Taylor M. Olsen, DDS, MSD
Orthodontics is life altering! It not only straightens teeth but also changes faces as we work to achieve a balanced smile and facial aesthetics. I love when people come in who for years have smiled a closed-lip smile because they are embarrassed about their teeth, and leave smiling ear to ear because they are now so proud of their smile! It boosts their confidence and gives them the desire to smile, which brightens not only their day but those around them. What a wonderful opportunity to not only align your teeth, but also help you smile so you can share more of yourself with those around you, improving your quality of life, and that of those you know.
I really enjoy getting to know my patients and watching them transform, mature, and gain self-esteem as their smile improves. I’m inherently a perfectionist and that bleeds into my work; I want my patients’ smiles to be perfect! I gain such joy and fulfillment when I take braces off and my patients walk out of the office so excited with their new smile!
Education and Continuing Education
Growing up, I always thought I’d be a physician like my Dad and grandfather. However, while in college, I also found that I loved math, science, and physics and that I like working with my hands. Orthodontics was the perfect fit: the ideal mix of science, physics, and patient interaction.
I attended the University of California-Los Angeles for my Doctorate of Dental Surgery and was blessed to be accepted to the orthodontic program at the University of Washington, one of the best in the country.
As a board-certified orthodontist, I am committed to continuing my education in order to treat patients to the highest level of care with the newest advances available. I am active in my local study club and frequently attend Orange County Advanced Dental Seminars. I am also a member of several professional organizations that provide continuing education opportunities throughout the year:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics
- California Association of Orthodontists
- American Board of Orthodontics
My Personal Passions
I am passionate about making people around me smile, not just with their straight teeth but also smile about life. This desire to serve others started at an early age when I was in boy scouts with the motto, “Do a Good Turn Daily.” Further, the church which I attend has a lay ministry so members are constantly asked to volunteer their time and efforts to help the people of the community.
I’m also passionate about the outdoors. Growing up in scouting and further as an adult I have always enjoyed hiking and camping. I love to surf and be in the water with friends.
Lastly, I’m passionate about my family. My wife Brooke and I were married halfway through dental school. She stuck it out through the last two years of dental school and another two-and-a-half years of orthodontic training before moving to San Clemente.
We now have six children: four boys and two girls. Everything I do is focused on making a good life for my family—spending time with each of my children and helping them enjoy life. You’ll often find me with my children at their soccer practices, basketball practices, at the beach, at the park, at the pool, or wherever else we can find fun!