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When a person considers orthodontic treatment for themselves, their child or a loved one, they realize very early on the importance of the decision they are making. After all, the smile that they are given is one that they will have for the rest of their life. A smile that will be with them for life’s important events like prom, college graduation, their wedding day, their first job interview, through retirement and all the days in between. Because choosing an orthodontic care provider is such an important decision, several things should be considered.
First and most importantly, the orthodontic care provider should be a certified orthodontist. This is a dentist who has completed at least two years of specialty training, which prepared them to treat patients in this very unique form of dental care. The potential patient should discuss the specifics of their individual case with the orthodontist at the consultation appointment. This will ensure that orthodontist is well qualified to treat them because each orthodontic case is unique and requires different techniques and experience. Review of before and after photos of similar cases is often a helpful tool for the patient to envision what the outcome of their treatment may look like.
As time is our most valuable asset, the office should be convenient to the patient in both location and hours the practice is open. Early and late appointments are valuable to children who may find it difficult to miss school and should be discussed prior to starting treatment. The office should be comfortable and clean and the staff should be well groomed and pleasant. Finally, the cost of orthodontic care must be considered. There can be several hundred dollars, or even more, in the difference of cost between two offices in the same area for an identical treatment plan. It is important to feel comfortable about the expense of the treatment plan and how insurance will influence the total cost of orthodontic care.
Orthodontic treatment is a big decision for families considering orthodontic care for themselves, their child or a loved one. By considering a few critical factors such as credentials, experience of the orthodontic specialist, office convenience and comfort, and cost the potential patient will successfully embark on a life-changing experience they can enjoy for a lifetime.
Two of our Smile Stars, Jasmine and Chris, from our Douglasville office are sporting Family Orthodontics’ new t-shirts! But not to worry people of Dawsonville, every new patient across our 27 locations in the Greater Atlanta area will receive this fashionable new shirt! From Conyers and Woodstock to Peachtree City and Duluth, these t-shirts are hitting our shelves for people of all ages who have decided on affordable braces with Family Orthodontics!
Watching the excitement build around our first annual SmileStar contest was entertaining and inspiring to say the least. Hundreds of our Family Orthodontic patients submitted pictures of dashing bright smiles and cheesy grins, many laced with the sparkle of braces. They were all hoping to be chosen by the panel of dental professionals to be one of the Top 30 2012 SmileStars. This would bring them one step closer to being one of the 10 SmileStars and participating in a professional photo shoot to show off their smiles in all of Family Orthodontics’ advertising. To be in the Top 30 not only meant they had a winning smile, but their eyes sparkled with personality, ready for that camera action! As a coordinator of this project I had the honor of calling each Top 30 finalist to inform them of the news. To say they were happy doesn’t even scratch the surface, because my ear was ringing with the squeals of excitement coming from some of these delighted girls!
Family Orthodontics is proud to announce a merger with Pickron Orthodontic Care. From now on, all locations will be known under the Family Orthodontics name, and will offer the same degree of exceptional care that has earned both practices such a stellar reputation. This exciting development will allow us to better serve our community, ensuring that we are able to provide the maximum level of patients with the absolute best orthodontic care available.
Braces are beautiful! Well, you may not think so at this very moment – but I assure you there will come a time when you will agree with me. I wore braces for 2 years. Every visible tooth in my mouth was covered in metal. If you could see the size of my smile, you would understand where the term metal mouth came from – you guessed it – me! Of course I complained about my metal mouth appearance and limited choices of sticky and crunchy foods like most patients in braces do. However, every time I receive a compliment on my smile (it really is BIG), I am thankful and grateful for my time in braces.
Working at Family Orthodontics has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! I have learned so much about orthodontics and how to provide great customer service. I love working for a company that not only puts their patients first but also cares about their employees as well. They have provided me with the skills to learn and grow in my position. Besides the knowledge I have gained by working for Family, I am also extremely lucky to get to work with the people I do everyday. We have the absolute best team members. I wake up every morning excited to go to work, where for most people that is rare. I truly love my job!
For the next several months, Family Orthodontics will be focused on raising money and awareness for Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is an organization dedicated to conducting research about the causes and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and improving the lives of those affected by ASD. When we first began this campaign, I was impressed by the overwhelming support from our team members and patients. I wondered what made this particular organization touch the heart of so many people so quickly. In my brief research, I discovered a staggering statistic. 1 in 88 children in the US have some form of ASD. In fact Autism affects more children than diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and Down syndrome combined! These children are our family members, patients and family friends. No wonder there was such an overwhelming response to this cause!