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Jay V. Patel DMD MS Orthodontist

“I am honored to be an orthodontist and endeavor to treat each patient like a family member – sharing in their concerns and goals throughout treatment. Orthodontics is a truly transformative process for people of all ages. I take immense pride in watching patients develop the confidence to express their happiness as beautiful smiles take shape.”

Originally from London, England, Dr. Jay V. Patel moved to Atlanta as a teen. After completing high school in Alpharetta, he harnessed his passion for art, science and happy people by completing the years of advanced training required to be a specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

Dr. Patel is an orthodontist, which is different from a general dentist. After graduating from dental school, orthodontists go on for another 2-3 years of specialty education just in orthodontics at an ADA accredited orthodontic residency program.

An active member of several professional dental and orthodontic associations, Dr. Patel is committed to advancing the field of orthodontics and providing patients with the highest level of care possible.

Dr. Patel approaches his career as an orthodontist with the philosophy that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. When he is not in the office building beautiful smiles and relationships with patients, you will likely find him surrounded by family, friends, food and football (soccer!).

  • Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics
    Temple University School of Dentistry
  • Master of Science in Oral Biology
    Temple University School of Dentistry
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine
    Temple University School of Dentistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management
    Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Chong

Justin Chong DMD Children’s (Pediatric) Dentist

“I chose to specialize in pediatric dentistry because I love working with children. I particularly enjoy having the opportunity to ensure they have healthy, beautiful smiles as children, while helping shape their future approach to healthy oral hygiene as an adult.”

Dr. Justin Chong is a true native Georgian with strong roots to this community. He was born in Atlanta and resided in Norcross and then Johns Creek, graduating from Chattahoochee High School. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned his engineering degree before he decided to pursue dentistry.

Moving to Augusta, Dr. Chong attended the Medical College of Georgia and received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine. He then went on to pursue his dream of working with children and was accepted into the Temple University Hospital – Episcopal Division program for Pediatric Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA. After two additional years of specialized training in treating children and earning the title of Chief Resident, Dr. Chong received his specialty certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and returned home to Atlanta.

At his practice of Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Chong has found his niche as a pediatric dental specialist. He is able to serve the Atlanta community that he loves, especially building beautiful smiles in the young Georgians that are his patients, while staying close to his family and friends.

  • Specialty Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry
    Temple University Hospital – Episcopal Division
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine
    The Medical College of Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering
    Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Lala family

Shilpa Lala DMD Associate Dentist

“I have always enjoyed being around children and love how each child and their needs are so unique. I strive to create a comfortable and enjoyable experience for children, treating them as my own family. I hope to promote lifelong habits to create beautiful healthy smiles in a positive and fun environment.”

Dr. Lala was born in South Africa and moved to Canada when she was 5 years old. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and, after completing two years of undergraduate studies, was accelerated into the College of Dentistry. After receiving several awards and recognitions throughout dental school, she graduated with distinction in 2006.

After getting married, she lived in Texas for 2 years and then moved to Atlanta, where her husband grew up. Dr. Lala has two young children and enjoys spending time with family and friends. It is her love for children that has led her to focus her career on treating children to develop healthy, beautiful smiles.

  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine
    College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan
  • Undergraduate Studies
    College of Arts and Sciences, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Milen

Milen Patel DMDPediatric Dentist

Dr. Milen Patel was born in London, England and moved to Alpharetta at the age of five. Growing up, he loved playing soccer, drawing, and hanging out with his friends. From an early age, Dr. Milen loved science, history, math, and art. He knew from the age of 6 that he wanted to be a dentist and never looked back from that goal. He attended Alpharetta High School and then went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in biology at Georgia State University.

From there, Dr. Milen earned his DMD from the Dental College of Georgia where he served as a member of the admissions committee. It was here that Dr. Milen met his wife and soon after he proposed at the “Most Magical Place on Earth,” Disney World. Dr. Milen got accepted into pediatric dental residency at the Dental College of Georgia where he served as the chief resident.

Dr. Milen has a passion for serving the youth. In his free time, Dr. Milen enjoys teaching, hiking outdoors with his wife, visiting Disney World, and playing with his nieces and nephews.

  • Specialty Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry
    Dental College of Georgia
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine
    Dental College of Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
    Georgia State University

Our Patients Reviews

I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

Christy D.
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