PTC orthodontists

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 9:45am
By: MartinLarson

Can anyone share orthodontist experiences? My family is about to need one and I want to make sure we have a good experience and don't over pay. Is it worth it to shop around?

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Submitted by The Truth Will ... on Sun, 09/20/2009 - 10:21am.

We were a military family, while in VA, received a referral from oure VA dentist and was given Graingers name. Upon arrival to Fayetteville, again we received a referral from a GA Oral & Maxillofacial dentist affliated with Children's Hospital in Atlanta and was given Graingers name. So when the time actually arrived for braces we interviewed 3 of the local orthodontists and we chose Grainger. You owe it to yourself to visit at least 3 docs and see how the office is run, and how much or less attention, is offered to your child. You receive one on one attention from Grainger. One of my children had used his retainer faithfully, and replacement was requried, we were only charged a minimal fee. Grainger gets our vote!!!

Submitted by JustSayNo on Sun, 09/20/2009 - 9:58am.

We love Dr. Mahaffey in PTC. Everyone in his office is great. Never had a negative experience. Very helpful and extremely prompt. State of the art treatment, very clean office. Very good communication and zero interest payment plan. Drawback: expensive. If your really not wanting to get overcharged then you have to get out of PTC, even Fayette County. I know more and more families going to Coweta for Ortho. Now we have to do an implant and we got estimates in PTC of $4000 but $2400 elsewhere.

Submitted by IMNSHO on Fri, 09/18/2009 - 7:00am.

Our first two kids went to Dr. Blake. We really liked him, but his assistants (the ones that did most of the work on the kids) were AWFUL. Not just one or two of them, but ALL of them EXCEPT one. They weren't in braces at the same time, so I heard the complaints for a long time. When it was time for our 3rd child to get braces, his older siblings came to me and asked me to please, for her sake, find a different doctor. We chose Dr. Scott McPherson and the difference was night and day in the attitude/actions of the assistants, and the entire office staff & the doc were wonderful. For money reasons, our 4th went to Pickron Orthodontics, and the experience was okay. I wouldn't recommend them just because I don't feel they communicated well with me, the parent.

Submitted by Bone594 on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 6:18pm.

Dr. James R. Long in Peachtree City is great! The whole staff is great and they made the whole experience very easy and enjoyable. My child has never had any problems with his braces or any pain with his mouth and he had some teeth that really needed to be straightened.

Submitted by TomCat on Fri, 09/04/2009 - 4:12pm.

Dr Jim Dougherty (across from the Post Office) did both our kids. His entire office was always great to work with and got great results. I highly recommend him.

"The Cat is loose...."

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Submitted by rzz on Fri, 09/04/2009 - 9:58am.

Used him for both of our kids and were/are very pleased.

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Submitted by NUK_1 on Fri, 09/04/2009 - 10:52am.

Same here..both kids and very happy with the whole experience from start to finish with each of them.

Submitted by Linda Wheatley on Sat, 08/29/2009 - 7:38am.

I used Dr. McPherson in Peachtree City and was very pleased with my experience.

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Submitted by cogitoergofay on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 4:06pm.

Orthodontics--- sounds like you have a number of good choices. Our family used Dr. Mahaffey of PTC. He was very professional and we would recommend him.

I must, however, pass on the advice of my late father. He counseled parents against orthodontic care for reckless youth. His reason? Less than a couple years after yours truly had his braces removed, I had several teeth broken and removed (involuntarily) by another gentlemen's beer bottle.

Consider those dynamics when you consider the investment.

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Submitted by Knowitall on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 11:50am.

My child had his braces removed and his teeth look great! He saw Dr. White at Nanston Orthodontics in Fayetteville. He had a broad knowledge and related great with the kids. His staff was more than professional and the price was much lower than some other offices I visited. We were very happy!

Knowledge is the key to success

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Submitted by hutch866 on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 11:41am.

We used Dr. Dougherty in Fayetteville, very positive results, very good experience.

I yam what I yam....Popeye

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Submitted by All Smiles on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 11:33am.

Yes, shop around!!! The investment you are about to make is equal to the price of a used car! I can’t image anyone purchasing a used car without shopping around and doing your research. 99% of the Orthodontic practices in Fayette County offer a free consultation. At this consultation you can get a feel for the staff as well as the doctor. You should be able to sit down, one on one with the doctor and discuss your child’s specific problem, the different treatment options, the short and long term consequences of those options and the fee’s. In addition, you might want to consult your dental insurance to find out if their is a participating provider in your area. Looking here first could save you anywhere from five hundred to two thousand dollars. During this appointment the office should be able to give you a very good estimate of the total cost.
If your child still has baby teeth (the average age most children keep their baby teeth is age 12) and is in class I occlusion (the way the jaws line up) but just has ‘run-of-the-mill crowding, it probably is a good idea to wait. If your child is in class II occlusion (the upper jaw/teeth protrude too far forward ‘buck teeth’, phase I treatment should be considered. Especially in females as their bones will fuse at a much earlier age than a male. If your child is in class III occlusion (under bite/ the lower jaw protrudes forward of the upper jaw) treatment should be sought very early, at least by age 7, as this problem is much more difficult to fix.
In addition, I’ve seen some practices in which the assistants are the ones who place the actual braces. If the orthodontist does not perform the actual placement of the braces/appliances, do not choose this office! Find another orthodontist! Assistants should be able to perform the adjustments after the doctor has looked at the patient at each appointment and orders the adjustment (change in wires/tightening).
Too many times, I see children too young with braces wondering around and so many times it’s because the parents want to “keep up with the Jones’s or they want to hurry up and fix something which in reality is not ‘fixable’ until later and mother nature kicks into gear.
Don’t limit yourself just to the orthodontists in Peachtree City. Shop around in Fayetteville also as you might find you’ll save yourself a few thousand dollars in the end with the same final results.
I'm sure I just gave my profession away to many of you now.

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