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.
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.
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.
To make visits safe and comfortable, the dentists 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.
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.