Meet Dr. Lai


Yu-Ching Lai, DDS

Passionate about the art and science behind orthodontics.

Dr. Lai underwent orthodontic treatment as a child for severe crowding, so she’s been on both sides of the chair. She used to hide her teeth before treatment, but that all changed after braces, and she’s now happy to show off her confident smile.

As your local Albany orthodontistOpen link to see the home page, she aims to give you and your family that same life-changing experience through modern bracesLearn more about Braces & Retainers or Invisalign®Learn more about Invisalign clear aligners. Orthodontic treatments not only help smiles look more beautiful but can help improve oral health, correct the bite’s alignment, and promote better overall wellness.

Outside of the office, Dr. Lai enjoys spending time with family, hiking, swimming, doing yoga, reading, cooking, and relaxing with coffee or tea.

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Why See Our Orthodontist?

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  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, University of California San Francisco, School of Dentistry
  • Charley Schultz Resident Scholar Award, 2nd place for Scientific Research, American Association of Orthodontists, 2007 Annual Meeting at Seattle
  • Michael G. Buonocore Award, Poster Presentation at The Rochester Section of the American Association for Dental Research
  • William H. Bowen International Fellowship, University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Center for Oral Biology

Hear from Real Patients

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Orthodontics Can Be Comfortable & Convenient

Dr. Lai creates personalized experiences at our Albany, CA practice.

Dr. Lai is a family orthodontist who works with all ages, including kids, teens, and adults.

She aims to make modern orthodontic treatmentsLearn more about our services stress-free, affordable, and more accessible for our local communities of Albany, Berkley, El Cerrito, Richmond, Oakland, Emeryville and San Francisco.

How does Dr. Lai do it?

Your First Visit with Dr. Lai at Lai Orthodontics

After meeting our friendly front office team, you can complete any remaining forms.

  • Dr. Lai provides a stress-free, pressure-free, and pain-free consultation in a safe and private space.

  •  Through open discussions, she understands your needs, goals, and fears.

  • Dr. Lai will suggest your options, realistic outcomes, and timelines.

If you choose to proceed, Dr. Lai will provide a clear outline of expectations, including fees, schedule, and next steps.

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