San Francisco dentist Norberto Li and his dedicated multilingual clinic team offer a wide range of general and specialized dental services for San Francisco and Bay Area, California residents and visitors.

Baby Panda Bear somersaults to Mother Panda  in bamboo thicket in this children's illustrators ad for  family dentistry for Norberto Li

We welcome you!  If you believe that dentistry should be done in a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere, then come see us.  Our dental team can serve you in:  English  |  Spanish:  Bienvenido a nuestra oficina. |  Vietnamese:  Chào mừng bạn đến văn phòng của chúng tôi. |  Cantonese-Chinese:  歡迎來到我們的辦公室。 |  Mandarin-Chinese:  欢迎来到我们的办公室。 | 

Dentist Norberto Li, DDS working with Assisant Julie  on a patient, of 20 years, from his downtown San Francisco General Dentistry Office

Photo of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge  taken by Norberto Li, dentisit with hotair balloon children's illustration of Clara and Clarence Bear characters

What Patients Have To Say

"Dr. Li is the best dentist I’ve ever had, and I’ve been going to him since 1986.  I trust him for the gentle, quality care he provides.  Best of all, I never experience pain, no matter what procedure is required."
Margaret Wong, 84 yrs. Old - San Mateo, CA

"I have been Dr. Li’s patient for many years.  I can’t imagine any other dentist with a gentler touch or who is more sensitive to a patient’s concerns.  Dr. Li thoroughly explains treatment options, works with you if you have budget constraints, and always accommodates emergency situations. His staff, Julie and Betty, are very professional, welcoming and knowledgeable.  I have referred two friends to Dr. Li in the past few months, one of whom has a phobia about seeing dentists.  She is now a regular patient of Dr. Li, and so is my other friend."
Meicha – San Francisco, CA

"Dr. Li has been my dentist since the 1980s.  He has a gentle touch when it comes to dentistry.  There were times when I didn't even feel the 'shot', and I still can't figure out how he does that. My entire family sees Dr. Li for their dental work.  I would say that we're lucky to be in good hands when it comes to seeing a dentist!"
Susie Gong – San Francisco, CA

Norberto Li, DDS Dentist

"Once you experience our dental practice, you'll never view dentistry the same. We pride ourselves on providing our patients with excellent dental results and the utmost medical integrity.  With exceptional listening skills and personalized care, we're highly skilled at treating even the most fearful of patients.  We invite you to come meet us and find out why so many recommend our services."

450 Sutter Street,
Room 1424
(at Stockton St)
San Francisco,
CA 94108
Phone: (415) 397-6554


* Gender: All *

* Alternative Languages for Patients:

  • Spanish:  Bienvenido a nuestra oficina.
  • Vietnamese:  Chào mừng bạn đến văn phòng của chúng tôi.
  • Cantonese-Chinese:  歡迎來到我們的辦公室。
  • Mandarin-Chinese:  欢迎来到我们的办公室。

Age of Patients: Children over 4 years and Adults of all ages.


  • School:  University of California, San Francisco
  • Year Graduated:  1979
  • Associations:  University of California, San Francisco

Digital Radiography

Local Anesthesia

Cosmetic Dentistry
Porcelain Veneers
Tooth Whitening

Treatment Philosophy
Personalized Care

Root Canal Therapy

General Checkup & Cleaning

Oral Cancer Screening
Prophylaxis (cleaning)

Oral Surgery Non-impacted Wisdom Teeth
Simple Extractions

Other Clinical Services Bruxism (grinding)
Lab On-site
Night Guards

San Francisco downttown dentist Norberto Li and multilingual  team of assistants

Dental Team Profiles

This dental office is staffed by highly skilled and trained personnel whose sole job is to ensure that you receive the highest quality dental treatment. Our staff has over 50 years of combined experience among the dental team. Dr. Li is licensed by the State of California and regularly expands his expertise through continuing education meetings and seminars.

Dr. Norberto Li
Dr. Li has been practicing dentistry for the last 31 years and is very experienced in every aspect of dentistry.  He graduated from the UCSF School of Dentistry in 1979, worked as the staff dentist at San Francisco General Hospital Dental Clinic from 1979-1982, and has maintained a general dentistry practice at 450 Sutter Street, San Francisco, since 1982.  Dr. Li believes in conservative dentistry, doing what is necessary to preserve a healthy mouth and a bright smile.  Dr Li also speaks Spanish, as well as two Chinese dialects.  Married for over 26 years, Dr. Li and his wife Shelley have a son and a daughter.  In his spare time, Dr. Li is an avid cyclist and also enjoys photography, fishing, skiing, reading and singing.

Betty Wong, dental reception and office manager , fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin

Betty Wong
Our office manager, Betty, returned to the work force in 2007 after raising her three children.  Betty’s considerable skill set includes fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin. Her many duties range from administrative paperwork (insurance and accounting) to coordinating patient appointments and generally keeping the office running smoothly.  While these responsibilities make her an invaluable team member, she shines most impressively with her ability to make patients feel welcome and appreciated.  Betty likes to work out at a gym in her spare time.  Her other interests include collecting recipes and watching the food channel for cooking inspiration.

Julie Thach, dental specialist working with Norberto LIi and brings skills in speaking Vietnamese and  Mandarin and Cantonese Cinese

Julie Thach
Julie is our chairside assistant.  She is highly skilled and experienced, having joined our office in 1988. Like her team members, Julie has expertise in languages other than English, including Vietnamese, Cantonese and Mandarin.  Julie displays great efficiency and dedication in her work and, after 22 years, she can practically read the doctor’s mind.  Outside of the office, Julie exercises regularly throughout the week. Her favorite pastimes include swimming, tai chi and yoga.

San Francisco downttown dentist Norberto Li and multilingual  team of assistants

Dental Services Offered by
Norberto Li Dental Office Include:

Non-surgical Gum Treatment
Root Planing

Digital Radiography

Restorative Dentistry
Composite (tooth-colored) Fillings
Denture Repair
Dentures (upper and lower)
Partial Dentures

Technology Also Available
Ultrasonic Cleaning

Baby Panda Bear somersaults to Mother Panda  in bamboo thicket in this children's illustrators ad for  family dentistry for Norberto Li

Note:   more services can be seen to the left

Cartoon Dinosaur says - an apple a day - send my dentist away, fr illustrator Tony Yau,  Hong Kong children's illustrator 1995

Dentist Education & Continuing Education & Dental Para Professionals

Check out following education resources and training centers

  • UCSF University of California San Francisco, School of Dentistry
  • San Francisco Dental Society
  • Dental Technician Training
    based in Los Angeles about us
  • California Dental Hygienists' Association
    The mission of the C.D.H.A is to:
    • Advance the art and science of dental hygiene
    • Increase the public's awareness of the cost effective benefits of prevention
    • Ensure access to quality oral health care
    • Promote the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure and practice
    • Promote dental hygiene research
    • Promote the interests of dental hygienists