highly skilled orthodontist. I strongly recommend Dr Eli, and am so grateful for his wonderful care of my children

Taryn P. from Dana Point, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had a built in retainer put in by some other orthodontics office and they weren’t very friendly and the doctor was very odd … So I heard that dr Eli was one of the best so I decided to go there and get my retainer removed because it was bothering me… He removed it and replaced it with a retainer that I could wear only at night and he was the sweetest and most professional orthodontist I had been too! I loved the staff and the woman in front who handled my appointments was very professional and kind as well! I defiantly recommend coming here you won’t regret it! AMAZING all around!

Jennifer P. from Foothill Ranch, CA (Source: Yelp)


Our experience at this orthodontics office was wonderful. The office was easy to find and is comfortable. The staff was warm and welcoming. The evaluation was thorough. Kym was caring and informative and took into account my child’s apprehension when explaining what needs to be done and what timeline to follow. This kind of caring attention is treasured. Dr Eli continued the great experience. You can tell he enjoys his profession and is good at it. We look forward to going through the ‘braces stage’ with this office

Ellie P. from Lake Forest, CA (Source: Yelp)


Eli Orthodontics is a wonderful place.  My 11 y/o daughter and my 9 y/o son both love that place.  Whatever they are doing, they are doing it right.  My kids are very excited to go on their appointments.  Who does that?  But somehow they are.  I highly recommend Dr.  Eli and Kym, the office manager, and all the front desk girls.  You won’t be disappointed and your kids will thank you

Nancy M. from Denver, CO (Source: Yelp)


I have two children being treated by Dr. Eli right now.  We have been so pleased with the progress we’ve seen in our childrens’ smiles.  We consulted with 2 orthodontists before picking Dr. Eli and I could tell from the beginning that his office was the right place for us.  Kym and the other staff are so welcoming and learn everyone’s names very quickly.  The atmosphere is comfortable and pleasant.  I really feel like Dr. Eli does  a thorough job and puts forth the time to talk with each parent/child about what was done each visit.  I would highly recommend him!

Lee D. from Lake Forest, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Eli and his staff are terrific!!   Going to the orthodontist is always a good experience for my son.  When we went for the consultation, for our two children, Dr Eli informed us that one child would need braces, but the other wouldn’t need braces for a long while… and we really appreciated not being pressured into a procedure that wasn’t an immediate necessity.  Our son loves the points system that Dr Eli has in place.  Points are earned for arriving on time, referring friends, good oral hygiene , etc.  points can be traded in for gift cards. I wish I went to Dr Eli when I needed braces

Debbie G. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


We have three boys who are/were Dr. Eli’s patients.  One of our boys had his braces removed approximately two years ago and his teeth are perfect now.  Before the braces were applied, he was very self-conscious of his smile.  I still can’t believe the before and after pictures!  Dr. Eli did a wonderful job and what a beautiful smile my son has!  My oldest is currently in braces and he’s about to have them removed within the next three months.  I’ve already seen a dramatic change with his teeth.  My youngest is going to be receiving his 2nd phase of braces and he’s looking forward to that.  We are very pleased and confident in Dr. Eli’s care for his patients.  The office staff is wonderful – very friendly and always pleasant!

Kelly T. from Neuilly-Plaisance, France (Source: Yelp)


I have 2 kids that Dr Eli has helped with braces. I researched and got 4 other orthodontist consults, before coming to Dr Eli. Hands down, Dr Eli was the best across the board!! His staff immediately made me feel comfortable too. Over the last few year, I have come to find Dr Eli and his staff absolutely amazing, professional, and genuinely caring for their patients. My kids really like Dr Eli too. He spends individual attention with each one. You are never rushed in and out. I think Dr Eli is probably one of the best in his field and very genuine and honest. I always recommend everyone to him!

C. J. from Lake Forest, CA (Source: Yelp)


Our son loved going to Dr. Eli…yes the orthodontist who tightened his braces and it hurt.  It didn’t matter.  Kim was ALWAYS welcoming and friendly.  She remembers everyone’s name.  She connected with each person that walked in the door.  Dr Eli made sure that our son understood all directions.  Never spoke down to him.  He was the patient and made sure he knew what would happen if he followed directions or if he didn’t.  Our son had a huge problem with his bite and we had to go through a lot of pain…all of us even though our 11 year old was going through it, it was a family affair.  All said Dr. Eli made the 3 years of working with him a very pleasant experience. Highly recommend him!

Michelle J. from Vernon, WI (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Eli and Kym are such a GREAT team. Dr. Eli takes his time and explains what his plan is and takes time to actually examine you each time you come in for an adjustment. Dr. Eli is very caring and makes each patient feel comfortable. Kym is amazing, she makes you feel very comfortable and she goes beyond the extra mile with scheduling appointments. They both go beyond the extra mile to make your orthodontics experience wonderful. Cant say enough about how great Dr. Eli’s team is! Thank You Dr. Eli, Kym!!!!!!!

Mary Hewett Dill (Source: Facebook)


You CANNOT find a more professional, knowledgeable, & kind orthodontist anywhere! Period! Dr. Eli & his entire staff are always soooo upbeat & positive when we come in for our appointments! They are on time & ready to do what needs to be done for their patients. Plus, you KNOW they are that wonderful when both of your nieces and your kid’s friends go there too! That says it all!!

Kim N. from Trabuco Canyon, CA (Source: Yelp)


My family loves Dr. Eli! I received a recommendation from our pediatrician and I am so glad that we decided to go with him over other suggestions. Dr. Eli and his receptionist, Kim, are so friendly and welcoming that my kids and I actually look forward to coming here. His office is clean, well-organized, and most importantly, comfortable and inviting. Ultimately, I love Dr. Eli’s thoroughness, great “bed-side” manner, and optimistic attitude. If you, your family, or anyone you know needs braces I recommend Dr. Eli

Bryan Pirruccello (Source: Google)


Dr. Eli and his staff are the best. If you are looking for an orthodontist that takes pride in his work and gives honest opinions on what you should do, look no further. He genuinely cares about his patients and really takes the time to get to know them. 100% A+ rating for this office. Thanks Dr. Eli you’re the man!!

Sue M. (Source: Google)


Both of my children had orthodontic work completed by Dr. Eli, and we are completely satisfied. Dr. Eli and his staff are true professionals. In addition to quality orthodontic results, the office staff was enthusiastic and motivating. The “Smile Rewards” Program helped encourage my children to follow their outlined program from beginning to completion. In addition, Dr. Eli and his staff generously support the local community through various office programs. Well done!

Cynthia B. from Orange, CA (Source: Yelp)


Our daughter just completed her final phase and removal of her braces today. We are so thankful and blessed that  Dr. Eli  provided our daughter’s orthodontic care from age 8 until now age 13. Her smile and confidence is beautiful thanks to Dr. John Eli. He is a very kind, caring and professional Orthodontist. He takes the time to go over every treatment and procedure. Our family has known Dr. Eli for many years and even though we live 20 plus miles away one way from his practice it was absolutely our pleasure to make the drive for the past 5 plus years. This drive every 6 weeks is a true testament of how caring and professional Dr. Eli and his staff are. It was worth every mile and then some. We will be making the same commitment in driving 20 miles one way in the next few years as our young son starts his orthodontic care with Dr. Eli. Thank you again for giving our daughter such a beautiful smile!!

Kari L. from Lake Forest, CA (Source: Yelp)


We took our two boys to Dr. Eli after he was  recommended by a friend. Everyone at the office was very friendly and he did a great job making their smiles perfect. When it comes time for our youngest son to get braces, we’ll be going back. I went to him myself for a consultation after my dentist said it was possible that I needed braces and he told me that I didn’t need anything done. I was happy to hear that both because I didn’t have to spend money on braces AND it’s nice to that he’s honest about the need for treatment. Dr. Eli also has been happy to support the local public high school with a sponsorship to my kids band program, which was nice

Kymberly Ann Livingston (Source: Facebook)


This has been a wonderful experience so far. The staff is friendly and upbeat. They work hard to be flexible around my schedule when neccessary. Dr. Eli explained everything to my son each step of the process and the why behind each step. I love that he takes the time to talk with him. I highly recommend Dr Eli and his amazing staff

Sunny Sarafian (Source: Google)


Dr. Eli and his team are great people. Dr. Eli is gentle attentive and will answer your questions without being impatient. His office staff is friendly, helpful and will make you understand your insurance benefits. I was referred to him by my general dentist and I am very happy with my choice

Catherine S. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Eli is the best! I was referred to him by my dentist and I was super happy I went to him for my Invisalign treatment.  I wanted to straighten my teeth for my wedding so I had a limited amount of time.  He made the treatment work for my timeline.  He arranged the Invisalign trays so that I would have a month break for when I was out of town for my wedding and honeymoon.  This meant extra work for Dr. Eli, but he did it anyways.  During the month break, he removed all the bumps that were on my teeth to help them move better with the Invisalign trays.  Then when I returned, he put them back on.  I have never heard of an orthodontist who was so accommodating like how Dr. Eli was for me.  He allowed me to continue my treatment until I was 100% happy with my teeth.  I was so impressed and relieved that he was so supportive of what I was looking for to straighten my teeth.  He made everything work for my schedule and I can’t thank him enough for making my smile brighter on my wedding day! You can tell that Dr. Eli, Kim & all the staff there really cares about you and making sure you get the smile you want when you are finished.  Dr. Eli always made me feel comfortable, and I highly recommend him to anyone thinking to get orthodontic work on themselves or their kids

Erin D. from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Eli is the BEST! I was afraid of the dentist before and when I switched to him and got my braces, I havent been afraid at all. Im really glad my mom brought me to Dr. Eli. Everyone is really nice and his office is really clean. ~Danny Going to any type of dentist has always been a drag because my son was deathly afraid of our last dentist. He has an under bite so we knew eventually he would need braces and boy are we glad we came to Dr Eli. We have not had one issue since starting with him, his office is clean and all of the staff members are kind and welcoming. They are gentle and pay attention to the needs of the individual patient. I would highly recommend his practice to everyone!

Tasha A. from Laguna Niguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


Starting braces for my son today. Have loved the personal office staff and attention to detail. Dr. Eli is very professional and I am confident that I made the right choice for my son. I love that he walked us through the treatment plan  paying equal attention to my questions as well as my sons. The office is clean, bright and has an open feeling. Nothing seems intimidating. Appointment scheduling is easy. Parking is convenient. I love the monthly payment plan. I am a person who thrives on structure so having everything prescheduled and having a plan provides me a since of calm. Can’t wait to start on this journey. Will post pictures of the progress

Sanaz S. from Foothill Ranch, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Eli is an excellent orthodontist. He’s not the first orthodontist that I’ve taken my children to, but he’s the best. My oldest daughter had phase one with another orthodontist in Mission Viejo. She hadn’t even completed her first phase and he was already telling me that we needed to start the second phase. It made me suspicious. Plus, he didn’t have convenient office hours. So I started looking around for a new orthodontist. We had consults at three other offices and Dr. Eli’s office stood out above the rest. First, he said my daughter didn’t need to start immediately with the second phase. We ended up waiting about 6 months before she started. Second, he’s a family man. He has photos of his family around the office and talks of his kids often. One thing I couldn’t believe, but it’s true, is this. The day my oldest daughter got her braces on we got a call during dinner. It was Dr. Eli. He was calling to check on my daughter and see how she was feeling. I couldn’t believe it. This is something that I’m sure would have happened back in the 1950’s or 1960’s, but not now. People are too busy after they leave the office to worry about their patients. Not Dr. Eli. He should have been spending time with his three small children and wife, but he was calling our house. Dr. Eli really cares about his patients. His staff is awesome. Kym always has a smile on her face and goes out of her way to make you feel like part of the orthodontic family. If you’re looking for an orthodontist, I highly recommend that you call Dr. Eli’s office for a complimentary consult. See for yourself. I now have two of my children in braces with Dr. Eli. We’ve found our family orthodontist and we’re very happy

Mary D. from Lake Forest, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Eli was both my orthodontist & my older son’s.  Now, we have our younger son in treatment.  We cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr Eli!  His professionalism, knowledge, and ability to relate to both the young and old(ER) patients is hard to find.  He stays on top of the latest advancements too by going to conferences throughout the year. Dr. Eli’s staff is amazing also!  They are always in a good mood, smiling, & greet you by name. They make you feel like you are family.  It all makes for a positive experience for both the patient & their parents. THANK YOU!

Darleen T. from Dana Point, CA (Source: Yelp)


I absolutely loved my first visit to Dr Eli’s office. The whole experience of getting braces is new and apprehensive but, WOW! The energy when you walk thru the door is so positive and friendly. Kym,  the office manager, is truly the sweeetest thing- so warm and informative. She explained every detail and answered every question- I think it’s the way she looks staight into your eyes and welcomes any question you may have. Dr Eli did NOT keep us waiting, and was thorough and meticulous. Thank you to such a wonderful team! We can’t wait to spend the next year and a half visiting your office every six weeks

Kelz P. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Love it!…..again. Dr. Eli and Kim are super nice. New, nice office. It’s literally mins away from work and i have always been able to get the appointment times I want.  If you have read my previous reviews, I truly judge a dental office by how i’m greeted and spoken to by the front-desk personnel.  Kim is great; helpful, nice, considerate and then some.  Dr. Eli does all the work himself, looks like he enjoys his profession, and a visit to the dental/ortho office could have never been better. Too bad Dr. Eli is only an orthodontist and not a general dentist cause it has been really difficult for me finding the right dentist

Hiking M. from Las Vegas, NV (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Eli is a top quality orthodontist. I was referred to Dr. Eli through a friend of my sons. They had unfortunately not chosen Dr. Eli and made the mistake of going elsewhere only to regret that decision. After hearing their nightmare and how they wished they had gone with Dr Eli, along with all the great experiences other kids and parents from my sons school had here, how could we go anywhere else! Today my son is getting his braces off and I can now say what a great choice and experience it has been. Dr.Eli and all the staff are amazing. Dr. Eli’s attention to every last detail of my sons now amazing smile was very reassuring all along the way. Kim is always there to make sure all financial matters go smoothly and Jenny has always been there to make sure my son stayed on track with Dr. Eli’s instructions and to make the necessary changes to my sons braces along the way. You simply can’t find a better team for your orthodontic needs. They are one of a kind!

Sarah H. from Foothill Ranch, CA (Source: Yelp)


My daughter is completing her treatment tomorrow, & we can’t be more pleased with the results! Loved every contact & visit with everyone at the office.  They are always very courteous, prompt, thorough, and caring.  Quality care every step of the way. After checking out 4 other orthodontists in the area, & getting 4 different treatment plans/higher costs/longer treatments, Dr. Eli gave us an honest evaluation & advised us to wait until a tooth came in, or it would prolong her treatment unnecessarily. Since my daughter is an actress, it was important to her to have them on a minimum amount of time.  At the evaluation appointment, I found out that Dr. Eli actually attended college with me in South Dakota (USD), when I was getting my RN degree! I  felt at home in the office.  My daughter actually LOOKED FORWARD to the appointments.  We will miss seeing them as often, & plan on stopping in to say hi to our friends there in the future

Susan Blanks (Source: Facebook)


Dr. Eli, and his staff, are perfection. They are kind, caring, organized, and extremely clean. Every time I came to the office with my daughter, I felt like we really mattered. It was a big deal for me as a parent to choose the right person to work on my child. Dr. Eli did not disappoint. I made that right choice, and highly recommend him

Patrick H. from Lake Forest, CA (Source: Yelp)


Two kids and two perfect smiles. Our main take away from having both our kids outfitted with braces, besides the fact that they have perfect smiles is the care they received.  It was not always easy and there were some complications with the kids teeth but Dr. Eli took the careful patient approach and ensured everyone was comfortable. The results speak for themselves.  The other thing worth mentioning is the very helpful and pleasant staff.  Both my kids never complained about going to their office visits.  Several times they went by themselves and were always treated very well

Rose C. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


My two daughters and I are in treatment. One is done with braces and on a retainer (she’s camera shy) but loving her results. So far our experience has been amazing!. Dr. Eli and the whole staff is outstanding. Very professional, caring, honest and friendly. The price is reasonable and the payment options make your smile goals achievable. You will not be dissapointed.


Recognized by patients and colleagues alike, Dr. John T. Eli is a Board-Certified and highly regarded orthodontist. His practice prides itself in excellence in technical acumen, patient rapport, and orthodontic treatment for adults, adolescents, and children. Native of Southern California, Dr. Eli was born and raised in Whittier. The commitment to make a meaningful difference to the lives of others was instilled at an early age by his father, Dr. Don T. Eli. After graduating from Whittier Christian High School and following family tradition, he attended the University of South Dakota where he received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Natural Science degree in Biology. Recognizing that oral health and attractive smiles contribute to positive self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-image, Dr. Eli chose the field of dentistry as a means toward improving people's lives. His decision led him to Nova Southeastern University-College of Dental Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where he received a Doctorate of Dental Medicine. After graduating with honors and being inducted to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society, he attended the Center for Advanced Dental Education at Saint Louis University where he received specialty training in orthodontics. After completing his orthodontic residency and with his Master of Science in Dentistry degree, Dr. Eli returned home to Southern California to raise his family and build his practice in Lake Forest in 2007. Eli Orthodontics is the unique vision of Dr. Eli, a family-centered practice where your health and well-being is priority. Every team member is relationship driven to care for all patients. Dr. Eli believes that one of his greatest professional accomplishments is his selection and coaching of a successful, dynamic team and that it is the dedication of his staff that allows him to be his best. Dr. Eli and his wife Jennifer (whom he met at dental school) reside in Mission Viejo where they have three children, Katherine, Emily, and Blake and their Golden Retriever. Jennifer is a general dentist and practices in Lake Forest at Eli Family Dentistry. Outside of the office, Dr. Eli enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and anything and everything about cars. Most importantly, his absolute favorite pastime is spending time with his family.