Howard Nakamura Orthodontics
Howard Nakamura, DDS, MS:
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Howard Nakamura Orthodontics
Howard M. Nakamura, DDS, MS (Orthodontist)
Trabuco Canyon, 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: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Barry C. from Trabuco Canyon, CA (Source: Yelp)


DeAnna-ALL STAR,,,, Dr. Nakamura’s office has been awesome. We have triplets that have all required braces and retainers. The prices and payment schedules have been great. They have been wonderful if we needed to be worked in at the last minute they always managed to accommodate us. Everyone has been great, with one exception. DEANNA has been AWESOME BEYOND COMPARE, on at least two occasions we have had an emergency where one of the children was in immediate need of attention, both times the Doctor was not available nor a nurse technician. On both occasions, Sunday’s and the office being closed, DeAnna home on her day off, both times DeAnn professed she did not know if she could help as her job was the front desk and both times she volunteered to come try and help. And both times she solved the problem relieved the pain and saved the day. This last time it was early on a Sunday morning and I am certain I woke her up. Both times I tried to tip her and both times she refused, Dr.N you are fortunate to-have such a wonderful loyal staff member. Five stars, triple AAA, 10 out of 10. Barry Clark 406-471-4514

Michelle Bock (Source: Google)


I would highly recommend Dr. Nakamura! I have 3 kids – 1 is almost done and the second is just starting. I chose this office because of the thoroughness of our initial visit, the price and the overall vibe of the staff and office. Appointments are always on time and any questions we may have are always answered.

Sammie V. from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have gone to two different orthodontists and Dr. Nakamura knocks them out of the running. He is so kind and very direct about the kind of work I should receive and is very honest if I need it or not. DeAnn is a great manager who handled my insurance situation so greatly. Julissa has the best attitude and always greets me with a smile.  Best orthodontics office in RSM.

Jane Dong (Source: Google)


I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Howard Nakamura-Orthodontics. Dr. Nakamura and his Staff are very friendly yet professional. They treat me like family here! My oldest daughter and I were patients a couple of years ago and we both successfully went through the entire process and have beautiful straight teeth. And now, my youngest daughter is going through her orthodontic treatment. I live in Irvine and I came back to this office because of our very positive experience. I highly recommend this office!

Amber C. from Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, CA (Source: Yelp)


A+ for the following reasons: *Dr. Nakamura is honest and fair. *They are great at managing patient flow. We have never had a wait! This is unlike our former orthodontist where we sometimes had to wait 45 minutes. *My son, the patient, has a rather unique orthodontic case. It caused some anxiety for me as the parent since it required oral surgery. Doctor was very good at navigating the situation and patiently educating me on the process along with being honest about the risks and potential outcomes. So far everything has worked out in our favor and we have ideal results. *The office manager is great and very responsive for scheduling. *The doctor is experienced and offered us easy, alternative solutions to procedures that another popular orthodontist wanted us to make more elaborate than necessary. Doctor Nakamura will not try to upsell as a cash grab. He has earned our trust. *Lastly, although the location is a bit off the beaten path for us as Foothill Ranch residents, we are actually in & out very quickly. They are very efficient. I zip down the 241. It’s not bad at all. I love this office and wish I would have came to them a few years ago for my first son’s ortho treatment. Highly recommended!

Jennifer Z. from Trabuco Canyon, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Nakamura was the orthodontist for my older son, and now for my younger son, age 14. We have nothing but good things to report about Dr. Nakamura and his office staff. Dr. Nakamura is kind and caring and he takes the time to explain everything thoroughly. His work has been excellent. My older son, who had a severe overbite, has a beautiful smile for over 5 years now. My younger son is in his second year of work and we see great progress. The office is well run. It is impeccably clean, and they always seem to run on-time which we appreciate! Deanne, the office administrator is friendly and always accommodating, and knows the insurance process well. She takes good care of us. And we always appreciate her reminder phone calls. I highly recommended Dr. Nakamura for orthodontic treatment.

Gerardo Martinez (Source: Google)


I was referred to Dr. Nakamura by my best friend. He had braces on for a litte over two years. After his braces were removed and I saw the results, I decided that I too wanted to get my teeth straightened. I called and made an appointment with Deann. She was very professional and friendly. Since my oldest son also needed braces, we both ended up consulting with Dr. Nakamora. He sat down and thoroughly explained all of our treatment options. Dr. Nakamura and staff far exceeded my expectations. (My wife had previously been treated by a different office that never explained things to us). Both my son and I started treatment after we picked the option that best fit us. During our treatment they always made us feel like family. The Dr. and staff always greeted us well and they were very polite. I’ve gotten so many compliments now that I’ve finally had them removed. I work in the boat repair business in Newport Beach. Some of my customers are dentist and they have even commented that Dr. Nakamura did a very good job. They also did a really good job with my son. I was saddened when our treatment was over knowing that we would not see the friendly staff at Nakamura Orthodontist again. Luckily, my middle son was in need of braces and we now take him in for treatment! And after he is done we have one more son to go.

Felicia Forrest (Source: Google)


Dr. Nakamura did my adult braces 16 years ago. He did a phenomenal job and I am still receiving compliments on my teeth. My son had phase 1 braces at age 7 due to some teeth coming in incorrectly. He is 14 now and just completed his phase 2 braces last week. He had zero problems with his braces and his teeth look fabulous. My daughter has a corrective retainer since age 8 and is about to have her braces with Dr. Nakamura. He is a great clinician. I love that he is very conservative with treatment. He never tries to sell parents on very invasive treatments that other orthodontists do. Their office is very professional, we never have to wait longer than 5 minutes and 99% of the time they are ready right as we come in. Appointments are quick and thorough. Dr. Nakamura has a calm demeanor and he is great about explaining things to kids and parents. His office manager, DeAnn is so sweet. The kids adore her and she is great at her job. I have referred many families to their office and they have all been happy. Thank you to Dr. and staff for such a great experience all these years.

DeAnn B. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had my orthodontic re-treatment with Dr. Nakamura as an adult.  He saw me at every visit and completed my treatment in 19 months.  His prices are competitive with reasonable payment plans and his staff was always friendly.  The office is clean and they always ran “on time”.  I would highly recommend this orthodontist to anyone.  He is an Invisalign provider and all records are taken in office at no charge!  The consultation was free also.  I loved the fact that the “doctor”saw me at every visit unlike my prior orthodontist when the assistants did all the work.  Highly recommend this Orthodontist for anyone.  You will not be disappointed.

Mandy Shores (Source: Google)


Dr. Nakamura is the best! Both my husband and I have had our braces done here and my oldest son. We will be back soon for our youngest son this year. We have referred people to this office as well. The Dr. Is honest and has a great personality. I highly suggest Dr. Nakamura to anyone looking for a honest and great Orthodontist.

Jeanette Stephen (Source: Google)


I found Dr. Nakamura- through a friend and have never been happier. The office staff is friendly and accommodating. Dr. Nakamura- has a very gentle and kind manner. This is my first experience with braces and so far it’s been easy to manage with little pain. On days when I have the braces tightened I take Tylenol. It’s been a great experience working with Dr. Nakamura- and I recommend has services.

Christina P. from Orange County, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Nakamura and his staff are great. It’s been probably 13 years since I’ve been a patient of his. Saw him for my first round of braces in 3rd grade (circa 1996) and for my second round 7th grade-senior year of high school. My teeth were jacked!! I had to get 2 bicuspids extracted my overbite was that big, thus why I needed braces for so long. Finally got them off senior year and lost my top retainer shortly there after. Bottom one stopped fitting after some dental work. My teeth have pretty much stayed in place and are straight, but just recently my dentist notes I’m starting to get more space between my top teeth, mostly the left side. I went to see Dr Nakamura again to see what my options were. He could have told me I needed Invisalign or some other pricey thing. Instead he was very honest and told me since it’s nothing too major, a few mm here and there, he could do an active retainer for me to help close the small gaps. Great! Opted for a more expensive bottom passive retainer (the metal and acrylic kind) to just keep them where they are. Just picked them up today. He spent his time adjusting things so they were comfortable. While I’m not looking forward to having to wear the top retainer all the time, I know it’ll be worth it and cheaper than more veneers which was my other option from my dentist. His office manager Deeanne (sorry if i spelled that wrong!!) is amazing and so is all his staff. Highly recommend Dr Nakamura!

M. B. from Trabuco Canyon, CA (Source: Yelp)


Our family is so happy we chose Dr. Nakamura for our ortho needs. He is very honest and thorough and the staff is amazing. Appointments are always timely, prices are great and everything from billing to any questions are always answered. I cannot say enough great things about our experiences over the last year and a half.

Angie B. from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Source: Yelp)


Both my children went to Dr Nakamura for their braces. Their teeth look amazing. Dr Nakamura always took the time to speak with us at every appointment.  The office staff is the best, loved seeing them at every visit. They always kept our appointments on time & got us in for emergencies. Highly recommend Dr Nakamura.

Gerardo M. from Westminster, CA (Source: Yelp)


Just got my braces off 3 days ago. I am very happy with the results.  I have been getting many complements. I even went to see my regular dentist and he complemented on what a great job Dr. Nakamura had done. From the very beginning Dr. Namamura was very friendly and knowledgeable.  I am sure going to miss seeing Dr. Nakamura and the rest of his staff. I highly recommend this place!!


Orthodontics for adults and children. Invisalign Provider. Dr. Nakamura was born and raised in Orange County. He attended the University of Southern California for his undergraduate education, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in three years and graduated Phi Beta Kappa(academic honors). He then went onto the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry where he earned his Dental Degree along with additional science and academic honors. Continuing on in his Specialty Training at the University of Southern California’s School of Dentistry for his postdoctoral orthodontic residency, he also received his Master’s of Science Degree in Craniofacial Biology. Dr. Nakamura was one of the first Orthodontists to open a private practice here in the Rancho Santa Margarita/Trabuco Canyon area. Having happily served the community since 1992, Dr. Nakamura is extremely proud of the thousands of families he has had the pleasure to work with. “I am so fortunate to have touched the lives of so many people. To have had such a positive impact on improving their self-esteem and self confidence. Nothing brings me greater satisfaction then when a former patient or parent returns long after and thanks me for having given their child or themselves a beautiful and healthy smile.” Dr. Nakamura currently resides in Laguna Niguel with his wife Sally and their two daughters, Tiffany and Annie.