Braces for Kids, Teens and Adults in Peachtree City, GA
Bite misalignments, also known as oral malocclusions, not only cause chewing and speaking discomfort, they can also lower a person’s self-confidence at any age. At Mahaffey Orthodontics in Peachtree City, GA, we’ve found that oral malocclusions can start early during childhood, and well before a patient’s permanent teeth have all come in. Left untreated, bite misalignments can later cause larger problems like periodontal disease, sleep disorders, and severe headaches.
During Dr. Michael Mahaffey’s 25+ years as a practicing orthodontist, he’s found that the earlier a malocclusion is treated, the greater the likelihood that that patient will enjoy a lifetime of smile and overall health benefits. As a result, one of the smile-restoring orthodontic treatments that we provide to patients in the South Metro Atlanta area are braces.
Offering a Variety of Treatment Options
Traditional Metal Braces
Types of Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces. This time-tested method involves using an adhesive to bond non-removable metal or clear brackets to a patient’s individual teeth. Those brackets are then linked with wires to gently move the patient’s teeth into their intended locations over a period of 6 to 24 months, on average.
Using “self-ligating” technology, Damon® Smile is a form of braces that can be fitted on patients who desire straighter teeth with less force discomfort within a shorter length of time. Self-ligating braces also provide a patient with the advantage of eliminating the need for most tooth extractions before therapy starts.
SureSmile uses sophisticated 3D technology to create custom wires, making your treatment more efficient than other braces treatments. With SureSmile you will receive a "braces experience" with shorter treatment times, fewer office visits, and less discomfort so you can spend more time doing the things that you love!
+ DO YOU CHARGE FOR the first VISIT?
No. As a courtesy to you and your family dentist, we will always discuss the feasibility of braces or tooth straightening without charging a fee for the initial consultation.
+ AT WHAT AGE DO YOU START SEEING PATIENTS?
As a rule of thumb, we like to evaluate young patients after the 6-year molars erupt and the front permanent teeth just start to appear. This is usually between the ages of 6 and 8. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children be seen for the first time by age 7.
+ WHY DO YOU EVALUATE PATIENTS SO YOUNG?
The purpose of early evaluation is to inform and observe, more than to start treatment. At this early age, the eventual needs may be identified and discussed. A small percentage of this young group may need some form of intervention. Habits are evaluated, medical issues are discussed and an observation schedule is arranged until the patient is ready to begin treatment.
+ HOW LONG WILL THE FIRST VISIT TAKE?
The first visit will last 1 hour. We will take pictures and x-rays, review the proposed treatment, and help come up with a plan to make treatment affordable. If treatment is not yet indicated, your child will be enrolled in our Patient Rewards Club, and we will monitor jaw growth and developement and teeth eruption until the decision is ready to be made regarding their treatment.
+ DO YOU TAKE PATIENTS TRANSFERRING FROM OUT OF TOWN?
Yes, we do. We handle a patient transferring into our office from another city just like a new patient. We gather complete diagnostic records to show the current status and propose treatment to complete the work that has been started.
+ How do I schedule my next appointment?
Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.
+ Do You Treat Adult Patients?
Absolutely. A growing percentage of our patients are adult. New, more cosmetic appliances are making adult treatment much more comfortable and convenient. Learn more here.
+ WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ORTHODONTIST AND A DENTIST?
An orthodontist is a general dentist that has had at least 2 more years of full-time training in orthodontics resulting in a nationally accepted specialty certificate. The orthodontist then limits their practice to straightening teeth and dentofacial orthopedics.
+ CAN I MAKE ALL MY APPOINTMENTS IN THE AFTERNOON AFTER SCHOOL AND LATE IN THE DAY?
In order to have early and late appointments available for the majority of patient appointments, some procedures need to be accomplished during the hours of 9 and 3. We will do our best to work with your schedules and accommodate your family needs.
+ How do I handle emergencies?
If you are experiencing an emergency give our office a call immediately. Our contact information for an emergency is posted on the website.
+ CAN WE MAKE PAYMENTS?
Yes. Whether or not you have insurance or a dental plan, we will structure a convenient payment plan that will allow you to pay for orthodontic services over a period of time that usually coincides with your treatment plan.
+ How do you handle insurance?
After verification of coverage, we will agree to bill and collect from an insurance carrier. However, we ask patients to understand that if coverage ceases or changes, the patient is still responsible for the agreed upon fee.
+ Do You Accept American Express, Visa, and Master Card?
Yes, we accept all major credit cards.
+ Do you charge interest?
No, we offer interest free in-house monthly payment plans in order to offer affordable orthodontic treatment to all of our patients.
+ Do you offer family discounts?
We have special programs and fees for multiple patients from the same family.
+ Do I have to wear my retainers after my braces are removed?