Meet Dr. Yamada

A Life of Exceptional Academic Honors, Scholarships, and Achievements

Dr. Merilynn Yamada founded Buena Vista Orthodontics in 1990 and was voted Burbank's Best Orthodontist many years in a row. She is a certified orthodontic specialist who graduated from the nationally renowned UCSF Department of Orthodontics and the UCLA School of Dentistry. She was awarded scholarships and graduated with distinction, being elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a society honoring the top 11 percent of the class. She was also a UCLA undergraduate and graduated on the Dean's Honor Roll, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She is known for her excellent diagnostic skills and treatment results, a great sense of humor and excellent rapport with her patients.

Dedicated to Leadership and Excellence

Upon graduation from the UCLA School of Dentistry, Dr. Yamada was awarded the prestigious California Dental Association Award. She is an active member of the:

  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
  • California Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • San Fernando Valley Dental Society
  • Academy of Orthodontic Excellence

An Orthodontist Committed to Making a Positive Difference

In addition to her private practice, she has volunteered her services to children in need throughout her career. She has donated her services for over 18 years to the St. Joseph's Hospital Dental Clinic and the Burbank Community Dental Clinic.

Uniquely Experienced Clinician And Teacher

Dr. Yamada has practiced orthodontics for over 20 years and has treated over 6,000 smiles. She has shared her knowledge with others in academic arenas:

  • Faculty and Visiting Lecturer at the UCLA School of Dentistry in the departments of Operative Dentistry and Clinical Orthodontics
  • Lecturer on Current Concepts in Orthodontics
  • She has served on the Admissions Committee of the UCLA School of Dentistry and Department of Orthodontics
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Committed To Providing The Best In Treatment, Care, And Technology

Dr. Yamada is committed to providing her patients with a wide range of excellent orthodontic technologies including:

Damon Comfort Brace System – Dr. Yamada uses the Damon System that delivers superb treatment with more comfort, faster completion times, and fewer appointments. This system is popular with all ages because of the results!

Invisalign – Dr. Yamada is designated a Premier Provider of invisalign because of her exceptional experience with this treatment and she is among the top 5% of invisalign providers in the nation.

Inside Braces – We use the ultimate in inside or invisible braces. This type of treatment is the most esthetic and invisible of all, and your secret is safe with us!


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