Get To Know Us

Building long-lasting relationships with the Long Beach community,
one smile at a time!

Sunny Side of Orthodontics

Our vision is to create amazingly beautiful smiles in a comfortable, caring and enjoyable environment. We aim to provide the best orthodontic experience by delivering excellent quality care through state of the art technology and wholehearted concern for the patient’s desires.

Meet Dr. Heather Desh

Dr. Desh is a board certified specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, a prestige only 1 in 3 orthodontists obtain. Raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Dr. Desh completed her undergraduate studies at Lehigh University. She graduated after three years Summa Cum Laude with a BA in pre-dental medicine and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Desh continued her studies at one of only two Ivy League Dental schools, the University of Pennsylvania. During dental school, she was very involved in research and received several awards at various dental conferences for her work evaluating the role of masseter muscle metabolism in temporomandibular joint disorders. Dr. Desh graduated Penn Dental in the top 5% of her class and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honors Society. Upon graduation, Dr. Desh matriculated into the orthodontics program at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Desh is also a part of many associations:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Harbor Dental Society
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society
  • Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental
    Honors Society

Transforming More Than a Smile

The concept of HD Orthodontics originated when Dr. Desh sat as a patient in her orthodontist's office. Having always been self-concscious about her own smile, she watched it transform throughout orthodontic treatment, subsequently boosting her self-image and confidence. She realized what a positive impact orthodontic treatment can have on someone's life and decided she wanted to share that experience with others. 20 years later, Dr. Desh has finally seen her dreams come to fruition. At HD Orthodontics, we want everyone to be able to experience the power of a beautiful smile and look forward to treating your individual needs.

Community Involvement

Junior League of Orange County, California

In her spare time, Dr. Desh is active with the Junior League of Orange County, California, a non-profit women's organization promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The JLOCC provides support to partnering organizations including the Orangewood Academy, Blind Children's Learning Center, Down Syndrome Foundation and Impact OC.

Urban Community Outreach

Dr. Desh also volunteers at the Urban Community Outreach Drop-In Center for the homeless in Downtown Long Beach. Every Sunday the volunteers prepare and serve meals from donated fresh produce and meats to feed the homeless citizens of Long Beach.

Local Schools

HD Orthodontics is happy to support local schools with donations for fundraisers, silent auctions and athletic teams. We encourage safe practices during all athletics and provide custom mouthguards for local teams we sponsor.

Charitable Donations

HD Orthodontics supports multiple charities throughout the year including donations to Toys for Tots around the holidays and the Food Bank of Southern California.

Meet our Amazing Team

Dafne Sandoval, Treatment Coordinator

Dafne Sandoval has been working the dental field for approximately four years. From the moment she started, she knew she loved it and had found her career. Dafne loves being able to help patients achieve the smiles of their dreams. As an orthodontic patient in her adolescent years, she understands the importance of feeling comfortable with an orthodontist and staff. Dafne works hard to ensure each patient feels at home in the HD Orthodontics office.

Dafne was born and raised in Southern California in Calexico. She moved to LA in 5th grade, and has been in the area ever since. She has a Mexican background, and values her family, spending time dancing, swimming, traveling and trying new things with her family whenever she has the chance.

Dafne Sandoval, Treatment Coordinator

Teresa Romero, RDA

Teresa Romero has been an orthodontic assistant for 26 years and is so excited to start an awesome new chapter in her life as part of such a great team! She enjoys helping to create beautiful smiles and also making sure that all of her patients are in a happy place during treatment! She loves hearing your stories and watching the development of your wonderful smiles.
Teresa was born in raised in Long Beach and has two sons, four grandchildren and a little dog Betty. In her free time, she loves outdoors activities like fishing and camping.

Teresa Romero, RDA

Josie Arriola, Scheduling Coordinator

Josie was born and raised in Gardena. She loves being with her family and making long-lasting memories with them. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym in the morning to get her day started!

Josie Arriola, Scheduling Coordinator

Miranda Harvey, OA

Miranda has been an orthodontic assistant for six years and her favorite part about orthodontics is seeing the reaction on a patient’s face when they get their braces removed! She feels blessed to have become part of such an amazing team, and is excited to continue growing with HD Orthodontics.

Miranda was born and raised in Lakewood. In her free time, she loves spending time with her two dogs, roller skating and playing guitar.

Miranda Harvey, OA