More Than Just a Dental Practice

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Among the flurry of new business openings that are helping to transform Downtown L.A., Angelenos will find a new option when it comes to dental care. Environdental has opened its doors across from the site of the future Whole Foods market, and the timing couldn’t be better. 


“We are very excited to be a part of the transformation that is happening on Olive Street and Downtown as a whole,” explains Dr. Matthew Caligiuri. 

As the name suggests, Environdental is more than just a new dental practice; it is ushering in a new dental office model that strives to practice responsible dentistry by minimizing resource consumption and maximizing dental health. A local himself, Caligiuri recognizes that Downtown residents need access to more services, and feels fortunate to be in a position to bring high quality, eco-conscious dentistry to those who live and work in this growing community.

Caligiuri attended the nearby Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, where he graduated number one in his class and has since returned as adjunct faculty. “Teaching allows me to stay on the cusp of innovation in my profession while connecting with the newest generation of young dentists,” he says.  

Environdental provides comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages. The practice focuses on preventative care and minimally invasive esthetic dentistry, with carefully tailored treatment plans to address each patient’s unique and individual needs. “We spent a lot of time designing the patient experience at Environdental to be comforting, attentive and stress-free. We hope to create an environment where patients are at ease,” Caligiuri says. 

Appointments are reserved one at a time, so that each patient has the dentist’s undivided attention, and every visit ends with a hot towel and organic lip balm. For longer procedures, individual patient entertainment units are a welcome distraction.

These video glasses are just one example of how the practice’s focus on “green dentistry” doesn’t mean that technology takes a back seat to conservation. To the contrary, state-of-the-art digital imaging systems, paper-free charting, and precision electric handpieces allow Environdental to dramatically decrease waste and processing chemicals, while enabling the doctor to diagnose and treat dental problems early and accurately. As Caligiuri says, “The sooner we identify trouble spots, the more likely it is that we can correct the problems with minimal loss of tooth structure.” That means shorter treatment times and longer lasting restorations. 

Caligiuri and his staff encourage those interested in the practice to come by for a tour of their modern facility — no appointment necessary. “We love getting to know our neighbors and sharing ideas on how we can all minimize our impact on the Earth, whether in the provision of oral healthcare or in our daily routines.” 

Environdental is at 740 S. Olive St., and is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekend appointments are available by request. For more information call (213) 534-6856 or visit

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