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.
At Advanced Dental Center, dentist Rachel Talis and her team keep smiles healthy and beautiful. Dr. Talis graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, and went on to complete advanced training in areas such as cosmetic dentistry, advanced restorative options, and the treatment of gum disease. She also performs Boost teeth-whitening sessions that erase stains from smoking, drinking coffee, or mistaking a fountain pen for black licorice.
As Forest Springs Family Dental enters its second decade of life, Dr. Misty Waldeck-Griffin continues to build the clinic's legacy amid the columns and arches of a neoclassical office. Curving granite countertops and tiled glass walls cultivate the openness of a Roman forum, and wooden floors ground the office in the 21st century. Tucked away in treatment rooms, massaging dental chairs hum as Dr. Waldeck-Griffin walks patients through services from digital x-rays to teeth whitening and wireless braces.
Sporting more than 35 years of mouth-makeover experience, Dr. S. Gregory Benanti and his skilled staff at Family Dental Associates revamp worn, misshapen, or chipped teeth with custom-made porcelain veneers. During the first of three appointments, patients’ bodies melt into soft pillows and blankets in 1 of 13 state-of-the-art treatment rooms as the doctor examines oral areas, takes x-rays, and tailors a treatment plan to meet client needs and Tooth Fairy tax codes. At the next visit, doctors prep teeth for their porcelain outerwear by shaving off a thin layer of enamel before fitting smile fences with temporary overlays. During the patient’s third visit, staff members adjust custom teeth shields for size and color and cement them in place, bonding permanent veneers to teeth as tightly as close siblings constructed from Legos.
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.