About Us

Athens GA Orthodontist Dr. Tradd Harter, Dr. Alex Culberson and the team at Classic City Orthodontics strive to create beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime in a caring, comfortable environment. We are the area’s only orthodontic specialist to use suresmile and are able to utilize a variety of treatment methods – from braces and aligners, such as Invisalign® and SureSmile® Aligners. We use this cutting-edge technology to coordinate treatment with your entire dental team during the smile design process. We offer SureSmile® Advanced, a custom treatment planning system that helps achieve better accuracy with less time in treatment, fewer office visits, and reduced discomfort compared to traditional orthodontics. With two convenient locations in Athens, Georgia and Watkinsville, Georgia, Classic City Orthodontics makes orthodontics fun! We can't wait to welcome you home to CCO.

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Tradd Harter has been creating classic smiles since 1999. An Anderson, South Carolina, native, Dr. Harter was drawn to the Athens area because of the community’s love of family, food, and of course football! A photographer, motorcycle enthusiast, and hunter, Dr. Harter enjoys all of the natural beauty that Northeast Georgia’s outdoors has to offer.

Dr. Harter received his B.S. in Biology from Furman University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree (DMD) from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine in Charleston, S.C. Dr. Harter completed a residency program in orthodontics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, where he earned a certificate in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Dr. Harter has two sons, Gavin and Aidan, who attend Prince Avenue Christian School.

Dr. Alex Culberson was born and raised in the good ole state of Georgia. From the peaceful lakes and beaches to the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, he has grown up with an appreciation for a state that has a great deal to offer. Grateful for his upbringing here, he loves to help those around him by creating beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. “Dr. C”, as his patients know him, is proud to be the only practicing orthodontist in the Athens/Oconee area with a degree from the University of Georgia.


Graduated with honors with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Georgia
Completed dental school at the Dental College of Georgia, graduating #1 in his class while receiving his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree
Trained at The Ohio State University, where he obtained both a Master’s of Science (MS) in Dentistry and his certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
In order to continue to provide the best possible care for his patients, Dr. Culberson regularly attends continuing education courses and conferences, remaining dedicated to learning and educating others to keep up with latest orthodontic techniques. He also is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Georgia Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, Eastern District Dental Society, and Clarke County Dental Society.

Dr. Culberson could not be more excited to be back in the Athens area. He can be found supporting his community with his family and the Classic City Orthodontics’ team. He loves being actively involved in bettering those around him and encourages his patients and neighbors to do the same.

Although it may seem that Dr. Culberson only lives for making beautiful smiles, he is passionate about staying active, especially outdoors. When not in the office, you can find Dr. Culberson spending time with his amazing wife, Elizabeth Anne, and their two dogs. He also enjoys cheering on the Dawgs, playing golf, working out, hunting, woodworking, snowboarding, and backpacking just to name a few.

Meet Our Staff

Joined CCO: 2007
Favorite Local Landmark: Sanford Stadium
Favorite Dessert: Key Lime Pie
Favorite Concert: Bon Jovi
Favorite Muppet: Animal
Favorite Superhero: Superman
Cannot Live Without: Hope
How long I wore braces: 3 years
Sum up CCO in 5 Words Or Less: There’s no place like home.