About Dr. Azarbal

About Dr. Azarbal

“There is no moment more exciting than when a patient’s new smile is revealed (even in the beginning of a smile makeover) and the patient gets a glimpse of how he or she will look.” – Dr. Arash Azarbal

Dr. Arash Azarbal received his degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2002. After graduation, he completed his general practice residency with the New York Department of Veterans Affairs. Before attending dental school at USC, Dr. Azarbal completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA and graduated with honors (cum laude) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychoboiololgy.

In addition to his general dentistry education, Dr. Azarbal has received advanced certification and training in cosmetic dentistry. He completed the Aesthetics Continuum at the UCLA School of Dentistry, as well as several advanced continua at the Eubank Institute for Smile Design and Advanced Occlusion. Dr. Azarbal is a certified Level 2 Invisalign® Premier provider. He is an active member of the San Gabriel Valley Dental Society chapter of the California Dental Association. Furthermore, Dr. Azarbal has served as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Director at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, in the Division of Restorative Sciences. From 2013 to 2015, he was an instructor in Dental Morphology, Function, and Esthetics (DMFE), where he worked under Dr. Pascal Mange, world-renowned professor and one of the fathers of biomimetic dentistry.

Dr. Azarbal’s Dental Philosophy

Dr. Azarbal loves the profession of dentistry and is constantly striving to advance his knowledge and training in dentistry. He is continuously striving to keep up with the latest advances in the field. Every year he participates in more than 100 hour of continuing education in numerous multi-day continua that include training in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and orthodontics and sedation.

Dr. Azarbal uses a conservative approach to imitate ideal natural dentition in form, function, and aesthetics using appropriate design and material. When restoring teeth it is important to try to conserve the areas that provide the core structural strength. If that is not possible, then the design is imitated using the correct materials with an understanding of how forces act on them. It is therefore, extremely important to understand natural morphology and properties, how dental materials and design correlate to them, and to do it in an aesthetically beautiful manner (as different types of composites and porcelains can have significantly different properties).

Cosmetic and restorative work is particularly satisfying to Dr. Azarbal. He really enjoys restoring and bringing the dentition and the mouth back to health—both aesthetically and in function—and maintaining it there.

In his spare time, Dr. Azarbal enjoys running, and he occasionally runs the Los Angeles marathon. He also enjoys watching sports, particularly baseball and football, and playing golf occasionally.


Photo of Pasadena dentist Dr. Arash Azarbal, running in the Hollywood half marathon.

Dr. Azarbal, running in the Hollywood half marathon