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.”