Dr. James Lopez graduated from the University of Tennessee and received his dental degree from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences. He graduated in 1979 with two masters degrees in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry.
While in Tennessee, Dr. Lopez served as Chief of Dentistry in the Child Development Center at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, assisting children with cleft lip and palate and other special needs. He also served as Clinical Director of the Department of Orthodontics in the College of Dentistry. Dr. Lopez now serves on many dental and civic boards, advises colleges on education of dental hygienists and has accomplished primary research, publishing his work in orthodontics. He was recently installed as the President of the Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Lopez is the Georgia delegate to the American Dental Association. He also serves as a Trustee for the Georgia Dental Association, member of the DentaQuest (Medicaid) Advisory Board for the State of Georgia, and a member of the
Muscogee County Board of Health. Dr. Lopez has also been
elected to the International College of Dentists.
This wealth of experience is applied to your care. Dr. Lopez also uses referrals when needed and applies the same high standards to those colleagues.
In addition to many dental awards, Dr. Lopez is the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America's highest honor to adults, the Silver Beaver Award, and has volunteered dental services in Central America. He serves on the Boards of Boy Scouts and the Boy's Club. Dr. Lopez has served on the Board of the Columbus Youth Soccer Association.
We are committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and professional environment that enhances the total well being and self esteem of our patients and parents through the best pediatric dental and orthodontic care attainable. Our goal is to serve and support our referring professionals by providing their patients with the highest level of orthodontic and pediatric care available. Dr. Lopez and team, customize treatment for each patient, with that individual’s priorities and exceptions in mind.
The Convenience of Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry in the Same Location! We provide orthodontics (braces) for children and adults.
Your children can also see Dr. Lopez for regular preventive and corrective care (pediatric dentistry).
Our primary goal is to serve you and your family with exceptional service. The health of your child's teeth and the quality of his or her smile affect their entire life. We are committed to enhancing total well-being by providing the best in orthodontic and pediatric dental care. Our staff is highly qualified and will do their best to make your visit a pleasant one.
Your family will be in an enthusiastic and nurturing environment. Our building was designed with Dr. Lopez's patients and parents in mind. You will relax in our rooms with a view. Separate rooms are specially designed for each type of care and patient. Our pediatric rooms have a comfortable parent chair. Dr. Lopez uses the highest quality sterilization infection control methods and equipment to meet our goal of providing the highest level of service for our patients.
A first visit is a time to get to know one another. You and your child will be introduced to Dr. Lopez and his staff and be led through our cutting edge pediatric dental and orthodontic clinic. We will take extra time with your children to ensure they will be relaxed on this and future visits. We will discuss your immediate needs. All fees and will be discussed in advance. For our patients with insurance, we will let you know ahead of time your estimated payment portion.
Usually, a first visit for a dental patient will include a cleaning followed by x-rays. Dr. Lopez will examine the x-rays of your child’s teeth then discuss with you anything that may need attention.
A first visit for an orthodontic patient will include discussing your child’s unique smile and ways to improve it. Dr. Lopez will discuss cost, treatment time and cases that are similar to yours so that you will have an idea of what is achievable.
We encourage questions from both the patient and the parent, and as such, we provide ample time to answer your questions.
Dr. Lopez is a pediatric dentist, he specializes in the treatment and prevention of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health of children. Through extra years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a pediatric dentist like Dr. Lopez is uniquely qualified to treat the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents.
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A pediatric patient not only has a different dentition than adults but he/she may have specific dental and behavioral needs that are unique to a child. These needs may include orthodontics, dental sealants, fluoride applications or home treatments, or just simply education in oral hygiene. In addition to treating existing dental problems, our office focuses on prevention through patient and parent education. We like to feel that you and your child do not come to our office to have their ”cavities fixed” but rather to prevent them. Our mission is to provide all of the educational tools necessary for our patients to enjoy a cavity-free future.
Dr. Lopez is the only pediatric dentist in the Columbus area who has a Masters in Orthodontics. Having spent 2 years studying smiles and ways to improve them using braces and clear aligners he is the clear choice for
orthodontic care for adults and children.
You can have the smile you’ve always dreamed of. There are several benefits to having your smile improved as an adult including having better self esteem, more confidence and easier dental hygiene.
Dr. Lopez and his staff are devoted to beautiful smiles and has orthodontic solutions to fit every budget and lifestyle. His fees vary with the complexity of each unique smile but easy payment plans can be arranged to suit. During your first orthodontic visit we will carefully review your unique smile and show you similar cases Dr. Lopez has worked on so you can understand what is achievable.
Madeline’s extraction experience was fast and painless. The staff was very calming and patient with her. I appreciate the kindness towards her, as she was very scared going into the procedure.
We had a wonderful experience at Dr. Lopez’s office.
I trusted his expertise for my children’s dental health.
They are a friendly staff and always willing to work
with my schedule. We will miss Dr. Lopez and his staff!
Dr. Lopez was highly recommended by a friend. I’m so glad! My son Preston loves coming to Dr. Lopez’s office. All the staff are wonderful and professional. Preston’s teeth look wonderful! They were protruding so badly he was teased and now they are beautiful! I can hardly wait to see how he looks at the end of phase 2.
Dr. Lopez and his staff have been absolutely wonderful with my son Ricardo and my daughter Jasmine. Their thoughtfulness to her being able to smile again has really helped her and her self-esteem. We are truly grateful and love you all!
Dr. Lopez and his staff have always been amazingly supportive, professional, and friendly. I have two children who receive dental and orthodontic care. We are always seen on time and the treatment team is quick to answer our questions. I’ve always recommended Dr. Lopez!
Wonderful experience! Dr. Lopez and his staff are excellent. My baby was terrified of coming to the dentist and they made her feel so relaxed. This is our first time here and it most definitely won’t be the last!
Our experience was great each time we have been there. Great staff and great timing with patient care. Very good with children and parents.
We could not have a found a better dentist. Everyone is so friendly and Dr. Lopez is amazing. My kids love him and my daughters teeth are perfect!!
I have had very good experience and I like to thank Doctor Lopez for fixing my daughters teeth properly. I am happy with all their service. Thanks!
Great job! She was terrified of dentists before coming here.
After her first visit on 6/29 she was excited to come back. Thank you for being patient and easing that fear.
Dr. Lopez and his staff are wonderful when it comes to the treatment, well-being skill, knowledge and over-care they give my children. My family has moved to Northern Georgia, which is a two-hour drive to Columbus. However, because of the exceptional quality of care that Dr. Lopez provides, we are willing to commute for appointments and treatments. He is an awesome dentist with a fantastic staff. I appreciate all the information Dr. Lopez gives me to help keep my children healthy and on track!
Our son has several unique health issues that must be understood before treating him. Dr. Lopez has experience with these issues and it gives us so much confidence that our son’s treatment will be appropriate and safe. His treatment plans are well thought out and keep safety at the forefront. The results have been wonderful.
Dr. Lopez is the best pediatric dentist i have seen in years. The staff does absolutely amazing with children and not to mention they have the best up-to-date technology. I wish I had known about him and his amazing staff sooner. They truly are the best!
Dr. James Lopez has not only fixed my smile twenty years ago, but now is fixing my daughter key lee’s also. He is the best orthodontist we have ever dealt with and will have another patient in my youngest daughter very soon. Without a doubt, professional in all he does.
The staff here is amazing and work really well with the kids. Very considerate and kind.
I enjoy how patient they are with my son. They made him comfortable and he wasn’t scared at all. They are really nice and sweet.
I love Dr. Lopez!! My daughter and son both had their braces done by him!!
My one year old daughter had decay on her top and bottom teeth and would not use them to eat. She would over compensate with her other teeth so that she didn’t have to use the teeth that were decayed. They bothered her to the point that she had to use the others. Dr. Lopez treated her teeth with silver diamine and a week later after the treatment my daughter was using her front teeth. They no longer bothered her. The treatment lasted at most 10 minutes and a month after treatment her teeth are doing much better.
We have been very pleased with the professionalism, quality of workmanship, punctuality, and overall customer service given by Dr. Lopez and his staff. A definite 5 star rating and full recommendation from the Day family!
I have been extremely pleased with Dr. Lopez and his staff from day 1. They have gone above and beyond in the treatment for my daughter. We are excited to see the final reveal when her braces come off soon.
Great Job! She was terrified of the dentist before coming here. After her 1st visit on June 29th, 2016, she was excited to come back. Thank you for being patient and easing that fear.
I am very pleased with my children's (who are diagnosed with Autism) first visit. The nurses and Dr. Lopez were very informative and were very calm and patient with them. I am hoping that now their experience with the dentist will be better from now on. Thank You all from the bottom of my heart.
We have had an excellent ortho experience here! By following the recommendations, our daughter’s teeth have been dramatically improved in a short amount of time. The staff is always so helpful, quick and informative. We wouldn’t recommend any other dentist! Dr. Lopez’s office is hands down the best!
My experience with Dr. Lopez and staff has been nothing short of amazing. The staff is friendly and helpful. I am very pleased with my daughters ortho experience, her smile is beautiful. Thank you Dr. Lopez.
Both of my children are patients of Dr. Lopez and his staff. They have been patients since they were 2-3 years old. We have had a great experience here. Dr. Lopez is very proactive in his approach to his dental/ortho patients., often preventing problems before they occur. My oldest child has finished with her oath process and we couldn’t be more pleased. We love coming here and don’t have to worry about a thing.
Before my daughter came here, we were taking her to another dentist. Her very 1st visit with them, unfortunately, was a very bad experience. Afterwards, the mention of going to the dentist would reduce Makya to tears. After her visit with Dr. Lopez, Makya is now excited about coming to his office. No more tears or tantrums, just all smiles. The staff is wonderful, patient, and we couldn’t ask for a better Dentist.
Dr. Lopez was very quick, gentle and explained everything. His staff was comforting and made the experience easy. I’d recommend any parent to come to Dr. Lopez’s office for any procedure. They are the best!
1834 Warm Springs Road
Columbus, GA 31904 map
James I. Lopez, DDS, MS, MS, PC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. About discrimination and translations.