Meet Dr. Kelly Hong

“Committed to offering the highest quality, personalized treatment to every patient, Dr. Kelly is known for her exquisite attention to detail and for providing each patient with ample time to discuss the goals for his or her smile.”

Her patients can be heard calling her the “smile designer.”

Portrait of Dr. Kelly Hong at Kelly Smile in Los Angeles, CAEver since she was a child growing up in South Korea and discovered that the reason her grandfather never smiled was because he had rotten teeth, Kelly Hong, DDS has been dedicated to making people smile. As a young girl, Kelly loved to sculpt and paint; art was an integral part of her life. So it was a natural progression for her to utilize her innate artistic talents and become a cosmetic dentist in order to provide her patients with the most aesthetic smile possible. “I call cosmetic dentistry the art of the smile. You need to have an artistic eye to go along with the skills to create the perfect smile for each patient,” states Dr. Kelly, as her patients affectionately call her.

Dr. Kelly Hong discussing cosmetic dentistry with a patient in Los Angeles, CA

Committed to offering the highest quality, personalized treatment to every patient, Dr. Kelly is known for her exquisite attention to detail and for providing each patient with ample time to discuss the goals for his or her smile. Dr. Kelly’s clinical training and experience has made her familiar with the most advanced techniques, allowing her to provide a range of treatment options, including full mouth reconstruction, dental implants, Invisalign®, soft tissue laser treatment, soft tissue and bone grafting, as well as treatment of TMJ with the combination of acupuncture. Dr. Kelly is one of the first dentists in the country to offer the “Instant Smile,” a snap-on smile® makeover that can be used for special occasions or for patients seeking an alternative to porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, or a full mouth makeover.

Dr. Kelly’s Story

At the age of 17, Dr. Kelly moved to the United States to pursue an American education. She quickly learned English, went to college and then attended Loma Linda University Dental School for post-graduate studies, where she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2004. The school was so impressed with the extent of her knowledge, they invited Dr. Kelly to become an instructor in restorative dentistry at the University Dental School. She has been teaching and preparing dental students to become skilled and caring dentists since 2006.

In 2007, Dr. Kelly opened her first dental office in Apple Valley, CA and although relatively new to the profession, word of her outstanding dentistry skills spread throughout the community and almost immediately her practice was thriving. She became “Dr. Kelly” to the locals and was revered for her community service, treating the dental needs of the homeless as well as underprivileged children in the neighborhood, pro bono.
Dr. Kelly Hong with dentistry tools from the point of view of a patient during a cosmetic dentistry session in Los Angeles, CA
After a chance social encounter with a celebrity in West Los Angeles, who subsequently became her patient, Dr. Kelly’s reputation for exceptional aesthetic dentistry talent spread throughout the Hollywood community. Scores of production personnel made the 80-mile trek from LA to Apple Valley to see Dr. Kelly. At the request of her Hollywood patients, Dr.Kelly decided to open a second office in Los Angeles. In May 2011, she opened up a suite of high-tech, state-of-the art offices in the prestigious Century City Medical Towers. She now shares her time between both locations.

Dr. Kelly belongs to the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, LA County Dental Society, Orange County Dental Society, and the Tri-County Dental Society. In addition to serving as a practicing dentist, she is a professor at Loma Linda University Dental School.

Outside of her clinical practice, Dr. Kelly continues to paint and sculpt in her spare time. Another one of her artistic hobbies is fashion design. Her greatest pleasure is providing pro bono services to the underprivileged, often using her vacation time to travel overseas to treat those that cannot afford dental services. Says Dr. Kelly, “one my favorite things in life is giving smiles back to kids who were abused and abandoned. I go to local organizations or shelters and provide them with their dental needs. I love to make these kids SMILE.”

Education and Memberships:

Graduated from Loma Linda School of Dentistry.
Dr. Kelly is a professor at Loma Linda School of Dentistry.

Dr. Kelly is the member of:

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Tri-county dental Society
  • Los Angeles County Dental Society

Since she began practicing dentistry, Dr. Kelly kept up to date on many continuing educational classes, ensuring that her patients receive the most comprehensive and advanced dental care.