SHN Orthodontics offers you Orthodontists, not simply general dentists. An Orthodontist is a dentist who has not only completed a graduate program in dentistry to receive their DDS or DMD (Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine), but has also gone through a competitive residency at a CODA-accredited Orthodontic program for an additional 2-3 years to be trained specifically in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
Over 40 years ago Dr. Nissen's father, Dr. James Hilgers, established his Orthodontic practice at our current location. Dr. Nissen is a proud third-generation Orthodontist who enjoys the pleasure of delivering orthodontic treatment in her own unique way! Her hallmarks are great orthodontic vision, attention to detail, and a kind and communicative approach to practice.
Dr. Nissen is a local product of St. Margaret's in San Juan Capistrano and after her education in The Bay Area and Boston, she returned to receive her Master's Degree in Orthodontics from Loma Linda University.
We look forward to our journey with you!
To say that we are patient-centric is an understatement. We exist to help you and take great pride in providing you with kind, gentle, thoughtful, and professional orthodontic care. Creating a smile that you are proud of is an honor for us and we enjoy every step of this journey with you!
We go the extra mile to ensure a transparent, honest, and well communicated orthodontic treatment. In practicality, this means that we have a "open operatory" policy. We want want you to see our work, understand our method, and to ask as many questions as you can so that you feel comfortable with your patient care. Parents-- we really encourage you to be chair-side with us asking questions and learning all you can about your child's treatment.
Our modern office is meant to be an oasis of relaxation during your visit. Leave your stress and worries at the door, enjoy a fresh coffee, a water, a magazine, or even a Mrs. Field's cookie hot from the oven (don't worry-- it will be our little secret!).
Our family has been practicing orthodontics in this very office since the early 1970's. Imagine Dr. Nissen as a little girl watching her father, Dr. James Hilgers, proudly practice his trade. And then see Dr. Nissen as a teenager mixing orthodontic cement for braces. The Hilgers Family and Mission Viejo Orthodontics have been a tradition for over 40 years and we are honored to carry the baton!
Our staff makes this practice what it is. They are talented, kind, friendly, and fun. They will treat you and your children with great respect and care and they just love what they do. And it shows in their work!
Great Orthodontics resides at the intersection of training, vision, and technology. We employ the best technology on the market from Invisalign, to the Damon System, to low radiation dental imaging. We invest in technology and your result and experience will directly be impacted by our commitment to that investment.
Miles and Miles of Smiles!