Dr. Hanieh Hassani graduated from Loma Linda School of Dentistry. Knowing her passion in working with children she continued her training in Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry at Loma Linda School of Dentistry. She has extensive experience in all aspects of pediatric dental care, including caring for infants and patients with special needs. Despite being serious about fighting cavities, she enjoys trying to make each child's dental experience fun and memorable. Before and after graduation she has been involved in community service, mission trips and leadership. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Hassani stays current with advancements in pediatric dentistry by maintaining active memberships with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the California Dental Association.

She lives in Orange county with her husband and baby boy who is 6 months old now. During her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Nidhi is a board-certified pediatric dentist, with a mission to eliminate dental fear and anxiety for every child. She is an advocate of prevention-focused, minimally-invasive dentistry. In 2020, Dr. Nidhi received the prestigious honor of America’s Top 40 under 40 Specialist Dentists by Incisal Edge Magazine. This award recognizes doctors renowned for their medical innovations, volunteer work, philanthropy, and commitment to outstanding patient care. Dr. Nidhi specializes in treating children and individuals with special needs, those suffering from dental anxiety/fear, and parents seeking alternative and functional approaches to oral health. She was a dentist in India before moving to the United States in 2012 to train at UCLA’s School of Dentistry. After completing her pediatric dental fellowship at the University of Connecticut, she became one of the 3% of active dentists in the U.S. that specialize in treating children. Dr. Nidhi has been in this field for over a decade and currently offers at-home and in-office dental services to patients in Orange Country, California.

Dr. Nidhi has spent more than a decade in dentistry helping thousands of children experience positive dental visits. She has published her original research in peer-reviewed journals on barriers to dental care for children with autism. Dr. Nidhi has a passion for empowering parents and caregivers with preventive education to make dentistry more mindful and minimally invasive. She is an active member of the California Dental Association, and American Dental Association, and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
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.
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.
Proper dental care should start with the eruption of the first tooth. That's why children should visit the dentist by their first birthday 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.
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.