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Welcome to Bernuy Orthodontics!

Our Mission

Our mission at Bernuy Orthodontics is to have the most sincere commitment to establishing long lasting relationships with all those who come through our doors. We pledge to strive for excellence in all our endeavors, in a fun and friendly atmosphere. We cherish the opportunity to make a difference in the quality of life of each of our patients, with each other and the community as a whole in a state-of the-art facility.

 

About Us

We strive to provide comfortable, affordable, state-of-the-art care at Bernuy Orthodontics. We firmly believe that each of our patients should receive personalized care to fit their individual needs. We will not only ensure the proper care is taken for each of our patients, but thoroughly educate them on each facet of their procedure.

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Meet Dr. Bernuy

Dr. Bernuy received his BDS (Bachelors in Dental Surgery) and DDS (Doctor in Dental surgery) from University Federico Villarreal in Lima Peru. He graduated at the top of his class in 2002. After earning top honors and several awards at different universities throughout Peru, he immigrated to the United States in 2003 to further pursue and develop his career. He lived in New York and Connecticut where he worked performing clinical procedures at different Orthodontic offices, learning and applying fundamental concepts in orthodontics.

Later on Dr. Bernuy was accepted into the dental school at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in Research. Upon receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, Dr. Bernuy was elected into the National Dental Honors Society (Omicron Kappa Upsilon-OKU) and he was the only student in his class to be inducted into an International Dental Honor Organization “Pierre Fauchard Academy”.

He then moved to North Carolina for continued training, where he completed his three-year Orthodontic Specialty Residency and his Masters of Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which has a great reputation of being one of the best orthodontic residency programs in the country. Dr. Bernuy is a Board Certified Orthodontist who has trained extensively in dentistry and orthodontics in both South America and the United States. Dr. Bernuy keeps himself very active in continuing advanced educational programs to provide you with the most recent technology & procedures available in the field of orthodontics
In his free time, Dr. Bernuy enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He also enjoys playing recreational sports including Soccer and Basketball. He is also passionate about craftsmanship and has great hand skills always trying to create something. He likes to hike along with various other outdoor activities and has a love to travel as well. He has promised himself that he would visit every state in the United States and the journey continues…
 

Master of Science in Orthodontics

2010 – 2013
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Dentistry (UNC-CH)

Orthodontic Residency

2010 – 2013
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -School of Dentistry (UNC-CH)

Doctor of Dental Surgery (Magna Cum Laude)

2008 – 2010
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio – School of Dentistry (UTHSCSA)

Doctor of Dental Surgery (Summa Cum Laude)

1998-2002
University National Federico Villarreal – School of Dentistry (UNFV)

  • “Three Dimensional Morphometric Studies of the Mandibular Condyle within two Inbred Strains of Mice (A/J and C3H/HeJ) at three different ages”, UNC-CH – School of Dentistry, 2013
  • “Reliability of Methods for Bonding De-Bonded Ceramic Veneers”, UTHSCSA – School of Dentistry, 2010
  • “Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on healing process of chronic inflamed soft tissue of Immunosuppressed patients”, UNFV – School of Dentistry, 2002
2012
  • Miriam Easterling Baker Fellowship, UNC-CH School of Dentistry – Orthodontic Department
  • Jack and Renee Dunlevy Fellowship, UNC-CH School of Dentistry- Orthodontic Department
2010
  • Magna Cum Laude Student UTHSCSA School of Dentistry
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society MU NU ChapterUTHSCSA School of Dentistry
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy – International Honor OrganizationUTHSCSA School of Dentistry
  • Award for Exceptional Interest in the Oro-facial ComplexAmerican Association of Orthodontics (AAO)
  • General Dentistry Appreciation AwardUTHSCSA School of Dentistry
  • Student Government Association AwardUTHSCSA School of Dentistry
2009
  • ADA’s Education Exchange Competition – Table Clinic 1st placeAmerican Dental Association (ADA)
  • Excellence in Clinical Dentistry AwardUTHSCSA School of Dentistry
  • Dental Science Symposium – Table Clinic 1st placeUTHSCSA School of Dentistry
2000-2002
  • Dean’s List for Academic Excellence 3rd, 4th and 5th YearUNFV School of Dentistry – Peru
2001
  • Annual Scientific Week-Table Clinic 1st placeUNFV School of Dentistry – Peru
  • 30th Peruvian Central Dental Meeting-Table Clinic 1st placePeruvian College of Odontology – Peru
2000
  • National University San Marcos 50th Dental School AnniversaryTable Clinic 2nd place, Peru
  • Board Certified, The American Board of Orthodontics, 2014
  • Dental License, State Board of Dental Examiners – Licensure #28643, TX2013
  • Incognito™ Certification, UNC-CH School of Dentistry, NC2013
  • ClearCorrect Certification – ClearCorrect Inc. 2011Chapel Hill, NC
  • Nitrous Oxide Certification, UTHSCSA School of Dentistry, TX 2010
  • Level I Conscious Sedation Certification, UTHSCSA School of Dentistry, TX 2010
  • Invisalign Certification Course, UTHSCSA School of Dentistry, TX 2008
  • Invisalign Office Certification, Align Technology, Inc. Darien, CT 2005
  • Certified Orthodontic Assistant, Dental Assisting National Board – Certification #194088, NY 2005-2008
  • Dental License, Peruvian College of Odontology – Licensure # 18559 Lima, Peru 2003
  • Functional Orthopedics Certification Course, UNFV – School of Dentistry, Peru 2002
  • 2014- Present, American Board of Orthodontics
  • 2011- Present, American Association of Orthodontists
  • 2010- Present, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society
  • 2011- 2013, Southern Association of Orthodontists
  • 2009- Present, American Dental Association
  • 2011 – Present, The American Orthodontic Society
  • 2003 – Present, Peruvian College of Odontology
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Meet Our Team

   

Kelly Rodriguez
Patient Care Coordinator

Kelly recently joined our office as our Patient Care Coordinator. Kelly has 14 years of experience working in the dental filed, including orthodontics. She became Licensed & Certified as a dental assistant from the dental assisting school in San Antonio in 2001. Kelly loves her job and her favorite part about it is seeing how happy the patients are when they leave the office with a new smile. She is always the first to volunteer to assist anyone who needs help. She is actively involved volunteering at her son’s elementary school and at the children’s ministry at church.
Outside of work she is happily married to her husband Dave and they have 2 beautiful children, Larie and Bronson.
During her free time Kelly also enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking and spending time with her friends & family.
Kelly is looking forward to meeting you!

   
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New Patients


Your First Visit

We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to our office! Our team is committed to making your treatment as easy and enjoyable as possible, in a friendly and welcoming environment.

During your first visit, you’ll get acquainted with the process and procedures for braces; we’ll discuss your customized treatment options in detail, probable treatment length, and associated costs. The initial consultation is free.

If treatment is indicated, we’ll begin by taking diagnostic pictures, x-rays of your teeth, bite registrations, and impressions. These diagnostics will be referenced throughout your treatment and used to monitor progress. There is a charge for collecting the diagnostics.

What to Expect

Dr. Bernuy strives to get to know all of his patients on an individual basis. On your first visit, Dr. Bernuy will take the time to learn more about his patients, and to ensure an individualized treatment process.

The Right Age

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

While experts agree 7 years old is the ideal age to begin orthodontic care, it is never too late to achieve the smile of your dreams!

Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, even headaches, and sometimes jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.

Common Questions

What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

What is an Orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a specialist within field of dentistry. They attend 2-3 years of advanced training after dental school, focusing on tooth movement and facial development.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?

  • A beautiful smile
  • Better functionality of your bite
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Reduced wearing of your teeth, in many cases
  • Guidance of permanent teeth into ideal position
  • Improved health of teeth and gums
  • Easier to clean your teeth by flossing & brushing

What are signs that braces may be needed?

  • Excessive spaces in between teeth, particularly in the front
  • Excessive crowding of teeth, causing teeth to rotate
  • Upper teeth protruding excessively over lower teeth
  • Lower teeth protruding past the upper teeth
  • Upper teeth covering the majority of lower teeth when biting
  • Center of upper teeth do not align with center of lower teeth
  • Difficulty chewing foods
  • Excessive or uneven tooth wear

At what age should orthodontic treatment begin?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age seven. Many orthodontic problems can be solved more easily at a younger age, before jaw growth slows, to avoid the need for more complicated procedures. That being said, treatment can be sought out at any age, and there are many attractive treatment options available to adults today that ensure an efficient, aesthetic, and comfortable orthodontic experience.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?
Treatment duration is dependent on the severity of the case and the compliance of the patient. A patient who maintains good oral hygiene, keeps appointments, and follows instructions throughout treatment will complete their treatment on or ahead of schedule. The average treatment time is typically one to two years.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?
Most of our patients tell us that their teeth are sore for the first few days. Simple, over-the-counter pain medication usually alleviates this. In addition, we provide soft wax and silicone to place on any rough areas of your braces to minimize mouth irritations. Warm, salty water is also a good home remedy for oral discomfort.

How often will appointments be?
We average 6-8 weeks between visits, though it depends on the case and treatment plan. In the beginning of treatment, some patients need to be seen more frequently, while others have long (10-12 weeks) intervals between appointments. As we get closer to finishing your treatment, appointments become more frequent. When we factor all visits together, we average about 6 weeks between appointments.

Financial Information

Treatment costs can vary widely, depending on the patient and case. All treatment plans are customized for each individual and associated costs depend on the severity of necessary treatment.

Before beginning your treatment, we’ll discuss treatment fees, insurance coverage and financial arrangements in detail. We offer several different payment options:

  • Discount for payment in-full at the start of treatment
  • Larger initial payment and lower monthly payments
  • Payments paid during the treatment period

All in-office payment options have no financing fee, and credit cards are accepted. We also provide information about a third-party financing company, should you choose a payment option that extends beyond treatment.

We work with most major insurance companies and will look into your coverage and file the necessary paperwork on your behalf.



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Treatment Options

Dr. Bernuy strives to individualize the orthodontic process for each of his patients! Choose the style that best fits your personality while getting the smile of your dreams.

Metal Braces: Typically made of high-grade stainless steel, traditional metal braces remain the most common type of fixed orthodontic appliances. They consist of small metal brackets that are cemented to the front surface of your teeth.

Clear Braces: Clear braces are the most aesthetically pleasing brackets on the market. They come in either a clear color or an opaque color that mimics the color of your natural teeth.

Lingual Braces: Lingual Braces are braces that are placed on the inside or lingual side of your teeth. They are virtually invisible to anyone looking at your smile while you are in treatment.

Invisalign: Invisalign offers a cutting-edge approach to orthodontics by using a series of custom-made, invisible aligners. Using 3-D computer imaging, each aligner is specific to your teeth and gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. Most people won’t even know you are wearing the aligners. So you can smile with confidence, both during and after your treatment.


With Damon braces, we can achieve a terrific end result and finish your treatment faster. Depending upon your specific case, this can translate to a beautiful smile months sooner than with traditional braces. After analyzing your specific needs, we will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that will have you smiling as soon as possible.
Damon braces are very precise and effective. With this system, we can reduce the need for many of the time-consuming, complicated procedures that are used with traditional braces.
Because Damon braces eliminate the need for elastic ties, fewer adjustments are required. As a result, your appointments can be spaced out further, early in treatment, and will take less time.
Due to the unique design, we can move your teeth into their correct positions with greater comfort than traditional braces. Also, Damon braces are aesthetic, comfortable, and easy to keep clean.


The Damon Clear bracket is the most aesthetically clear brace in the market. It blends beautifully your teeth and features a clear slide mechanism that conceals the wire. Because the slide is used in place of elastic ties, the braces stay clean and clear throughout treatment and reduce the overall appointments needed to complete treatment.


Incognito™ braces are hidden behind your teeth, so people will see you, not your braces. They are completely customized, comfortable, and effective. You’ll love your smile – even during your treatment.
Incognito is another custom option that use braces that are placed on the inside of the teeth. Advanced computer software produces custom brackets and a series of wires to correct your bite more efficiently than traditional lingual (braces that are put on the inside of the teeth) options.
Incognito™ braces can be worn by just about anyone.


Invisalign is the ultimate in terms of aesthetic treatment options. We use custom molded clear trays to move your teeth to the ideal position. Because they are removable, patient compliance is extremely important with aligners. Invisalign is a terrific option for working professionals or patients seeking a discrete solution to improve their smile, however it is not ideal for every case.

Experts suggest starting orthodontic care at the age of 7, but orthodontics can be performed for patients of all ages!

Technological advancements in orthodontics allow us to treat adult patients faster, more comfortably, and more discretely than ever before. Whether you have never had braces, or you had them in your youth and are noticing your teeth moving back out of alignment, adult treatment is just as effective to achieve a beautiful result quicker than you might think!

Surgical orthodontics is a combined treatment by our doctors and an oral surgeon to correct jaw abnormalities. These issues are determined after reviewing the patient’s X-rays and models.

The orthodontist initially levels and aligns the teeth in the jawbone, then the oral surgeon positions the jaws into a more normal position to allow the bite to come together ideally. This procedure results in the improved ability to chew, speak, and breathe, while also delivering tremendous facial aesthetics.

Dr. Bernuy embraces the latest in orthodontic technologies to reduce the overall need for this method, however it can still be required in those with improper bites, as well as those with facial aesthetic concerns. All growth must be complete before jaw surgery can be performed (jaw growth is usually complete by 16 years with girls and 18 with boys), however it is very common to begin correcting tooth position while a patient is still growing.

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Life With Braces

    Ready for the smile you’ve always dreamed of? Dr. Bernuy embraces all the latest technology to ensure your treatment with braces is as comfortable and effective as possible.

    Why Braces?

    First of all, the result of braces is a beautiful smile!

    Of course, there are health benefits to taking great care of your teeth. Each bite you take can generate 760 pounds per square in of force. If your teeth are not straight, this can cause stress to your teeth and jawbone. In some cases, misaligned teeth can result in worn down gums, tension on the jawbone, and in some cases, weakening of the bone structure that can result in loose and sometimes missing teeth.

    How Treatment Works

    On your first appointment, you will meet with Dr. Bernuy and be introduced to our friendly staff. This first appointment will be crucial in learning more about you and customizing your treatment to best fit your needs.

    In general, you will have appointments every six to eight weeks. Most appointments will last roughly 20 minutes. However, if you are having braces your braces banded or applied, the appointments will last longer.

    Duration of Treatment

    Treatment duration is dependent on the severity of the case and the compliance of the patient. A patient who maintains good oral hygiene, keeps appointments, and follows instructions throughout treatment will complete their treatment on or ahead of schedule. The average treatment time is typically one to two years.

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Brushing and Flossing

Using a soft bristled toothbrush begin by brushing the outside of your teeth and braces holding the brush tilted at a 45 degree angle. Brush along the top and bottom of the braces using light to moderate pressure, making sure you cover every surface very carefully. Don’t forget to brush the teeth all the way in the back and behind your back molars. It’s a good practice to brush for three minutes at least twice a day. Using a timer or singing along to a song will help you keep track of your time.

Flossing at least once a day is very important for good dental hygiene and to keep your teeth healthy. Flossing with braces may seem difficult at first. To floss properly, you will need to thread the floss under the archwire. This can be done in two ways – either by threading the floss through on your own or using a floss threader to thread the floss under the wire.

When threading the floss, it is a good practice to start by pushing the floss vertically from the top to the bottom on your upper teeth and from the bottom to the top on your bottom teeth, always threading away from your gums. Once threaded, carefully floss around each tooth and gum, moving the floss up and down, just like you did with out braces.

Dietary Restrictions

It’s not going to be easy at first, and in the beginning foods you can eat will be limited. You’ll want to stick to foods that are soft, fluffy and easily mashed up. Pancakes, oatmeal, bananas, soups, cooked vegetables, applesauce, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and soft ice cream – just to suggest a few. Stay away from foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky or tough.

  • Sticky – Gum, caramel, tootsie rolls, peanut butter, toffee.
  • Hard – Apples, carrots and other raw vegetables.
  • Crunchy – Popcorn, chips.
  • Tough – bagels, corn on the cob, sandwiches, steak, ribs.

There are a few tricks around some problem foods. You can cook your vegetables to make them softer, cut your corn off the cob, and slice apples and sandwiches into small, bite sized pieces.

If you’re in doubt about a particular food, never hesitate to ask Dr. Bernuy.

 

Loose Teeth

Part of the process of creating your new, beautiful smile is moving your teeth; to move them, they need to loosen up first. “Loose teeth” are a natural part of the process. Once your teeth are in the right place, they will settle in to their new position.

Emergency

For situations requiring immediate medical attention, you should contact your doctor or local emergency medical services.

For orthodontic-related emergencies, our office is here to help. Most emergency situations can be temporarily taken care of at home, though. Usually loose brackets and wires that are causing some discomfort or poking can be covered in wax or pushed back into place. Loose and poking wires can be manipulated using tweezers or a pencil eraser. It’s still important to call the office and set up an appointment to have the issue corrected.

Retainer Instructions

This is typically used after your treatment is complete. We bond wires to the inside of your upper and lower arches to hold your teeth in place. These are most often used in severe cases, along with clear retainers. For the most effective treatment, always wear your retainer when instructed, and be sure to brush it with your toothbrush to keep it clean.

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Address

Bernuy Orthodontics
1821 Westinghouse Rd Ste 1100
Georgetown, Texas 78626

Contact Details

Email: info@bernuyortho.com
Phone Number: (512)887-1610
Fax Number: (512)887-1611

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