Our Caring Staff

At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health.  We view each patient as a unique individual and tailor each treatment to your specific needs.  As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication.  Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care and that we value the trust you have placed in us.

Dr. Monica Puentes - Downey DentistDr. Monica Puentes - Downey Dentist
Dr. Monica Puentes

Dr. Puentes childhood passion for helping others ultimately led her to dentistry. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Cal State Dominguez Hills. She attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and graduated with a DDS degree in 2002. She furthered her education by doing a residency program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. Throughout the years, Dr. Puentes has provided quality comprehensive care to Downey residents and its surrounding area since 2005. She is an airway-centered dentist that recognizes the importance of evaluating teeth, airway, and TMJ’s. Dr. Puentes is very knowledgeable in all aspects of general dentistry including functional orthodontics and Invisalign. She spends countless hours attending different courses to further her education and provide the latest and best treatment to her patients.

Dr. Puentes is also an active member of these professional organizations:

  • Academy of General Dentistry(AGD)
  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics(AAFE)
  • United States Dental Institute(USDI)
  • White Memorial Craniofacial Pain TMJ
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • California Dental Association (CDA)

At home Dr. Puentes enjoys reading, hiking, running, but most of all, spending quality time with her family. She’s got 3 vivacious and energetic girls that keep her very busy with their school and dance.

Hoi Registered Dental Hygienist - Dr. Monica Puentes, DDS


Registered Dental Hygienist

Hoi is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene in 2005. She recently moved to California from North Carolina and has been enjoying the beautiful weather, culture and different foods that SoCal has to offer! Her favorite part of her job is providing patients the experience of good dental care and the feeling of a great smile. How and her husband are blessed with their little son-Carter. On her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, traveling, practicing photography, catching up on Netflix/Bravo and chasing her son.

Lynette Office Manager - Dr. Monica Puentes, DDS


Dental Assistant


Manny Dental Assistant - Dr. Monica Puentes, DDS


Dental Assistant


She is the best dentist! Professional, friendly and provides excellent dental service and preventive care.

Tirza V.

I’ve been a patient of Dr Puentes for many years now. All the girls in the office are friendly and attentive. I’ve always had the best of care and Dr. Puentes is only dentist I trust for all my dental care. 

Veronica M.

I highly recommend this dental office! The staff is amazing and friendly. They’re gentle and take their time on you and explain everything before and after.

Karina R.

Monica along with her staff treat you with respect and are very gentle. Completely understanding and willing to work with you. Her type of care is like no other, I do not like the dentist but they make the visit more comfortable for me.

Natalie C.

Dr. Monica Puentes and her team are fantastic! Kind, thorough, and caring. Can’t recommend them enough!

Andrew R.

This is a extraordinary dental office! Definitely I would recommend.The front office and the dentist are extremely kind and efficient. Overall they give great dental care. Amazing Dentist.

Lupe C.

Call : (562) 861-3181

11116 Rives Ave, Downey, CA 90241

Working Hours

Monday:  9AM-5PM
Tuesday:  9AM-5PM
Wednesday:  9AM-5PM
Thursday:  9AM-5PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


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