Dr. Mireya Ortega DDS, Dentist

Dr. Mireya Ortega DDS


1060 Ski Run Blvd. South Lake Tahoe California, 96150



Mireya Ortega, DDS, is a seasoned dentist with a private practice, High Sierra Dental Care, in Lake Tahoe, California. She has 27 years of experience in dentistry with special expertise in Orthodontics, Restorative Dentistry, and Oral Cancer Screenings. Dr. Ortega received her medical degree in 1987 from the University of California at Los Angeles. Trained at the VA Hospital, she is certified as an Anxiety Control Specialist and holds extensive orthodontics training. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Sacramento Dental Society, and Sports Dentistry Society. Over the course of her career, she received a number of distinctions and accolades, including America's Best Dentist, National Consumer Advisory Board (2009-2014), Top Dentist, National Consumer Advisory Board, USA Top Dentist, LLC (2012), Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society (1987), American Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped Award (1987), Robert B. Wolcott Operative Dentistry Award, UCLA School of Dentistry (1987), Robert P. Thye Dental Alumni Award, UCLA School of Dentistry Alumni (1987), California Dental Association Award (1987), and UCLA Dental Auxiliary Utilization Award (1987). As far as philanthropic initiatives, Dr. Ortega is involved in The Young Tahoe Smile program that provides dental care at very low fees to children of families who qualify.

Education and Training


Board Certification

Anxiety Control Specialist; Orthodontics Training

Provider Details

MaleEnglish 32 years of experience
Dr. Mireya Ortega DDS
Dr. Mireya Ortega DDS's Expert Contributions
  • Do children need fillings for baby teeth?

    Yes. Baby teeth are very important. They are not just needed to chew food. They save the position and space for the adult teeth. If the child is in pain it is important to see a dentist. Left untreated the problem could become a more serious. The decision to treat the tooth versus extraction is based on an evaluation and whether there is sufficient tooth to restore or not. In addition have the roots reserved completely or are they still intact. Your child is in pain and needs to see a dentist. Hope this answer help. READ MORE

  • I never grew out of my buck teeth. What should I do?

    Yes, it is never too late to have orthodontics (braces). I would suggest you reach out to an orthodontist in your area. READ MORE

  • I suddenly have a gap in between my front teeth. Why?

    Hard to say why this is happening to you without an examination. Sometimes, people develop gaps between teeth due to cavities, teeth fracturing, or gum disease. In the case of gum disease, the bone supporting the teeth is lost and the bite flares the upper front teeth outward towards the lips, which causes the gaps to develop. I would strongly recommend you see a dentist. READ MORE

  • What are the most visible signs and symptoms of a gum disease?

    Great question. The signs of gum disease are subtle in the beginning and often over looked or excused. The initial sign is usually bleeding gums when brush or floss. This is usually diagnosed as gingivitis or inflammation of the gums. Left untreated it progresses and when the individual starts to loose bone it is diagnosed as periodontitis. Bad breath can also be an indicator. The best manner to care for your families dental health is to find a dental home and see the dentist regularly. I sincerely hope my response was of assistance to you. Thank you. READ MORE

  • Is a root canal in pregnancy safe?

    Your condition is already advanced. Waiting is only going to let matters get worse. The pain and the infection will increase and this is not good for the baby. Emergency treatment should be done at any time during a pregnancy. Elective treatment is best during the second trimester or after the delivery. Hope this helps you decide. READ MORE

  • Do dentists offer services to the uninsured?

    Yes to both of your questions. Each office is different with regards to what payment plans they may offer and you will need to contact them directly in order to find out what they offer. I hope my response was helpful. READ MORE

  • Front tooth cavity

    If the filling is small, composite/bonding is recommended. Bonding is conservative and least expensive. If the filling is large, you should discuss the possibility of porcelain veneers. These are more color stable, but also require preparation and are more expensive. The best information you can receive would be to have a consultation with your dentist. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

OrthodonticsRestorative and Oral Cancer Screenings

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • past panel member for the State of California’s “Healthy Families Program -
  • California Dental Association’s Council on Community Health -
  • Associate Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Dentistry -


  • America's Best Dentist, National Consumer Advisory Board, 2009-2014
  • Top Dentist, National Consumer Advisory Board, USA Top Dentist, LLC, 2012
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society, 1987
  • American Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped Award, 1987
  • Robert B. Wolcott Operative Dentistry Award, UCLA School of Dentistry, 1987
  • Robert P. Thye Dental Alumni Award, UCLA School of Dentistry Alumni, 1987
  • California Dental Association Award, 1987
  • UCLA Dental Auxiliary Utilization Award, 1987


  • VA hospital

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Sacramento Dental Society, Sports Dentistry Society

What do you attribute your success to?

  • Always Putting her Patients First, Always Doing what she can to Help the Community

Philanthropic Initiatives

  • The Young Tahoe Smile program provides dental care at $5 to $10 per visit to children of families who qualify.

Hobbies / Sports

  • Founded Dogs on the Run, a Pet Care Educaiton Company, Fishing, Hiking, Outdoors

Favorite professional publications

  • Sports Dentistry

Accepted Insurance

Dr. Mireya Ortega DDS's Practice location

1060 Ski Run Blvd. -
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
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