Hidden Valley Orthodontics
Christian Fortney, DDS:
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Hidden Valley Orthodontics
Christian M. Fortney, DDS (Orthodontist)

Escondido, CA













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


Clear aligners


Comprehensive orthodontics

Space maintainers

Palatal expanders


Interceptive orthodontics


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Tuesday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Thursday: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

Friday: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm (by appointment only)

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Jennifer V. from Central Escondido, Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Fortney did a magnificent job with my son’s teeth!  As much as he dreaded getting braces on Dr. Fortney and her team made the experience much, much better.  The ladies in the office are so friendly and easy to connect with. A bonus for me was how accommodating the office is in it’s set up so that I could work during each visit.  All that combined made for a wonderful experience.  My son’s teeth are now beautifully straight and he’s developed great habits when wearing his retainers.  Thank you Dr. Fortney!!

Jennifer Ashlock (Source: Google)


Both myself and oldest son have used their services. He had braces and I’ve been doing invisalign. The staff are always friendly and seem genuinely interested in us and our oral health. She gave me a recommendation for a dentist since the last 2 have refused to see patients during COVID-19 and now cavities are progressing. They explain everything clearly and are always happy to answer our questions. Would definitely recommend them for kids orthodontics and for adult invisalign. I love the dress up contests and giveaways – I won a raffle and got my invisalign free (minus imaging fees). It came at the perfect time and after 20 years I was able to fix my teeth since we couldn’t afford braces for 2 of our family members! They always remember us by name and make us feel welcomed.

Angela M. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


We have had a wonderful experience with Dr. Fortney and her staff! She always takes her time with her patients, is always cheerful and genuine. I have never had a bad experience there and everyone makes you feel welcome and part of the family. It is very apparent from the moment you walk into the office that Dr. Fortney loves her patients as much as her staff and is the perfect example of setting the tone for office moral!

Gina S. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


SON’S BEHAVIOR was horrible AT SCHOOL & I was at a loss. Our dentist referred us to Dr. Fortney due to my son’s teeth grinding, snoring & mouth breathing! WOW!! He was assessed (free consult & panaramic x-rays to see airway, nasal passages, etc.)  & fitted him with a retainer to help with his tooth grinding- helping him sleep better (getting real rest at night). Guess what?? He was doing better with his behavior at school because he was well rested!! Never would I have thought tooth grinding at night was my son’s reason for poor behavior at school( he was just so tired from not sleeping)! This treatment has changed his life; Ours!! He’s a different child now & we are grateful Dr. Fortney is more than just an orthodontist! She has taken so many other courses that reach beyond braces!! God truly knew we needed to find this doctor! Thank you Dr Fortney for changing my son’s life!!

Andria Pearce (Source: Google)


We absolutely LOVE Dr Fortney and her staff. Always super sweet and friendly. My three kids and I are all patients of Dr Fortney and I highly recommend her and her team for all ages. They are so good with kids!! The office has such a fun vibe and is so comfortable and inviting, my kids love it there!! I recommend Hidden Valley Ortho to all of my family and friends with total confidence.

Michelle C. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


Every person I interact with at has been helpful, informative, and friendly. Terry answered all of my questions before treatment! Even when there was a slight miscommunication, Dr. Fortney took the time to explain what occurred and how to move forward with the best treatment plan. Thalia is exceptional! She applied my attachments, answered my questions and taught me how to insert and remove my trays and rubber bands, and when I had questions about my the trays and later, when I called about the trays rubber bands cutting my mouth she gave me helpful suggestions! Keep up the great work HVO!

Dawn G. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


After having three consultations, I decided to go with the wonderful staff at hidden Valley orthodontics. I Born with straight teeth I never had orthodontics as a child. However, when I turned 48 my teeth started to shift and by the time I was 50, I had to get a noticeable gaps.  Not only did Dr. Fortney and HVO staff straighten my teeth in  9 months, the corrected alignment of my teeth cured my TMJ syndrome that I suffered with for 25 years!  Than you HVO!

Monica Harris (Source: Google)


I brought my two teenage girls to HV Ortho for a consultation regarding their future teeth health and braces they may need. We met with Miss Terry first; she was very informative and personable to the girls and I. Dr. Fortney was honest and forthcoming with a great sense of humor and her professionalism is superior. I recommend anyone to go to HV Ortho not only will they enjoy the dentist but will be very well taken care of during these trying times.

Jessica Gillon (Source: Google)


Love Dr. Fortney and the entire team. They don’t miss a single detail of their business. The employees act invested like they have ownership, which is so refreshing. They really care about the quality of service. Like all orthodontists, they aren’t cheap but and they offer interest free payment plans and the quality of the work is top notch. Dr. Fortney is incredibly knowledgable The office is a well oiled machine, with the care and customer service of a boutique. I have recommended them to several friends and will continue to do so.

Van Q. from San Marcos, CA (Source: Yelp)


If you’re looking for an Orthodontic for your child, you’ve found it.  I love this place and my kids also enjoy coming hear as well.   I got a referral from our dentist and being coming here since.  We’ve have been with Dr. Fortney for over 5 years.  Their new  facility is very clean and modern. They have an arcade area for the kids.  The front desk staff are very helpful and friendly.  They often tried to accommodate with my busy schedule. The Technicians in the back are super nice to the kids.  They are also very efficient and clean.  for example, I’ve noticed that the Technician always change to a new pair of glove if she happens to step away from her work station while working on your kid.  Their work areas are always clean and organize.   All three of my children are currently seeing Dr. Fortney.  They really like her.  She is wonderful with them and so are the Technicians.  What I like the most is that the Technicians take their time to  send follow up postcard to the kids.  It shows that they care.

Kim R. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have three daughters in Dr. Fortney’s care. I found the office staff, especially Karin, wonderful in making the process and care that my children are undergoing extremely smooth. Dr. Fortney and her staff are so knowledgeable and friendly. Her office was willing to work with me on payments since having three at once is a bit overwhelming financially. I would recommend Dr. Fortney to everyone. A bit of a side note, she uses fun ways to get kids to take care of their orthodontic devices!

Brooke Colonna (Source: Google)


I have never had such great orthodontic services. The office staff is so nice and welcoming. Making appointments, changing appointments is easy. Dr. Fortney is so great, she gives you the why behind the plan to keep you involved in the process. I am so glad I made the choice to work with Dr. Fortney and her team they are truly exceptional at what they do.

Christina K. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


My initial appointment was for an Invisalign consultation. The person I was to meet with, Tammy, called me the day prior to introduce herself. Upon arrival, I was given a tour of the facility (with introductions to the staff and warm welcomes). Next I had some x-rays taken and then to an office for my photo shoot! While waiting for the x-rays/photos, I went and made myself a nice cup of Keurig coffee. Dr. Fortney then arrived, reviewed my x-rays/photos and then took a peek for herself. She started calling out various things, such as narrow upper jaw, and Tammy was taking notes. The doctor explained what she had just been saying and gave her verbal recommendation. Tammy then showed me the x-rays and photos and explained the Invisalign process in more detail. A few days later I received a written statement that addressed my various teeth issues (as previously discussed in the office).  I can’t wait until my next appointment! I’m very excited to get this process started

David M. from Valley Center, CA (Source: Yelp)


My experience at Hidden Valley Orthodontics has been wonderful!  All of the people who work there are extremely kind and gentle.  I have had my braces for almost a year and a half now and their timing has been spot-on so far!  My teeth are looking beautiful and I am proud of my smile.  They do everything they can to make appointments as stress-less and as comfortable as possible, with friendly conversation and a movie playing on the screen above the chairs.  There is always a way that patients can easily earn rewards for fun.  There’s always laughter and the ladies who work there are like a tight-knit family, it is truly a fun place to have your smile beautified!  And my mom loves the Keurig machine… Marisa Morton

Claire T. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


Hidden Valley Orthodontics is, by far, the best of the best when it comes to caring about their patients. Just from walking in the front door, I instantly feel at home and comfortable in that safe, and forever-friendly atmosphere. Dr. Fortney is a great doctor with an amazing staff around her that will continue to astound you when it comes to caring and kindness. Also, HVO has great contests that go on, usually once a month. It’s a great opportunity for kids to feel better about coming to their appointments. It’s an all-around great system they have at Hidden Valley Orthodontics and I would recommend them to anyone

Tommy H. from Richland, MO (Source: Yelp)


So, I received my braces later in life than most–19. It’s not an experience anyone WANTS to go through as an adult, however I was lucky enough to come to Hidden Valley Ortho. Dr. Fortney was, and is, an amazing doctor who cares about all her patients. On top of her dedication to the care of her patients, her abilities are superior to all I’ve seen. With her nurturing touch, never once have I felt pain–and that goes for all her team. From the assistants, to the office, there isn’t a single person in the facility who doesn’t go ABOVE AND BEYOND to ensure that there is no monitory, emotional, or physical pain. My initial experiences with HVO were nothing less than spectacular, and that notion has stuck with me since. Years later I had an accident post correction that resulted in some dental cosmetic surgery, which meant that my aligners(retainers) would no longer fit. I went many years without a retainer, which added to said accident, meant that my teeth shifted slightly out of their perfect place. Life happens, and it took nearly 5 years for me to get back into the office for attain new retainers that would match my surgically repaired teeth. Being in a pinch for time, and appearance for my quickly approaching wedding, Linda at HVO was beyond helpful. I was able to get my smile back to perfect, just in time for my wedding, and just like before, no pain in any manner. I would do anything for these folks, as they have done everything for me. Thank you ladies, you have made so much of my life unbelievably fantastic.

Brandy M. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


The entire staff at HVO is so friendly and sincere!  They really get to know and care for their patients.  I have 3 kids, who are all at different points in their various treatments.  Whenever my son with braces needed special care or a last minute appointment, they were able to squeeze us in as much as possible.  Even if the siblings weren’t being seen, they wouldn’t mind tagging along for the appointment because of the movies that are always playing or all of the video game options they have for kids there.  I enjoy treating myself to a yummy cup of coffee whenever we have morning appointments too!  My oldest son recently got his braces off, and we both couldn’t be happier!!!  Thank you HVO for perfecting his gorgeous smile!!!  We love you guys!!!  Thank you so much for everything!!! (:

Jessica Adams (Source: Google)


We’ve been seeing Dr. Fortney and her staff for over 7 years and have loved it here. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, and the office is amazing (two video game rooms, coffee, waters, movies, etc. ). Appointments are easy to make, and they try to accommodate what fits your schedule. I’d highly recommend HVO to anyone needing orthodontic treatment!

Diana A. from Escondido, CA (Source: Healthgrades)


Dr. Fortney is a most serious orthodontist; she put her all with my two daughters! I feel she is an artist, working towards creating the teeth into a work of art. My older daughter had many problems, such as an overbite, crooked teeth. After her treatment, her teeth were something out of a movie–they were perfect and beautiful! As for my other daughter, she had an underbite and crooked teeth. She now looks looks great! Most of all, my girls are really happy with the work they received.

Sherri S. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)


Our second son just completed the Invisalign program with Hidden Valley and Dr. Fortney. WOW! It went fast and was painless….literally! Fewer appointments meant more time at home and less time driving around town. The office staff is great. So kind and flexible with crazy school and sport schedules. They treat their patients and families so well. The office is clean and fun for little siblings who have to tag along  to appointments. We LOVE HVO!

Letty C. from Ivey Ranch / Rancho Del Oro, Oceanside, CA (Source: Yelp)


I am so grateful for the fantastic work Dr. Christy Fortney and staff provides for my daughter.  My daughther feels very  comfortable with everyone and trust them.  She’s had a wonderful experience with her invisalign and her smile looks wonderful!   For superb service and great quality treatment, I highly recommend everyone to go to Hidden Valley Orthodontics!

Kevin T. from Lone Tree, CO (Source: Yelp)


You simply are not going to find a better orthodontist in the area than Dr. Fortney. She is a leader in her field and lectures to other orthodontists, letting them know how they can be better at what they do. Her professional accomplishments are many, but perhaps what really matters the most to a patient and stands out the most is her kind and caring manner. I can see her relating well to any patient, child or adult.  She is really personable and fun! Go HVO!

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Dawn Marsden (Source: Google)


Thank you, Dr. Fortney for giving us our son back! It is not an understatement to say that our experience at Hidden Valley Orthodontics completely changed my family’s life for the better. Dr. Fortney’s thorough and big picture initial consultation led my son on a road to sleep and airway recovery. I would have never guessed a visit to the orthodontist could have given us so much insight and healing to issues seemingly unrelated to teeth. She and her staff are incredible and I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you again! We are forever grateful!

Elizabeth T. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’m given this review purely for the customer service. I went in for a consultation and the ladies at the front desk were very welcoming and that was refreshing. My experience​ at the orthodontics has always been negative but the employees here made me feel very comfortable going in and getting some information. I haven’t​ started any work​ with the company but I am excited to get started. I’ve been to several dentists and this place is highly recommended. If you’re​looking for an orthodontist for your kids or for yourself I would highly recommend getting a consultation just to see what they have to offer. The doctor and the staff are very knowledgeable​.

Stacie S. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


We have been HVO clients for many years. My son and daughter both had braces from Dr. Fortney. Her office is beautiful and welcoming, not to mention fun for the kids. You will never find a rude, impatient or grumpy staff member. It’s obvious everyone there enjoys their job. As an adult, I am in Invisalign through HVO. Had braces as a teen, but are now treating TMJ. Wonderful experience! I highly recommend HVO for adults and children. You won’t be disappointed!

Cindy O. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


Happy to say I chose HVO for my orthodontic treatment. I just got my braces off in October :D!!! The entire staff is so kind, and they work to be as efficient as possible. I spent hardly any time at all in the waiting room. But even if you do, they have a little game room for the kids, some computers for the tweens, coffee for the parents, and a brushing/flossing station just in case you didn’t have time to do so before coming in. The whole place is really nice, the patient chairs are super comfy. The patient area is open- no separate rooms for each patient- which I found a lot less intimidating. There’s also a movie playing on tv screens above the patient seat. They have contests, drawings, and rewards for showing up to appts on time and stuff like that. They usually keep appointments as short as possible, whereas Western Dental, for example, would have you wait an hour or 2 in the waiting room, and then another hour in the seat just waiting for the doctor to come in and do a procedure that takes half an hour at most -_- HVO seemed too good to be true. You check in, sit and wait a little, they call you in, do what they need to do, and you’re off. (Except very busy days/times, which are usually later in the afternoon, but even then, they never beat Western Dental’s inefficiency). On your way out of an appt. you go to the front desk to schedule the next one. they give you a print out reminder that includes the approximate length for your next visit- they’re usually pretty accurate. I felt welcomed from the first day consultation, and I really got the feeling that they love what they do and that they’re honest about any costs & needed treatment. Before I got my braces my teeth were extremely crowded, and sometimes my jaw would lock and I couldn’t close it. Ever since I started treatment with them, that hasn’t been a problem at all. I can smile confidently and I’m not afraid of my jaw locking anymore. I have a few friends who have gotten their braces elsewhere and their orthodontists have proven inefficient and costly. The time estimate for my treatment was 24 months. It ended up taking a couple months longer, but my friends, who got their braces elsewhere long before I did, are still wearing theirs 😮 In short, Dr. Fortney and the entire staff know what they’re doing!!

Crystal K. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


We have patients at HVO for 4 years.  With 6 children we will be patients for years to come!  The best thing about HVO isn’t the fun staff, upbeat office or coffee bar…its that you can be confident you are only getting the care you need.  I have had Dr. Fortney tell us to wait on treatment for some of our kids and let nature take it’s course. I can trust that at this office my kids will get great smiles with first class treatment. Thank you

Esla Andrew (Source: Google)


Not only is the facility extremely impressive, there seems to be great care taken in all areas of Hidden Valley Orthodontics which we appreciate greatly. We have been very happy with the treatment given to each of our three children. Our oldest, has completed Invisalign with beautiful results. Our second is between treatments and now our youngest has just begun her orthodontic care. In addition, we have been pleasantly surprised at the effort Dr. Fortney and staff make to be involved in the activities or things that mean a lot to their patients.

Veronica Giamanco (Source: Google)


Best technology and Dr. Fortney knows her stuff! Super clean and fun environment. They have video games, contests, member parties, etc. Everyone is nice and I’ve never had an issue. Best ran medical office I’ve ever seen. We had our daughter starting visits when she was young so the doctor could keep an eye on her development and catch issues early. I feel like my daughter received an individualized treatment plan based on her needs. So, we did the same for our younger son. Turned out he had an extra tooth and needed it removed in order to help his adult teeth come in properly. HVO comes highly recommended in the Escondido community, but I still did my own research and Dr. Fortney stands above her peers in education and performance. Don’t hesitate to see her for a free consultation.

Carole S. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


My family loves Dr. Fortney and Hidden Valley Orthodontics. I am so excited because I had a special reason for asking to get my braces off quickly and they are doing their very best. Also, when i first got my braces on, I crashed while doing a new skill at gymnastics and knocked my brackets off. They were so nice to meet me at the office after hours and put me back together. They didn’t even make me feel bad and I really appreciate that. HVO treats me really well and they are honest about how long or how uncomfortable each appointment will be, but they are really gentle. If I have to have braces, I’m glad that I get to go to Hidden Valley. Parent note: Mom likes the fact that the office is very organized, clean, and punctual.

Brianna I. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Hidden valley orthodontics has been great!  I’m thirteen and all the people there are so friendly and gentle when they work on me.  They do their best to make you as comfortable as possible.  My 18 year old brother got his braces from them and now is teeth are as beautiful as can be!  It makes me excited to get mine off so I could have just as a beautiful smile as his.  I would recommend HVO to people of all ages.

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


I am so happy with my experience at HVO so far. Every single one of the staff here are amazing. The office itself is clean and high tech with top of the line equipment. Teeth are permanent and I don’t want to mess around with cheap equipment and doctors who won’t invest in their own practice, I want them to be amazing so I expect amazing technology and HVO delivers! I am just wrapping up my first round of Invisalign trays. I went today to have a new scan and hopefully my final trays ordered to fine tune the movement of my teeth. Dr. Fortney is so patient and has no problem taking the time to answer any questions I have. She’s open and honest about treatment, what I can expect and is completely comfortable hearing what I want and expect. I’ve had multiple appointments here and every time every person I encounter is kind. From the front desk to the financial people, the marketing people, the treatment people, literally everyone! Shout out to Linda & Donna who are both incredible! If you have the chance to work with either of them one on one do so! They really help make the process so much easier. I’ll update when I am completely finished with my treatment. So far it’s been excellent and I would highly recommend HVO to anyone!

Susan P. (Source: Google)


I’ve been a patient here and both my kids had treatment here as well. I highly recommend Dr. Fortney and her team. My smile is beautiful, they really listen, and are very professional and legitimately love what they do. I worked with Cassandra today and she was so patient and kind. They are wonderful ❤️

Cynthia M. from Escondido, CA (Source: Yelp)


I just got my braces at Hidden Valley Orthodontics one month ago. My family has had orthodontic treatment in the recent past with different orthodontists in the north county area. So, I did not blindly pick them. However, it was the treatment from the staff that what made up my mind. Yet, the reason I write this review is that I have an example of the great service they provide. I was out of town on business during the second week I had my braces. I returned home briefly on at 4 pm on a Sunday and had to turn and go back out if town the next morning. I had a wire poking me in the back of my mouth and remembered the said there was someone on-call if I was I extreme discomfort, and I was! I called their number and the message gave me another number to call for the on-call assistant. I told the assistant my situation and she met me at the office at 5 pm, an hour later on a Sunday, and fixed my wire. What a relief! What Service! I’ve popped back in three more times due in the past two weeks for other little issues and had such a great experience. We never received that type of service with my husband’s braces or my sister’s braces, who both had them as adults a few years back. My 8 year old son is next for braces, and we are defiantly going to Hidden Valley Orthodontics.


Dr. Christy Fortney has a passion for dentistry and orthodontics that began when she was 12 years old. Dr. Fortney is a San Diego native who grew up in Rancho Bernardo in a dental family. She started out cleaning instruments in her father’s oral surgery office, assisted in different disciplines of dentistry and then was motivated to attend dental school to be a specialist in Orthodontics. So she already has over 20 years experience under her belt. Dr. Christy Fortney became a partner in 2001 and purchased the practice in 2007. The practice was relocated in December of 2012. We are now located at 230 W. 3rd Avenue, Escondido, CA. This move provided Dr. Fortney & her family the opportunity to upgrade the entire facility and reinvest in the community that has supported her business for many years. Dr. Fortney received her general dental degree in 1998 from Northwestern University and completed a one-year dental residency at Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago. She completed her dental training in 2001 with a specialty degree in Orthodontics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. In 2006, Dr. Fortney obtained her Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (the highest distinction achievable in the specialty of orthodontics). She is passionate about the teaching and advancement of the specialty and is a National Advocate and speaker for Henry Schein. Dr. Fortney, as an expert in her field, lectures locally and nationally to teach other orthodontists and staff about obstructive sleep apnea and the newest technologies we are using at our practice. She is a mom and wife. Her husband, Jeff Ciccarella and boys Jake and James keep her grounded. She understands the concerns parents may have regarding orthodontic treatment and looks forward to finding a solution that works for you!