Laser Dental Center believes that every patient deserves a comprehensive evaluation and custom tailored treatment options based on their goals and expectations, because every patient has unique needs that require special care and attention. Our board certified dentists are specialized to care for you and your dental concerns. We will provide you with a plan that addresses both your dental needs and overall well being, while keeping long-term results in mind. No matter how simple or complex your dental needs are, our staff will take note of what you require and help you achieve your dental goals.

We Take A Personal
Approach To
every patient

WE TAKE A PERSONAL
APPROACH TO
EVERY PATIENT

Meet Our Team

Dr. Payam Ataii
D.M.D, MBA

Biography

Dr. Ataii is an award winning graduate of Tufts Dental School ranking first in his clinical class with a Harvard Externship. He has helped treat over a  thousand clear aligner cases using Invisalign® & ClinCheck® system serves as an Invisalign Expert as Align Faculty. As a key opinion leader in the dental industry, Dr. Ataii has spearheaded beta testing, clinical research projects and holds multiple patents for which have resulted in the clear aligner dental treatment modulates with peer review awards and dental journal publications on both national and international with media features. For the past decade, Dr. Ataii has presented lectures around the country on his research and accumulated findings with thousands of his peers, serves on multiple board and is a recognized KOL, training doctors & team members nationally and internationally helping dental offices reap the rewards of modern technology for their patients, and is a strong believer in using Invisalign® in all aspects of dentistry.

Dr. Ataii has received multiple achievement awards and publications in Dental Research Journals and is Founder of The National Association of Dental Professionals®, Board Member of The Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Faculty at Align Technology, Beta Testing KOL at 3m ESPE, Member of the Airway Centric, and practicing dentistry at his private group practice in Laguna Hills, Ca. His perseverance in research spearheaded him Eight Dental Journal publications and three Dental Peer Review Award. Dr. Ataii holds three patents in the dental industry creating the latest technology for oral cancer detection, sleep appliances and digital sensor-nano technology in orthodontics; he has also been recognized by The Academy of Dental Learning as the Top Dental Speaker in 2010. It’s no wonder that he has been featured both locally and nationally on networks such as ABC, NBC, KNBC and KTLA news for some of his published research. His competence and wit led him to become the makeover dentist on the hit series “Whose Wedding is it Anyways?,” which aired on the Style Network and E!

Dr. Ataii’s passion for giving the gift of a healthy smile and his charitable expression of sincerity have paved the way to recognition not only among his colleagues and patients. The Valiant Women’s Organization of Mission Hospital Foundation selected Dr. Ataii as the Ultimate Makeover Dentist. This benefited the Pediatric Operating Pavilion at CHOC at Mission, as well as Mission Hospital at the 8th Annual Valiant Women Afternoon Tea, which took place at the Ritz Carlton of Laguna Niguel.

As an accredited national speaker, and a champion of his patients’ dental health, Dr. Ataii believes both his patients and peers should reap the rewards of advanced clinical knowledge.  Dr. Ataii has been lecturing on his accumulated data for the past decade to thousands of his peers, bringing forth changes in dentistry, where patients can reap the rewards of modern technology, bringing forth a new dental era.

Dr. Flores
D.D.S.

Biography

Dr. Flores comes to our practice following his graduation from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2008. Since his introduction to dentistry in 1998, he has logged thousands of volunteer hours which eventually led him to his Dental degree. He expanded and focused his Dental training following his graduation by entering a Hospital Dental residency at Rancho Los Amigos where he worked with the developmentally disabled and spinal trauma patients of Los Angeles. His interest in this pursuit was born from a desire to work closely with the underserved to give back for all the opportunities he was afforded in his life. These opportunities were the extensive travel as a competitive athlete where he became close with the diverse cultural populations of the world. This experience gave Dr. Flores the insight to deliver the best care possible for all patients regardless of background or health. For eleven years Dr. Flores competed professionally on the International Snowboard Circuit which took him all over the world starting in the United States to the far reaches of Japan and the many snowcapped peaks in between. Competing in the United States Gran Prix events, Dr. Flores was an Olympic hopeful in Giant Slalom until the strong desire to become a Dentist overcame his desire for that Olympic Gold. Shortly after his Athletic retirement in 1999, the fire to restart his education was lit and this led him to UCSD where he obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology.  Following his extensive training at residency, Dr. Flores has returned to Orange County, where he grew up close by in San Juan Capistrano.

Dr. Flores was the Lead dentist on the Smile Mobile with Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County further expanding his background to include the Children of Southern California. This opportunity led to his appointment as a staff hospital Dentist at St. Jude’s in Fullerton. From this position Dr. Flores began his transition into Private practice and esthetics. Seeking the technological advances of new generation dentistry, Dr. Flores obtained extensive training in the use of CAD/CAM dentistry, Smile design, Implant restoration, to add to a decade of his Dental experience. All along this path he focused on the close bonds with patients that are the foundation of Dr. Flores’ passion in dentistry.

Perfect is how he describes having his family close by and this is the ideal locale for him to continue his service to our community and become part of this new team led By Dr. Ataii at Laser Dental Center.  We welcome Dr. Flores as we merge our passions for patients and dentistry as we continue to provide the premier dental care to the families of South Orange County.

Dr. Derek Duong
D.M.D

Biography

A Graduate of Tufts Dental School, one of the top five dental schools in the United States, Dr. Derek has been with the group practice of Dr. Ataii at Laser Dental Center since the early beginning of his career.

Dr. Derek, brings an expertise with a wide range of dentistry such as endodontics / Root Canal Treatment, Oral surgery (Third Molar or Wisdom Teeth Removal), and Restorative Dentistry at Laser Dental Center.

Dr. Derek uses microscopes provided by Laser Dental Center to treat various dental procedures and complicated procedures with minimal or conservative tooth reduction.

He brings with him a great level of patient care and continues to thrive for advance dental knowledge through continue education in the area of Endodontic, Dental Implant, Periodontic, Restorative and Laser dentistry.

Dr. Rudolph Gamarnik
D.D.S, MS Periodontist

Biography

Dr. Rudolph S. Gamarnik received his DDS degree from the University of Southern California in 1995. After graduating dental school Dr. Gamarnik was commissioned a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, Dental Corps, during which time he completed a one-year residency in advanced general dentistry. After completing his military obligations.

Dr. Gamarnik pursued his specialty training in the field of Periodontics and Dental Implants. During this time Dr. Gamarnik served as Chief resident, while also serving as a clinical instructor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

In 2002 Dr. Gamarnik received his clinical specialty certificate from the Roudabush Veterans Administration Hospital and Master of Science Degree in Dentistry from Indiana University.

Since then he has continued his advanced clinical training in the areas of periodontal plastic surgery, dental implants, and bone and soft tissue reconstruction.

Dr. Martin Writer
D.D.S. MSD Children Orthodonist

Biography

Dr. Writer’s educational background allows him to have the appropriate knowledge base in order to meet his goal. He is a board certified orthodontist who has been practicing orthodontics for 18 years.

Dr. Writer received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He performed his orthodontic residency and received his Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) at Case Western Reserve University, School of Dentistry.

Dr. Writer participates in many dental societies and is a member of the California Dental Association (CDA), the Orange County Dental Society (OCDS), the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (PCSO). Dr. Writer is also a fellow with the World Federation of Orthodontics (WFO).

“Orthodontics is a choice that the patient makes.” Whether your choice is Invisalign, Lingual Braces, Clear Braces or Metal Braces, Dr. Writer believes in helping his patients achieve the smile they want.

Sarah
Dental Hygienist

Biography

Sara received her Dental Hygiene Degree at South Western College, San Diego. With over a decade of dental back office experience, she is able to help answer most dental concerns you may have.

Sarah enjoys educating patients about better oral care and helping them understand and achieve a brighter, healthier smile; we all know smiles are contagious! She strives to provide her patients with a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere while they are at Laser Dental Center.

Nadia
Dental/Invisalign Assistant

Biography

Our Dental/Invisalign Assistant.