Meet Dr. Wesley Choi, Pediatric Dentist


Dr. Choi attended Columbia University School of Dentistry and completed his pediatric dentistry training at Yale in 2016. He has lived in New Jersey and Orange County, coming back here to start his family in OC.

He loves being a pediatric dentist to be able to make dental visits fun for young children and set the course for a lifetime of good oral health and overall well-being for them.

Dr. Choi enjoys playing Golf and watching Real Madrid.

Meet Dr. Joyce Kao, Pediatric Dentist


The most rewarding moment for Dr. Kao as a pediatric dentist is seeing the spark in children’s eyes when they accomplish a successful dentist visit. She often says, “Just like a first step, that spark starts them on a positive path to great dental health. “


Dr. Kao obtained her DDS degree from New York University’s College of Dentistry with Honors in Pediatric Dentistry and Special Patient Care. Realizing her passion for treating children and special needs patients, she remained at NYU and its affiliated Bellevue Hospital Center for residency training. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry

Family and Community

After residency, Dr. Kao practiced in Massachusetts for 4 years before settling back in Orange County, where her husband is from. She grew up in Taiwan and Vancouver, Canada, and speaks fluent Mandarin. While not at the office, Dr. Kao enjoys spending time with her twins, building LEGO, cooking, and exploring fun places in southern California with her family.

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Meet Dr. Maryam Meschi, Pedodontist

Dr. Meschi graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in human development. At UCSD, she was an active member of the San Diego Pre-Dental Society and the Dental Clinic Project, where she would help provide dental care to many within the community.

She received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Her advanced training included courses at the renowned A.T. Still University School of Health Management and culminated in her certification in public health with dental emphasis. Dr. Meschi has also actively contributed to many community events. Dr. Meschi served as president of the Pediatric Study Association and was a team leader within the Give-Kids-A-Smile Committee of the dental program.

She has pursued and completed her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Texas A&M University’s Baylor College of Dentistry. Baylor is a dual university- and hospital-based training program that has a strong emphasis on working with many types of children, including those having special needs and those who are medically challenged. During this rigorous training, she also served as a teacher of pediatric dentistry to other Baylor dental students.

Dr. Meschi currently holds active standing in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the California Dental Association.
Dr. Maryam Meschi is an incredible specialist in pediatric dentistry. From a young age, she planned to enter a profession where she could help and work with children. Her goals have always included making sure her patients have a superior experience at their dental visit and giving each patient the utmost in care and comfort. In fact, Dr. Meschi routinely goes beyond the call, to make sure that each patient has a superior and positive dental experience.
In her free time, Dr. Meschi enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, and skiing, scuba diving, and experience-based traveling. She also loves quality time with Cody, her special black-and-white Pomeranian.


Start Comprehensive Pediatric Dental Care

Children's Dental Specialist in Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel, CA

Dental care is often overlooked as a crucial part of a child's overall health. Many parents don't realize just how important it is to find a pediatric dentist you can trust with your child's developing oral health. Quality care from skilled, compassionate specialists can set your child up with a healthy smile for life. 

At Laguna Niguel Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry, we are proud to be the provider of choice for your child's orthodontic and pediatric dental care in Laguna Niguel and Laguna Hills, Orange County, CA.

Why Kids Need Dental Care Early and Often

Proper dental care should start with the eruption of the first tooth. That's why children should visit the dentist by their first birthday, or within six months of their first tooth erupting. However, one in six parents mistakenly believe that kids don't need to go to the dentist until they reach age four or older. This misconception is part of the reason one in five kids ages 5 to 11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth.

If you wait too long to start taking your child to the dentist, cavities and other dental problems may have already set in, making it more challenging to treat issues quickly and effectively. Taking your child to the dentist fulfills three key needs for oral health. 

1. Preventative Care

A basic level of preventative care such as dental cleanings and checkups is necessary to make sure your child's teeth are developing in a healthy manner. Regularly visiting the dentist means any issues beginning to occur can be treated promptly. For example, you might believe your child is brushing and flossing adequately only for the dentist to find cavities. Our pediatric dental specialists review your child's nutrition, genetic and oral habits to address any issues and prevent dental problems in the future.

As kids get older, their teeth may develop problems like misalignment, crowding or significant bite problems. Your pediatric dentist can identify these issues in their earliest stages so you can ensure your child receives the appropriate orthodontic intervention.  

2. Exposure

For optimal lifetime health, your child will need to have regular dental visits. These regular visits during childhood help kids get used to the dentist and see it as a positive part of a healthy lifestyle. Our pediatric dental specialists have the skills to make your child's visit more comfortable and fun, therefore eliminating the anxiety that can sometimes be associated with dental visits. 

3. Education

Both parents and kids need guidance on how to achieve optimal oral health. Your child's dentist can help you with simple things like tips for better tooth brushing as well as explain more complicated concepts like nutritional or mouth habits that may be affecting your child's dental health. For example, your pediatric dentist can explain the different types of preventative tooth sealants you can choose to help keep cavities at bay.

Make Laguna Niguel Orthodontics a Part of Your Family's Dental Health

If you're looking for the right pediatric dental specialist for your child, you'll exceptional kids' dental specialist in Laguna Niguel Orthodontics and Children's Dentistry. Not every dentist has the temperament or experience to create a positive atmosphere for kids and parents. Our specialists are dedicated, skilled and have a passion for helping kids thrive.

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