Father, son blend methods at Trotter Orthodontics

Barrett Trotter (right) opened his orthodontics practice in Augusta in 1981, and his son Paul later joined the business. Both are Medical College of Georgia graduates.



Creating bright smiles became a lifelong passion for Barrett Trotter at a young age, and that desire worked its way to his son.

Barrett got braces as a child, and the process appealed to him so much that he attended the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, graduating in 1973. After practicing general dentistry for six years, he returned to MCG for a two-year residency in orthodontics and opened his own practice in Augusta in 1981.

Barrett’s son, Paul, followed his father into the profession, graduating from MCG’s School of Dentistry in 2010. After receiving his training in orthodontics, he joined his father’s business, Trotter Orthodontics, to create a team with offices in Augusta and Evans.

“It’s a long road with schooling, exams; it’s a tough process,” Barrett said. “I’m proud and grateful to practice with him. We enjoy doing it together.”

The two agreed that they work off each other’s strengths to make the most of working together. Paul said they’ve learned to blend new and old school methods to create an effective orthodontics team that’s stronger than ever.

“I’ve learned from my dad what has worked for over 30 years and how to blend new technology with tried and true methods,” Paul said. “I’ve also learned from him how to run a business, staff management, all the things people don’t think of.”

The two interact often between their offices and work together to create the best plans for their patients. That interaction stretches into weekends and allows the two to see each other often, which they agree is a great benefit.

A phrase they associate with their business is creating “a legacy of smiles,” and Paul said that encompasses their work and personal relationships.

“The energy and excitement he has brought to the practice is great,” Barrett said. “It’s a win-win. I don’t dread going to work on Mon­days, because I get the chance to be with my son.”


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The idea of Father’s Day was conceived more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, June 17, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth.

The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the law that made it permanent.



70.1 million: Estimated number of fathers across the nation in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available.

24.9 million: Number of fathers who were part of married-couple families with children younger than 18 in 2015.

21 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18 (among married-couple family households only).

3 percent were living in someone else’s home with their families.

1.9 million: Number of single fathers in 2015; 16 percent of single parents were men.

9 percent were raising three or more children younger than 18.

About 45 percent were divorced, 33 percent were never married, 17 percent were separated, and 6 percent were widowed.

About 47 percent had an annual family income of $50,000 or more.



199,000: Estimated number of stay-at-home dads in 2015.

These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force for at least one year, primarily so they can care for the family while their wife works outside the home. These fathers cared for about 368,000 children.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau



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