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.
Dr. Gary L. Griffin and his team follow a philosophy of treating each patient as an individual, so much so that they refer to each patient as their guest. Dr. Griffin’s office schedules only one appointment at a time, giving each guest a heaping dose of undivided attention and virtually eliminating long wait times and attempts to break the land speed record for thumb twiddling. Once inside the sunny yellow treatment room, guests can relax in the thickly cushioned office chair amid an arsenal of up-to-date equipment such as laser dental technology and a flat-screen TV. During initial appointments, Dr. Griffin looks deeply into medical histories and works with guests to develop custom treatment plans to fit their needs and expectations.
Comfort is key at Elite Family Dentistry, and it begins with the colorful shrubs that line the homey brick building. Inside, Dr. Jocelyn Phipps and her staff warmly greet patients before tackling any number of dental issues. From general cleanings to veneers, each treatment is performed with skillful precision as patients watch movies on a flat-screen TV.
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.
Dr. Cindy Munoz and her staff preserve the splendor of smiles with restorative and cosmetic dental treatments. Committed to cutting-edge cleaning technology, Dr. Munoz is constantly foraging for new ways to help folks say cheese and consume cheese with confidence. The doctor specializes in replacing missing, broken, or cracked teeth with crowns, bridges, partials and dentures. Her office also excels at advanced surgical procedures, such as mini dental implants and at brightening grins with teeth-whitening treatments performed in the office or with take-home kits.
Husband-and-wife team Drs. Teresa Boyd and David R. Thornton share many things, including a home in Lexington, two sons, and a dental practice. But the sharing doesn't stop with the two of them. Dr. Thornton shares his knowledge with students and health-conscious saw blades at Bluegrass Technical Community College, and Dr. Boyd has shared her time, offering free dental services to underprivileged kids through community and volunteer programs. The dentists also provide their clients with unique financing options. After cleanings, dental implants, or Invisalign treatments, patients can pay upfront or apply through CareCredit to divide their total into manageable monthly payments.