Meet Dr. Francis, Your Atlanta Orthodontist
Dr. Oral C. Francis grew up in Florida before pursuing his career in orthodontics.
Dr. Francis has always dreamed of improving people's smiles and loves helping his patients through their orthodontic treatment. Today, he gets to do just that in the beautiful city of Decatur, GA.
Dr. Francis earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida. He then obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Meharry Medical College, where he graduated in the top five percent of his class.
From there, he completed two full years of post-graduate specialty training in orthodontics at Howard University in Washington D.C. He’s also been inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the International Dental Honor Society.
Dr. Francis is dedicated to providing his patients with the most advanced and comprehensive orthodontic care available. He frequently participates in continuing education to remain aware of advances in his profession.
Why an Orthodontist in Atlanta?
Orthodontist vs. Dentist
An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist. All orthodontists are dentists first, but though not every dentist has the qualifications to be an orthodontist. Dr. Francis continued his formal education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. As an orthodontist, Dr. Francis has spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to execute the appropriate treatment plan.
Why does it matter if you see your Atlanta Orthodontist?
Specialists receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic problems. Dentists receive basic orthodontic training which allows them to perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treat young children who do not need to see an orthodontist yet.
Seeing a specialist like your Atlanta orthodontist may change your experience in braces by:
- Providing additional treatment options.
- Giving you more efficient treatment and visits, because it is the office's primary area of care.
- Knowing that you'll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have severe bite problems that need to be addressed.
- Personal experience treating multiple cases that share your unique concerns
- Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.
You may think it's easier to have your orthodontic work completed by your dentist. Convenience shouldn't be a concern, because you will only be stopping by your Atlanta orthodontist's offices every six to eight weeks.
Testimonials from your City orthodontist patients
Dr. Francis and his staff are the BEST! They are always professional, friendly, and prompt. My experience here has been amazing! I'm so thankful to have found Decatur Orthodontics, and I would highly recommend them for any of your orthodontic needs.
Dr. Francis does great work! The office staff is very communicative and can always see me right away if I need to come in. The clinical staff is so sweet and very professional. My teeth are finally straight after years of being extremely crooked. Highly recommend for any orthodontic work!
As an adult braces wearer, I was appreciative that Dr. Francis LISTENED to what I wanted. He didn't try to drive me into a treatment plan with which I was uncomfortable, and patiently answered ALL of my questions. I could not be more happy with my results. He may not even be the best part of the whole experience, because his staff is an absolute delight to interact with. Two months post braces, I still can't believe this is my smile.