Bridgette D. from Winter Park, FL (Source: Yelp)
Let’s face it no one loves going to the dentist. The buzzing, squealing, drill sounds…it makes me want to scratch my nails on a chalkboard. Dr. Valle and his staff throw all of those old cliché worries out the window. (…to the wall…) Starting off, I should mention I’m reviewing this based on 5 successful visits to Dr. Valle. So this is not something I take lightly. I handle pain like a trooper but I don’t know why I’ve always dreaded dentists, personally I rather have surgery. Xanex me into oblivion. But that has all changed now. I have been converted into looking forward to cleanings and whatever else can happen here. I don’t have your typical dental plan and frankly don’t see the need. I was pleased he’s accepted by most discount plan services, but he does accept a Wide variety of insurance; PRO. I was with the same dentist for over 20 years, sadly I was complacent and assumed bc my prior Doc has won all these fancy awards, I assumed he knew what he was doing. Well you know what they say about ASSUME-ing things…I ran for the hills and I’m so happy to have Dr. Valle now. If my teeth could dance, I’m sure they would. Cheers: where everybody knows your name…except it’s not scripted and you’re not served beer. You’re not treated like a patient, but a person…or dare I say it? Family. I’m greeted every time by smiling faces, with my name used, ask how I’ve been, care about my comfort. It’s insane. And heart-warming. I stumbled onto Dr. Valle after I visited 2 other dentists (with their fancy whatcha-ma-call-its and doo-dads and special plasma screen and ipad giveaways) and I was quoted for 7 cavities! Which is ridiculous because I take excellent care of myself inside and out. I was appalled at being quoted for over $1,100 worth of work. Well I may have been born at night…but it wasn’t last night. On my first visit Dr. Valle confirmed slight indentations on my x Ray and exams, diligently examing and looking into the previous quotes I had been given, checking each and every tooth, measuring, testing sensitivity, however he enlightened me into mind blowing information I’d never been given. “We can try to repair this without doing fillings” he said. Knock me over with a feather! -What? You mean you don’t want to bank a grand drilling into my teeth? The dentist himself personally cleaned my teeth, never charged me “extra” and proceeded to spend the next hour of his busy time to educate me on different ingredients to watch out for, things to avoid expensive products that are over-rated, mouthwashes to cease using and ones to start, a new toothbrush with an even smaller head…All this in a moment of enlightenment I felt like I was talking to the Dali Llama of dental care. And when I say care I mean, care. He also figured out why I was in so much dental pain. It wasn’t even something I was complaining about I had just mentioned it in passing, but he was quick to delve into the source of the problem. I had others telling me I needed a root canal when in reality I had received a shoddy crown that wasn’t sized properly. He quickly adjusted it according to my bite and voila! Bada Bing bada boom the pain I had been feeling on and off for over 3 years was gone! He suspected me of overflossing, he changed several of my products and suggested to see me back within 3 months to see how my new regime was going. By my next visit my 7 alleged cavities were all healed with the exception of one. Yep. I didn’t know that if cavities aren’t too deep, with the proper care, products and ingredients they can be repaired and healed. His hunches were confirmed and my teeth were improving. I love a dentist who is an advocate for prevention and knowledge being power. With these results he put me back on your standard 6 month visits and I’ve been clean as a whistle ever since. Dr. Valle’s staff is amazing. His team cares about you, they check on you constantly and are extremely attentive during every step of the way. The hygienist who works with him was a dentist in her country and their cleanings are unlike any other typical standards. Let me tell you, the difference between a hygienist doing a standard cleaning vs an actual dentist are like night and day. Hygienists are mostly concerned with the overall hygiene and don’t bother with much more than that. Like an oil change. But the dentist is like getting the tune up and inspection of all inspections, similarly compared to the prestine condition of a fabergé egg. They are so much more gentle, intricate focus on the care of the gum line, your bite, educate you on the dentin vs the enamel of your teeth and before you know it your cleaning is over and you actually enjoyed it and finish with a little more knowledge and some common myths busted. You will not receive a higher or more tender level of care than you do here.