The Kentucky Center for Orthodontics’ trio of doctors all got into orthodontics when they realized just how much a great smile can improve someone’s life. Dr. Douglas Durbin, the inventor of the Flosspik polypropylene interproximal dental cleaner, Dr. Thomas Garner, and Dr. John Huang enhance the smiles of both children and adults with Invisalign treatments, braces with clear brackets, and invisible retainers glued to the back of teeth. They use digital imaging to construct treatment plans, they avoid headgear whenever possible, and they never just pull out a tooth when it won’t cooperate. Under their steady hands, The Kentucky Center for Orthodontics has straightened the teeth of more than 35,000 patients, including Miss Kentucky USA 2009 Maria Montgomery.
Once clients are comfortably ensconced in the dentist's chair, the oral exam begins. The resident toothsperts will check each individual incisor, cuspid, bicuspid, and molar for chips, cracks, staining, and loitering Minnesota Twins, ensuring that enamel bones are sound for biting, and gums and soft tissues will be inspected for any signs of periodontal disease. The x-ray battery exposes the roots and inner sanctums of oral stalagmites to reveal any soft spots, problem areas, or cavities. When your mouth checks out as mammalian and your teeth are cleared for takeoff, the professional teeth cleaning begins. An expert cleaning removes all the buildup and surface staining that regular brushing and flossing can't—hardened tartar, hard-to-reach plaque, and bacterial graffiti along the gum line.
Designing Smiles makes chompers gleam with a range of family and cosmetic dental services. Dr. Dennis J. Jenkins, who has tended to molars and incisors for more than 20 years, and Margaret Wigginton, a veteran hygienist for more than years, head up the team. The custom-fit whitening kit tailors contact points to every mouth so the whitening solution can target enamel, inspiring sensitive gums to sing odes to their newly pearly white companions. After technicians take impressions of each patient’s carrot crunchers and demonstrate how to apply the solution to the mold, clients take them home to carry out the smile-brightening mission.
"We don't want to be your dental office—we want to develop a lifelong friendship," says the staff at Skees Family Dentistry, where Dr. Dawn Skees leads a team in caring for patients during all stages of life. Her practice's mission statement prizes patient comfort, fostering anxiety-free dentistry through an unhurried pace and step-by-step communication—whether cleaning chompers, straightening smiles with ClearCorrect aligners, or performing oral surgery. Dr. Skees believes in educating patients to take better care of their teeth, even sharing her expertise over the airwaves as the exclusive dentist on the Body Talk radio show on 970 AM WGTK.
An active member of the American Dental Association, Dr. Michael Kirchner and his professional staff bequeath mouths with healthier bite bones using up-to-date techniques. During an examination, Dr. Kirchner delves into facial caverns to seek out cavities, periodontal disease, and gummy worms courting eligible tongues. A panoramic x-ray exposes full anterior and posterior mouthscapes and bitewing x-rays reveal any proximal molar decay. After a cleaning sloughs off unseasonable plaque jackets and kitschy tartar top hats, patients exit with a take-home whitening kit, with bleaching solution that safely excavates stains from enamel. Patients in need of premier fang-brightening can opt for the in-office Zoom! whitening treatment. Teeth don daubs of gel that, when triggered by an LED light, penetrates the enamel to break apart stains caused by caffeine, wine, and slanderous tongues.