325 West Westchester Parkway, #100 Grand Prairie, Texas 75052
1131 George Hopper Road Midlothian, Texas 76065
When other little boys were dreaming of becoming rock stars or professional athletes, Fernan Rodriguez had another dream. He wanted to be a dentist, like his beloved grandfather. “I never gave another career much thought,” he said. “As the years went by, I met more and more orthodontists who were awesome people. They all seemed to love what they do. They had passion for life and no regrets about their chosen profession.”
He was attracted to many aspects of the profession. “The mechanics of orthodontics, the precision, detail and perseverance to achieve spectacular results all appealed to me,” he said. “The knowledge needed to effect growth and development with proper force application and the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives, seemed like a great way to make a living.” Born and raised in lovely Guatemala City, Guatemala, Dr. Rodriguez attended Francisco Marroquin University and received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees, graduating second in his dental class. Continuing with his studies and training at Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education, he received his Certificate in Orthodontics and master’s degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. From St. Louis he moved to Dallas and took a job as an associate with a group practice in the Metroplex, before opening Smile Design Orthodontics in Grand Prairie followed by a second location in Midlothian, where he offers a truly bilingual practice.
Since that time, he has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of children, teens and adults, providing them with proper tooth alignment not merely for aesthetic reasons but for a healthier tooth function. “One of the most rewarding aspects of my professional life is the opportunity to provide the gift of a beautiful smile to my patients,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “The day someone’s braces come off is not only a big deal for them but for me—every time. I never grow tired of seeing the joy on the patient’s face and the parents’ faces and knowing the positive impact orthodontics will have on their lives. For me it is truly priceless.”
Since 2009 Smile Design Orthodontics has become known in the community for their honesty, integrity and excellent customer service. “We strive every day to earn the trust the community has so willingly given us,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “We lead the way in the latest, next-generation technology including self-ligating braces, soft tissue laser, digital x-rays and imaging, intra-oral scanners and we are an Invisalign® Preferred Provider. But I never want to let any of that become more important than the time we spend with our patients one-on-one letting them know they are the most vital component of our practice.”
Smile Design Orthodontics offers these tooth straightening options for adults and kids:
- Traditional Metal Braces
- Self-Ligating Braces
- Clear (Ceramic) Braces
- Removable Clear Aligners
An active member of the Grand Prairie/ Midlothian community, Dr. Rodriguez is an executive member of the Grand Prairie YMCA, a supporting member of the Grand Prairie and Midlothian Chamber of Commerce and a provider in Grand Prairie ISD Oral Hygiene Program. He also participates in the Rotary Club’s annual dental screenings for the underserved population. He is a proud founding member of the Dallas Chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association and a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.
With a wife and new baby, Dr. Rodriguez happily devotes his time away from work to family but admits he doesn’t mind squeezing in a round of golf, now and again. He’s currently accepting new patients at both his Smile Design Orthodontics locations.