About Our Office

The team at Austin – Research offers a breadth of orthodontic services to meet the needs of kids, teens, and adults. Helping our patients reveal confident smiles through tailored orthodontic treatment plans is our goal. If you’re looking for braces or Invisalign® aligner options from a family orthodontist near you, book your FREE consultation online or by phone today.

  • Dr. De La Fuente attended the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry, has practiced orthodontics since 2012, and is a Top 1% Invisalign® Diamond Plus Provider
  • Dr. De La Fuente is a 2nd generation orthodontist
  • Among the top orthodontists in Austin, TX with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Bilingual, Spanish speaking team
  • Smile Doctors Orthodontics proudly serves the communities in the following zip codes: 78758, 78756, 78751, 78752, 78757
  • Convenient locations in Austin and Round Rock
  • Convenient scheduling and progress tracking through Smile Doctors Anywhere app
  • Affordable monthly payment options and discounts are available for qualifying patients
  • Most dental insurance plans accepted
8754 Research Blvd,
Austin, TX, 78758-6420
Monday - Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 8am-12pm
Recent Google Reviews:

"(Translated by Google) Excellent treatment from all the staff that attends you, comfortable prices in any treatment, Recommended 🫶🏻 (Original) Excelente trato de todo el personal que te atiende, precios cómodos en cualquier tratamiento, Recomendado 🫶🏻"

5-star
Malu Manher

About Our Office

The team at Austin – Research offers a breadth of orthodontic services to meet the needs of kids, teens, and adults. Helping our patients reveal confident smiles through tailored orthodontic treatment plans is our goal. If you’re looking for braces or Invisalign® aligner options from a family orthodontist near you, book your FREE consultation online or by phone today.

  • Dr. De La Fuente attended the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry, has practiced orthodontics since 2012, and is a Top 1% Invisalign® Diamond Plus Provider
  • Dr. De La Fuente is a 2nd generation orthodontist
  • Among the top orthodontists in Austin, TX with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Bilingual, Spanish speaking team
  • Smile Doctors Orthodontics proudly serves the communities in the following zip codes: 78758, 78756, 78751, 78752, 78757
  • Convenient locations in Austin and Round Rock
  • Convenient scheduling and progress tracking through Smile Doctors Anywhere app
  • Affordable monthly payment options and discounts are available for qualifying patients
  • Most dental insurance plans accepted
8754 Research Blvd,
Austin, TX, 78758-6420
Monday - Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 8am-12pm
Google
5-star

Orthodontic Services Available

Braces

Smile Doctors offers metal and ceramic braces to suit our patients’ needs. Our orthodontists can develop a custom orthodontic treatment plan for kids, teens, and adults.

Invisalign® Aligners

A clear alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign® aligners are a convenient choice for adults and teens looking to discreetly straighten their teeth with clear aligners.

Smile Express®

Get the smile of your dreams in six months or less with Smile Express®! Learn how our local orthodontists can help adults touch up their smile with aligners shipped straight to your door.

Retainers

Keep your smile beautiful with clear or fixed retainers from Smile Doctors. Our orthodontists can fit a new or existing patient for a retainer and offer retainer repairs and replacements if needed.

Rising Star (7& Up)

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends children see an orthodontist by age 7. Our RISING STAR program provides children ages 5-10 with complimentary, early care.

Current Offers and Insurance

Everyone deserves a confident and affordable smile. Convenient monthly payments and discounts are available for qualifying patients. We accept most insurance plans and will check your coverage during your FREE initial consultation.

GET UP TO $500 OFF TREATMENT
SPRING SAVINGS ARE HERE

Some restrictions & exclusions may apply.

Up to $500 Off
On comprehensive braces or Invisalign® aligner treatment

* When you sign up for autopay. Additional restrictions & exclusions may apply. Offer excludes any and all services and items covered in-full or in-part by any state or federal Medicaid program.

Pay in Full
Discounts when you pay in full for treatment

* Some restrictions & exclusions may apply.

Military Discount
10% off braces or Invisalign® aligners

A special offer for service members and family

* Some restrictions & exclusions may apply.

Family Plan
Discounts when multiple family members start treatment

* Some restrictions & exclusions may apply.

Meet Our Orthodontists in Austin – Research

Julio DeLaFuente
Dr. Julio DeLaFuente

Dr. De La Fuente (“Dr. D” to many of his patients and team members) will make you feel right at home with his fun-loving attitude and approachable bedside manner. He is proud to have been part of the Smile Doctors family since 2015, creating beautiful smiles for patients of all ages. Dr. D is all about the patient experience. He values patient comfort, treatment efficiency, and catering to patient preferences such as braces vs. Invisalign®. Dr D has given multiple lectures on the treatment of complex cases with both braces and Invisalign. He is a “Diamond Top 1%” provider of Invisalign clear aligners. Dr. D strives to bring the most advanced technology and expertise to the practice to create beautify healthy smiles. He is known for his efficient and effective approach to seamlessly align your teeth in the shortest time possible.

In his youth in Mexico City, he grew up helping out at his dad’s orthodontic office after school and was inspired by seeing the impact his dad made in patients’ lives. He and his family moved to San Antonio, TX, before his freshman year of high school. After high school, Dr. D attended UTSA where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Biology. Dr D then graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSCSA), where he obtained his dental degree and was inducted into the Ommicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honors Society. He stayed at UTHSCSA for another 3 years in the Orthodontic Specialty Program, obtaining his Orthodontic Diplomate and a Master’s in Dental Science.

When he’s not nerding out over teeth, Dr. D enjoys spending time with his out-of-his-league wife, Jen, and their two adorable (yet evil) cats. He loves all types of board sports (wakeboarding, snowboarding, kiteboarding, taking the National Dental Boards…wait, what?) and it eats him up inside that Jen can ski faster than he snowboards. Dr. D also loves giving back to the community through volunteering at Manos de Cristo Dental clinic, where he provides dental care for those in need.

Meet Our Orthodontists in Austin

Julio DeLaFuente
Dr. Julio DeLaFuente

Dr. De La Fuente (“Dr. D” to many of his patients and team members) will make you feel right at home with his fun-loving attitude and approachable bedside manner. He is proud to have been part of the Smile Doctors family since 2015, creating beautiful smiles for patients of all ages. Dr. D is all about the patient experience. He values patient comfort, treatment efficiency, and catering to patient preferences such as braces vs. Invisalign®. Dr D has given multiple lectures on the treatment of complex cases with both braces and Invisalign. He is a “Diamond Top 1%” provider of Invisalign clear aligners. Dr. D strives to bring the most advanced technology and expertise to the practice to create beautify healthy smiles. He is known for his efficient and effective approach to seamlessly align your teeth in the shortest time possible.

In his youth in Mexico City, he grew up helping out at his dad’s orthodontic office after school and was inspired by seeing the impact his dad made in patients’ lives. He and his family moved to San Antonio, TX, before his freshman year of high school. After high school, Dr. D attended UTSA where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Biology. Dr D then graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSCSA), where he obtained his dental degree and was inducted into the Ommicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honors Society. He stayed at UTHSCSA for another 3 years in the Orthodontic Specialty Program, obtaining his Orthodontic Diplomate and a Master’s in Dental Science.

When he’s not nerding out over teeth, Dr. D enjoys spending time with his out-of-his-league wife, Jen, and their two adorable (yet evil) cats. He loves all types of board sports (wakeboarding, snowboarding, kiteboarding, taking the National Dental Boards…wait, what?) and it eats him up inside that Jen can ski faster than he snowboards. Dr. D also loves giving back to the community through volunteering at Manos de Cristo Dental clinic, where he provides dental care for those in need.

Awards & Certifications

Patient Reviews

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“If you have kids…this is where you should go. After our first orthodontics experience with an expander (not a good experience), I started doing my research. I went to about 5 different consultations before settling with Invisalign with Dr. La Fuentes. I got good vibes right away, but only time would tell….my daughter is extremely anxious about dental stuff because of that expander experience, and I did not prepare her at all for the fact that brackets would be placed on her teeth before the Invisalign, so needless to say we were both surprised. I showed up with my four kids and truthfully thought about rescheduling because I knew this would be difficult with my whole crew plus my daughters nerves. However, this team of professionals blew my mind. The individual who was working on my daughter took almost two hours to do the procedure instead of the allotted 30 minutes. She walked my daughter through every step. Was patient with her tears and freak outs. Allowed every concession she could. As a mama, this was unbelievable. Truly. I was just blown away. Never did I feel rushed or like anyone was frustrated. By the end, my daughter did go through with all of the procedure and she was very proud of herself for working through it. It also built trust back for the dental world that people can be slow, kind, and gentle. Admin from the front desk came and took my one year old to walk around and play. While Dr. La Fuentes did a “science experiment” with my other two. Truly, the entire office was helping care for my family in the most amazing way.”

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Katie Hollis
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“Doctor Julian de La Fuente is treating my daughter. He is super super nice and very good at what he does. He is correcting a wrong smile my daughter had after other orthodontists’ job left her with a crooked smile and un-aligned smile.. we are not finished but it’s looking very good.”

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Lise C
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“Love Smile Doctors! I let them know exactly what I was hoping to achieve and they clearly outlined the pros and cons of Invisalign vs traditional braces. I’m nearing the end of my Invisalign treatment and couldn’t be happier. Everyone there is friendly and appear to love what they do. Highly recommend them and also enjoyed the scan box to track my progress weekly which resulted in fewer in person visits. The amount of times I’m complimented on my smile and the overall health of my teeth/gums has made this process well worth it.”

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Dawny Yvette
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“The tech was very nice. She explained everything to my mom and I.”

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Goldgal Tune
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“(Translated by Google) Excellent results, in a short time. (Original) Excelente resultados ,en poco tiempo .”

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Berenice Gil