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Best Orthodontic Practice 12 Years Strong

November 1st, 2021

Best Orthodontics 12 Years Strong Rome, GA

Dr. Ryan Cox and the entire team are excited to announce that we’ve been voted best orthodontist in Rome, GA in the Best of Rome contest! We are also excited to announce that this is our 12th year in a row to receive this award and we are thankful for the support of our patients and their families. We would like to thank all of you for the continued love and support you've shown Pridemore & Cox Orthodontics.

Voted Best Orthodontist in Rome, GA

Our amazing orthodontist, Dr. Ryan Cox is passionate about serving the families of Rome and their smiles. Our team offers a variety of treatment options based on the individual needs of our patients. After your complimentary consultations, Dr. Cox will create a custom treatment plan just for you. Whether it's traditional bracesInvisalign, or clear braces, we will be there for you every step of the way.

Ready to Start Your Orthodontic Journey?

Are you ready to grow your confidence with a beautiful smile here at Pridemore & Cox Orthodontics? Click here to schedule your complimentary exam or give us a call at (706) 234-0877. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!

October is National Orthodontic Health Month

October 15th, 2021

Orthodontic Health Month | Pridemore and Cox Orthodontics
Join us to celebrate one of our favorite months of the entire year! October is National Orthodontic Health Month and we want to bring awareness to how important staying up to date on your orthodontic health is. Not only does a beautiful smile make you feel confident, but it also has so many physical health benefits to having a healthy smile! Read more about the many benefits of taking care of your gums and teeth the right way below.

Straight Teeth are Easier to Clean

Straight teeth are easier to clean. Not only does this make mornings and evenings easier when brushing and flossing our teeth, it means there is less room for tooth decay. Teeth that are overcrowded and misaligned are harder to clean and you are bound to miss those hard-to-reach spots when you're cleaning your teeth. Without seeing your orthodontist and fixing your orthodontic needs, there is a far greater chance your tooth enamel might erode. Tooth erosion occurs when acids wear away the enamel on your teeth.

Avoid Problems with Breathing, Swallowing, or Talking

Another benefit of treating your orthodontic problems correctly is to avoid breathing, swallowing, or talking problems. While some may overlook this issue, this is a very big concern when you don't take care of your teeth properly. Crooked teeth can lead to lisp or slurring in one's speaking abilities. The good news is this can be fixed with braces or Invisalign®! Crowded and crooked teeth can also lead to issues with eating due if you have an overbite or jaw issue. It can also lead to problems fully chewing which will lead to digestive issues.

Prevent Headaches with Orthodontic Care

Many people suffer from chronic headaches and we know how painful and uncomfortable they can be. In some cases, people are experiencing those headaches as a side effect of crooked teeth. The team here at Pridemore & Cox Orthodontics would love to help you alleviate those problems with the right orthodontic care.

Many Perks to Orthodontic Treatment

As you can see, there are many advantages to having proper orthodontic treatment. While this isn't all of the perks, we fully believe that a beautiful and healthy smile leads to overall improved quality of life. If you are ready to start your orthodontic journey, give us a call today at (706) 237-8501 to set up a complimentary consultation! Happy Orthodontic Health Month!

How Invisalign® Clear Aligners Works

June 22nd, 2021

The way that braces look are a major concern for a lot of people. Because of this, clear braces are an ideal option for quite a few patients. There are different types of discreet treatment plans, but the most common one that people are familiar with is Invisalign®. But do you really know how this treatment option works?

First Things First

At your first visit, Dr. Cox will meet with you to complete a consultation to discuss your unique orthodontic needs. During that time, Dr. Cox and our team be able to evaluate whether Invisalign® is a good fit for you. Most patients will find that Invisalign is a great option for their individual needs. Adults are particularly fond of this treatment plan because it is so subtle. But teens love it too!

Smile for the Camera

After you’ve decided on Invisalign®, we need to snap some images of your teeth and mouth. We’ll use a scanner to get precise digital pictures of your teeth. And guess what- They’re 3D! After we have a good idea of the way your teeth are currently positioned in your mouth, your orthodontist will map out a custom treatment plan. This will include exactly how your teeth need to move to achieve your most beautiful smile. We’ll also be able to tell you at this time how long treatment will probably be. A huge perk to our advanced technology in our office is that you’ll even get to see a preview of your new smile! How awesome is that?

All About Aligners 

The way that Invisalign® (and other similar clear aligner treatments) work is through a series of clear trays. Those trays are called… you guessed it – aligners. We use the images of your teeth to create your personalized series of trays. These clear aligners put light pressure on your teeth to gently move them into their ideal position. You will wear each tray for an amount of time that will be determined by your orthodontist – usually a week or two. Once that time is up, you will switch to the next aligner tray in the series. Each tray is slightly different to continuously move your teeth during your treatment. Changing your tray is like getting your braces tightened but with less appointments!

Get those Teeth Moving

For best results, it’s important that you wear your trays for 20-22 hours a day. It’s best to only take your aligners out to eat, brush and floss. Your teeth will gently and gradually move into place as you work your way through your series of clear aligner trays. One of the big perks of Invisalign is less office visits. Adults love this option because of how hard it is to find a time every few weeks to visit us with their busy work schedules. But we’ll still want to check on your progress and will help you make check-up appointments every 6 weeks or so.

Get Started

Do you have more questions about Invisalign®, clear braces or other clear aligner treatments? We’ve got answers! Give us a call today to ask questions or schedule your first consultation. We think you’re going to love the way Invisalign® will gently and subtly give you the smile of your dreams!

All About Retainers

March 30th, 2021


One of the most important parts of your orthodontic journey is the phase after your braces are removed, called retention. The focus of the retention phase is to keep your teeth in their new positions. Teeth naturally want to shift over time due to a variety of factors like chewing, growth, and even breathing. This is why wearing and taking care of your retainers is so vital.

Wear & Care of Your Retainers

Always follow your orthodontist's directions for wearing your retainers. In most cases, you will wear your retainer all only at night. Most patients will receive a retainer for both their bottom and top teeth. You can remove your retainers to eat and brush your teeth. When the retainers are not in your mouth, remember to always put them in your retainer case. Retainers are notorious for being easily thrown away or eaten by a pet. As soon as you are done eating or brushing your teeth, put your retainers back in so you wear them as long as possible.

Cleaning Your Retainers

Like anything you want to last, it is important to keep your retainers clean. Bacteria can quickly grow on retainers and cause it to smell if it is not cleaned daily. We suggest rubbing mild soap or using Retainer Brite on your retainers when taking them out to brush your teeth in the morning. You can also use an old toothbrush with toothpaste to clean your retainer. Never boil your appliance or put it in the dishwasher. The heat can melt the plastic that the retainer is made out of.

Lost or Broke Your Retainer?

We understand that sometimes accidents happen. If you happen to lose or break your retainer, call us about getting a replacement one or scheduling an appointment. If your retainer breaks, keep as many of the pieces that you can and bring them to your appointment. If your retainer no longer fits, we will schedule an appointment to see if we can adjust your retainer. Retainers are key to keeping your smile "orthodontist approved" and we are here to help with any retainer needs that you might have! *Please note that there could be a cost with repairing or replacing your retainer. We will give you more details at your appointment.