What Makes Us Unique

Treatment Benefits | Office Benefits | Financial Benefits | Practice Philosophy
Our Advanced Technologies | Testimonials | Trapezio Gold Certified Office
Community Involvement | Smiles Changes Lives

Treatment Benefits

  • Our goal is to develop a smile that is not only beautiful and natural-looking, but most importantly, establishes proper health and function.
  • We strive, when designing our patient's smiles, to focus not only on an ideal bite relationship and beauty, but also the soft-tissue profile and smile aesthetics.
  • Your level of care is continually maintained, because, as professionals, we remain perpetual students and strive to always provide our patients with the latest up-to-date technologies and advancements in orthodontics.
  • Your appointments will always begin with our appreciation of your valuable time, and we strive to make sure our service is always prompt and focused on you.
  • You may not notice all of our skills, but we are confident that your experience with our office will be like no other and you can't help noticing our caring, friendly service and attention to detail.

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Office Benefits

We appreciate your desire to seek the best possible orthodontic care for you or your child. We pride ourselves on our honesty and patient respect, and assure you the best possible treatment. Here are a few reasons to choose our office and Dr. Awbrey for your orthodontic needs:

  • Is the doctor an orthodontic specialist?
    Dr. Awbrey has completed an additional two year residency beyond the four years of attending dental school. He is an orthodontic specialist registered as a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and limits his practice specifically to orthodontics.
  • Dr. Awbrey is board certified!
    Dr. Awbrey has completed the rigorous additional study and examinations required to become certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. He is among the small percentage of orthodontists in the United States to earn this degree of recognized excellence in his specialty.
  • Do you explain all options of treatment required to treat a particular case?
    Dr. Awbrey is always interested in presenting all options of treatment so you can make the most informed choice.
  • Is treatment tailored to each patient's individual needs?
    Care and consideration is taken by Dr. Awbrey and our staff to treat each patient as an individual, not a "cookie cutter" treatment approach where every patient receives the same treatment.
  • Do you speak with the parents at each appointment?
    Dr. Awbrey makes a conscious effort at every appointment to discuss current treatment and if it is progressing according to schedule. He is committed to keeping you informed and he will always make time to answer your questions.
  • Do you use brackets that have previously been used on another patient?
    Although a common and legal practice, we never recycle bands or brackets. Braces are precision devices, which are manufactured and intended for single use only.
  • Do you get your patients in and out of braces during the estimated treatment time?
    The most frequently asked question in any orthodontic practice is, "When am I getting my braces off?" We have a very high success rate of completing treatment during the estimated treatment time. Dr. Awbrey pays particular attention to dental age and does not start a child too early. Our treatment mechanics, self-ligating brackets, precise bracket placement, and efficient systems to monitor treatment progress all combine to complete treatment during the estimated time with the best possible final results.
  • Does the doctor place all of the braces himself?
    This is the single most important aspect of treatment. The placement of the braces is a technically detailed procedure. When done properly, the final orthodontic result is achieved easier and faster. Assistants do not have the training or license to position the braces on the teeth; therefore Dr. Awbrey does position all brackets himself.
  • Do you routinely put bands or brackets on the second molars (twelve-year molars)?
    Once the molars have fully erupted, brackets are placed. Aligning the second molars is a time consuming procedure and will increase the cost of materials. Aligning the twelve-year molars is imperative to achieving a healthy, properly functioning bite.
  • How often are radiographs taken?
    During treatment there are changes that may occur and go unnoticed without a radiograph. A panorex is a detailed x-ray that is taken to visualize these changes. At our practice we routinely take these pictures every 8-12 months to check for signs of root resorption, monitor root positioning, and evaluate the supporting bone around the teeth.
  • How much is the treatment fee?
    Orthodontic fees and philosophies may vary widely amongst offices, and it is important for you to be comfortable with both. It is vital that you look beyond fees and be satisfied with the quality of care you will receive. Many times a treatment fee is quoted at an orthodontic office for the treatment only, and may not include records or retainers. This gives an incorrect perception of your fee. Beware of additional fees that may be charged for time over and above the estimated treatment period. We feel very strongly about honesty with our patients. We want you to know up front what your entire fee includes so there are no surprises at the end. Our fee is all-inclusive which consists of records, appliances for the estimated treatment time, retainers, and the retention period.

There is truly a difference in orthodontics!

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Financial Benefits

If left untreated, many orthodontic problems can create far more costly problems in the future. The cost is quite modest considering the physical and psychological benefits of orthodontic care, can last a lifetime.

  • We offer a complimentary initial consultation to address your needs and concerns.
  • Our orthodontic fee includes diagnostic records, all appliances, treatment visits, the first set of retainers and a year of follow-up after appliances have been removed.
  • Although fees vary according to the complexity and time involved with each individual's case, a personalized payment plan can be arranged for your orthodontic care that fits within your family's budget.
  • We offer in house interest-free financing with several different payment options to fit your needs.
  • Professional courtesies are offered to patients who pay their orthodontic fee in full at the beginning of treatment.
  • We also provide a convenient no initial down payment option, with lower monthly payments through Springstone. Springstone makes it easy to say YES to treatment with low monthly payments, no money down, and no payment for 6 weeks.
  • For your convenience we accept MasterCard and Visa.
  • We accept and file insurance assignment to make sure your benefits are maximized.
  • Pre-authorization of insurance benefits are determined prior to your initial visit.
  • If your employer offers a flexible spending plan, we can help plan your orthodontic expenses by utilizing these pretax dollars.
  • For your convenience, we offer automatic bank draft and electronic transfers to simplify monthly fees through OrthoBanc. This saves you time and eliminates the need for printing, mailing and cost incurred from postage. Also, there is the benefit of an administrative adjustment on your total fee if you elect to use our convenient bank draft option.
  • If you should have any questions regarding financial options, please do not hesitate to contact our Financial Coordinator at Alpharetta Orthodontics 770-751-1688.

With our creative financing, anyone can feel comfortable wearing braces. We strive hard to eliminate the financial barriers to orthodontic treatment, because we believe everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile.

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Practice Philosophy

The quality of treatment is directly affected by the relationship of each system and service we provide for our patients. Please review some of our office systems. Click on the links for more information.

Advanced Diagnostic Systems | Up-to-Date Sterilization Systems | State-of-the-Art Appliance Systems | State-of-the-Art Adhesive Systems
Retention System | Office Management Systems | We Are Caring | Our Office is Fun

Advanced Diagnostic Systems

Interactive Communications: The IACT communication program is a multimedia presentation that uses graphics, animation and morphing to educate our patients during their initial exam. We have found combining a verbal message, with powerful visuals, provides an educational and effective understanding of orthodontic concepts and various modalities of treatment.

 

TopsXtreme: TopsXtreme imaging uses the power of digital technology to capture facial, dental and radiographic images instantaneously. These images are immediately viewed during the initial exam appointment to visually enhance your understanding of you or your child's individual orthodontic needs. Dr. Awbrey further uses this technology during this appointment to accurately assess your orthodontic diagnosis and confirm a mode of treatment, thus eliminating the need for additional record and consultation appointments.

Digital Radiography: The major advantages of digital radiography over traditional radiography are its ability to produce an x-ray picture instantaneously of extremely high quality utilizing less radiation for our patients. Because the digital image interfaces with our Tops Practice Management System, our patients are able to view their radiographs on a computer monitor at the initial appointment thus enhancing patient education.

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Up-To-Date Sterilization Systems

 

When you visit our office, you can relax knowing that the safety of our patients is a primary concern. Our sterilization techniques and barrier controls are designed to meet and exceed all guidelines established by OSHA and the CDC. All instruments are pre-washed using the Hydrim L110W prior to sterilization. The Hydrim L110w automatically removes debris from instruments effectively promoting sterilization. Each instrument is either dry-heat sterilized using a Dentronix 7000 and/or autoclave sterilized using the Statim 5000 between every patient. Single-use/disposable items are used whenever possible and discarded after each use and a North Bay/Bioscience, LLC biological monitoring service verifies our sterilization techniques. You can relax and rest; assured that everything is clean/sterile in our office.

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State-Of-The-Art Appliance Systems

smartclipSelf-Ligating Braces System: The Intelligent Choice. The SmartClip™ Appliance system from 3M Unitek dramatically advances bracket design and revolutionizes self-ligation. With sophisticated engineering that integrates the unique properties of nickel-titanium into a precisely designed form, 3M Unitek innovators have created a clip mechanism that brings the first truly self-ligating appliance to orthodontics. This system is coupled with the MBT™ Versatile+ Appliance System bringing our orthodontic treatment to a new level of clinical performance to help us achieve unmatched efficiencies, more predictable results and an ideal occlusion (bite) with reduced treatment times. We absolutely do not recycle our brackets.

Aesthetic Braces System: Clarity™ Reinforced Ceramic Brackets developed by 3M Unitek are clear brackets that "blend in" with the teeth and are virtually invisible for our patients who are concerned about esthetics during their orthodontic care.

 

Invisible Braces System: These unique braces are created using state-of-the-art technology and are 100% customized to the shape of your teeth and to your dental situation. Incognito™ braces are placed behind your teeth, and are therefore virtually invisible to other people. With Incognito you get efficient, effective tooth movement and great aesthetics.

See how Incognito Works

 

Invisalign: Invisalign®, also referred to as Invisalign braces, is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. A series of clear removable aligners (pictured to the right) are used to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. Invisalign is a good choice for people with minor orthodontic needs, but want their teeth straightened discreetly!

To read more about Invisalign's pros and cons, please click on the link www.archwired.com.

Heat Activated Archwires: This technology, developed by NASA, is a high-tech archwire, which when bent and secured into place along misaligned teeth, is activated by the heat of normal body temperature. The heat causes the wire to slowly spring back to its original shape gently straightening teeth. These heat sensitive wires have replaced the traditional stainless steel wires, enabling teeth to move quicker, more efficiently and with less discomfort to our patients. The result is decreased treatment times and less trips to the orthodontist.

Orthopedic Corrector: The Forsus™ System, comparable to the Herbst Appliance, is worn in conjunction with braces to normalize growth discrepancies between the upper and lower jaws.

This appliance, by posturing the patient's lower jaw in a forward direction, over time promotes growth in pubertal adolescents, helping to eliminate excessive overbites, improve the fit of teeth and possibly prevent the need for jaw surgery. The major advantage of this system over headgear or elastics is that its effectiveness does not rely on patient cooperation.

Temporary Anchorage Devices: We are dedicated to staying at the forefront of expanding technologies in orthodontics. Temporary anchorage devices or TADs have allowed us to perform difficult orthodontic movements predictably, that in the past could not be obtained by conventional orthodontic treatment because of the limitations of anchorage requirements and patient compliance. These tiny titanium screws, the same material used in hip replacements, are temporarily placed in bone between teeth to enhance orthodontic anchorage. The screws are minimally invasive and can be placed using only topical anesthetic. Once the proper orthodontic movement is achieved the screws are simply removed at that appointment with minimal patient discomfort. TADs have been approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration for use in patients 12 years and older. TADs have the potential to eliminate, in certain cases, the need for headgear and elastic. In extreme cases TADs can close skeletal anterior openbites, where until recently, the treatment of choice was surgically repositioning the upper jaw bone to close the bite.

These advanced appliance systems enable teeth to move faster, more predictably with less discomfort, resulting in fewer orthodontic appointments and shorter treatment times.

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State-Of-The-Art Adhesive Systems

Pre-Coated Adhesive Appliance System: This system is the fastest, most convenient and efficient method you can use to cement a bracket to a tooth.

 

Each bracket is individually kept in a sterile package and pre-coated with a light activated adhesive, which requires a special light to harden the cement. A major advantage to this system, over chemical cure, is a virtually unlimited working time to precisely place each bracket on a tooth before the cement is set. Proper bracket placement is absolutely essential to achieving an ideal result.

Band Cement: Transbond Plus Glass Ionomer Band Cement has demonstrated in clinical studies to be the best cement for retention of molar bands. The cement also has the ability to release fluoride for many months, which helps protect a tooth both around and underneath the tooth from decalcification.

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Retention System

Bonded Lower Retainer: The majority of relapse, which occurs after braces are removed, is usually across the lower front teeth. For the most part, it is due to the patient's poor use of the lower removable retainer. We take the cooperation out of having to wear a lower retainer by permanently bonding a lower wire to the back of the lower canines. They are invisible, comfortable to wear and easy to clean and floss.

 

Upper Removable Retainer: We have a wide variety of colors and designs for our patient's personal preference. We choose the Maxillary Hawley rather than a clear overlay retainer, because the Hawley allows for better settling of the bite once braces are removed. Improving the fit of teeth after the braces are removed is imperative to the stability of your final result. We have our patients wear the retainer for the first 3 months 24/7 hours/day and nighttime thereafter.

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Office Management Systems

Tops Practice Management System: The Apple-based system assures every patient's visit to our office is efficiently managed from patient sign-in to making an appointment for your next visit.

HouseCalls™: HouseCalls is an automated computer software program that calls and confirms the night before your orthodontic appointment. We realize that families are very busy and a little reminder is just another service we provide for our patients.

Vox On-Hold™: We are committed to never leaving our patients on hold. However in the event you are, we have installed an informative message-on-hold system to educate our patients about our orthodontic care.

T.Link: We are committed to keeping you connected to our practice. T.Link is a web-based, secure system that gives you the ability to check appointment dates and times, account balances and even gives you the option to make your payments online. Also through our T.link system you will receive emails informing you and your family of important events, orthodontic news and appointment times.

Appointment Slip: At the time of checkout, each patient will receive an appointment slip as a reminder for his or her next appointment and school excuse.

Automatic Debit: For your convenience, we offer automatic bank draft to simplify monthly fees. This saves you time and eliminates the need for printing, mailing and cost incurred from postage. You will also be able to obtain a statement at www.orthobanc.com by simply accessing your account online.

Patient Financing: To make financing more affordable for our patients we offer Springstone Patient Financing. Springstone makes it possible by providing low monthly payments, an easy application process, and no hidden fees to finance your orthodontic treatment.

Electronic Claims: Through the Tops practice management system we are able to file your claims online. This is a major benefit to our patients, because it allows us to handle your insurance and avoids unnecessary time you would spend mailing forms and consulting with insurance companies.

Patient Sign-in: The computerized check-in alerts our staff that you have arrived for your appointment. Our staff, very shortly after check-in, will come and greet you and escort you back in our treatment area to be seated. We know your time is valuable and we pride ourselves on never making you wait for your appointment.

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We Are Caring

Follow-up phone calls: We routinely call our patients after key appointments just to ensure you or your child is doing well and let you know that we do truly care about your experience with our office.

Postcards: We are constantly sending postcards to thank, motivate and praise our patients.

Commitment to Communication: We make a conscious effort at every appointment to briefly update you about treatment and if it is progressing according to schedule. We are committed to keeping you informed and we will always make time to answer your questions.

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Our Office Is Fun

TV Above Each Chair: We have TV's above each chair where we play some of your favorite movies and TV shows to make your appointment as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.

T-Shirts: Each patient receives a t-shirt at the braces appointment and there are several styles to choose from. Patients will receive additional reward points for wearing their t-shirt to each appointment.


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Contests: Dr. Awbrey and his staff are dedicated to delivering the highest level of orthodontics, but at the same time making sure your orthodontic experience is fun and rewarding. Our office regularly holds contests throughout the year. Our prizes include movie passes, gift certificates, sporting event tickets, iPods and PSPs.

Video Game Room: We have video games to help our patients' siblings pass the time while waiting to complete their appointments. Movies, toys, books and magazines are available there for your children's enjoyment.

Toys and Stickers: We want the children to leave with a positive experience, so every new patient and their siblings are always offered a gift.

 

 

Retainers: An array of colors and styles are available for you to choose from when your braces are removed.

 

Coffee center: From our orthodontic treatment, to our coffee, we want you to know you are receiving the best. There is nothing better than a great cup of coffee early in the morning.

Staff: We take great pride in being friendly to our patients and we guarantee your experience with our staff will truly be a positive one.

There is truly a difference when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Dr. Awbrey is totally committed to providing the finest in orthodontic care. Because of our advance systems and superior service, we are confident you will experience this difference. We look forward to meeting you and discussing the benefits of creating a beautiful healthy smile just for you.

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Our Advanced Technologies

  • SmartClip/SL 3 3M/Unitek
  • Clarity SL Clear Braces 3M/Unitek
  • Lingual/Incognito 3M/Unitek Braces
  • Heat Treated Nickel Titanium Wires
  • Simply Clear Composite Wires
  • IACT and Aquarium
  • Cone Beam CT
  • Temporary Anchorage Devices
  • Lasers in Dentistry
  • Wilckodontics

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Trapezio Gold Certified Office

Our Practice is AOAC Team Certified

It’s no secret that investing in continuing education provides benefits to all of those we serve. We are thrilled that our team has completed voluntary education programs through Trapezio, a knowledge and training solution provider for the orthodontic profession. Our team has successfully completed the minimum requirements necessary for the AOAC Team Certified designation. We are proud of this accomplishment and the individual initiatives to further improve knowledge and technique in the field of orthodontics. The comprehensive curriculum provides a formal platform for testing and learning the latest theory, technique and technologies utilized in the orthodontic industry.

It is our commitment to provide the most advanced and modern orthodontic care available. The AOAC Team Certification is proof of that unwavering commitment to our team, patients and the community we proudly serve.

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Community Involvement

We continue to Support Many Local Schools and Community Activities

  • Chattahoochee High School Baseball Team - 2006 AAAAA State Finalist
  • Sponsor - Chattahoochee High School Baseball Team
  • Alpharetta High School Men's Lacrosse Team
  • Alpharetta High School Gridiron Club
  • Sponsor - Alpharetta Ambush Soccer
  • Northview Titan Touchdown Club
  • Northview High School Dugout Club
  • Milton High School Baseball Team
  • Hopewell Middle School PTA functions
  • Alpharetta High School Spring Musical - Once Upon a Mattress
  • South Forsyth War Eagle Baseball Team
  • Midway Packer Cheerleading and Football Association
  • Alpharetta Elementary PTA
  • Roswell City Dance
  • Alpharetta High School Chorus - " The Last that Loved a Sailor"
  • Atlanta Dance Theatre
  • Atlanta Figure Skating Club - hosted the Atlanta Open 2006 Figure Skating Competition
  • Dynamo Swim Club

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Smiles Changes Lives

Dr. Awbrey is proud to partner with Smiles Changes Lives to provide quality orthodontic care to children and youth from low-income families. Since 1997, this non-profit organization has delivered orthodontic care to over 1500 children nationwide. Currently, nearly 600 generous orthodontists volunteer their time and efforts to transform the smiles and change the lives of motivated, deserving children in their community.

For more information or to apply for this program, visit www.smileschangelives.org or call (888) 900-3554.