Lee, Young & Ubaldo Orthodontics
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Rodney S. Lee, DDS (Orthodontist)

Lee, Young & Ubaldo Orthodontics
San Francisco, CA (Downtown)

Lee, Young & Ubaldo Orthodontics
San Francisco, CA (Richmond District)

Lee, Young & Ubaldo Orthodontics
San Francisco, CA (Laurel Heights)

★★★★★

35 REVIEWS
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DENTAL TREATMENTS OFFERED

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

Braces

Clear aligners

Retainers

Comprehensive orthodontics

Space maintainers

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Offers Invisalign®? Yes

OFFICE HOURS (DOWNTOWN)

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 8:45 am to 5:30 pm

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Sunday: Closed

OFFICE HOURS (RICHMOND DISTRICT)

Monday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

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OFFICE HOURS (LAUREL HEIGHTS)

Monday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

John T. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Dr. Lee took care of braces for two children. One was straightforward, the other was complex. I did not like my first experience with Dr. Lee. I don’t like the Laurel Village office and I thought the signup process was strange. I called my dentist and asked him and he said my thoughts were justified but that Dr. Lee is a good orthodontist. I called Dr. Lee and asked for another appointment to explain my concerns and he handled it well and restarted the process. This time he (rather than an assistant) explained each step of the process and what the expectations and requirements were. We signed up. We generally use the Sutter office. Dr. Lee always explains things to me clearly when we visit. I’m not sure if it is because I raised questions at the beginning, but kudos to him for following through. We’ve had situations where a wire was bothering my daughter on the weekend. Dr. Lee has called us back and met us at Laurel Village to fix it even though the office is closed. Dr. Lee worked with Dr. Chan (oral surgeon) and Dr. Yee (dentist) to pull up several of my daughter’s weird teeth and align them correctly. We are very pleased with the quality of the work. I think that the best way to work with Dr. Lee is to be very straightforward about what you need and want. Push back when you feel like an answer isn’t sufficient or that you are being railroaded. I, too, think he could benefit from a visit to some other offices to see how well they handle the people side of the business, but for my part, he has handled me and my family very well both technically and professionally, so five stars for him.

Thomas Williams (Source: Google)

★★★★★

I felt like Dr. Young was very straight forward and efficient with his time. He showed enough of his personality to make you feel comfortable. He displayed good subject knowledge and prognosis. Office was clean and I was greeted in a friendly and knowledgable associate named Martin who demonstrated a good knowledge of his role as well. I was assisted in having x rays completed same day. Good job guys. You appear to have your game on after this initial visit. Look forward to working with you guys.

Stephanie C. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

I came in to see Dr Lee in March of 2014.  As my front tooth was a root canal and it broke off I needed to get my teeth straightened before doing my implant.  I was very impressed with his staff and his mannerism.  They are great and he has two offices.  I would recommend anyone who needs to get their smile back.  Almost done with my transformation

Davis N. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

I came in after my permanent retainer came loose after 3 years off braces, and moving to SF was recommended to Dr. Lee. I enjoy the entire experience and when I came back to work asked my colleagues if they were looking for a orthodontics for themselves or their family that I recommended Dr. Lee.

Nikki M. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Amazing orthodontist! It was my first time seeing one, but his staff was very friendly and patient with all my questions. I first sat down with him and he said, “first we’re going to talk about what you see as the problem, then we’ll take a look, and then i’ll explain your options and you can ask any questions.” Just what i wanted to hear! By the end of my visit, I had reviewed all my options with him including how much each one would cost total. While I was in the room, Mariah at the front desk, had contacted my insurance company to make sure they had an accurate amount of what my insurance would pay! I felt throughly informed and excited to start treatment! Bonus: they offer payment plans as well!

Marsha O. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

It seems a little late in my life for me to get braces. I dreamed of nice straight front teeth. When my highly respected and amazing associates of San Francisco dental experts, Dr. Polly Rivas and periodontist Dr. Perry Westbrook, told me they couldn’t make my my teeth look as nice as I hoped for …. they knew I had to have” Dr Lee join the team. What an amazing process so far. He is so professional and everyone on his staff is so professional and very kind.. From the time they answer the phone until the time you leave you feel like a VIP! The offices are so beautiful and comfortable ,no waiting..open and friendly. Lucky me..

Keng G. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Dr Lee did my braces for me a few years ago. Appointments are easy to make and Dr Lee is very nice. My dog recently chewed my retainers and I had to go back to make new ones. He is still the same and appointments are still easy to make even last min which is great considering I dont want my teeth to shift back anytime soon.

Rita Poon (Source: Google)

★★★★★

My daughter has been a patient for less than a year and we are always greeted by the friendly staff. Our wait time is minimal which is nice. Dr. Lee has been patient in explaining the overall process of having expanders, braces and retainers to my daughter. He is always professional and open to any questions she may have. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for an orthodontist. Thank you!

Jia Min Cheng (Source: Google)

★★★★★

I got my braces with Dr. Lee put on and taken out over ten years ago (ages 16-18). The whole experience was pretty easy, and the only painful part was when the rubber band spacers were put in prior to the braces. As he’d promised, the process only took two years. I had had friends who had gone to other orthodontists who promises 2 years and it ended up being 4 years. Recently, I went back to Dr. Lee in order to get replacement retainers (since I’d broken my old ones and hadn’t worn retainers in a while). Dr. Lee clearly explained the process to me, and after a short few weeks I had my replacement retainers. Office staff was always responsive, professional, and courteous. There was a slight issue with the computer system in dealing with the payment/insurance, but staff were always good about answering my questions and concerns.

B. H. from South San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Dr. Lee is top drawer!  My children have all gone to him and with each one he has been calm, patient and highly professional.  He takes the time to explain should you have any questions.  Of particular note is that  he waited to see if my child’s mouth could indeed accommodate all of her teeth using a retainer system instead of pulling out teeth first before straightening her teeth.  His patience and method paid off and 6 months later we were ready to start the braces without any teeth being pulled!  I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Lee!  I look forward to when all my children have lovely straight teeth with even more beautiful smiles.

Kay M. from Santa Monica, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

I am very pleased with my invisalign, my teeth are exactly like I wanted them.  Dr. Lee was extremely nice and very personable.  I would recommend him to anyone!  Great location close to my work too and I consistently had check ups every few weeks.  I am so happy with my straight teeth!  He even worked with me to get them straighter faster for my wedding 🙂

Jenny R. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

I have been seeing Dr. Lee for Invisalign braces for the last 18 months.  I am finished the straightening portion now, and just using maintenance retainers.  I am so happy with the results and I love that I had the flexibility of taking out the aligners for 4-6 hours each day.  Dr. Lee was wonderful to work with, and his office staff are really nice too.  He was very patient and accommodating with me when we got to the end of my aligner series and I wanted to do a few more trays to get my teeth a little bit straighter.   He only charged me for a new set of retainers, and not for the extra aligners.  His office has always been incredibly flexible and helpful if I need to bring my toddler in for appointments with me, and have even entertained him at times.  I see him at the Laurel Village location and as someone else mentioned before, there is always plenty of parking.  They are also really flexible with setting appointment times that work around my schedule.  All in all, a great experience with this office!

Teens F. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Was referred here by a friend and I can’t think of a better office to take my son for his ortho. From Martin greeting us by name as we walk in the wonderful doctors. They are always helpful and listens to my concerns. I would recommend them to anyone that is looking for and ortho.

Mo K. from New York, NY (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Dr. Lee is one of the top orthodontists when it comes to Invisalign. His credentials are impressive! But what we love about this office is the people. From the front desk (especially Martin!!! He’s a great guy!) to the Dr’s assistants, the service is outstanding! They’re so friendly, professional and accommodating. Seriously the best!

KandK B. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

My twin boys’ GP said they should have an Ortho consult. I called and dealt with Martin who has awesome customer service. He explained things so well and has awesome customer service. Dr Lee met with my boys mom and I and was excellent. I was concerned he would say they needed work. He said he really doesn’t think they need anything done at this time and we can wait to monitor. He said other pictures would be helpful. When I said I have a friend who could take the Pano he was like great, save some money. If you need Ortho work, or just a consult, I would definitely recommend Lee and Young Ortho.

J. L. from San Leandro, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

First time visit the office but great experience.  Very professional and friendly staff.  It’s so many orthodontics out there, if you don’t know which one to pick, Dr. Lee definitely would recommended.  I will take my little one to Dr. Lee.

Beth A. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

From my child, the patient: “I’ve been going to Dr. Lee for about a year now. Everyone there is really nice and they are patient with me when I ask questions because I’ve never had braces before and it can be a scary experience. I would recommend them to any kid who needs braces.”

Eric T. from Antioch, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

I was pleasantly surprised at the type of business and operations they have here! This place has lots of patient’s and can be chaotic but their professional staff are able to keep things in order. My son’s 3:15PM appointment was pretty dead on even though I thought there’s no way that was happening with this big of a crowd. The Orthodontist is very friendly approachable and always make it a point to escort the patient back to the waiting area to see if the parents are there. If they are, the Orthodontist will spend time with the parent giving them a progress update, what was done today and what the next appointment will cover. It’s such a rare sight to have the Orthodontist that’s friendly, approachable and willing to take the time to talk to the parent instead of rushing them out, I live in Antioch and it’s quite a commute here, but when I see the end result and how the Orthodontist truly cares for the patient, it’s well worth it.

Mark Gayapa (Source: Google)

★★★★★

Dr. Lee, Dr. Ubaldo and the team are such wonderful staff ! They definitely take amazing care of you! I definitely recommend them! I’m a born and raised SF born, and I looked everywhere for an orthodontist! I’m really big on my teeth and they definitely do great justice! Don’t think twice about coming in here because like what I said, they are amazingly friendly and they make you feel that you are in a safe environment. They definitely treat you like family! So please, take it from me and come by if you’re hesitant. Dr. Ubaldo is great!! She definitely knows her stuff and knows how to treat her patients and she too is a SF native! I love the staff here and I’m pretty sure that you’ll learn to love them too!! Thank you team for an AMAZING experience !!!

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

★★★★★

I had a truly remarkable initial visit with Dr. Lee.   His assistant went over my history and took photographs so Dr. Lee could review them with me.  Then when I met Dr. Lee, I was impressed with how carefully he listened to me in order to understand my treatment goals.   He carefully reviewed my photos with me.  What was so impressive is that although he described the treatment alternatives, he carefully outlined modest treatment for me, which was what I was interested in.  He did not try and encourage me to have more extensive and expensive treatment than I wanted or needed.   This is in contrast to the first orthodontist I consulted who did just the opposite.  I very much appreciate his honest practice style and I feel fortunate that my dentist referred me to Dr. Lee.

Stef R. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Dr. Lee and team are great! First off, you are welcomed into his office with the nicest front office. Martin and team always remembered exactly who I was and asked about my family. Dr. Lee is a master when it comes to straightening teeth. The process was relatively painless and simple and now my teeth look amazing. Thank you to Dr. Lee and his team!

Ashleigh P. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Knowing that I needed Invisalign to correct a rapidly-developing underbite, I arranged consultations with multiple orthodontists in SF. Dr Lee was the last doc I met with, and immediately I knew my decision. There are 2 office locations available (depending on the day of your appt), which I found very convenient. Martin at the front desk was amazing — he answered all of my questions and because he himself has gone through the Invisalign treatment, he even offered some insider tips (thank you Martin!). After initial pictures & X-rays were taken, Dr Lee sat down with me and we talked everything through from start to finish. When problems arose during treatment with irritation due to rubber bands, etc., Dr Lee was available and flexible … 9 months later my bite is perfect and I couldn’t be more satisfied. Highly recommend Dr Lee and his practice!

Philippe Erville (Source: Google)

★★★★★

Brought my son in for braces. The plan was that we would do it together. Dr. Lee looked at his teeth and said to wait until more of his baby teeth came out. I mentioned seeing several other kids my son’s age with braces. He explained that they might have lost more of their teeth. He also said that many of the kids who get braces too soon might end up having to get braces a second time. I really appreciated his honesty. I have had my braces almost a year and gave been very pleased with the process. The staff is very friendly and are very willing to work with my schedule. I recommend 100%

Elizabeth Risberg (Source: Google)

★★★★★

As a 40-something professional undergoing orthodontia for the first time, I didn’t know what to expect. I’m so glad I was recommended to Dr. Lee! He explained everything thoroughly, including my treatment options, and has a wonderful chairside manner. The results were fantastic, and, years later (because I wear my retainers!), I am grateful every time I see pictures of my smile! Thanks, Dr. Lee, and your great staff, for making my treatment go so smoothly. I always recommend you to people looking for an orthodontist in SF!

Christina B. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Dr. Lee has treated me for full metal mouth braces TWICE! Why twice you ask? My lovely dog ate my retainers (and no i’m not joking). By the time I was able to see him (two months later because of my hectic work schedule) my teeth had all shifted. So I told him to slap another pair of braces on. The first set of braces took 18 months. I got married in with my brace face too! I actually don’t care for vanity when my teeth are being straightened! This second time which my dog is to blame for took 7 months! The staff here are friendly and warm. They are able to work out payment plans if needed. He has two offices. One in Laurel Village and at 450 Sutter (only there on Thursday). Kudo’s to Dr. Lee and his staff!

Lily L. from Millbrae, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

This orthodontist is truly one of the best in the bay.  I thank my old high school friend for referring my daughter to Dr Lee’s office. Before i was really confused because and worried my daughter who needed a specialized Dentist ,who i love to also mention. Dr Salma Salimi on Clement street. She always referred me to Dr Lee’s office. This office is clean and very child-friendly. Plus i love shopping around Laurel Village !

Jason M. from Cupertino, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Really outstanding!  Very professional, organized, friendly staff.  I was referred by my dentist for Invisalign, but he first sat me down, looked at my teeth, and then gave me lots of options.  He was very honest with all the pros and cons, and the prices as well.  Ultimately he told me that “there are probably cheaper options than Invisalign, so why don’t you try those instead.”  In the end he referred me back to the dentists with cheaper treatment options and didn’t charge me a penny.  You’ve got to respect someone who isn’t going to take your wallet for a ride!

Rob L. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Dr. Rodney Lee was recommended to me by a faculty member at UCSF Dental School who said Dr. Lee graduated top in his class and was the best orthodontist in town. Well, I didn’t hold any of that against him 😉 , and was pleasantly surprised to find he is mellow, thoughtful, gentle, low-key, professional, and has a personality. Office is humming with well-organized activity and many friendly, pleasant dental assistants. Braces are no big deal. Had ’em when a kid and they were terrible. These aren’t your father’s braces. They are far more comfortable than those. They are also more comfortable than Invisalign *and* can get far better results. (Invisalign, given to me by another doctor, gets 1 star, by the way, and is the reason I searched further to find Dr. Lee). Getting spacers on the week before you get your braces so they can fit the bands on your rear molars does hurt like heck for a week (YOWZA!), the first few adjustments can be a little painful, but they get far more comfortable and are just not a big deal at all. The white braces don’t even look that bad. Trivia: Dr. Lee is a professional photographer (press pass to the Beijing Olympics) and has some amazing sports shots in his office!

Bob R. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Hummm…I am wondering if the people who dished Dr. Lee actually went to him. He did a fantastic job for me. My friends can’t believe how good my teeth look. So why did I pick him? First off he was recommended by my Dentist who is one of the best in The City. Second, Dr. Lee graduated not number 2, but number 1 in his class from the nation’s number 1 ranked Dental school. And third but not least, he devoted two separate appointments with me discussing the best approach for me. He was clear and explained everything in detail. I really cannot understand how the people who did the prior reviews came to their conclusions…maybe it was another Dr. Lee??? My recommendation is to talk to Dr. Lee first, you will not be disappointed. Oh and by the way, I interviewed two others before selecting Dr. Lee. Added plus, his office in Laurel Village has loads of parking directly adjacent, you can’t beat that in San Francisco.

Arnold L. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

Rodney Lee treated my wife with invisalign. She is extremely satisfied with the results. We have known Rodney since he was twelve years old.  His ethics, knowledge, and professionalism give him the highest marks possible. In brief, he is the best.

Leslie D. from Novato, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

This office is super organized, nearly always right on time, my Invisalign treatment was a relatively fast, completely painless process and my teeth look amazing!  They always knew my name when I walked in an were just professional from beginning to end!!  I would give them 10 stars!!! 🙂

Chad A. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

I saw Dr. Lee for Invisalign as an adult patient. He did a great job with me. He listens carefully. And thoughtfully and patiently answered all my questions. Throughout my treatment, he was very professional. The office runs on time and is well organized. The rest of the staff were great.

Danielle K. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

From my first intake call with Martin to Dr. Lee explaining all the ins and outs of braces and all necessary information, I felt well informed and very happy.  Great group of people!  I finally feel confident I am choosing the right place to have my son’s orthodontic care.

Sophia L. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

I got my braces here over 10 years ago (in high school) and my teeth were straight and great for such quite a while. I came here based on a recommendation; I can’t remember if it was my childhood dentist that recommended or friends. In any case, my teeth stayed pretty straight for over ten years after getting my braces off. I of course got lazy and stopped wearing retainers. Dumb – don’t do that since my teeth have started to shift. I’m clearly pleased with their work since I somehow remembered the name of my orthodontist from over a decade ago and am now considering going back to see what my options are from keeping my teeth from shifting further!

Rana D. from San Francisco, CA (Source: Yelp)

★★★★★

My family looks forward to trips to Lee & Young Orthodontics. We are always greeted by name and feel welcome. The office is clean, bright, modern, comfortable, and inviting. The practice is run very efficiently, so our appointments are honored on schedule. Accounting is always willing to submit to insurance to see what it will cover, and allows us to pay the balance due after submission during our next visit (vs. mailing us a bill or calling us to settle right away). Dr. Lee is very patient, kind, experienced, and conservative in his approach, so we are confident he is doing what is in our girls’ best interest instead of his own. My son goes to a different orthodontist (at the request of his father), and the experience is vastly different (3 out of 5 stars). I’m so grateful that both my girls are patients at Lee & Young Orthodontics

A WORD FROM YOUR DOCTOR

Our greatest goal is to give you the healthy, straight, beautiful smile that you've always wanted. We understand that choosing to receive orthodontic care is a big decision, and we respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel. Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure that your orthodontic care is as rewarding as possible. Our practice utilizes the latest technology, offering a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the customized, individual care you deserve. Dr. Lee pursued his pre-dental education at the University of San Francisco. He then proceeded to the University of California San Francisco as a Regents Scholar and graduated at the top of his class. He was the first recipient of the Francis Sooy Chancellors Cup, awarded to the most outstanding graduating student as voted by faculty and students. After dental school, he continued at UCSF to receive his Certificate in Orthodontics. Since his graduation from UCSF, Dr. Lee has been on the faculty and currently serves as a clinical professor. While the majority of his time has been devoted to his private practice and caring for his clients, Dr. Lee has also published in journals, and lectured on orthodontic topics. Dr. Lee is an active member of several study clubs, including the Norcal Orthodontic Study Club, the Seattle Study Club, and the UCSF Interdisciplinary Study Club. This allows him to collaborate on cases, exchange ideas, and learn from and with other dental professionals. Desiring to remain at the leading-edge of treatments and the latest advancements in orthodontics, Dr. Lee exceeds the state-mandated continuing education requirements. This ensures he is able to offer his patients the best current treatment options. Dr. Lee has treated over 1500 cases with clear aligner therapy and has over 15 years of experience providing Invisalign®. He was one of the early adopters of Invisalign, in 1999, and is a Platinum Invisalign Provider. With orthodontics as a profession, I never stop learning. There are constant technological changes, and opportunities to collaborate and learn with and from other oral healthcare professionals, so the field is dynamic and challenging. I love that I can customize care to address each patient’s unique orthodontic needs, and create a smile that is both healthy and beautiful. Being an orthodontist is incredibly rewarding. I am able to make remarkable changes in my patient’s lives, which will profoundly and positively impact their lives. Not only will they have an amazing smile, but they will have better oral health, as well. As a native San Franciscan, I enjoy being part of our community. I like meeting, getting to know, and caring for our diverse population. It’s a great feeling to see my patients and their families around town, and be greeted by their confident, beautiful smiles.