Orthodontics LA in Encino

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At Orthodontics LA, we only have the most qualified practitioners working with our patients. Dr. Mel is one of the best orthodontists in Encino and her patients can attest to that! At our Encino office, she makes it her priority to provide patients with a positive experience and stunning results from the very beginning to the end of the process.

We believe it’s important to cultivate trust and honest communication in a patient/doctor relationship. To foster an open and positive relationship at our office, we encourage patients to ask questions and discuss their orthodontic concerns with their doctor freely. We want all our patients to feel comfortable at every stage of their journey and trust their orthodontist. Part of what contributes to developing that strong relationship is getting to know your orthodontist! Learn more about Dr. Mel, her own orthodontic story, and why she loves being a provider.

Meet Dr. Mel!

Melineh Dereghishian, or Dr. Mel as her patients know her, was born and raised here in Southern California. She’s actually one sister in a set of quadruplets! For college, Dr. Mel attended her dream school, UCLA, and graduated magna cum laude for her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Soon after, she completed her Doctorate of Dental Surgery there, too. At her time there, she received multiple awards as a top student, including “Excellence in Patient Comprehensive Care”

Afterward, she attended a three-year post-graduate residency program at Roseman University of Health Sciences in Las Vegas. She simultaneously completed a Master of Business Administration along with her training in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Dr. Mel gained valuable experience practicing as a general doctor during her time in Las Vegas.

Once she completed her training as an orthodontist, she returned to Los Angeles to continue practicing orthodontics. She loves the community here and wants to give back through her orthodontic work. Dr. Mel has also had the privilege to organize multiple health fairs and oral cancer screenings for Latin American communities alongside her alma mater.

As an orthodontist, Dr. Mel is dedicated to listening to the needs of her patients and customizing treatment for them. She believes each patient is more than just a case of misaligned teeth – they are individuals who have unique needs and lives that require special personalization. Her approach to orthodontics is to consider every aspect and function of the teeth and mouth for a healthy, long-lasting smile and dentofacial structure. She is extremely honored to work with her talented assistants, meet new patients daily, and help them transform their smiles! It’s her goal to make orthodontics as fun and enjoyable for her patients as it is for her.

During her free time, Dr. Mel is big foodie and likes trying new dishes from all different cultures in Los Angeles. She and her husband, Dr. Artin, spend their weekends traveling and taking road trips when they can. You can also catch her at a local group exercise class, staying healthy from head to toe!



  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.S. Biology
  • University of California, Los Angeles, D.D.S
  • Roseman University of Health Sciences, Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Testimonials from Encino Patients

Some of the great reviews that we’ve received over the years.

I highly recommend this practice to anyone seeking orthodontic care! Dr. Artin and Dr. Mel are the most friendly and caring doctors I’ve ever had! The office staff was also very welcoming and I enjoyed my whole experience with them. I know several others who have had a pleasant experience here as well, and I’m sure anyone else would feel the same! – Narbeh B. from Los Angeles, CA

I had braces years ago, and my teeth were perfect. I lost my retainer, and my teeth started shifting. The doctors at Orthodontics LA hooked me up and got my teeth straight again. I was hesitant because I didn’t want braces, having had them before. But they made the process so fun and comfortable. They offered a lot of different options, so I was able to pick one that worked for me. I love my smile now. – Michael G. from Inglewood, CA

Dr Mel and the OrthodonticsLA staff are great! I went to a couple orthodontists before coming here, and no one made me feel as special as they did. Dr. Mel listened to my concerns and designed a custom treatment plan just for me. I already see a huge difference with my teeth and I’m so happy I decided to go with OrthodonticsLA. I recommend them to everyone! – Jessica M. from Los Angeles, CA