1640 Palmetto Grande Drive
Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464
(843) 881 9514
Smiling and laughing are the two biggest ways we express happiness to our family and friends, and so not wanting to smile or show your teeth is a big deal,” said Dr. Justin Garrett of Garrett Orthodontics in Mount Pleasant.
Helping people feel proud about their smile is Dr. Garrett’s goal.
“Think about being uncomfortable, being unhappy and what that does to someone’s personality. On the other hand, when we take a patient like that, and, over the course of a year-and-a-half, we build a relationship and we make them feel great about themselves when they smile, it’s this joyful experience,” he explained.
Dr. Garrett and his team help children and adults alike achieve a great smile, using braces and Invisalign. Garrett Orthodontics also offers AcceleDent, a technology that works along with Invisalign to shorten treatment time and give patients that great smile faster.
The technology involved in orthodontics is one of his favorite aspects of the work, said Dr. Garrett.
“I really love the technology. We do more Invisalign than anybody in town, and I like to be able to use my 3D scanner and computer to move the teeth,” he stated.
Dr. Garrett stressed that Invisalign can be used to achieve perfect teeth, even in difficult cases. Supporting him in his mission are the members of his “super friendly” team.
“They care about people,” said Dr. Garrett. “I think that if you have people that truly care about others and want to do the best for them, everything follows from that.”
Also supporting him is his father, Dr. Steve Garrett, a practicing orthodontist in Virginia.
“The more I practice, the more I see that he’s also an incredible orthodontist, so I have a professional respect for him, too,” said Dr. Garrett. “He’s encouraging, supportive and dedicated.”
His father was a main factor in Dr. Garrett pursuing orthodontics.
“A lot of people you meet in dental school really love teeth, and that was always funny to me. I was a history major in college. I was interested in anthropology and philosophy, so sometimes I still laugh that I somehow ended up being a tooth doctor,” he related.
Speaking of his father, Dr. Garrett said, “He’s very in tune to how orthodontics can change people’s lives, and so that more than anything to do with teeth is what drew me to it.”
Dr. Garrett earned a degree in history from the University of Virginia and completed his prerequisites for dental school at the College of Charleston. He attended dental school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then went to Saint Louis University, where he completed his residency in Orthodontics and earned a certificate in Orthodontics and a master of science in Orthodontics.
Mount Pleasant is home to Dr. Garrett and his beagle, Professor.
“I love Mount Pleasant. I feel like in the next 10 years, all the best parts of downtown are going to come to Mount Pleasant,” Dr. Garrett said.
He likes to travel, do CrossFit, and read (“I always have about seven to 10 books going at once”), and he’s active in the Seacoast Church. But most of the time, he’s changing his patients’ lives.
“I love asking patients once they get their braces off ifthey got a lot of compliments. The answer is always yes,” he said.
By Erin Danly