"Seeing a patient’s life, attitude and self-confidence change as their smile transforms, and being a little part of making all that happen is
by far the most rewarding aspect
of orthodontics for me."

- Dr. Arruda

"Orthodontics has the ability to curtail dental complications, preserve natural smiles, and promote good health for a lifetime."

- Dr. Desai

Dr. Arruda and Dr. Desai are committed to the highest level of patient care. Dr. Arruda is a board certified orthodontist. Only 5% of dentists are orthodontists, and only 30% of orthodontists are board certified. To be board certified, you must undergo rigorous written and clinical assessments, as well as participate in continued orthodontic education.

When Dr. Arruda isn’t creating beautiful smiles, she can be found spending time with family and friends, coaching and playing soccer, as well as giving back to the community. In Dr. Desai's free time, she can be found playing at the local tennis court or supporting her favorite sports teams, the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers.



  • Saint Louis University
    Master of Science in Dentistry
    Certificate in Orthodontics
  • Case Western Reserve University
    Doctor of Dental Medicine


  • American Association of Orthodontists
    American Dental Association
    Chicago Dental Society

Fellowships & Externships

  • Saint Louis Children’s Hospital
    Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Fellowship
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Externship
  • Harvard Medical School
    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Grand Rounds