The new Super Target center just west of the I-15 Freeway at Main Street promised to super-charge the local economy.


Then a recession hit.


Slowly but surely, however, additional businesses are filling the large center. One of the new businesses is High Desert Smiles, which opened its doors last November.


On Feb. 10, the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors were on hand to celebrate the official grand opening of High Desert Smiles.


"It's a great center," said Dr. Ritesh Kumar, one of two dentists at the state-of-the-art facility. The dental expertise of Dr. Louis Stromberg is also offered at the Hesperia location.


High Desert Smiles is supported by the Irvine-based Pacific Dental Services, which allows the Hesperia facility to focus on dentistry, according to regional marketing coordinator Diana Palkiewicz.


High Desert Smiles provides a full-range of dental services including basic teeth cleaning, gum treatment, implants and more.


Dr. Kumar especially enjoys providing cosmetic dentistry, which can transform a person's smile.


"That's what I like to do most," he said.


The facility's professional decorated interior welcomes patients to a world of digital charts and X-rays, flat screen monitors and intra-oral cameras that utilize a tiny video camera inside the mouth.


Digital charts allow High Desert Smiles dentists and technicians to observe a patient's information in any of 11 suites. The new digital X-rays emit less radiation that the old-fashioned variety. And while a patient is at the denist, he or she can watch a movie or other program on a TV.


In the near future, High Desert Smiles will offer orthodontics "so they can have everything in one location," according to Palkiewicz.


High Desert Smiles will be offering free screenings for children whose parents can't afford to pay the normal cost. Other new patient specials are also available.


High Desert Smiles is located at 12821 Main Street, Suite 150 in Hesperia. For more information, call 947-9853 or log onto highdesertsmiles.com.