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 chairthe 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 take-off, 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.
At J-Town Comprehensive Dental Center, Dr. Christina Beckham heads a team of mouth maestros who tend teeth with general, cosmetic, and preventive dentistry. Dr. Beckham specializes in CEREC tooth restoration, which matches ceramic crowns or veneers to gnashers' natural ivory hue, fostering natural-looking smiles that are more stunning than a tinfoil suit in a lightning storm. Gingivitis and teeth grinding meet their match with corrective cleansing, and glistening surfaces replace tartar and daily wear after exams and cleanings. Patients seeking Hollywood smiles avail themselves of J-Town Comprehensive Dental Center's in-office teeth-whitening techniques and Six Month Smiles braces before casting their tooth impressions on the Walk of Fame.
Dr. Loy channels his 29 years of experience as he scrutinizes, cleans, and whitens sullied chompers with help from his professional staff. Basic dental-maintenance sessions begin when experts carefully spelunk through patients' maws in search of the visible signs of dental disease. X-rays then peer beneath outer tooth crusts to unveil secret societies of decay. Lastly, hygienists scour tarnished tusks before hanging them out to dry in the warm sun. During teeth-whitening sessions, the Pola Office system brightens bites in 45 minutes without a bleaching light or 30 minutes if a light is used. First, specialists slather fangs with a formula comprised of hydrogen peroxide, a whitening agent, and potassium nitrate, which helps reduce post-treatment sensitivity and is easily removed with Pola's flexible gingival barrier. Clients can also adopt their very own Pola take-home trays to continue the bleaching process in the comfort of their own living rooms, bedrooms, and makeshift quilt forts.
Dr. Jessica Kress has dentistry flowing through her veins. The Lexington native followed in her mother's footsteps and went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry after acting as an office manager at a dental practice. Today, she draws on her passion for dentistry at Commonwealth Smiles, performing a range of services from basic care and checkups to cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Kress focuses on replacing missing teeth with dentures. She also offers emergency dental care to quickly treat abscesses, painful swelling, or chipped or broken teeth caused by sports accidents or attempting to climb a tree using only your mouth.
At Gerlach Family Dentistry, the husband-and-wife duo of Dr. Chip and Dr. Jo Ellen Gerlach understand the anxieties associated with visiting the dentist, especially for young children. Their gentle chairside manner sets patients of all generations at ease. The Gerlachs have found that educating their patients is a better way of relieving their fears than throwing them a candy bar every time they say the word cavity. The dental team never hesitates to explain the science behind each cosmetic or restorative procedure, along with the benefits and expected outcomes.In order to make visits safe and comfortable, Drs. Chip and Jo Ellen outfit their office with up-to-date dental technology. Gendex digital x-rays peer into roots and bone while reducing the radiation emissions of traditional x-rays by up to 80%. Composite fillings repair cavities with tooth-colored resin in place of mercury-laced amalgam fillings or peanut butter.