About Us

We are breaking the mold of traditional orthodontists. At WAO, we go beyond traditional orthodontics because we believe oral health is essential to general health and well-being at every stage of life. Our approach involves fixing the cause of the condition and looking at everything from the inside out. And during the course of this journey, we will also give you a killer smile that will last a lifetime.

Our holistic approach to treating our patients goes beyond achieving straight teeth. Not only will your treatment improve your teeth, bite, and smile, but you’ll also notice a change in your health and well-being. 

How, you ask? It is part of our bigger picture approach — a healthy mouth is good for your whole-body wellness. Your mouth actually serves as a window into your overall health. A healthy mouth enables not only nutrition of the physical body, but also enhances social interaction and promotes self-esteem and feelings of well-being. Breathing is immensely important and is closely related to sleep, so don’t be alarmed if we ask you if you snore. We do everything to facilitate better breathing in our treatment and create stable proper function that will minimize future dental work. When teeth align properly, all other functioning is greatly improved, which helps patients better maintain overall health without surgery. We know the importance of this because 80% of the patients in our pain clinic had previous orthodontic treatment. We know our treatment methods are effective because these patients are no longer living with pain. 



Dr. Bas Wafelbakker, DMD

Since 1985, Dr. Wafelbakker has been providing his patients with top-quality orthodontic care. He chose the oral health field because his grandfather was a dentist, and he enjoyed the mix of using his mind, his hands, and socializing all at the same time. Dr. Wafelbakker continues to stay on the cutting edge of orthodontics by participating and lecturing in education courses in both the U.S. and abroad.





Dr. Chris Anderson  DDS, MSD

Dr. Anderson is a Bay Area native and joined Dr. Wafelbakker’s practice in 2006. He is passionate about making his patients feel comfortable in the office and helping them achieve a healthy bite and beautiful smile that will set them up for a lifetime of good oral health and confidence. His love for orthodontics stems from being able to utilize art, science, and technology to improve the lives of his patients, while forming lasting relationships with the families along the way. When not in the office, Dr. Anderson enjoys spending time with his wife, Wendy, and two children, Ben and Molly.



Our Team

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  • Elisa
    Registered Dental Assistant
  • Hannah
    Registered Dental Assistant/Scheduling Coordinator
  • Jackie
    Clinical Assistant
  • Kathy
    Registered Dental Assistant/Clinical Manager
  • Shadia
    Clinical Assistant
  • Valentina
    Registered Dental Assistant/Treatment Coordinator
  • Sasha
    Registered Dental Assistant
  • Sammy
    Registered Dental Assistant
  • Lexi
    Registered Dental Assistant
  • Maddie
    Treatment Coordinator
  • Mary
    Office Manager
  • Robin
    Observation Coordinator
  • Samantha
    Clinical Assistant
  • AJ
    Registered Dental Assistant/Clinical Supervisor
  • Amanda
    Insurance Coordinator
  • Barbara
    Scheduling Coordinator
  • Betsy
    Scheduling Coordinator
  • Carmela
    Observation Coordinator
  • Deanna
    Treatment Coordinator
  • DeNell
    Registered Dental Assistant
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