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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Elenir Bernardes earned her doctoral of dental surgery in 1980 at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She graduated in the top 10% of her class and opened her own successful practice where she practiced general dentistry for nearly a decade. After moving to the United States in 1989, Dr. Bernardes started her postgraduation program in Prosthodontics at the University of Maryland - Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. Graduating in 1997 with a residency in prosthodontics as well as a specialization in implant surgery, Dr. Bernardes still continues to further her dental education as a growing professional.
In 1998, Dr. Bernardes opened her own practice in Washington, DC where she developed customized dental treatments for her patients using state-of-the-art dental equipment and techniques. In 2005, Dr. Bernardes opened a second dental center in North Bethesda to meet the demands of a growing practice.
Dr. Bernardes currently works at both the Washington DC and North Bethesda office and is continuously striving to provide the ultimate dental care for her patients.
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr. Elenir and her team were such great professionals. My experience was outstanding.
Dr. Bernardes was very professional and friendly. She took her time during my first visit with her and performed the cleaning herself, which I think is great if you really wanna know your patient better. I also got to practice my Portuguese with her and spoke in Portuguese most of the time there.
Never had a panoramic xray before. She was kind, thorough, and cleaned my teeth herself. Very aware of not creating sensitivity issues.
As always, Dr. Elenir Bernardes was outstanding! There are not too many people that can say it was fun to visit their dentist !
Dr Bernards is an excellent doctorl with lots of experience. She completed my root canal treatment in a professional manner. The office and support staff is great as well. I would highly recommend her to my friends and family.
Both she and the lady who cleaned my teeth were very pleasant and professional. I was 15 min late but they didn't make me wait.
Dr. Bernardes is incredibly skilled. She is patient and supportive. Her staff is friendly and empathetic.
Dr. Bernardes is a caring, attentive, and efficient dentist who pays attention to details. She always explains what she is going to do and carefully and skillfully executes it. Today, she had to fill some cavities and take an impression for a new crown. I was not too excited about visiting the dentist this morning, but Dr. Bernardes' professionalism and skill put me at ease. In addition, her assistant and front office staff were kind and efficient. Don't let the outside appearance of the office building fool you. You will get quality care from Dr. Bernardes and her office staff.
Prompt, professional, expert service!
Dr. Bernardes is a very good dentist. She has been our family dentist for many years.
This was my first visit and I was very pleased and look forward to returning.
Dr. Bernardes has been taking care of me since 2011. Her practice is very professional and a pleasant place to go (even though going to the dentist is not high on anyone's list that I'm aware of) even when I'm grumpy...and yes, I have been.
Communication is lacking with the doctor and the secretaries. They should do everything they can to make sure you understand the plan of care, your options, and what you might have to pay.
Dr Elenir Bernardes was fabulous! As nervous as I was about having a wisdom tooth pulled, she put me at ease. The procedure was completed with very little pain. She took time to go over the care of my mouth afterwards. Highly recommend Dr.Bernardes
This is my 3rd visit and she in INCREDIBLE!!! She has fixed mistakes of previous dentists, she is kind, gentle, and great at explaining things to you. I always feel like I am well taken care of. Her staff is incredibly friendly and do a great job at reminding you of upcoming appointments. Best dentist that I have ever had by a long shot!! Can't say enough about her care!
Honestly, every time I go, everything runs smoothly. Everyone is nice and attentive. I like the atmosphere. The doctor is attentive and sweet. As so everyone in the office
She's the best in prothedentistry (crowns) in my opinion, based on six implants in the past and one upcoming. And she cooperates with dental insurers. Ray E.
She is wonderful. Just enough novocaine. She is so skilled and made sure my bite was on target. I highly recommend Dr. Bernardes :)
Dr. Bernardes and her staff and exceptional. I give them the highest marks and highly recommend for all dental needs and care.
I could use a better price better rating but the professional job has its price !!!!!!
This was my first time visiting Elenir Bernardes, DDS. She seemed experienced and practical, and she listened to my concerns. I was comfortable being treated by her and would recommend her.
Dr. Bernardes is so friendly and willing to explain everything she's doing so you feel comfortable at her practice. I would highly recommend her!
I have been going to Dr. Bernardes for 5 years and really enjoy how kind she and her staff is.
Excelent place with parking and professional team!
Very polite and efficient.
Dr. Bernardes is a wonderful Dentist! She is always conscious of my comfort level while making my appointment fly by. She is quick and efficient. I feel lucky to have her in my provider list with my insurance and recommend her services to anyone on the hunt for a new Dentist.
Excellent customer service. I definitely recommend Elenir Bernardes to my family & friends.
she is the best.
Very friendly office staff.
Very friendly & caring, concerned about an issue I had with a filling and was totally willing to submit a claim for me to help out!
the doctor is always friendly and answers all my questions. I totally recomend her.
Wish her English was better but she is a world-class Dentist
Upon arrival I noticed how clean the reception area was; that to me is a great sign. The receptionist was very inviting and friendly. I was 20 minutes early for my appointment and I was called back within 10 minutes of arrival. My actual appointment went very well, Dr. Bernardes was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would come back and recommend her to others.
she was very professional and the staff was also very professional
I always appreciate that the dentist herself does my cleaning and I'm very satisfied with this service. I was disappointed, yet again with my interactions with staff. In the past, a receptionist was quite curt and a bit condescending with me. Today, I entered and approached a receptionist who literally told me to "sit down" while she took a phone call (no "please", no "one moment", etc.). Afterwards, the dentist herself was very condescending. Bedside manner was terrible. As I attempted to relay my concerns and belief that my chart was mixed up, she cut me off in mid-sentence at least twice by loudly talking over me. Later, she asked the hygienist to share her notes with me to prove that I was wrong. This guy didn't even understand what or why he was showing me the information. The info actually proved my point and at no time did I ask them to fix a crown (which was fixed over a yr ago by my previous dentist). I left feeling very frustrated, and this isn't the first time. Not sure that I'll return. Definitely won't be referring anyone here.
SHE WAS EXTREMELYNRUDE UNPROFESSIONAL AND AFTER HAVING ME WAIT FOR TWO HPURS SHE FINALLY CALLED ME BACK N ALL SHE DID WAS LOOK IN MY MOUTH THEN TOLD ME THERE WAS NOTHING SHE COULD DO I WAS IN EXTREME PAIN DUE TO MY WISDOM TEETH ONE BROKE THE OTHEBIS JUST Cusing me pain i asked her if she could give me something to numb the pain or write me a prescripiption anythin just to help the pain she refused eeven though she she did say i had an absese
she was very knowledgeable and kind. she took good care of me and talked to me so I could understand what was going on.
Friendly and knowledgable doctor/staff. Happy with my visits!
I am a patient of Dr Bernardes since 2000. I never had any complain. All services I received were performed with competence and professionalism.
What I love most about Dr. B, as I call her, is that she remembers things about you from conversations had at previous visits and she is very kind-hearted and gentle. This kind of rapport with her patients is why I like coming for my dental visits and the staff is great too.
She is gentle. I really like her.
She is the best dentist I have ever had. I love her.
My visit to Dr. Bernardes office was amazingly fast and on time!
Elenir Bernardes and all her staff have always been fabulous for me, a thorough dentistophobe. Lifesavers really. Highly recommend.
Very accurate, and detail orientade.
I was not very enthusiastic about my visit yesterday but was pleasantly surprised and very satisfied with Dr. Bernardes. She made me feel very comfortable and was very good at explaining everything she was going - excellent bedside manner! I would love for her to be my son's dentist. The front desk receptionist was also wonderful - very helpful; seemed to be on top of everything. Great first visit! Brenda
We have been seeing Dr Bernardes for two years because of her high quality work. She is also very nice and supportive to my pre-teen daughter.
She is very professional, work with accuracy, explainning to the patients all the detais in order for them to decide, wich is the better option.
I consider Dr. Bernardes a complete professional who is competent,thorough, and highly skilled in all phases of treating her patients. She can do the most delicate dental work so well and so gently that one feels relaxed and peaceful during treatment. My visit today was on time, efficient, without even the smallest discomfort, and the work was done by Dr. Bernardes herself. I am always glad to refer friends and family to her dental practice.
Always a pleasure
I'm usually seen right away with no wait time. Dr. Bernardes and the gentleman assisting her come across as very knowledgeable and pleasant.
Willing to discuss options and try lower cost treatments. Dr. Bernardes refers when needed and seems thorough.
I am always pleased with the service and the dental work received in her office.
Dr. Bernardes is a skillful dentist who takes the time to do the best job she can. She takes time to explain what needs to be done with your teeth and answers all questions.
The service was terrible! The worst experience I ever had! They had the wrong billing information and they sent a debt collector, without even calling in advance, later on they didn't even try to fix it. I would strongly discourage to visit this dentist
Very professional, friendly and honest she is the best dentist, clean my teeth so good. I'm so happy, finally I find an excellent Dentist. And thanks to my Daughter that she told me to go.
Friendly and confortable... Anesthesiologist needle less... feels like Treatment you can Trust
Overall a solid experience. Dr. Bernardes was very pleasant and seemed knowledgeable. They were a little undermanned the day I went and the equipment was somewhat outdated which was a tad disappointing.
So nice! I'm such a baby about the dentist, and Dr. Bernardes always makes an effort to allude my fears, explain what I need, and provide me with tools to improve my dental hygiene regimen.
The whole office was great. I definitely recommend seeing Dr. Bernardes. She is the best Dentist I have been to.
They were proffessional and nice.
She is awesome, very professional and efficient. Specially with my kid, as single mother nothing better than be able to take your kid in with you. Thank Dr. you are great.
Went from Class to class 2 dental in military
Her assistant/technician is also terrific.
Good listener and answered all my questions. Reassured me and suggested getting a second opinion.
She is the best dentist ever!
She was a nice doctor to work with. I will definitely be returning, unfortunately I have cavities.
I liked it. She solved my problem and made me feel comfortable during the appointment.
The office is tiny, with some of the dental chairs completely out in the open. I was in a small room to the side and I'm not sure how comfortable I would have felt to have my teeth cleaned with people walking in and out of the room. The equipment was old and looked it - I was a little bit unsure of how confident I was in how clean everything was. The cleaning I got was HORRIBLE. It was done by a dental assistant and she was incredibly rough. My gums have never bled so much. I have to go get fillings, but I will not be returning to this office. Elenir Bernardes was very nice but not enough to compensate for the tight space, questionable cleanliness, and uncomfortable cleaning that I received.
I saw this office about a year ago for the first time- I switched my dental care due to my long time dentist retiring. It could of been an "off day" but I was very unhappy with my visit. I have never dreaded going to the dentist and never miss my 6 month appointments but after my first appointment here I haven't been back here or anywhere because I'm now afraid to let anyone new into my mouth! My appointment first started out in the waiting room where they had a very irrate customer who was batteling back and forth with the staff about a dispute in insurance coverage, this lasted at least 20 minutes and I was still waiting to be seen. I don't blame them for the angry customers behavoir but it put a sour taste in my mouth right away and I don't think they handled it very well just letting her bicker right there in the waiting room. After waiting about 30 minutes I was called back to have my teeth cleaned, this was also unsatisfactory. I have a perfect dental history with no cavities and brushing and flossing daily and again, always going to my bi-annual cleanings. I have never had a cleaning take more then 15 minutes because of this, but the hygenist worked on cleaning my teeth for what felt like a lifetime. In addition she was also very rough and messy and I bled a lot more then typical. When the cleaning was done I wanted to get out of there as soon as possible! I never made a follow up appointment for another cleaning so to top it all off, the office started calling me after I was due for another cleaning to schedule something with me. They called several times and left voicemails, it was quite audacious. Now I am on zocdoc again hoping to find the right dentist!
I felt very comfortable with the examination. The office staff is professional and very pleasent to deal with.
It was a quick, easy visit. I was surprised that the dentist also did the cleaning, but she did a great job and the rest of the staff was very pleasant.
Dr. Bernardes is extremely personable and professional. Not to mention, she is precise. This was my first visit and I am pleased to have found a great Dentist. Her staff is very attentive and helpful. I would recommend Dr. Bernardes to new patients. - TLAP
Let me be clear when I say that I HATE going to the dentist- I don't go often enough and am always worried that when I do go, I'll get shamed. That being said, I had a perfectly pleasant experience at Dr Bernardes' office, thanks to the Doc and her assistant. She did a great job cleaning my teeth and then when she found two cavities, she immediately gave me fillings so I didn't have to come back another day. She made me feel comfortable and was extremely engaging. I will definitely go back to office again.