SmilesForever Orthodontics

Brad Gilbert, DMD MS | Ron Parsons, DMD MSD
Adam Wells, DMD MS
Call Us: (770) 963-3963

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Dacula Office
3635 Braselton Hwy.
Suite A

Dacula, GA 30019
(678) 318-3180

Duluth Office
2148 Duluth Hwy.
Suite 101

Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 963-3963

Flowery Branch Office
6050 Spout Springs Road
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
(678) 960-2600

Loganville Office
Opening 2015

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Thankful Thoughts from a Few Of Our Smiles Forever Orthodontics Staff and Patients

November 26th, 2014


Our patients and staff have been discussing what they are thankful for in our Dacula office today. We wanted to share some of their thoughts with you!


Ansley: “That I only had to get one separator (placed) today.”

Jake: “My teeth (haven’t moved) since my retainer broke two days ago.”

Michael: “Our new puppy.”

Hannah: “Getting to come here for my braces.” (A staff favorite)



Dr. Gilbert – “All my patients that are doing such a great job wearing their retainers!”

Darci: “I’m thankful for my work family, as well as my two awesome sons! I’m also thankful for getting to take part in bringing self confidence to our patients as their smiles are transformed!”

Elise: “I’m thankful to get up every day and come to a job that I absolutely love!”

Brooke: “I’m thankful for this awesome group of girls (and Cody) that I get to work with every day, my amazing husband and two boys, and for my wonderful family that lives close by.”’

Liza: “For my wonderful co-workers. My work environment is a joy every day. We have the BEST patients! As always, my amazing family and my health.”

Cody: “I’m thankful for all of the love I receive from my fellow co-workers. Also, the amounts of motherly advice they feel free to impart daily.”

Brittany: “I’m thankful for my new husband, my family, good health, and our sweet doggies!”

Cretia: “My wonderful family!”

Beth: “I’m so thankful for being able to be a part of this great work family for the past 25 years! Also, having the opportunity to mentor Elise in the lab. I’m thankfully blessed with the best children and grandchildren!”


A Season of Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2014


Fall season brings feelings of warmth and gives us so much to be thankful for. Many of our new patients have just begun to fall in love with their smiles, while our recent graduates have fallen head over heals!

Congratulations to Hannah and Grace on getting your braces off! We can see why they love their smiles, we’ve fallen in love with them too!

Our doctors and staff at Smiles Forever Orthodontics appreciate our patients and their families. We are thankful for your continued confidence in entrusting us with helping to create your beautiful smiles. It is truly the biggest compliment you can give us!

Dr. Parson, Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Wells, along with our entire staff at Smiles Forever would like to wish you all a heartfelt and wonderful Thanksgiving season!

Dr. Brad Gilbert & Dr. Adam Wells in the “Hot Seat”

November 20th, 2014

Our Smiles Forever orthodontic patients in Duluth, Dacula and Flowery Branch frequently ask us for fun information about their two favorite orthodontists. Though you can check out their posted bio’s on our website at, we put both of our orthodontists in the hot seat to answer a few fun questions to share with you!

Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Wells get along so well, we really shouldn’t be surprised at how similar some of their answers were!

In answer to our questions, we learned that they have both straightened their teeth. Dr. Gilbert straightened with Invisalign ® (Yes, while in practice at Smiles Forever!), and Dr. Wells perfected his smile while in dental school with traditional braces.

Their favorite part of being orthodontists is the day the braces come off and being able to see the transformation of our patient’s smiles. That new smile bringing such excitement and confidence is very rewarding to both of them.

Not too surprising is that the one thing that frightens each of them are the potential of crooked teeth from not wearing retainers. We pressed that answer a bit further and discovered that they are both very diligent in wearing their retainers!

If either of them were to be an animal, they both would have chosen to be eagles. Dr. Gilbert would like to be able to fly. Dr. Wells thought it would be great to be able to travel and to see everything from above.

When asked if they could travel anywhere in the world, they both responded with Italy, and Dr. Gilbert would love to see the Roman Ruins.

A few more fun pieces of information that we learned is that Dr. Gilbert’s favorite color is white. Hmmm…he must be picturing pearly white teeth! He chose to pursue the field of orthodontics while in his third year of dental school. Georgia is Dr. Gilbert’s home state and you can almost always find him on a golf course in his spare time.

Dr. Wells and his family have recently moved to our lovely state of Georgia. They have been having so much fun exploring and experiencing and he has already found a few restaurants to frequent. Two that have made it toward the top of the list for Dr. Wells are Luciano’s and JCT Kitchen. Having moved to Georgia from sunny, Southern California, he has been enjoying our close proximity to the mountains, the abundance of lakes and the friendliness of the people!

If any of you know of any terrific golf courses for Dr. Gilbert or fun restaurants for Dr. Wells to try in our Smiles Forever neighborhoods of Duluth, Dacula and Flowery Branch, be sure to let them know!

Avoiding Delays in Treatment

November 14th, 2014

Am I going to get my braces off on time?  This is a very common question among orthodontic patients.

Our Smiles Forever patients often ask us what they can do in between their adjustment visits to help them avoid delays in their treatment. Dr. Gilbert, Dr. Wells and our staff thought we would provide some tips on how you can stay on track in regards to   your treatment plan.

The first important step in avoiding delays in your treatment is to keep your adjustment appointments. Each orthodontic visit has been carefully planned to move your teeth in a specific way within a certain time frame. Missing an appointment can often add weeks or months to your treatment time.

Next, we want you to let us know right away if you experience any problems with your braces or appliances. A broken wire, loose bracket or appliance can delay your progress, so we ask that you please give us a call right away to report any issues rather than waiting until your next visit.

Always make sure to wear your rubber bands as prescribed by Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Wells.  Most, if not all, of our patients will need to wear elastics or rubber bands at some point during their treatment. By not wearing the rubber bands or elastics or in not wearing them enough, treatment time can be slowed down significantly. If prescribed for you, rubber bands are critical in helping to align your bite and are an important part of your treatment.

Lastly, we want you to maintain good oral hygiene, just as you did before your orthodontic treatment began. In addition to flossing regularly, we encourage you to brush your teeth several times a day. Not brushing and keeping the gums healthy will elevate your risk of developing cavities and tooth decay, which will ultimately result in delaying or prolonging treatment time. Continue to schedule your six month cleanings with your general dentist. We are always happy to help by removing the arch wires for your cleanings if required by the hygienist.

Our doctors and Smiles Forever orthodontic staff are just as excited as our patients to see your gorgeous smiles when the braces are removed and want to help you avoid any delays in your orthodontic treatment.

If you have any questions about your general orthodontic treatment or any of these tips, please give us a call at our convenient Duluth, Dacula or Flowery Branch, GA offices or ask us during your next adjustment visit. We look forward to seeing your smile soon!


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