Mark Garlington Orthodontics
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Mark Garlington Orthodontics
Mark A. Garlington, DDS (Orthodontist)

Long Beach, 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: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Celeste M. from Santa Ana, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Garlington is the best, most honest and professional orthodontist in the area. His office is new and all of the eqipment is new and state of the art. There is even a high tech equipment sanitizing room! From the floors to the walls to the furniture in his office, one can tell it was sylistically designed with an eye toward patient comfort and enjoyment. The staff is curteous and professional and very well trained. One can tell that Dr. Garlington invests time and training dollars into making sure each assistant who works with a patient is 100% confident and knowlegable in orthodontic procedures. He gave my children honest advice about braces. He took the time to explain to me when and if each of my children would need braces in the future. I appreciated his honesty and explanation, which is not something often found in the industry. My sister got Invisalign by Dr. Garlington and her teeth look spectacular. My husband is now considering Invisalign because of the results he has seen from my sister. Dr. Garlington is the ONLY orthodontist I would take my family to see and the ONLY orthodontist I would recommend to others.

Carter Eagleston (Source: Google)


Read this review to the end. You will thank yourself if you do. Dr. Garlington is a top 1% provider for a reason. He is very knowledgeable and competent and makes you feel it when you have your consultation all the way through treatment. He has top notch customer service, great staff, a nice office, ALSO I shopped around and got quotes from three doctors who weren’t as knowledgeable, personalble, or have as nice of a place as Dr. Garlington. AND GUESS WHAT??? He was CHEAPER by OVER 1500 bucks! Talk about value for your money!!

Patty P. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Very impressed by Dr. Garlington and his staff. I have been to his office multiple times with my son and each time has been a very pleasant experience. Dr. Garlington is a very professional and kind dentist who took the time to sit down with me and explain my son’s treatment plan and answer my questions and address my concerns. His office staff is FRIENDLY and EFFICIENT!!!  From the moment we walk in to the office to the end of our appointment, Dr. Garlington and his staff make me feel most welcome. “TWO THUMBS UPS!!!!!”

Lucy M. from Huntington Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Garlington and his staff are the best!  There is always an air of professionalism and caring in the office.  My daughter has been seeing Dr. Garlingtion since she was young.  She did not get braces immediately, because he wanted to make sure it was the optimum time for it before he got started.  Now that’s thorough!  His staff are always helpful and friendly.  And that new office- all I can say is impressive.  So if you are looking for an orthodontist that is a complete professional and kind doctor, you found him!

Cassie L. from South Gate, CA (Source: Yelp)


I came to Dr. Garlington’s office as an adult for a retainer to straighten out my lower teeth. He explained everything in detail and was very kind and professional. His brand new office is beautiful and high tech. He and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Dr. Garlington to all my friends seeking orthodontic care.

Jenn J. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I started going to Dr. Garlington in 2014 when I realized my teeth were not looking their best. I wish I could say this was my first orthodontist visit…but it wasn’t. I had braces in high school, had them removed early, and never wore my retainer. Way to be responsible, huh? I Yelp’d orthodontists that specialized in Invisalign in my area, and came across Dr. Garlington and am so happy to have found him. I have had such a positive experience with him and his staff. They are all so incredibly nice and accommodating. The whole Invisalign process has been great and easy. They walked me through every step so I was always in the loop. I just finished my treatment and I am so happy with my results. I can’t say enough great things about Dr. Garlington and his staff. Highly recommend!

Heather G. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Beautiful office. Very clean and state-of-the-art. Friendly and helpful staff. Dr Garlington is super nice and gentle with my daughter. My Orthodontist when I was a kid was so mean and my experience was awful. I wanted a better orthodontic experience for my daughter and I found it here. They are very organized and set up a treatment plan so you know what to expect from the beginning and set up a payment plan with you giving you several different options. They also remind you of your appt via email and phone call.

M. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I was thrilled when my family dentist referred my kids to an ortho so close to home and even happier when I met the fabulous employees!  The gals here are super sweet and Brittany does magic with scheduling around my kids’ crazy schedules.  Last but not least, Dr. Garlington is amazing at what he does.

Diana B. from Ambler, PA (Source: Yelp)


I love Dr. Garlington and his entire staff (a special shout out to Laura!). I felt welcomed immediately by *everyone*, have had great appointment experiences, and am loving my wonderful results so far! I’m nearly done and can’t wait for that ‘after’ picture! I’ve already highly recommended this place to others because this is where you want to go, if you want perfect teeth with a pleasant experience. If you’re debating, go here!!

Jennifer B. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I went to Dr. Garlington 10 years ago (before Yelp lol) and completed Invisalign treatment. I returned today to get new retainers made and was reminded how nice he was! His staff is super friendly and their new office (new to me) is beautiful! I was amazed at how high tech everything has become. Instead of those impressions that gag you, it was all digital. I highly recommend Dr. Garlington!

Pam K. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


My son and I have been coming to this office for six years and it just occurred to me that I have not reviewed them. I cannot say enough good things about this office. It is very well run and the staff is friendly and efficient. Multiple other professionals attend this office for Care. He offers Invisalign and is a USC orthodontist graduate. Most important is that Dr. Garlington is a cheerful, thoughtful, caring, talented orthodontist. They are prepared for any eventuality and we started here because of their ability to handle an orthodontic emergency. He follows up with patients and works with our regular dentist. There is even coffee and water in the lobby!

Laura M. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Garlington Orthodontics has been known far and wide throughout the Long Beach California area by adults and children alike for over 25 years, as the “go-to” family friendly dentist.  Dr. Garlington’s staff are selected and trained with the patient in mind and the well established practice has an excellent reputation for expert, reliable, stress free care for those in need of everything orthodontic. Formerly located on Redondo Avenue in Belmont Heights, Dr. Garlington has recently relocated to a beautiful building site at 5479 E. Abbeyfield, across the street from the Los Altos shopping district.  This beautiful new office is fully equipped with state of the art sterilization equipment, comfortable patient ergonomic seating and in-house lab amenities. The office can be easily accessed directly from the convenient parking area, located on the north side of the building.

Mindy L. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I get very nervous about dentist, orthos, really anyone around my teeth, due to bad experiences with them when I was a kid. Dr Garlington and his staff really do their best to put you at ease. They are all very friendly, caring people. I have missed both appointments & payments, and Karen, the manager, has been nothing but understanding about it. Appointments are very easy to come by, and they have several different payment plans.

Deneil R. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


What a office his new location is designed with patient comfort and what a professional not only in orthodontic work but he cares enough to refer oral or general dental work for us adults. Professional staff always very friendly and greet you with a wonderful smile they make you fell comfortable and the they are never in a rush, Dr Garlintion and his staff treat each patient with care and understanding always looking out for a patients well being highly recommend to everyone.

Susan Daley Thomas (Source: Facebook)


Dr. Mark Garlington is the best! He is generous and truly cares about his patients. His staff is exceptional. The front office was so accommodating when making appointments. Always so caring and ever so friendly. Dr. Garlington did the braces for my two sons and Invisalign for me, we couldn’t be more happy with the smiles he gave us!

Hadeel Judeh (Source: Facebook)


The entire staff is extremely kind, attentive and knowledgeable in their area of expertise. Fayek loves visiting the office, and looks forward to the next appointment. What makes Dr. Garlington’s office different than many others, is the creative games, contests and themes that everyone puts out. My son recently won a $50 gift card for winning the furthest summer vacation contest. Love it :)- Can’t wait until final results.

Celeste M. from Santa Ana, CA (Source: Yelp)


Many members of my immediate family and my extended family are patients of Dr. Garlington Orthodontics and we are all very pleased with all of the services offered, the friendly and competent staff and the state-of-the-art office. We love his services so much that we drive from Orange County to his office. I appreciate very much that the office runs ON TIME with appointment scheduling, not leaving us to wait in the lobby for long periods of time. My husband and I both have Invisalign and we have been very pleased with the experience and the results so far. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law also have Invisalign from Dr. Garlington’s office. He even employs an Invisalign representative who follows each patient’s treatment and assists with any questions we have about our Invisalign treatment. My niece, who is a junior in high school, got her Dr. Garlington braces off two years ago and her teeth are absolutely beautiful and she receives compliments all the time on her smile. My youngest son has been monitored for a while since he had too many baby teeth to fall out, but he will be getting his Dr. Garlington braces on very soon. Dr. Garlington is a very nice person and his entire staff has been professional and warm each time we have an office visit. I have many friends whose children have beautiful smiles because of Dr. Garlington. I would recommend his services to anyone who needs braces and Invisalign … that’s why I’m Yelping Dr. Garlington Orthodontics to the world!

Ameelia G. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I went to Dr. Garlington for my second round of braces, to fix a bite issue that had recurred from High School (I’m 33 now). They were accommodating, easy to work with, and awfully friendly. The Dr. takes time to really answer questions and explain what’s going on. I got outstanding care, my teeth are perfect, and I woful highly recommend this office to anyone, especially adults.

L. Young (Source: Google)


All the staff members are cheery and professional. They made us feel welcome and made our son very comfortable throughout the x-ray and dental scanning process. Dr. Garlington is friendly and clearly very experienced. Most importantly, our dentist sent his son to Dr. Garlington for Invisalign treatment, and that’s a solid vote of confidence in my book.

Sharon Garate (Source: Google)


After having a terrible experience with a previous provider, I received a referral to Dr. Garlington. I’ve been coming to him for all my children for about 8 years now, and he’s hands down the best. From the front office staff, to the dental assistants in the back, you are always treated kindly and with respect. Dr. Garlington is extremely knowledgeable in his field and will always put your best interest first. I highly recommend the office of Dr. Mark Garlington for your ortho needs.

Paul O. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Absolutely, hands down, the best professional practice I have ever visited.  My kids are both patients with traditional braces and I am currently going through Invisalign.  Its an absolute pleasure to visit their office.  The facility feels brand new and is nicely appointed, the staff is top-notch in terms of friendliness and more importantly knowledge and ability.  They all seem to be cross-trained in everything!  Dr. Garlington is a super nice guy, great with the kids, and is an absolute perfectionist when it comes to making your smile perfect.  I also like the fact that Dr. Garlington is very active in the community and always helping with local charities.  Overall, they get an A+ in every category!!

Theresa B. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Garlington and his staff are wonderful–professional and friendly.  The new location is the most beautiful state of the art medical office I have ever been in. There is lots of parking too. It was amazing how painless and easy it was to improve my smile even as an adult. Your children will love Dr. Garlington too–he is kind and patient. Dr. Garlington and his staff are the best!

Eva Baysa (Source: Facebook)


I was visiting Long Beach from out of state and had an urgent orthodontic issue (coiled wire was severely bent, didn’t stick out) the day after Christmas. All orthodontic clinics around the area (including Los Angeles) were either closed for the holiday or refused to see me because I was not their patient. I couldn’t go back to my orthodontist in Montana because my husband and I were already en route to Japan for our permanent move. Out of frustration, I asked my husband to just straighten the wire with a long-nosed plier (BAAAAD IDEA) because the pain was just too much. However, the plier didn’t work; my husband knew better not to mess with my orthodontic treatment. So I was in pain for 3 days until I found the office of Dr. Garlington online. Although I am not a patient of their practice, the staff recognized (unlike all the other clinics I called) that I needed immediate care. Dr. Garlington’s staff is very accommodating. I was seen the same day I called, and my issue was resolved promptly. I truly appreciate Dr. Garlington for taking the time to see me that day even though I was an add-on to their post-holiday schedule. Had it not for the whole team, I would’ve been in pain until we arrived in Japan 2 weeks later. Although I have only been to the clinic once, I can say that Dr. Garlington cares for all the patients that he sees. Thank you so much again and kudos to the whole staff! I can’t say in words how much I truly appreciate what you’ve done.

Natalie Goering (Source: Facebook)


Dr. G & his team are like family and make you feel as such. They are all so warm, welcoming, and compassionate about their patients and the work they do. Who knew orthodontics could be delivered with such love and care. I highly highly HIGHLY recommend Dr. Garlington’s office for anyone needing help with their smile.

Eve Tighe (Source: Google)


This office is the best!! Dr Garlington and his team are amazing! So friendly and accommodating. My daughters results are so good and she now has the biggest smile ever! The confidence it gave her is great! My other two are half way through and already it looks great, I highly recommend this orthodontist, you won’t be disappointed.

Sheila Kane (Source: Google)


Dr. Garlington is the best orthodontist,and amazing with invisalign ,he completely transformed my smile and my life.His staff is amazing, they always make you feel like a star when you go to your appt, always a nice warm greeting, and he has great bed side manner,he makes it a point to get involved with you and make you feel comfortable, he really cares about your treatment, and wont stop until everything looks perfect! I’m so happy I went to Dr. Mark Garlington, I recommend everyone and anyone who wants a perfect smile to go to him. I wish I could give him more stars!

Vivienne W. from Los Alamitos, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have 4 boys, all of whom see Dr. Garlington. Their office is state of the art and I feel like the don’t just  “work around” my schedule and the kids’ school hours, but that they bend over backward to accommodate our scheduling needs. I could not be happier with the way they are treated by the Dr. and his fabulous staff.  I have had 2 of the 4 kids finish their treatment and their teeth look fantastic.  The payment options are great, and they will work with insurance companies too.  I have recommended Dr. Garlington to several friends over the years and will continue to do so.

Debi R. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Garlington and his staff are truly professional.  As an adult patient I appreciated their availability to work around my work schedule.  The early morning appointments allowed me to get in and out and off to work in a timely fashion.  Their new office is beautiful… “state of the art”.  The staff is very friendly and Dr. Garlington is amazing.  I’m finishing up my treatment and the results are beyond my expectations.  If you are looking for an orthodontist, Dr. Garlington gets my highest recommendation.

T. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


What a beautiful office. I already feel at ease here! The women behind the counter were super friendly which also put me at ease. I was able to see the Dr. interact with other patients and he was kind and caring and personable. I’m already impressed. When it was my turn to be seen I was taken into an office with a nurse and they gave me a REAL DEAL exam. He called out some dental talk and she the same. These people are professional and know what they are doing! WHEW! We spoke about what he can do for me and low and behold, it’s right on target with what my previous ortho had planned too. He even said, ” I’m a professional and can handle any situation”. I even asked him, “so you don’t think I need jaw surgery or teeth removed?”  He point blank said “no, we can correct this with a thicker wire and bands.”  (insert angels singing). I left the office with a clear, printed explanation of payments and an appointment to start my treatment! I couldn’t be happier.  (See previous review as to why). Side note, it appears that yelp has hidden a bunch of 5 star reviews, but trust me, this is the kind of place you want to get your braces from! First class all the way!

Adam W. from Fountain Valley, CA (Source: Yelp)


I first met Dr. Garlington approximately 12 years ago when my oldest child (now 23) needed braces. Since that time, both of my other children have had orthodontia – one with conventional braces, and the other with Invisalign. Topping it off, my wife wore braces within the last few years, and I am finishing up a stint with Invisalign to correct drifting since I had braces as a young man. Five of us, all treated with the utmost professionalism by Dr. Garlington and his entire staff – over many years. My dad was a dentist for many years, and he had the good fortune of joining us on one of the visits a few years back. My dad mentioned that he was very impressed with Dr. Garlington’s approach and ability to “listen to his patients.” I have come to trust Dr. Garlington without exception. He is straight-forward, and his staff is very easy to work with – from scheduling appointments to financial arrangements. While I am sure that there are many qualified Orthodontists in the LA/OC area, I personally would recommend Dr. Garlington to anyone that I know. I promise you that you will be happy with the end results. Respectfully, Adam W. Fountain Valley.

Suzanne L. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Three of my kids were treated by Dr. Garlington and his lovely staff. After Paying off their accounts I thought why am I not getting my teeth redone. I had braces for years as a kid, but into my 40’s I wasn’t pleased with the shifting of my teeth. Dr. Garlington understood my desire not to go back into braces and put me in a full time retainer for a few months and now after 7 years my smile is still beautiful. Today I went in for a check up and was greeted by the same wonderful team after all these years. I would highly recommend this office for kids and adults!

Amy N. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Garlington and ALL of his staff are truly phenomenal. I highly recommend them to everyone I know, and in talking to others who have braces through other orthodontists, they definitely give more personal and professional care than some others. From their new high-tech, gorgeous office, to the personalities and professionalism of the staff, I’m lucky that they are treating me, again! Not only do I have experience with his office as a teen, but I’m a return customer! As a teen, I had braces (phase 1 and phase 2). Braces, rubber bands, headgear, positioner, retainers – you name the contraption, I had it. My teeth were beautiful when I was done! Due to not wearing my retainers, being a tongue thruster, and the position of my jaw, my teeth moved and I wanted them to be perfected. With such a great experience as a kid, I went right back to Dr. Garlington. He was very detailed and gave me all of my options, with no pressure whatsoever. Since one of my options was jaw surgery, he encouraged me to not make a quick decision, but really look at my options and go through the surgical consultation first. He was also very knowledgeable about my insurance and knew that they were one of the only companies that covered my type of surgery. I’ve been in braces for a year and 2 months, and had my surgery 2 months ago. Dr. Garlington and his staff have been incredibly supportive, helpful, and personable through this entire process. They seem just as excited to see me as I am them! I truly look forward to each appointment, knowing that I am one step closer to my perfect smile. I never leave there with questions – they explain everything as they work, and Dr. Garlington talks to me at each appointment. From Karen, Ronni, and Pamela in the front…  to Mariana, Laura, Mallory, Melody and of course Dr. G in the back… you know you’re at a great place when you know everyone’s name and they know yours. Their professionalism and personal care makes going to the orthodontist something you look forward to.

R. G. from Lakewood, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have worked in the dental field for over 25 years logging many of those years working in orthodontic offices. I have also had orthodontic treatment. I’ve seen finished orthodontic cases that look just ok… Dr. Garlington does spectacular work!  The final results are a beautiful broad full smile…a talent not found in all orthodontic cases. Dr. Garlington has a gorgeous new state of the art office with a fun friendly staff. Awesome patient’s! I’m very proud to call this office my new home.

Jeanne O'Brien Bender (Source: Facebook)


As a senior I was a little apprehensive going to an orthodontist office filled with children to get my tooth straightened in order to get ready for a bridge from my dentist Gary Phillips. Dr. Garlington was so friendly and warm from the get go. He reassured me that my work would be easy and painless and it was .His happy and professional staff were really great.

Lily V. from Torrance, CA (Source: Yelp)


I can not say enough good things about Dr. Garlington and his staff.  They are very friendly, caring, knowledgably, professional, gentle and keep the cleanest office I have ever been too. Their new facility is very modern and family friendly.  I have always needed braces but I was unable to get them because I needed surgery.  I had gone to other orthodontists to get their opinion but no one seemed to really explain to me what was needed, or be sensitive to the fact that as an adult this would be a very difficult decision to make. Dr. Garlington took the time to explain everything; he went over every detail of my procedure (more than once). He made me feel comfortable enough to get the surgery and get my braces.  His staff was very carrying, attentive and always excited to see my progress. They made me feel like family.  3 years later I now have a beautiful smile and can not thank them enough.  I smile all the time.  I would highly recommend Dr. Garlington to anyone.


Everyone at Mark A. Garlington D.D.S. looks forward to welcoming you to our orthodontic family and starting you on the path to a stunning smile you'll love to share with the world! I think that I have always wanted to be an orthodontist. From my earliest memories, I have always been intrigued by faces and smiles and teeth. I was born in Saudi Arabia, and as a child lived in several foreign countries where my father worked on oil refineries. Every two years, when we would travel back to the USA for vacation and visa renewal, the very first doctor my mom and dad would have us see was the dentist for cleanings and fluoride treatment! After traveling so much in my early life, my family finally settled in Southern California. It was during the time that I spent having my own orthodontia done that I fully decided that becoming an orthodontist was my career path. I knew I wanted to pursue something in healthcare, and my orthodontist was always so happy and engaging and it truly looked like he loved his profession. I also decided that when I eventually started my own practice I was going to find a great community and become engaged and involved in that community. I graduated UCLA with a BA in Biology and received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from USC in 1984. I completed my residency in orthodontics at USC in 1986. While I was at USC, I met an orthodontist who was looking to sell his practice in Long Beach. I fell in love with the city and have lived and practiced here ever since. My daughter Meghan graduated Wilson High School here in Long Beach and attended Long Beach City College. I am currently on my third office location within the city of Long Beach. My wife and I are involved with several community programs including the YMCA, BLAST, LBCC Foundation, Rotary, and Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. I also try to donate generously to the schools in Long Beach, knowing that those children are the future. When I am not going to some kind of meeting or fundraiser, you can find me on the golf course, which is my only other true passion besides orthodontics! Professionally, I have always strived to be at the top of my field as a practicing orthodontist. I became board certified shortly after starting my practice and am a member of the Edward H. Angle Orthodontic Society and the American Association of Orthodontists. My team and I constantly pursue continuing education to stay on top of our profession because we know that learning never stops and that our patients always deserve the very best we can give them. We are especially proud of the fact that, in just a few short years, we have become the leading provider of Invisalign® in the Long Beach area and one of only 20 offices in North America that were involved with market testing Invisalign for use in early (Phase I) treatment. I think the one thing for me that is the most rewarding aspect of my profession is all the many lives I may have influenced, much like the way my own orthodontist influenced my life. A beautiful smile is captivating, warm, and friendly. It shows self-confidence and self-esteem. I have seen so many of my young patients grow up and become amazing adults and it makes me feel so happy that I may have been a part of that transformation. I truly feel blessed to have the opportunity to touch so many lives and have so many wonderful children and adults to interact with every day. I truly love being an orthodontist and cannot imagine doing anything else!