Debra Shin, D.D.S., M.S.D.

Debra Shin, D.D.S.

A great smile opens many doors for the rest of your life. A person’s confidence blossoms with the gift of a smile, and Dr. Debra feels honored to be trusted with the job to custom design your legendary smile for you.

She is open and welcoming, and loves to answer all your questions. She is dedicated to make you and your family feel comfortable throughout your experience at Shin Orthodontics. Rest assured that she would update your progress with honesty and consistency, and she cares for all of her patients like she would for her own family.

Dr. Debra Shin isn’t your run-of-the-mill orthodontist. In fact, you may even say she played a great hand in the gamble of her own destiny. If you asked her today, she would tell you she considers herself privileged and fortunate to have arrived here.


A few fun tidbits about Dr. Debra:

  • She had terrible buck teeth as a teenager girl and had to wear braces for 3 years! Her orthodontist took out 4 of her permanent teeth to correct her bite!
  • Dr. Debra was on the Volleyball team in her high school. She tried out in college but had to leave the country.
  • She left her native country Taiwan (a tiny island outside of China) at 19 years old!
  • She attended National Taiwan University for one year and decided to start over in America! National Taiwan University was considered the best college in Taiwan. (It was a difficult decision!)
  • Albeit knowing very limited English when she came to America, she graduated with honor from University of California, Berkeley 5 short years after her arrival! (Go Bears!)
  • Dr. Debra then attended and graduated from UCLA School of Dentistry. (Go Bruins!)
  • Dr. Debra completed a 27-month post-graduate orthodontic program at University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, Denver CO.
  • She holds a Master of Dental Medicine degree also from University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, Denver CO.
  • Dr. Debra practiced orthodontics in Greater Los Angeles region for several years before moving to the Music City, Nashville TN, where she worked as an associate.
  • Dr. Debra loves to learn! She believes the best professionals remain perpetual students!
  • Dr. Debra is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association.
  • In addition, Dr. Shin is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
  • Less than 25% of all orthodontic specialists go through the comprehensive examination to become board certified, which demonstrates Dr. Debra’s commitment to excellence.
  • Dr. Debra is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is a beginner at Spanish.
  • Dr. Debra finds her zen in the swimming pool. She learned to snowboard while living in the Rocky mountain mile high city in her residency. She loves to make healthy home-cooked meals for her family, and always looks forward to travel to places she hasn’t been!

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Why Choose Us?

  • State of the art technology
  • We use a team approach of general dentists and specialists for comprehensive dental care.
  • Multiple hygienists can see the whole family at once
  • Compassionate and knowledgeable staff in a comfortable environment
  • Acceptance of most insurance plans and flexible payment options