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.
With a focus on preventative health care, Generations Family Dentistry maintains mouthy mashers while fashioning sparkling smiles with teeth-whitening services. During a thorough exam, teeth are checked for cavities and other ailments with both keen human eyes and the keener eyes of an x-ray, capable of detecting mouth miscreants hiding beneath gum lines and invisibility cloaks. After that, Dr. Greenwell starts the Zoom! whitening process by applying a lightening gel containing hydrogen peroxide that’s then activated with a special light and readings from an ancient tome. In the roughly 45-minute process, the gel penetrates the teeth to break up stains, potentially leaving teeth gleaming up to eight shades brighter while erasing “Wash Me” signs left by mischievous tonsils.
State of the Art Dentistry's skillful tooth mechanics enable chompers to stay strong and attractive for decades of successful apple bobbing. During a low-stakes interview with Dr. Morris or Dr. Wright, the dentist will introduce herself to the patient's enamel and discuss dental and medical history, lifestyle, and any overall mouth-health concerns. Then, mouths enjoy a gentle but thorough oral examination (a $75 value) and cleaning (a $60 value). A friendly staff member will take photos (a $15 value) and low-radiation digital x-rays (a $92 value) to reveal any subterranean issues or burrowing gummy worms, and clients are welcome to relax afterward in black modern sofas surrounded by cherrywood-hued walls and smile for as long as they like into a hand mirror. The take-home whitening kit includes customized trays and whitening gel (a $250 value).
Derby City Pediatric Dentistry’s fully accredited staff help half-pint patients maintain beta teeth in preparation for their permanent versions. Kids between the ages of 1 and 5 will undergo a thorough exam, a fluoride treatment, and cleaning to protect against cavities and wash away lodged gummy worms, as well as bite-wing x-rays to reveal roots. Exams for pre-tweens 6 and up include all of the same services with an added on Panorex x-ray, which gives dentists a 360-degree view of the mouth utensils and the warring sects of cartoon unicorns and Kewpie dolls found in children’s brains.