What makes Dr. Rogers and Fairlington Dental different from many dental practices? In a word, experience. Not just 26 years of experience treating patients and attending a massive number of continuing education courses, but 26 years before that as a dental patient. Here is Dr. Rogers’ story in his own words:


“High fevers as a young child stunted the growth of enamel on my developing permanent teeth, and the tetracycline prescribed for ear infections was absorbed into my developing teeth. As a result, my permanent teeth came in as grey/brown stumps of dentin instead of white enamel covered teeth. The permanent teeth were too weak to push out the baby teeth, so my childhood dentist prescribed the serial extraction technique which involved extracting most of my baby teeth as well as four of my permanent teeth.


“The weak teeth were very susceptible to decay, so I ended up with cavities on virtually every permanent tooth. My childhood dentist seemed well meaning, but he wasn’t very gentle and the Novocain never really worked, so I experienced severe pain during all those fillings. To add insult to injury, the other kids at school and in the neighborhood thought I never brushed my teeth even though I probably did twice as much as anyone else. My mom instructed me to “smile with my eyes” so there isn’t a single picture of me as a child where my teeth are showing.


“Every time I went to a new school I had to explain my brown teeth, until the most amazing thing happened: braces wouldn’t stick to my teeth because they didn’t have enamel, so the orthodontist had to use the old-fashioned bands on every tooth. Getting the bands on was a very painful experience, but when I looked in the mirror all that metal disguised the brown teeth! It was right around that time I decided to become a dentist, since I had so much experience as a patient.


“Three years later it was back to brown teeth, and college tuition had eaten up all of my savings and most of my parent’s income, so it wasn’t until I was in dental school that I was able to cover up the brown teeth. One of my instructors took pity on me and placed bondings on my front teeth at a reduced cost. For the first time since I was six years old I could actually show my teeth when I smiled. I also became more outgoing because I was now smiling without fear of embarrassment.


“Since dental school, my experiences as a patient continued. The bondings began to fail, and due to all the dental work I had as a child, I have ended up with crowns on every tooth, four root canals, TMJ disorder (successfully treated,) Invisalign orthodontics, and I’m currently wearing an oral device to prevent snoring.” All of these experiences leaves me in the unique position of knowing exactly what my patients are likely to go through during treatment. I have also developed a true passion for making the entire dental experience as comfortable and painless as humanly possible.”