Q & A with Dr. Dante Gonzales
Q: What got you into this specific medical field?
A: I had such a great experience with my orthodontist while growing up that I decided to go to dental school. The experiences I had, and the patient response during my rotations through the orthodontic department confirmed my decision.
Q: What landed you in your city, and what is it that you like about the neighborhood?
A: I moved to Dublin before I opened a practice here because I thought it would be a great place to raise a family. It is a great family oriented city.
Q: Where did you receive your undergraduate and professional degrees, and did you participate in any residencies?
A: My undergraduate degree is from U.C.L.A. My dental degree is from Tufts University in Boston, and my orthodontic residency was completed at University of the Pacific.
Q: Do you belong to any professional associations?
A: All national, state, and local dental and orthodontic associations. From the Southern Alameda County Dental Society to the American Association of Orthodontists.
Q: What year did you begin practicing?
Q: What investments in your practice equipment and facilities have you made?
A: I have always felt that in order to do the best work and provide the best treatment you have to use the best equipment and supplies available. We have invested in 3D X-ray technology, mini-implants, and the best orthodontic appliances available.
Q: What procedures do you feel your practice excels in above others?
A: We excel in very difficult cases. Because we use cutting edge techniques and appliances that other offices may not use in their practice we have a wider range of treatment options to tackle some of the more difficult cases.
Q: What are your office hours?
A: Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Q: What HMO or PPO providers are you in network with? Do you offer financing?
A: We are in-network providers for most insurances. We offer in-house and 3rd party financing.
Q: Do you accept any government programs or discount cards?
A: No. But we do provide pro-bono orthodontic treatment for children of Smiles Change Lives.
Q: What are the most challenging parts of your everyday practice?
A: The most challenging part of every day practice is trying to dispel all of the myths and misconceptions about orthodontics.
Q: What are the best moments that make it worthwhile?
A: The moment that makes it all worthwhile is when the patient or parent says "Wow, what a difference from before! Thank you." It lets me know that I have made a difference in someone's life, possibly forever.