The Georgia School of Orthodontics Doubles Academic and Clinical Service Capacity with Expansion in Gwinnett County

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 General News
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New Location Seeking Nominations for 'Gift of a Smile' Complimentary Orthodontic Care for Three Deserving Children

ATLANTA, March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Georgia School of Orthodontics (GSO) has started construction of a 9,000

square foot office in Gwinnett County, which will double its orthodontic service capacity for metro Atlanta residents. This new location is the second of several Georgia School of Orthodontics Smile Centers that are planned to open in underserved areas throughout the metro Atlanta area.

Located in the Gwinnett Commerce Center in Duluth, the new campus expands GSO's advanced specialty education program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics to dentists and offers state-of-the-art orthodontic services to the community in the GSO Smiles Centers clinic. A groundbreaking ceremony is set to take place on April 19.

When GSO opened its flagship campus in the spring of 2016 in Atlanta, it pledged to provide $100k of complimentary orthodontic care to deserving youth in Georgia. As part of the school's commitment to fulfill this promise and to celebrate the ground breaking of the new facility in Gwinnett County, GSO will offer complimentary orthodontic care to three deserving children in the Atlanta area. 

"We recognize that children, teens and adults have very different needs, and require a different level of attention and care to create a beautiful, healthy smile," says Dr. Ricky E. Harrell, Program Director at the Georgia School of Orthodontics. "The advanced technology in our state-of-the-art clinics allows us to offer patients of all ages access to braces, Invisalign and other orthodontic treatments. The Georgia School of Orthodontics Smile Centers' Duluth location will offer all of these services at affordable prices to Gwinnett and surrounding residents."

"The Georgia School of Orthodontics will be a great addition to the Gwinnett community," said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. "Their presence in Gwinnett will address a critical need for affordable orthodontic care and provide access to these services to underserved populations."

About Georgia School of OrthodonticsThe Georgia School of Orthodontics (GSO) enrolled its first class in the fall of 2016. Based in Atlanta, Ga., GSO offers an advanced specialty education program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. The 36-month residency program is structured to provide collaborative and evidence-based learning for residents while providing quality orthodontic care to patients in the school's clinics. GSO's mission is to educate outstanding dentists to be proficient in the clinical specialty of orthodontics while providing affordable care to an underserved population. GSO faculty and staff are dedicated to diversity in both education and practice. The program is sponsored by Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center and is a division of its Department of Dentistry. For more information, visit or call (770) 351-7737.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Georgia School of Orthodontics?

  • The Georgia School of Orthodontics is an innovative approach to clinical learning and seeks to improve orthodontic education opportunities in the state of Georgia.
  • Before the fall of 2016 (Georgia School of Orthodontics' inaugural class of 18 residents and 2 fellows), there were only 2-3 orthodontic residency positions offered in Georgia. The school has expanded the opportunity for practicing dentists as well as newly graduating dentists to pursue orthodontics, which is much needed in Georgia. With the new fall 2017 incoming class, the school will have 36 residents and 4 fellows. 
  • The three-year residency program has an industry average tuition rate, stringent educational and admissions standards and generous scholarships for qualified underrepresented minority residents.
  • As evidenced by the national shortage of orthodontists, top dentists from across the nation come to Georgia to attend the school to become an orthodontic specialist.
  • GSO Smile Centers, the clinics affiliated with the Georgia School of Orthodontics, offer patients orthodontic services for approximately forty percent less than the cost of private practice orthodontic care and offer payment plans as low as $97 a month to make the cost of care financially feasible for different segments of the community.
  • The Georgia School of Orthodontics' state-of-the art main campus location is in Atlanta off of GA-400 at Northridge Road, just six miles north of I-285.
  • The Gwinnett location is the first of several satellite clinics that will mirror the Atlanta campus, complete with a state-of the art classroom and GSO Smile Centers' clinic.

$100,000 of complimentary orthodontic care will be given to Georgia residents.

  • The Georgia School of Orthodontics pledged to give away $100,000 in complimentary orthodontic care to deserving teens and children in Georgia over three years.
  • In 2016, deserving teens from Rockdale, Cobb and Fulton counties started their complimentary orthodontic services. The time of orthodontic treatment can take up to two to three years depending on the severity of the treatment plan.
  • We are searching for nominations of three deserving teens or children who may need braces, but can't afford it. There's no catch – it's completely free. See terms and conditions for complete details.
  • The deadline to submit an application is April 9, and the winner will be announced at our ground breaking event on April 19.
  • We encourage you to nominate someone today by visiting our website,  

Where can people get more information?

  • For more information on our state-of-the-art GSO Smile Centers clinics, visit Visit for more information on the academics at the Georgia School of Orthodontics.


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