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Conveniently located on 18th Street in Santa Monica, California, our office provides modern dentistry in an enthusiastic, friendly and inviting environment.
 HOURS: T-F: 8am-5pm   S: 8am-3pm

Tristen Nguyen, DDS
Through her practice in Santa Monica; externships in New Orleans, Portland and San Francisco; and at volunteer clinics in inner-city Los Angeles and in Vietnam, Dr. Tristen Nguyen has treated and cared for thousands of patients. Dr. Nguyen practices full-scope dentistry. She has extensive experience in cosmetic procedures, and is comprehensively trained in oral surgery and TMJ/orofacial pain. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. She always strives for perfection and strongly believes that excellence is achieved with harmony between function and beauty.

Dr. Nguyen completed her Bachelor of Sciences degree from UCLA, double-majoring in Neuroscience and Psychobiology. She obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at USC Dental School, ranking in the top 2% of her class. Dr. Nguyen graduated USC with OKU (National Dental Honor Society) Honors and was her class' only recipient of the prestigious 4th Year Scholars Award and Scholarship.

Dr. Nguyen insists on researching and keeping current on all the latest advances in both the technology and practice of dentistry. She is certified for Oral Conscious Sedation, which helps anxious patients to have a relaxing, "sleepy" dental appointment. Dr. Nguyen has provided Invisalign treatment to many patients to correct crowded teeth and to maintain a straight set of pearly whites.

Dr. Nguyen's dedication and attention to detail are motivated by her strong desire to provide the best dental care to you and your family. She and her staff believe that communication and compassion are crucial to their relationship with you and your family, as a relaxed, well-informed, and comfortable patient is the best patient. Dr. Nguyen delivers the finest care with the highest ethics and integrity. She always takes the time to explain what is being done and what treatment options are available. Her greatest rewards are your trust and satisfied smiles.

Dr. Nguyen appreciates the Santa Monica sunshine, enjoys jogging, plays the piano, and indulges herself with new restaurants.

Dr. Kevin Lee
Dr. Lee was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from University of California, San Diego, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry. During his time at Maryland, he served as an oral surgery clerk, in which he received advanced clinical training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Afterwards, he returned to California, and completed his General Practice Residency at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he provided comprehensive treatment to medically compromised patients in a hospital setting. There, he also received additional training in implant dentistry, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, and fixed and removable prosthetics.

In order to stay up to date with current techniques, Dr. Lee attends numerous continuing educations courses each year. He is Invisalign certified, and is also proficient in CEREC CAD/CAM technology. Dr. Lee is committed to providing excellent dental care and providing the best experience for his patients. During his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and baby daughter, playing basketball and golf, and rooting for the Bay Area sports teams.

Dr. Linda Chen
After graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Biology, Dr. Linda Chen completed her doctorate at dental school education at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. In order to further her education and knowledge of dentistry, she also completed a General Practice Residency as well as a Dental Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

She relocated to Los Angeles, California to pursue advanced training in the specialty of Prosthodontics at the West Los Angeles VA and Maxillofacial Prosthetics at UCLA. After graduation, she has worked in private practice in Los Angeles. In addition, Dr. Chen has also maintained her connection to academia by teaching at USC at the Program for Advanced Education in General Dentistry as Clinical Assistant Professor and the Program Director. She lectured and instructed young graduate dentists in the latest and most advanced techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Subsequently, she transitioned to UCLA where she also served as the program director for AEGD and was also a clinical professor. In addition, she also lectured abroad and published articles as well as serving as guest editor of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Brian Ly

Meet the Team

Melissa - Receptionist

Lauren - Dental Assistant

Gina - Dental Assistant

Jessica - Hygienist

1821 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 646
Santa Monica, CA 90403
P: 310.829.4100
F: 310.829.0500
:: Sedation Dentistry - Safe & relaxing
:: Porcelain Veneers - A perfect smile
:: Invisalign - Clear, invisible braces
:: Implant Dentistry - Ask us about it
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