Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

To Our Valued Patients:
To protect the health and well being of our patients and their family during the Corona pandemic, Sun Orthodontics will temporarily close our office until April 5, 2020.  We hope these efforts will help slow down the spread of the virus and lessen the burden on our health care system.  If you have a true emergency, please follow the instructions on our voicemail and we will attend to your needs.  We ask for your cooperation, understanding, and patience.  We will continue monitoring the situation, assessing risks and provide updates to you.  We now offer virtual consult / virtual care so you can do it at the comfort of your home.  Please email us at or call/text Dr. Duong at 858-525-1017 to set up your virtual appointment.  We look forward to serving you again soon.

Dr. Duong and team




  • Continue to wear and change your aligners as prescribed.
  • If you run out of aligners, wear the last pair until you see us. If you lost or break the last aligners, go back to the previous ones. Call us so we can order the replacement aligners for you.
  • Continue elastics as prescribed. If you run out of elastics call our office to pickup more outside our office.



  • Continue elastics as prescribed. If you run out call our office to pick up more outside our office.
  • If you have a pokey wire, see if you can trim it using cuticle scissors or a nail clipper. Use wax for temporary relief.
  • If you have a bracket that breaks, it’s okay. We will fix it at the next appointment.
  • Avoid hard, sticky and chewy foods.



  • Continue to turn as prescribed.
  • If you have finished your last turn, STOP turning. Continue to wear your expander until you see us next.
  • If you break or lost your expander call us for instructions.



  • Keep wearing your retainers as prescribed.
  • If you break or lost your retainer, call our office. We may be able to make you a new one and have it available for pick up outside our office


We hope these tips can help you so you don’t have to worry about you or your child’s treatment during this challenging time. If you have any questions at all, please call our office at 858-675-9740. If you would like a virtual visit please email us at or call/text or facetime Dr. Duong at 858-525-1017.

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Welcome to Sun Orthodontics!

A warm welcome to you from Sun Orthodontics serving the San Diego and Rancho Bernardo areas! Dr. Melanie H. Duong and her professional staff look forward to helping you obtain a beautiful, healthy, radiant smile.

We are passionate, experienced professionals who pride ourselves in providing extraordinary services and delivering exceptional orthodontic results using leading edge innovation and technology. We offer comprehensive orthodontic care for teens and adults using self-ligating brackets and Invisalign®. We also provide accelerated treatment using the PROPEL device and offer whitening, sports mouthguards, and minor soft tissue laser surgery.

The smiles we helped create at Sun Orthodontics have graced runways, television shows (Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?), the big screen (Bring It On), and many beauty pageant stages where our patients have been crowned (Miss Teen Rancho Bernardo, Miss Teen Poway, and runner-up Miss Teen China). We received the San Diego award in 2009 for the best local business in the orthodontics category, the 2010 America’s Top Dentist award and the 2011 San Diego Top Docs award.

At Sun Orthodontics, we believe in educating our patients and parents on their orthodontic treatment options. Dr. Duong will evaluate you or your child’s orthodontic needs and customize a treatment plan to achieve optimal results. We appreciate the trust and confidence you have placed in us. If you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact us or come by our office. We look forward to seeing you smile!

Reader's Choice Award

Sun Orthodontics is so honored to be voted four years in a row to be the top three best orthodontists in the North County Inland as polled by the Poway News Chieftain

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Meet the Doctor

Dr. Melanie Duong has been creating beautiful smiles since 1997. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Alabama where she ranked in the top ten of her class.

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At Sun Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality care to patients of all ages using modern braces, appliances and technology. Take a tour of our modern and beautiful office conveniently located in San Diego, CA.

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