Bella Shen Garnett, D.M.D., M.M.Sc.
Specialist in Orthodontics for Children and Adults
390 Laurel Street (at Sacramento Street)
San Francisco, CA 94118
Dr. Shen Garnett offers a unique and highly skilled orthodontic practice in San Francisco with a mission to straighten teeth, improve facial aesthetics and promote long-term oral health. With expertise in traditional and modern orthodontic methods, we tailor each treatment plan to achieve your desired results. As one of the Bay Area’s most comprehensive orthodontic offices, we take pride in our work and use only the highest quality appliances and latest technology to produce your perfect smile!
ABOUT THE DOCTOR
A graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Bella Shen Garnett is a specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. She was recently appointed Associate Clinical Professor at the University of the Pacific where she currently teaches the latest orthodontic treatment alternatives using Invisalign. Her magnetic personality, charisma, and honesty truly set her apart from others in the field. She now practices in San Francisco.
A native of San Francisco, Dr. Shen Garnett attended Katherine Delmar Burke School, San Francisco University High School, and Stanford University. She graduated Cum Laude from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where she continued her orthodontic residency to receive a Masters in Medical Science. As an avid philanthropist, she has consistently volunteered every week for the past 20 years. While completing her dental program at Harvard, Dr. Shen Garnett founded ”Project Bridge" in 2000, a volunteer program providing dental care for runaway teens, which was recently the recipient of the prestigious “Community Preventive Dentistry Award 2005” from the American Dental Association.
Achievements and Awards
American Academy of Dental Practice Administration Award of Academic Achievement 2001
American Student Dental Association Award of Excellence in Leadership and Service 2001
Harvard Medical School Dean’s Community Service Award
Katherine Delmar Burke School Alumnae of the Year 2005
Soma Weiss Research Scholarship and International Research Fellowship from Harvard Medical School
American Association of Orthodontists
American Board of Orthodontics
American Dental Association
California Dental Association
Harvard Society for the Advancement of Orthodontics
Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
San Francisco Dental Society
Dr. Shen Garnett treats patients with the utmost quality and efficiency by utilizing the latest in cutting-edge orthodontic technology. We treat children and adults of all ages and will work with you to design the best treatment plan for your needs. Our San Francisco practice services the Bay Area.
Metal braces, made of high grade stainless steel, remain the most popular choice for children and adolescents. The metal braces we are use are smaller and flatter making them more comfortable. Different colors can be chosen and changed at each visit.
Translucent braces “blend in” with your teeth and are much less noticeable than metal. They are most popular with adult patients.
This relatively new approach straightens teeth with a series of clear, removable appliances called aligners. The devices are made of strong plastic, molded precisely to fit your mouth and can be taken out for cleaning. Adults find this option appealing because the aligners are barely visible. Dr. Shen Garnett is an Invisalign Certified Orthodontist who currently teaches orthodontic treatment using Invisalign at the University of the Pacific Dental School.
Dental Facial Orthopedics and Functional Appliances
These fixed or removable appliances are used in growing children to balance the upper and lower jaws so they they fit better together. Expansion appliances increase the width of the jaw to create adequate space for the permanent teeth. Without such appliances, permanent teeth may have to be extracted in the future to prevent crowding. Other removable appliances can also be worn at nights to maximize the growth of the upper jaw to prevent the development of an "under bite" or maximize the growth of the lower jaw to prevent the development of an "overbite."
Retainers are made of acrylic, metal or clear plastic and are an essential part of orthodontic treatment. They stabilize the teeth in place as the bone and soft tissue reorganize and adapt to the position of your new straight teeth. In some cases, permanent retainers are placed behind the teeth so that removable retainers are necessary only at night.