Rita S. from Cupertino, CA (Source: Yelp)
Before choosing Dr. Ashouri, I had consultations with four other 5-star-yelp-reviewed orthodontists, and she was the best one! She listened to my situation, properly assessed my situation, and had a very sensible treatment plan. Other orthodontists recommended a number of things that didn’t seem appropriate for my case, like a dental split. Other orthodontists would get impatient when I asked questions because I have a lot of questions since I’ve done a lot of research and really want to understand the treatment plan and be sure it’s right for me. Dr Ashouri was patient, and understood my case, and seemed to have good orthodontic intuition. I’m very grateful I found Dr Ashouri, as she had a good sense of what was going on with my teeth, and was very honest about knowns and unknowns, and patiently answered my questions. She was trained at UCSF, and is one of the rare board certified orthodontists in the area, meaning she has voluntarily completed additional training and continuing education courses. Her additional training shows in her practice. After my first year of invisalign with Dr. Ashouri, I have seen significant improvement in my bite. I’m going to be starting a refinement soon to complete the treatment. In the last month, Dr. Ashouri has tirelessly went back and forth with me on my refinement on all the detailed questions and requests that I had over email, updating my clinchecks and allowing me to review them. You can rely on on her to follow through and carefully consider everything that you have asked about and asked for, and understand the complexity of your case. The only challenge we faced is that since the pandemic, the new invisalign technicians handling my case weren’t always doing what she asked for initially, but I still truly believe she did more than any other office would do and we’re very close to arriving at very solid refinement through our iterations. Some offices would consider me to be a challenging patient because I’m very thorough, I do my research, and ask questions most patients don’t ask. Dr. Ashouri has consistently responded kindly with a full consideration of all the facts, and a desire to get you the best outcome possible. If you make a good point, she will consider it. If there’s a reason to go a different way, she will say why. She really is the best, and I’m so grateful for her kind consideration and patience. She also was very understanding during COVID19 and was willing to make special accommodations for my office visit because I live with someone who is at higher risk. I truly appreciate an office that can be understanding and accommodating to their patients and meet their varying needs, even after they’ve signed up. She will make sure that you are happy throughout your time as her patient, not just at the beginning when you sign up like some offices may feel like. Prior to seeing Dr. Ashouri, I had invisalign 10years ago with a dentist who said they could close spaces between my teeth easily– I went along with it, not going to any other professional consultations and not doing any other research, and not even considering the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist. That was a huge mistake. After that 10yrs ago dentist and a 2yr treatment, I was left with an open bite on one side, my upper incisors were ridiculously retroclined, and my upper arch was moved back so much I couldn’t easily bring my bite together. The problems from the first invisalign through the dentist are what compelled me to finally seek out a highly trained and experienced orthodontist 10 years later to fix those issues caused the first time. I highly suggest that if you pursue orthodontic treatment, you don’t just go with the cheapest or the first person suggesting it. Go with someone who is highly trained and experienced and has proven results over time, and who seems to understand your situation. And someone who has a great bedside manner and is very patient and takes in all information, and has excellent intuition and logic. I wish I had seen Dr. Ashouri 10 years ago for my original orthodontic treatment, which would have saved me a lot of time, effort, and money. While Dr. Ashouri’s price was slightly higher than other offices I saw, I still think if you’re going going to go for it, go with the best person and you won’t be sorry. After my first experience with someone else was botched 10 years ago, I was anxious about a new treatment, but I truly feel Dr. Ashouri was able to address all of my concerns and create an effective sensible treatment over time. When my colleagues and friends ask for an orthodontist, I know who to recommend! Feel free to see other 5-star orthodontists for consultations, and I think you’ll come to the conclusion I did. I chose to give this review to reflect the great effort and work that Dr. Ashouri has done on my case thus far. I plan to update my review once I’ve completed my orthodontic treatment to share the great final outcome I anticipate.