Encinitas Orthodontics
Torin Chenard, DDS:
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Encinitas Orthodontics
Torin L. Chenard, DDS (Orthodontist)

Encinitas, CA













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


Clear aligners


TMJ treatment

Comprehensive orthodontics

Space maintainers

Palatal expanders


Interceptive orthodontics


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 11:30 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Coral N. from San Marcos, CA (Source: Yelp)


This orthodontist has such a family feel to it. They make you and your family feel as comfortable as possible, they put you first and it shows through their hard work. They make the process of getting braces a lot simpler so you can understand whats going on. An example is me, they always make sure everything feels good and right and explain what they need to to my mom in spanish, which is another plus. I full heartedly recommend this orthodontist, you won’t regret working with them!

Kianna Botello (Source: Facebook)


I work at this office as a lab assistant and I can truly say that I love my job !! Wonderful staff, and excellent results that I see everyday. The office is absolutely stunning; I thank the staff everyday for my very own gorgeous smile and I highly recommend this facility to anyone in the need of stellar orthodontics care.

J. S. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chenard is awesome! I had a crown break during dinner on a Saturday evening, and my husband gave him a call because my regular dentist was out of town for the holidays. He met us at his office after hours to take a look at my tooth. He consulted with my dentist over the phone to assure me what steps needed to be taken. I left with complete confidence and was satisfied with his diagnosis. Don’t go anywhere else. I totally recommend him for your dental needs and his office is way cool for children and adults.

Austin N. from Oceanside, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Chenard was amazing! I was in and out so fast. He was very professional with a fun and outgoing attitude along with the staff! He took great care of me. Highly recommend coming here. Staff was very friendly and made me feel welcome, not to mention the cool volks wagon in the front with the big tooth on top! Lol hard to miss. Amazing experience coming here!!

Greg S. (Source: Google)


Dr Chenard and his team are the best. I worked with 2 prior orthodontists that did not meet the level of care that Dr Chenard shows. He is fantastic at explaining the process and answering any questions. Should any one ask me for an orthodontist, I will send them directly to Encinitas Orthodontics.

Tom J. from Cardiff, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have always been a little apprehensive about getting my teeth straightened since I am now an adult.  I thought I would have to get teeth taken out since I waited too long.  Dr. Torin told me I am a good candidate for Invisalign, and told me they can finish my work in half the normal time with a new vibration device.  I’m all on board and can’t wait to get started!  Office is awesome looking too.  They have classic video games in the waiting room.

D. Z. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chenard actively listens to his patients wants and needs and then blends a plan for action based on cooperative preference. He is very personable and a great communicator. Goes beyond the call of duty when needed. HIs office is centrally located and is fun and hip for kids and adults alike. I would greatly recommend him to family, friends or new patients any time. A real gem!

J. B. (Source: Google)


My daughter recently had her braces removed and is thrilled with her smile. We were both very happy with the overall experience. Dr. Chenard and his front and back office teams were personable, professional, enthusiastic, and communicated very well with both myself and my daughter. Appointments were always on schedule and I appreciated the text and email appointment reminders. Care plans were clearly outlined. My daughter actually looked forward to her visits because it was such a comfortable and welcoming office. I will absolutely recommend Dr. Chenard to friends and will be bringing my other daughter to him if she requires orthodontics.

Lauren Palmer (Source: Google)


We are so glad to be in the hands of Dr. Chenard and his staff. With gentle hands and expertise we are so pleased with every step we’ve taken with them through our orthodontic treatments. Nothing is better than knowing your doctor really cares about what he’s doing and how you feel as a patient. We could not be in better hands. The office staff is so kind and welcoming and make each step a family-like experience. Thank you Dr. Chenard and staff!

Kathy M. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


We absolutely love Dr. Chenard, and the entire staff, at Encinitas Orthodontics. They are all so patient, caring and friendly. My daughter was very nervous about her expander, about having braces put on her teeth, about getting them tightened – always consumed with “is this going to hurt?” Having a patient, caring staff there to calm her nerves and make her feel comfortable every step of the way is a huge asset. They also give back to the local community, and outside of it, doing work in Mexico and elsewhere. The heart of Dr. Chenard is huge, and we are so lucky to have partnered with him for our daughter’s smile!

Karen R. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chenard took the time to explain all of our options regarding my sons possible need for orthodontic care. It turned out that he didn’t actually need braces after all but rather just retainers to maintain his teeth’s current positioning. Really appreciated his practical and honest approach.

Teresa A. S. from Hayden, ID (Source: Yelp)


Encinitas Orthodontics should be the only place where you want to go to get your Invisalign or braces done. I was told at other places I couldn’t get Invisalign because I have; correction HAD a major overbite, and I mean an overbite where you couldn’t see my bottom teeth. Dr. Chenard found a way and told me that it can be fixed and he did it! Dr. Chenard and his lovely staff are very welcoming and down to earth people. They want to make sure that YOU feel comfortable, and that you have the best smile. I’ll test to that because I moved about a year ago and my husband and I are so happy we found Dr. Chenard and his awesome staff that I would fly back down for my visits. After yesterday my last Invisalign visit I’m completely happy with the outcome.

Victoria E. from Chula Vista, San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chanard and all of his staff are just amazing!! I got my braces off today!! My teeth look and feel extravagant so I am finally leaving a review after 2 yrs of being brace face…lol  I’m always excited to go to my appointments, his staff makes me feel so welcome and they’re so friendly. Dr. Chenard made sure my teeth were as close to perfect as possible and that I was happy with them before we made the appointment to have my braces removed. I’ll definitely being getting my sons braces with Dr Chenard’s office when that time comes.

Heather R. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


A huge Thank You to the Encinitas Orthodontist for great service. I only had two weeks in town during the Christmas holiday to get new retainers made. They accommodated my schedule–created new molds, made my new retainers, personally drove to the Lab to pick them up and get them to me before I had to leave town! I really appreciate the kindness, efficiency and quick delivery. Heather Rocca

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


Dr Chenard is not only a great Orthodontist, he’s a great guy. I know he puts an incredible amount of thought into his orthodontic cases. To me, it is very obvious that he loves his job and his patients. I didn’t realize how much time and effort goes into learning the latest techniques like Invisalign. It was nice to know he is an expert in all of them. Don’t forget to ask him about his volunteering trips to Nepal and Costa Rica to help those who are less fortunate. He’s probably too modest to bring up those types of things, but I think they say a lot about his character. Besides that he has a super cool office, and that VW Surf Bus is so awesome!

Ava L. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


There are no words for just how amazing Encinitas Orthodontics has been to me. The service is absolutely outstanding and everyone is SO nice and wonderful there. I truly can say I feel like they are family and it is always so welcoming when I walk in. Every single appointment I had I looked forwards to weeks in advance!! Michelle has always been so helpful in catering to all my scheduling needs and bends over backwards to be helpful and change appointments to work for your schedule. Sam (Samantha) is so so so so sweet and such an amazing person, I love talking to her because she is so helpful and considerate!! She does such an amazing job and helps make your visit as comfortable as possible:)) keep it up Sam!! Anna is amazing as well and always helps to make the appointments the best they can be and talks you through everything she does which is very helpful!! I haven’t even began to talk about Dr. Chenard! From the moment we walked in he has been so amazing and considerate and works around your schedule. He answers all of my ridiculous questions and puts up with me when I pretend I know about orthodontics even though I just read a couple of Wikipedia pages!! He is such a nice guy and I wouldn’t want to have anyone else as my orthodontist. He is brilliant and I had such a short treatment time thanks to him!! 🙂 He and all of the Encinitas Orthodontics team have influenced me in my decision to go to dental school and become an orthodontist!(hopefully) Overall, this is the best place you could ever imagine to come and fix your teeth because they will help bring you into the world of perfect smiles and for that I am forever grateful.

Rachel Shevlin Hart (Source: Google)


I had nothing but pleasant experiences during my treatments with Torin at Encinitas Orthodontics. I was greeted with a warm welcome, genuine smiles from the staff and was accommodated immediately, never even having to sit down to wait. Torin was so patient and took his time with me to create and help me maintain my best smile which I will be grateful for for a lifetime! He explained the procedures beforehand so I knew exactly what to expect and clearly answered any questions I had. He made sure I understood how to follow his treatment plan so I can put my best smile forward, thanks to my custom made retainers. Its clear that Torin and his staff genuinely care and love what they do. In addition to thoughtful, personable care, the vibe of his office is so fun and uplifting. Time flies because there is so much interesting decor to admire including beach themed artwork and a gorgeous hand-painted jungle mural on the ceiling. I greatly appreciate the high quality of Torin’s work and the positive atmosphere they create. I would highly recommend his treatment and care to anyone!

Cathy B. from Cardiff, Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


My son and I both got braces with Dr. Chenard. I love the staff here. Everyone is so friendly not mention extremely knowledgeable! Attached pics show my son’s results.  We couldnt be happier. When I’m done I will post my results as well. I highly recommend Encinitas Orthodontics for anyone who is looking for that perfect smile.

Mic O. from Encinitas, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chanard and his staff are fantastic, excellent bedside manner and professionalism.  My consultation for Invisalign couldn’t have gone more smoothly! I just received my first set of trays — they fit perfectly!  Excited to finally have the smile I’ve always dreamed of!  Muchas Gracias Dr. Chanard & Encinitas Ortohdontics Staff!

Rachael H. from Del Mar, CA (Source: Yelp)


Encinitas Orthodontics is absolutely the BEST! Dr Chenard and the wonderful staff are so friendly and welcoming. My son always looks forward to his appointments. Dr Chenard always takes the time to update me on my sons progress and treatment. Encinitas Orthodontics provides exceptional service and treatment!

Arren Gottloeb (Source: Google)


This is an amazing practice. Everything is very clean and organized. They make your visit fun and inviting. Dr. Chenard is very thorough and communicates with you throughout the whole process. I have never been more excited about my smile. I highly recommend that you check out the whitening products that they sell. The products are amazing and they will make you a custom whitening retainer.

Corey Nichols (Source: Google)


I went back to the office recently, and it has changed a lot, in a good way. Everyone there is very nice. I was a previous patient of Dr. Black, and I just met Dr. Chenard. He is a nice guy, and he was able to fix 2 teeth that had moved a little with a retainer. I thought I was going to need Invisalign again, whew! I’m glad this place is still there. I’ll definitely take my kids there if they ever need braces.

Tim S. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


Encinitas Orthodontics is a very professional office where you will receive great care with courtesy and respect. Encinitas Orthodontics recommended I have my teeth realigned at age 59 using the Invisalign process. Invisalign is terrific!! The retainers are not noticeable and do not affect your ability to speak clearly. I was able to wear them during all my working hours. I now only wear my retainers at night and I am completely satisfied with the results. I would recommend the Invisalign treatment from Encinitas Orthodontics. to any one of any age who wants to look and feel better. The office has transitioned from Dr. Black to Dr. Chenard without missing a beat. The care is exceptional.

John R. from Cardiff, CA (Source: Yelp)


I love this office!  Dr. Chenard is a very trustworthy guy.  I went to him because my dentist told me I could benefit from having my teeth aligned.  Dr. Chenard gave me several options and told me that my bite was healthy but that I could align my teeth more if I wanted to.   I decided to get retainers to keep my teeth straight and maintain my healthy bite.  They even let me pick a custom design for my retainers. Im super stoked!

Shawn B. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Recently I moved to San Diego and needed some attention regarding the molding on the back of my teeth.  I called all around and found that Encinitas Orthodontics was the most flexible.  Dr. Torin Chenard and his team are excellent!  They really took the time to know what work I had done, and explained the options I had clearly.  I have invested a lot of money in my teeth/smile, and I am glad that I now have  Encinitas Orthodontics to protect that investment.

Rick B. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


Where do I begin? Place is very clean. Staff very supportive. Process very efficient. Emergency responsiveness terrific and immediate. Lobby has great surfing books (extra). Seriously though, my daughter has had absolutely no issues during the treatment. No one is a perfect patient and our daughter Niko, 14-15, has had the usual challenges ( losing that, didn’t follow through diligently, etc.), but Dr. Chenard followed through and responded with patience and appropriate care. That included, by the way, late evening and early morning phone calls to the emergency telephone number provided WHICH ACTUALLY WORKS! The only wish is that, though you find a way to work around it, the office stayed open at least one extra day a week. Considering all the things Dr. Chenard is engaged in, it is what it is, and we have managed ok. Anyway, if you are looking for an Ortho clinic, go talk to the doctor and see it for yourself. You’d see what I am saying.

Michael Sarkin (Source: Google)


I’ve known Dr. Chinard for nearly 20 years going back to our undergraduate studies at UC San Diego. He has been a great friend, and is a man of high character coupled with a friendly disposition and infectious laugh. From a professional standpoint, Dr. Chinard is passionate about his patients’ results and has a wonderful staff taboot. I would unhesitatingly refer friends and family to Dr. Chinard for their orthodontic needs.

Kim E. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I went to Encinitas Ortho to get replacement night retainers.  With assessment by Dr. Chenard-he lightly suggested that I could get a couple retainer trays for my top teeth to adjust them back to where there were when I got braces off 25 years ago. I appreciated that he and his staff were not pushy about any of the sales and had different suggestions/ideas to assist me. At a later date, he also kindly fixed my top retainer after I had to get a crown.  Will be bringing my kiddos here for braces when they are ready.  Highly recommend!

Alex A. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chenard and his exquisite staff truly set a precedence in professionalism and care in the orthodontic community. His staff was kind, warm and efficient like no other team I have experienced before. This was my second time having braces and I probably would not have needed a second time if I had seen Dr. Chenard the first time. For my second run, I searched long and hard to find the best Orthodontic team. I found them and would recommend Dr. Chenard and his team to anyone. **** Special thanks to Michelle who went leaps and bounds beyond extraordinary.

Sandra N. from Del Mar, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’m toward the end of my Invisalign treatment. I chose dr Chenard based partly on his yelp reviews and also because I didn’t want a huge office. I thought since I was getting Invisalign, it didn’t matter who the my dentist was. I was very wrong. Even though the Invisalign trays are made by the company, Dr. Chenard changes what Invisalign proposes based on his expertise. A regular dentist wouldn’t have a clue if the proposal sent from Invisalign wasn’t going to position the teeth perfectly. Dr. Chenard wanted me to do an extra refinement after the initial treatment (at no extra charge) to make my teeth absolutely perfect. There’s no doubt in my mind that my teeth will be much more perfect because I chose Dr. Chenard. The staff just couldn’t be more pleasant. Highly recommend!!

Kim W. from San Marcos, CA (Source: Yelp)


Our family has been coming here since 2008, when it was known as Braces by Black. We are very happy with the new business change. Dr. Chenard has also been fantastic. The staff here are also wonderful. Everyone is so easy to work with. My kids are very happy.  Their treatments are also fantastic. I highly recommend this business.

Rachel S. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had nothing but pleasant experiences during my treatments with Torin at Encinitas Orthodontics. I was greeted with a warm welcome, genuine smiles from the staff and was accommodated immediately, never even having to sit down to wait. Torin was so patient and took his time with me to create and help me maintain my best smile which I will be grateful for for a lifetime! He explained the procedures beforehand so I knew exactly what to expect and clearly answered any questions I had.  He made sure I understood how to follow his treatment plan so I can put my best smile forward, thanks to my custom made retainers.  Its clear that Torin and his staff genuinely care and love what they do. In addition to thoughtful, personable care, the vibe of his office is so fun and uplifting. Time flies because there is so much interesting decor to admire including beach themed artwork and a gorgeous hand-painted jungle mural on the ceiling. I greatly appreciate the high quality of Torin’s work and the positive atmosphere they create. I would highly recommend his treatment and care to anyone!


Our mission is to provide top-notch orthodontic treatment to every patient in a comfortable, caring, and professional environment. We are a private practice specializing in Orthodontics. We treat children and adults. We offer a full range of orthodontic options: - Invisalign and Invisalign Teen - Low Profile Metal Braces - Ceramic "clear" Braces - Self-ligating Braces - Early "Phase One" Treatment - Adult Treatment - TMJ and nightguard splints - Retainers What you will love about our office: * Convenient location in Encinitas with ample parking near the office entry. * Patients will see Dr. Chenard at every appointment. * Affordable payment plans with no interest, and most insurances accepted. * Low-radiation digital x-rays and in-house records. * Digital scanner for Invisalign patients. * We treat patients from age 7 up to adults of all ages. * Se Habla Espanol! Dr. Chenard is bilingual! We recommend doing the first orthodontic exam at age 7 to see if early treatment will be necessary. It's easier than ever for adults to get a smile that they have always wished for. We have several options for adults including clear braces and Invisalign®. Schedule your free consultation today! Our practice was established in 1988 by Dr. Richard Black. Dr. Torin L. Chenard came into the practice in 2013. Dr. Chenard received his Bachelor's degree in Physiology and Neuroscience from UC San Diego. He attended dental school at UCLA and received his DDS degree in 2003. After obtaining his California dental license he attended a year long TMJ fellowship at University of Rochester in New York. He completed his specialty training in Orthodontics at the University of Rochester in 2006. We are a fully digital practice and have our own low-radiation digital x-ray equipment, which means all of our records are done in-house. We use a scanner for Invisalign patients which means patients can begin and complete treatment quicker than by traditional methods. Dr. Chenard lives in North County and is very happy to be able to provide high quality orthodontic care for his community for many years to come. We treat all our patients like family! Dr. Torin Chenard is a Southern California native. He attended UCSD where he received his B.S. in Biology and minor in Spanish literature. (Se habla espanol!) He graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2003. He then attended a one year fellowship in TMJ at Eastman Dental Center, University of Rochester in New York. In 2006 he completed the Orthodontics Residency program at the University of Rochester. He was lucky to have been taught by the late J. Daniel Subtelny, a legend in the field of orthodontics. He is very passionate about the field of orthodontics. He loves working on his patients and enjoys the diversity that each one brings to the practice. Dr. Chenard loves to travel and has performed dentistry during mission trips to Costa Rica and Nepal. He keeps up to date on the latest advances in the field of orthodontics and invisalign by attending seminars yearly. In his free time he enjoys surfing, mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, and playing tennis.