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
2101 Baker Carter Drive
Suite A
Loganville, GA 30052

(678) 689-6887

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What is a Palatal Expander?

March 19th, 2015

If Dr. Brad Gilbert, Dr. Adam Wells and our team at SmilesForever Orthodontics have recommended a palatal expander, you might be wondering what it is and how it will help you. A palatal expander is a small appliance fitted in your mouth to create a wider space in the upper jaw. It is often used when there is a problem with overcrowding of the teeth or when the upper and lower molars don’t fit together correctly. While it is most commonly used in children, some teens and adults may also need a palatal expander.

Reasons to get a palatal expander

There are several reasons palatal expander might be recommended to you for treatment:

  • When there is insufficient room for permanent teeth currently erupting
  • When there is insufficient space for permanent teeth still developing which might need extraction in the future without expansion of the upper jaw
  • When there is either a front or a back crossbite with a narrow upper arch

How long will you need the palatal expander?

On average, patients have the palatal expander for four to seven months, although this is based on the individual and the amount of correction needed. Several months are needed to allow the bone to form and move to the desired width. It is not removable during expansion and stabilization treatment and must remain in the mouth for the entire time.

Does it prevent the necessity for braces?

The palatal expander doesn’t necessarily remove the need for braces in the future, but it can in some cases. Some people only need braces because of overcrowding of the teeth or because of a crossbite, which a palatal expander can help correct during childhood, when teeth are just beginning to erupt. However, others may need braces if, once all their permanent teeth come in, they have grown in crookedly or with additional spaces between.

If you think your child could benefit from a palatal expander, or want to learn about your own orthodontic treatment options, please feel free to contact any of our Duluth, Dacula, Flowery Branch or Loganville, GA offices! You are always welcome to view our website and FaceBook pages to learn more about orthodontic treatment and our exciting office. 

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SmilesForever Orthodontics on the Run at Dawn!

March 9th, 2015

This past Saturday, March 7th the energetic staff from SmilesForever Orthodontics met in the Old 4th Ward in Atlanta at 7 a.m. Why head into Atlanta so early on a Saturday? To participate in the Annual DDD Foundation’s Dental Dash at Dawn 5K Run/Walk.

The DDD Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit organization committed to offering accessible, comprehensive dental treatment to patients with developmental disabilities and we are proud to help them in raising funds and awareness.

This is SmilesForever’s 2nd year of participating. Some of us ran to challenge ourselves (and to keep up with our children!) and others chose to walk and enjoy visiting with friends we met through the 5K last year. It was a great day for a great cause – maybe we’ll see you there next year!

Loganville Open House

March 4th, 2015


The roof is on, the drywall is up and the paint is rolling on!

We are thrilled to announce SmilesForever Orthodontics will begin greeting patients at our newest location - 2101 Baker Carter Drive – Loganville, GA 30043 this May, 2015 and we wanted our patients to be the first to know!

Our newest location joins our SmilesForever Orthodontics practice in May and we’re thrilled to host our first Open House on May 9th, 2015. We’re so excited to help create beautiful smiles in our new Loganville, GA neighborhood and we’d love to see your smile at our Open House!

Please bring your friends and families out and join our celebration. We have a fun day planned with great prizes and giveaways, a safari animal zoo, tons of family fun and FREE food! We can’t wait to see you there!


Watch Us Grow!

February 12th, 2015

2101 Baker Carter Drive ~ Loganville, GA ~ 30052

(770) 963-3963

We have been tickled pink, receiving calls from both new and established SmilesForever Orthodontics patients about our Loganville office! We’re pleased to announce that the construction of our newest location in Loganville, GA is progressing right on schedule. The excitement is building – and we are looking forward to greeting smiles here this MAY 2015!

Call us today, and you can now schedule your upcoming appointments with Dr. Brad Gilbert and Dr. Adam Wells in our new Loganville location as well as our Duluth, Dacula and Flowery Branch, GA locations. Whether you are considering a beautiful new smile, or are already part of our SmilesForever Orthodontic family, we look forward to seeing your smiles soon!

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