Nellie Gail Orthodontics
Richard Botzbach, DDS, MS:
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Nellie Gail Orthodontics
Richard L. Botzbach II, DDS, MS (Orthodontist)

Aliso Viejo, 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: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (by appointment only)

Sunday: Closed





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

Sondra B. from Laguna Niguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


As other reviewers have stated, this is the best orthodontist and office staff in Orange County.  From our very first visit, Dr. B and his staff have been kind, friendly, and accommodating in terms of making payment arrangements and scheduling appointments.  Dr. B is good about making time to communicate with parents about their child’s progress.  Knowing how busy he is, I truly appreciate that he would take the time to update me after my daughter’s appointments.  My daughter has an incredibly beautiful smile and that is in part due to her commitment and the commitment of Dr. B and his staff.  Without a doubt, I would highly recommend Nellie Gail Orthodontics to anyone looking for a great orthodontist and staff.

Sunita B. from Irvine, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. B is a caring and experienced orthodontist. My son’s teeth look amazing after getting braces and follow up care with Dr. B  about five years ago. After my son was done, I took my daughter to Dr. B and we experienced the same professional orthodontic work. My daughter goes back for retainer checks and I can count on Dr. B and his staff to be thorough and comprehensive in their check up. We never have to wait very long at the office and appointments are easy to schedule.
We’ve been with Dr. B for almost a decade now and I highly recommend his practice.

Greg P. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Other exemplary reviews are written as well or better than I could. As a delighted and raving fan of Dr. B and his team, allow me to say this concisely… Only occasionally in life do we cross paths with folks we are pleased to refer without hesitation. Nellie Gail Orthodontics is such a place. We have referred three other families (all of them pleased, too) to them and will continue to praise their excellent and affordable services to others whenever the opportunity presents itself. They are wonderful. Sincerely, The Prete family

Connie V. from Laguna Hills, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had braces twice in my life as a teenager and then in my early 50s. I went to Dr. Botzbach for the 2nd time around. I wish my parents had found an orthodontist like Dr. Botzbach the first time and I would probably not have had to wear braces again. I was a difficult case, had to have gum surgery first, then Dr. Botzbach had to expand my upper pallette before straightening the teeth, so that when he did straighten them they wouldn’t in 5 -10 years all go back to where they were before. I can’t say enough about his expertise, skill and knoweldge in Orthodontia. I interviewed 4 Orthodontists in South Orange County before embarking on straightening my teeth again as an adult. Dr. Botzbach was the clear choice with his extensive knowledge and how he approaches difficult cases. Whether you are a child (and your parent’s are paying for this ) or an adult, go to Dr. Botzbach for the best results. I have a wonderful smile now, a thousand times better than the first time my teeth were straigthened!!!

Sahar Mozayanfar (Source: Google)


Dr. Botzbach and his office staff are incredible! They are caring, professional and always helpful. Both my kids are the current patients and we are so pleased with the results. Their teeth look beautiful! Every appointment with Dr. Botzbach was handled quickly and efficiently. New appointments were always set at a time that worked with our schedule. It is a pleasure to go to Dr. Botzbach’s office because everyone is so friendly. Thank you for great service! Mozayanfar family

Arymaya Z. from Newport Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Wow, what a great team! Dr. Botzbach is funny, honest and humble and he spent ample time explaining what we need and what would be optional. They don’t up-sell anything and are very honest. Their office is absolutely beautiful. His sister who is the office manager is warm and welcoming and gave us the initial tour. Overall a wonderful doctor and a great staff to follow suit. We were referred by our dentist who told us that Dr. Botzbach is an honest doctor and we concur.

Natalie D. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. B and staff are amazing! They go above and beyond to make their patients feel welcome and comfortable. My son just got his braces off and his teeth look beautiful. I highly recommend this office to anyone looking for an orthodontist. Oh for the parents….while waiting they have PAC -Man and Centipedes

Luis H. from Santa Ana, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have nothing but great things to say about my experience at Dr. Botzback’s ortho office. From the front staff to the back assistants, everyone is extremely welcoming. Also, Dr. Botzback and his assistants are super careful and gentle when working on you. Dr. B is such an expert at his craft. I’m very happy with the results of all my dental work with Mr. B and, since I’m finished with my treatment, I will for sure miss visiting Dr. B and his staff every month! Thank you Dr. B and staff!!

Sahar M. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Botzbach and his office staff are incredible! They are caring, professional and always helpful. Both my kids are the current patients and we are so pleased with the results. Their teeth look beautiful! Every appointment with Dr. Botzbach was handled quickly and efficiently. New appointments were always set at a time that worked with our schedule. It is a pleasure to go to Dr. Botzbach’s office because everyone is so friendly. Thank you for great service! Mozayanfar family

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


Dr B and his staff are Just a Fantastic!!! Both of my children had braces from Dr B and what a Professional, Warm, just a top notch orthodontist.I hear what so many people pay for orthodontic care and I feel like we got Excellent prices and Wonderful care. It also was important to us as a family how friendly and caring Dr Botzbach and his staff were and are today. We have quite a handful of close friends who also are very pleased with Nellie Gail Orthodontics as well. THANK YOU DR BOTZBACH!!!

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


No one wants to have braces, but if you’re going to make the investment then you definitely want to see Dr. B and his amazing staff. I’ve been seeing Dr. B for more than two years and have always been pleased with the quality of care I received. His office is an exemplary example of the way healthcare should be provided. I’ve never sat in the waiting room for more than a couple minutes before being called back. He takes his time to counsel you prior to any procedures and makes sure you’re informed about all your options. His honesty, candor, and kindness are a winning combination…. and my teeth look amazing now 🙂 I HIGHLY recommend going to see Dr. B and his team if you need an orthodontist. They are amazing!

Amanda B. from Pittsburgh, PA (Source: Yelp)


There are some things that you will take chances with in regards to your children, but you shouldn’t leave their smile up to chance. That is why we began going to Dr. B. Everything from the waiting room, to the consultation, the application of the appliances and adjustment visits are treated with a special kind of care. Firstly, the office is very family friendly. Our 5-year-old always wants to go with her older brother when he has an appointment to play the classic arcade games that are in the waiting area. No quarters or tokens are required, so you don’t need to go digging through your car for change. Even adults will enjoy a friendly Mortal Kombat dual while they wait for the youngsters. Secondly, the office itself is immaculately clean and organized. Nervous about your appointment? Why not try relaxing on the balcony next to the calming water fountain until it’s your turn. Thirdly, the care Dr. B and his staff put into applying and explaining the devices is excellent. Our son was nervous before his first appointment, but everyone made him feel very comfortable. The applying of the braces was painless, and he always looks forward to going back for new wires (the slow and constant movement of the teeth can be slightly painful though). The results are speaking for themselves too. Our son’s severely crooked teeth are slowly moving into the places where they should be. We thought so highly of Nellie Gail Orthodontics that we decided to drive 45+ minutes, past countless other orthodontist offices, to seek our treatment there. I highly recommend that you seek out Nellie Gail for your orthodontic needs.

Lauren D. from Ladera Ranch, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. B and his staff are so friendly, professional and efficient!  Both of my kids have been patients of Dr. B’s and we couldn’t have been happier with the experience.  We have never had to wait to be seen and are very pleased with the treatments they’ve received.  We had gotten two other estimates for treatment and Dr. B’s was very fair in comparison.  We feel very fortunate to have had such a pleasurable experience and HIGHLY recommend Dr. B and Nellie Gail Orthodontics!!

Louis M. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


After extensive research, I chose nellie gail orthodontics and Dr. B to do my braces. I am in my 50s and had been told that my case was too complicated without surgery but he did an awesome job and I am so pleased and satisfied on the outcome. He coordinated with my cosmetic dentist throughout. Dr B and his staff are awesome, they really make you feel like you are special and part of a family. My son is also going here. Dr B is a highly competent orthodontist

Carrie M. from Newport Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr B has a very pleasant office and friendly staff.  They are gentle, patient and answered my many questions.  After having my braces off, they took me as a walk-in when I had an ’emergency’.  – They have also moved – the new address is – 6 B Liberty #220, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Pam Pham (Source: Google)


Great place to work! Wonderful staff & Dr B is an extremely skilled & kind orthodontist! Even when I am behind on my Invisalign wear! (New Year’s resolution to be a better Invisalign wearer!) #over50InvisalignWearersRock!

Lucia Velasco (Source: Google)


Dr B. and his staff made the whole 2 year process easy and fun. Dr B is very knowledge in his field and the staff is awesome. Always greeting you with a smile! I always recommend Dr. B to all my friends and family members. If I had to do my braces all over again, it will definitely be with Dr. B and his lovely staff.

Michelle M. from Laguna Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I highly recommend Dr. B and his staff.  From the moment you enter his office until the time you leave, everyone is friendly and efficient. Dr. B explains everything in great details so you can understand what is taking place during the process. The Cost, Making Appointments, Wait time during an appointment and the ease of calling with questions when something happens are all amazing. I would highly recommend Dr. B. I hope to see him and I will be sending my other child to him as well. Great Job to the entire Office!!!

Sharyn K. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. B and his whole staff have really improved my sons teeth!  They are patient and super organized and extremely professional.  The office is clean and very well run!  We can’t believe how fast the whole process has gone and it’s wonderful to see how much the orthodontics has boosted my sons confidence!   Thank you Nellie Gail Orthodontics!

Rebecca P. from Laguna Hills, CA (Source: Yelp)


I finally got to have braces in my 50s and my experience with Dr. Botzbach and his staff has been terrific. Everything was explained, all questions answered, and I felt confident in Dr. B’s expertise. My braces just came off and I’m so pleased with the results. Now my son is getting braces as well and I give my highest complements and recommendation to Nellie Gail Orthodontics. Rebecca P.

Gabrielle Windsor (Source: Google)


Dr. Botzbach has brought smiles to our whole family of four 😉 He is a thorough, professional, knowledgeable and friendly orthodontist. His staff is fantastic too. If you need regular braces or Invisalign Botzbach is your orthodontist best choice in Aliso Viejo.

Tina L. from Irvine, CA (Source: Yelp)


I can’t say enough about how wonderful this office is, from the warm caring staff to the very talented Dr B who transformed my daughter’s smile. I wasn’t sure what to expect when we first came here, since my daughter’s case was a bit complicated. Throughout her treatment, Dr B was always patient and explained every step of what’s needed to be done. Pam and Mariana ran the front office so well, always accommodating our hectic schedules and making sure the office ran like clockwork! My daughter’s braces came off just in time for her Prom. Her smile is just beautiful, the results much better than I could have hoped for.  It’s been 2 years now, and she came back from her teeth cleaning the other day and said that both the dental hygenist and the dentist told her that her teeth look beautiful. She was glowing…she said “no one has ever said that before”.  Thank you so much Dr. Botzbach!!

Fred L. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


This is the best orthodontist one could ask for. The staff is warm and friendly and very personable. They make you feel as if you are part of the family. Always smiling and willing to accommodate your schedule. Now the Dr. you couldn’t ask for a better one. With kids of is own he understands the challenges kids go through and with his outstanding demeanor, you feel so at ease. We have been hound for three years and we get excited for our visit because we feel like we are visiting family and friends. I highly rate Nellie Gail Orthodontics and would return without question. Do yourself a favor, don’t waste your time looking for other options when you can be safe, secure and amazingly satisfied with Nellie Gail orthodontics.

Sandra G. from Lake Forest, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. B and and his personnel are amazing, Marianna and Pam are super friendly and caring. They always make you feel welcome! Dr. B corrected my sons teeth, he took off his braces today and he has a beautiful smile now. My son said he will miss going there and he feels like they are part of our family since he was going there for 2 1/2 years. I will find a 10 star review if I could. I highly recommend Dr B. Thank you!

M. M. from Laguna Niguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr B and his staff are very nice and caring. It’s so important to have a doctor who is honest, professional, and well educated and treats his patients like family. Our two kids had  a great experience with him and we recommend him to all our friends. Thank you Dr. B.!

Evelyn H. from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had my teeth straightened after I was 70! Always wanted to do it and finally did. Dr. Botzbach is friendly, professional and always has a smile. His office staff and technicians are kind and professional. I always looked forward to seeing the office manager, Pam, and Mariana, too, both of whom are extremely nice and helpful. If I could give 6 stars, I would.

Lucia V. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr B and his staff are amazing! This practice makes getting, having and removing braces such a pleasant experience. The practice is understanding when it comes the financial part and are great in reminding you of any future dental appointments. Dr B is a nice, easy going guy who knows what he’s doing. I always recommend Dr B to all my friends and family. Glad I had my braces done in his practice

Ashley K. from Laguna Niguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Botzbach and his front desk ladies are incredible! We feel completely at home with them and appreciate them so much! We are a few months in to my daughter’s braces and they have been nothing but wonderful and pleasant to deal with…. Prices were lower than a few other places we checked out, but even if they were the most expensive, we felt completely at ease having her treatment done here…. Thank you guys for running such a great place!!

Jackie D. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


I just got my braces off today and I just wanted to write a final review about how much I love this office! This is my second time around here. I had braces a couple years into high school. But I was too afraid to get my wisdom teeth removed, resulting in my smile getting tweaked :/ . I want to give a great review to Dr. B, he’s always so professional with great, shall I say, “bed side manner.” He always asks what’s new and genuinely cares. Sometimes he’ll even share about his family which is nice. Besides his friendliness, I really like the front desk staff. They always warmly greet me when I come in. Not to mention, the whole year I had my braces on the second time I only had to wait ONCE for them to call me back to a chair. (Long story short) I love how my teeth look now! The results are amazing 🙂 Great job being kind and successful Nellie Gail Orthodontics!

Danny L. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Very happy with Dr. B and staff.  Our oldest was a unique case as he was missing a few teeth.  He just got his braces off and the spacing was kept to bond the fake teeth done by Aliso Shores.  His teeth look perfect and nobody would ever know anything was amiss. Great job of coordination with another dental office and ensuring my son’s smile looks great!  My younger son now also has braces so highly recommend Dr. B.  New and clean office with video games in waiting room to keep the kids entertained while waiting.

April M. from Laguna Niguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


I couldn’t be happier with the staff and Dr. Botzbach. The staff is very nice to me and all there patients it’s like one big family. I love that they work with me and my schedule and I never have to wait. I’m so impressed with D. Botzbach the work that has been done has been a breeze he makes you feel welcomed and he is so professional to all his patients. I love his sense of humor and he is wonderful to his colleagues. I just got my braces off and retainer in. I will miss all the staff and Dr. Botzach but I will keep in touch. I would refer anyone that’s needs to get work done with no problems waiting, good atmosphere and Dr. Botzbach gets the job done. Thank you so much, April Martinez

Jan M. from Newport Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


My 8 year old daughter loves Dr. B!  We consulted with 3 other orthodontists, all of whom suggested extensive and expensive work (including expanders, braces, and headgear) for my daughter’s front crossbite.  Luckily a friend referred us to Dr. B, who proposed the least intrusive, least painful, and least expensive method (a retainer).  Dr. B and his staff are polite, friendly, and thoughtful.  They have movies playing to distract the kids and fun arcade video games in the waiting area.

Stacey S. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


First of all no one will ever say that getting braces is the most pleasant experience of their life…The truth of the matter is this… Braces suck major balls!!! There is absolutely no escaping that… Considering that I was 29 whenever I got my braces on and I am almost a year in, this is also round 2 for me.. I had to wear braces for 4 years from 18-22…I’m a little glutton for punishment.. That and I should have done the corrective jaw surgery whenever I was younger but c’est la vie….I’m getting it done now… So now that I have got that out of the way… Braces suck… So bad…. Very true…. But having the right Orthodontist matters…. Dr. B and everyone that works there is nothing short of amazing… Very professional and knowledgable of all options available to a patient for any specific case… They definitely make the braces suck a little less because they are genuine human beings that care about you.. Also with the skills to work on your mouth… Beauty is pain…. Just make sure you choose the right people that make it a little less painful…. The crew at Nellie Gail Orthodontics is just simply awesome!


Specialist in orthodontics for children & adults. Over 25 years of experience. UCLA Dental graduate & received my Masters in orthodontics training at the Mayo Clinic. We use the latest technologies for diagnostics & offer INBRACE, INVISALIGN as well as ceramic (clear) braces & metal braces. Most insurance accepted. Please call us for a free initial appointment! Dr.Botzbach completed his specialty training in orthodontics at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, MN. He received a Masters degree in Orthodontics at the Mayo Graduate School. Dr.Botzbach earned his D.D.S. degree at U.C.L.A., where he was a Regents Scholar, graduated at the top of his class, and was recognized for outstanding achievement in Orthodontics. Dr.Botzbach received a scholarship from California Dental Association for Academic Excellence, was recognized by the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary dental society with the Kramer award of excellence, and an award from the Alph Omega Fraternity for attaining the highest scholastic standing. Dr.Botzbach was elected into Phi Beta Kappa honor society and obtained a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences at University of California at Irvine where he graduated with honors. e offer a very conservative approach & want to treat you & your family just as we would treat our families. We want to partner with you to help you achieve your Best Smile!