You Don't Have to be Born with a Beautiful Smile
About The Dentist

Dr. Zelaya's involvement with dentistry began as a dental assistant in the U.S Army. After serving several years with some of the most gifted and talented dentists in the dental profession, he decided to leave the military and pursue a dental education. He began his undergraduate studies at Farleigh Dickinson University as single parent of two young boys. While juggling parenthood, undergraduate studies and a graveyard shift at UPS he was able to graduate in the top percentile of his class. He received his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ). Since the military had given Dr. Zelaya a sense of direction and accomplishment, therefore upon graduation from the UMDNJ, he re-joined the organization, which had given his family hope. While in the military he completed a "One Year General Practice Residency" during which he was chief resident. Upon completion of the residency program, he was assigned to Germany, unfortunately at the very same time, Suddam Hussein decided to invade Kuwait. While in route to Germany, Dr. Zelaya was re-assigned to the Middle East where he served for nine months providing dental and medical support to all of the allied forces in the Gulf. Upon completion of his Middle East duties, Dr. Zelaya returned to Germany and was assigned to a major European command where he took on the duties of Dental Infection Control Officer, Childrens Dental Disease Prevention Officer and the Primary O.R Surgical Assistant for the Oral Surgeon. While maintaining a busy practice, Dr. Zelaya successfully co-ordinated and implemented infection control policies established by Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA), the American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Dr. Zelaya received the Army Commendation Medal for a successful inspection by OSHA of five dental clinics within the command. Being in a major medical facility afforded Dr. Zelaya the ability to work closely with every medical/dental specialist developing comprehensive dental care plans from total oral rehabilitation to cosmetic dental improvements. After his commitment to the military, Dr. Zelaya decided to return to the civilian sector, primarily to spend more time with his family. He settled back where he grew up providing comprehensive treatment to his patients. Dr. Zelaya is involved with local schools helping 7 and 8 year olds understand the importance of dental care. He also publishes articles in local papers, which are always informative, covering subjects from Fluoride to Gum Disease.

Dr. Zelaya has persued extensive post-doctoral training in Cosmetic Dentistry, specifically at "The Rosenthal Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry", where he graduated from the Advanced Art of Aesthetic Dentistry course. Dr. Zelaya has been  awarded the prestige award of "Americas Top Dentist" in Cosmetic and Esthetic Reconstruction for 2008,2009 and 2012.

About The Team

As the old adage says, besides every successful man there's a great woman, the same applies to a dentist. A dental office is only as good as its team and our team is exceptional, primarily because they care about all our patients. From your first phone call to when you depart our office you will always remember our team. They will always attempt to insure that all your needs and concerns are met, from scheduling your appointments to arranging a financial plan for you. By applying the three R's to our daily existence; Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all actions, our team strives for perfection. "It's our pleasure" is our motto when it comes to addressing your needs, because you are the reason we work so diligent

About Our Services

To protect our patients and ourselves, our staff strictly observes all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. All instruments are cleaned, disinfected and sterilized as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Whenever possible, disposable single use items are used to ensure your safety. Handpieces (drills) are sterilized with a state-of-the-art sterilization unit specifically designed for this purpose. All surfaces in the treatment areas are disinfected after each patient. Your first reaction as you walk into our office will be this is nice and it doesn't smell like my previous office. As you wlalk out you will remember our team the modern equipment and hopefully the quality of service provided.   You are not alone if you feel anxious about a visit to the dentist. We understand and share in your concerns therefore we strive to make every visit comfortable. If there's anything we can do, just remember our motto "It's our Pleasure." In addition to the latest anesthetic delivery systems, such as Transmucosal Dentipatch, the latest advancement in topical anesthetic to The Wand, a computerized anesthetic delivery system, we have drilless technology for caries removal. We have digital radiography which reduces radiation and the images are seen immediately.  We also have videos and in office cable television, so you can sit back, relax and watch your favorite show. Emergencies can occur at any time. Our 24-hour answering system can alert the doctor of your need. With early morning, lunchtime and late afternoon appointments, you can be seen at a time that is convenient for your busy schedule.


8:00am - 5:00pm


8:00am - 5:00pm




10:00am - 8:00pm



All time in Eastern Standard Time

We are open the first and third Saturday of the month from 8:00AM to 2:00PM.

These hours were established to provide the utmost convenience for our patients needs. As a courtesy to our patients, we confirm all appointments in advance. If we are unable to reach you by phone, we ask that you call the office to confirm your appointment time. Except for emergency situations, you may expect to be seen on time. In return, we ask that you extend us the same courtesy. In the event that it is necessary for you to change an appointment, we require 48 hours advance notice. Shorter notice cancellations or changes severely limit our ability to offer another patient their most preferred time.

Zelaya Center for Cosmetic Dentistry

282 Lincoln Ave, Hawthorne, New Jersey, 07506, US
Ph: (973) 238-0004