Many people wonder if they should use generic products. For example, after a prescription drug passes a certain time period on the market, all manufacturers are allowed to create a “generic” version of that drug. The potency is generally the same, if the drug maker is a trusted company. Only the packaging and the name are different. The price, since the generic brand is not advertised as heavily as the name brand, is usually significantly less expensive. In cases such as these, using the generic can bring consumers monetary benefits.

Not All Generics Are Equivalent

Some generic products are manufactured by the same company that produces the name brand. Others are produced by copycat corporations that cut corners on quality. You may have experienced this when buying generic foods or similar items. Certainly, not all generics are worth buying and the name brand fits the maxim that “you get what you pay for.”

Generics in Dentistry

In dentistry, there are many reputable dental labs here in the United States producing generic veneers, office-based teeth whitening products, temporary bridges and dentures, just to name a few examples. Some of these generic products are just as good as, and in certain cases even better than, name brand dental products. On our website you will notice a number of name brand products that we offer our clients. At the same time, we do significant research through the efforts of our Carmichael dentists and our own dental laboratory to determine which generic products offer our clients a better price and similar, if not superior, durability, comfort and efficiency. The end result of these efforts are two-fold:

  1. You have more pricing options as a dental patient.
  2. You have more quality options as a dental patient.

We never offer our patients a product, be it a tooth whitener or dental appliance, that we do not consider safe and appropriate for your dental condition. As we mentioned, however, sometimes the generic item or process is your best choice when all factors are considered. Indeed, for some dental appliances, such as very thin veneers, our own dental lab can produce them using the best materials available at a significant savings in time and money and often with a better fit.

If you are considering a specific dental procedure, whether it be cosmetic, restorative or a combination of these, please consult with our experienced dentists at the Marconi Dental Group. After an exam and consultation, we will consider your specific situation and present your options. For some, the name brand may be best (such as Invisalign orthodontics). For others, a dental generic may suit your mouth better. Either way, the informed decision will be left up to you!

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.