The Top 5 Reasons Why People Avoid Seeing the Orthodontist
By: Dr. Matt Walton
Dr. Matt Walton is an orthodontist in Suwanee, GA, with over 21 years of experience. Born the first of six siblings in Davenport, Iowa, his family relocated to San Diego, California, and then later to Atlanta, Georgia.

“I knew by the eighth grade that I wanted to be an orthodontist.” –Dr. Walton Dr. Walton graduated from Marist High School, where he excelled in athletics. He earned an athletic scholarship to play baseball at the University of Georgia and received a B.S. in Pre-Dentistry. In 1982, he was named the University of Georgia’s top male scholar-athlete (highest GPA).

Dr. Walton continued on to attend the Medical College of Georgia for four years, where he graduated with a D.M.D. degree among the Top 5 in his class. Following that, he headed up to Boston, Massachusetts, to complete his orthodontic residency at the prestigious Henry M. Goldman School of Graduate Dentistry at Boston University. After completing his residency in orthodontics, Dr. Walton began his professional career back in the Atlanta area.
1

Patients are afraid it's going to hurt.

Pain is the number-one reason most people avoid going to the orthodontist. However, modern technology—and choosing the right orthodontist—can ensure that you or your child enjoys a pain-free orthodontic experience.
2

Patients are afraid it's going to cost too much..

Not only are most orthodontic procedures more affordable than ever, but insurance, payment plans and a variety of other financing options make this all but a moot point for most patients. Remember, orthodontists aren’t in this to get rich, they’re here to make sure your child’s teeth, smile, and jaw are aligned to make his or her life better—period!

We’re not going to let something like price get in the way of creating a better, safer, healthier smile for you or your child.
3

Patients are afraid it's going to take too long / miss too much school or work.

Regardless of the type of orthodontic procedure you or your child needs, time is of the essence. Modern technology and ease of access allows us to work around your work or your child’s school schedule with minimal absences. After initial visits, and barring the actual procedure itself, most visits and/or adjustments are routine and can take anywhere from fifteen to forty-five minutes.
4

Patients do not see the need to take action.

Eroding, crooked or unaligned smiles can take time to happen, but the time to act is now. Orthodontic irregularities don’t just heal on their own or disappear if you ignore them. Your or your child’s smile and overall dental health are too important to ignore out of questions of pain, convenience, or even price.
5

Patients have been treated in the past with an attitude of indifference.

Let’s face it, not all doctors are created equal. Every profession has its “bad apples,” and to say dentistry is the exception would be to write fiction instead of fact. There is no room for indifference when it comes to your or your child’s healthcare. Find an orthodontic specialist that offers not only state of the art technology but state of the art service as well. Orthodontic specialists know what it’s like to sit in the chair, and should provide every opportunity for patients, especially our younger patients, to feel comfortable, safe, and secure in our care.
“As soon as we walked in the door, we were greeted and treated as if they had known us forever! Super friendly and helpful staff and Dr. Walton was wonderful with our daughter. She was very excited to come back to get her braces! We would highly recommend this office!!”

- Buck B.
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