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A Word About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars are usually the very last teeth to erupt into the back of your mouth. Some individuals are born without them ever developing, while most people will feel them coming into the mouth around age 18 (usually the age associated with obtaining wisdom—thus the word “wisdom” teeth). Often times, these teeth will need to be extracted due to lack of room in the mouth or the inability to keep them clean. Many times, the teeth will form at an angle or will remain “impacted” or stuck in the jawbones, thereby also requiring an extraction procedure. If extractions are required, it is much better to have this done sooner rather than later as an older and denser jaw will make the procedure much more difficult and possibly extend the healing time. I’ve heard several patients tell me that their teeth were perfectly straight until their wisdom teeth came in. Whether these individual teeth can cause the entire remaining dentition to become crowded is still up for debate within the orthodontic profession. One thing remains certain though—as long as your permanent fixed retainers are intact, the eruption of your wisdom teeth should not affect your orthodontic result. We’ll be glad to share our wisdom with you regarding your wisdom teeth at any time. Created: 14 April 2015

A Word About Silver Fillings

As a general dentist in the Army, I placed my share of silver fillings in the mouths of many a soldier. Now as an orthodontist, I still run across many of these fillings in my patient’s mouths. These silver-colored restorations, also called dental amalgam, have recently come under scrutiny due to unsubstantiated reports that they may release harmful mercury vapors upon chewing certain foods. Most scientific evidence currently indicates that this simply is not the case. The most recent statement by the American Dental Association assures the public that dental amalgam continues to be a safe, durable and affordable restoration for children and adults. The decision about what filling material to use is based on a variety of factors such as size and location of a cavity, insurance coverage, and any cosmetic and functional concerns you may have. Remember that the best dental filling is no dental filling, so be sure to brush, floss and eat a balanced diet to help prevent cavities in the first place. As your orthodontist, I’m concerned not only about your beautiful smile, but about your overall dental health. Feel free to talk to me anytime about your dental treatment options. Created: 17 February 2015 Kentucky Orthodontics Silver Fillings

A Word About Orthodontic X-rays

Orthodontic radiographs (often called x-rays) are an important part of your orthodontic care. Orthodontists utilize x-rays to help diagnose the health of the teeth and gums and the relationship of the jaws to the rest of the facial structures. Some patients wonder if dental x-rays are safe because they expose the patient to radiation. Let me assure you that in our office, the amount of radiation used to obtain our films is very small (a fraction of what the normal person is exposed to through natural environmental sources). We also follow the ALARA principle, which stands for “As Low As Reasonably Achievable,” when obtaining radiographs. This means that all our equipment is digital-state-of-the-art, utilizing the least amount of exposure necessary in order to capture the proper image. We also only order x-rays that are needed for the proper diagnosis and that are consistent with the principles and guidelines set forth by the American Association of Orthodontists. We promise to do all we can in order to make your orthodontic treatment safe and effective. Please feel free to speak with me if you want to learn more about the benefits and safety of orthodontic radiographs. Created: 09 December 2014

Protecting the Nonsmokers in your Life

I took my first puff on a cigarette when I was ten years old. The experience was so unsettling that I never had the urge to smoke again. In fact, as a health care professional, I feel obligated to constantly warn others about the inherent dangers of smoking. And I’m not just talking about the increased risk of developing lung cancer in smokers but also the detrimental effects of secondhand smoke to those close to you. Secondhand smoke contains the same chemicals as smoke inhaled from regular tobacco products and can cause the same tobacco-related illnesses such as heart disease, lung disease and cancer. In children, secondhand smoke has been found to result in more ear infections, more frequent and severe asthma attacks, excessive coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath, lung infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia, and even a greater risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Like any other addiction, quitting smoking can be a challenge. Individuals who have previously quit say it is often helpful to set a quit date and to let other friends and family members in on your plan. Get rid of everything that reminds you of smoking and try to avoid these triggers. If you simply cannot quit, make sure you set up a “non-smoking zone” in your home or car to protect your loved ones—especially your children. When you go out, choose smoke free restaurants and other public places. Teach your kids about the dangers of smoking and warn them about the future health risks. In this health conscious era, everybody loses when there is smoke in the air. Created: 02 October 2014

Smokeless Tobacco and Baseball

I was deeply saddened upon hearing about the recent passing of baseball legend and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. His life was ended far too soon by cancer that he attributed to his longtime use of smokeless chewing tobacco. The dental profession has been warning the public for years about the association between this dangerous habit and the subsequent development of oral cancer and yet, many people continue to ignore these warnings. Baseball players especially are hesitant to discontinue this life-threatening habit for fear of giving up a ritual and habit that they claim has been part of their professional livelihood and image. It sets a terrible example for the millions of young people who watch baseball at the ballpark or on TV and often see players and managers using tobacco. I had many baseball heroes growing up that I looked up to. Fortunately I tried to emulate their hitting, fielding and running rather than their “chewing”. I encourage everyone to think twice before using any form of smokeless tobacco. Created: 05 August 2014

A Legacy of Smiles

My mom passed away right before Mother’s Day of this year. She was a fantastic person--a wonderful mom--and I miss her dearly. Her childhood was fraught with poverty, war, and the death of her own mother at a young age. And yet, through her talents, intellect and hard work, she was able to overcome all those challenges to become the loving, godly woman we all will remember. While sorting through pictures of her life, I noticed one thing that jumped out at me—her ever-present smile. Regardless of circumstances, the camera always captured her with this warm shining radiance. It’s a legacy that I want to preserve and share with all. Created: 03 June 2014

A Career in Orthodontic Assisting

I want to tell you about an exciting new opportunity in the health care job market. It’s been proven in the past that behind any successful Orthodontic practice, there stands a very efficient and productive team. Now is your chance to become part of a winning team by gaining entry into this very challenging but rewarding career field. We are now enrolling students for the Clinical Orthodontic Assistant Academy at The Kentucky Center for Orthodontics at both our Lexington and Louisville campuses. In this intensive twelve week course you’ll gain the necessary knowledge and learn the appropriate skills to become a successful assistant in the field of general dentistry as well as the highly selective specialty of orthodontics. You’ll have access to top notch instruction from both orthodontists and assistants with years of clinical expertise. You’ll receive classroom as well as real life instruction in the patient treatment areas. You’ll also receive certification in radiation safety and technique approved by the Kentucky Board of Dentistry. In short, you’ll finally be ready to embark on a brand new career—a career with extremely competitive salaries and benefits as well as a career that provides the personal satisfaction of helping others achieve the “smile they’ve always wanted.” What are you waiting for? Special tuition financing is available. Created: 01 April 2014lol

Oral Sores and Irritations

One of the most frequent problems associated with orthodontic treatment is the development of sores or blisters on the cheek, lips and gums. Fortunately most of these minor irritations can be resolved relatively easily and quickly. Often times, it is simply a matter of getting used to new appliances in the mouth. Orthodontic wax (or even better, sugarless gum) can be applied over the wire or the brace that is causing the discomfort. Eventually the soft tissues will adapt and the soreness will disappear. A specific type of sore—called a canker sore-- can develop inside the mouth as small white or gray areas that have a red border. These are not contagious but are often painful, the cause is unknown (although trauma is often suspected), they can occur in multiple locations, and they are frequently aggravated by spicy and acidic foods. Canker sores usually heal on their own after a week or two. Over-the-counter topical anesthetics and antimicrobial mouthrinses may provide temporary relief. Another type of sore—called a cold sore or fever blister—can also appear as clusters of red, raised blisters outside the mouth, typically around the lips, although they can also appear on tissues inside the mouth. These blisters are filled with fluid, are highly contagious and can scab over until they heal. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus in which the initial infection can be accompanied by cold and flu like symptoms. Once you are infected, the virus stays in the body causing occasional flare-ups with these associated sores and blisters. These sores and blisters can also be quite painful but usually heal up within a week. Over-the-counter topical anesthetics can provide some pain relief. In severe cases, your dentist or orthodontist may prescribe antiviral drugs to reduce the healing time. Created: 28 January 2014

To Fluoride Or Not To Fluoride

One of the most significant developments in the history of dental preventive care has been the initiation of water fluoridation programs throughout the different local communities within the United States. The Center for Disease Control has consistently confirmed the safety and effectiveness of these programs in significantly reducing the prevalence of tooth decay in children. In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first city to adjust the fluoride levels in its water supply. Now sixty eight years later, more than 204 million U.S. residents—just under 74% of the total population benefit from publicly fluoridated water. Even overseas, while serving as the army community preventive dental officer, I was responsible for ensuring that the water supply for the local army base, its soldiers and their families was properly fluoridated. Created: 24 September 2013

Look Mom--No Impressions!

Here at the Kentucky Center for Orthodontics, our vision is to be the finest quality, patient centered orthodontic practice in the state for children and adults, meeting each patient’s individual need. In order to conform to that vision, we’re constantly incorporating the latest and greatest, state-of-the-art technology to serve all of our valued patients. I’d like to share one of those exciting new developments with you today. Our patients are now benefitting from the ease and comfort of oral digital scans of the teeth and gums. By using the Itero digital scanner, we can now capture an accurate and precise image of your oral structures quickly, easily and comfortably. This image can then be used to create a virtual model of your teeth upon which diagnosis can be made and from which appliances such as invisalign trays can be fabricated. No longer are you required to sit drooling or gagging waiting for that mouthful of impression material to set up. In other words, you can truly say “Look Mom—No impressions!” Come visit our office to learn more about this fabulous new technology. Created: 23 July 2013

Speeding Up Your Treatment Times

I want to tell you about an exciting new development in the world of orthodontics. As patients living in this rapidly changing world, we all have extremely busy lives. Even though many of us have always wanted a beautiful smile, we just didn’t think we had the time to invest in one to two years of orthodontic treatment. Do I have good news for you. The FDA has just approved a revolutionary new orthodontic device called AcceleDent, which uses “soft-pulse” technology to stimulate and accelerate the cellular activity that moves teeth. By utilizing this hands-free, easy-to-use micro-pulse activator for only 20 minutes per day, treatment times have been dramatically shortened. Just think, a two year orthodontic treatment plan with traditional braces can now be shortened to twelve months. Brace-free treatment with Invisalign aligners which normally would have taken a year to complete can now be accomplished in as little as 6 months or less. On top of all this, patients have reported that they experience much less pain and discomfort from orthodontic forces during treatment while using Acceledent. In order to learn more about this exciting new technology, come visit us at the Kentucky Center for Orthodontics—leading the way to affordable, life lasting smiles—now in about half the time.Created: 16 May 2013

Pierced Through and Through

Tongue splitting and piercings that involve the tongue, lips, cheeks or uvula (that tiny piece of tissue that hangs down at the back of your mouth) can be risky. Often times, pain and swelling may result. The swelling can sometimes be so severe that it interferes with your ability to breathe. Unsterile technique or inadequate follow-up care may result in infection. Blood vessels may be inadvertently damaged during the procedures which can lead to serious bleeding problems. Jewelry-related complications include chipped teeth, gum damage, tissue overgrowth or accidental swallowing or inhalation. Furthermore, these dense metal objects can block the transmission of x-rays, thus interfering with proper dental diagnosis. I’ve even heard of an occasion where a tongue ring got accidently ensnared in the corner of an orthodontic brace. So although tongue piercing and oral jewelry may seem like a trendy way to express your self image, please consider the possible effects such a choice can have on your oral and overall health. We worked too hard to achieve that beautiful smile and we definitely want you to keep it for an entire lifetime! Created: 19 March 2013

Orthodontic Continuing Education

Have you ever wondered what distinguishes your orthodontist from the one down the street, across town or in the next county? In addition to obvious factors such as genuine compassion, technical ability and interpersonal skills, one of the most useful discriminators is the orthodontist’s work ethic and their desire to keep current with a rapidly changing profession. Most state dental boards require a minimum number of continuing education courses just for license renewal. In our practice, however, our doctors go way above and beyond the required standards. Over the past several years, I’ve personally attended classes and seminars addressing Invisalign technology, temporary anchorage systems, facial growth and development, dentofacial orthopedics, bracket and archwire technology and temporomandibular dysfunction just to name a few. I also subscribe to online journal review programs that keep me up to date on the latest scientific developments in my profession-- orthodontic techniques, radiation safety, disinfection and sterilization, business management and the like. I’ve attended numerous annual meetings of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association, spoken directly with leaders of orthodontic research and development, written articles for local trade journals and mentored fellow dentists and dental students. Although I graduated from my orthodontic specialty program in 1995, I remain firmly committed to your orthodontic care through my own commitment to continued orthodontic learning and practice. Created: 10 January 2013

Dental IQ Test

I’m sorry to report that of the nearly 1500 people across the US who were tested by the American Dental Association about their knowledge of oral health and hygiene, no one scored higher than 85 percent while the lowest score was only 29 percent. Although most participants could define gingivitis, only 6 percent knew the proper age of when children should be able to brush their own teeth, and only one in four knew when a child should have their first dental visit. As an orthodontist, I was not surprised to discover that of those surveyed regarding physical attractiveness, a nice smile outweighed skin, eyes, hair and build or figure as the single most important attribute. Eighty five percent of respondents indicated that a good smile is extremely or very important for finding a job, and one in five people have shied away from a social event because of problems with their teeth. If you are interested in learning more about how your own dental IQ compares to the national average, you can visit the website MouthHealthy.org and check out an abbreviated and interactive version of the survey. Created: 11 September 2012

Orthodontic Beginnings

I treated my first orthodontic patient back in the 1980’s, but the history of braces dates back a little earlier—actually several thousands of years earlier with the discovery by archeologists of mummified ancients with crude metal bands wrapped around individual teeth. Later in 400-500 BC, both Aristotle and Hippocrates also devised and wrote about ways to straighten crooked teeth. However, it was not until the 1700s that significant events in the field of orthodontics really developed. In 1728, French Dentist Pierre Fauchard published a book called “The Surgeon Dentist” with an entire chapter devoted to straightening teeth. He used a horseshoe-shaped piece of precious metal (somewhat similar to some of the appliances still used today) to expand the dental arches. The term orthodontia was coined by Joachim Lafoulon in 1841, gum elastics were first employed by Maynard in 1843, Tucker was the first to cut rubber bands from rubber tubing in 1850, and in the late 1800’s, Eugene Solomon Talbot first used X-rays for orthodontic diagnosis. Norman W. Kingsley, a dentist, writer, artist, and sculptor has often been referred to as the “Father of Orthodontics.” In 1858, he wrote the first official scientific article on orthodontics, and in 1880, his book “Treatise on Oral Deformities” was published. Here in America in the early 1900s, Edward H. Angle devised the first orthodontic classification system for dentists to describe how teeth fit together. He also contributed significantly to the design of orthodontic appliances, founded the first college of orthodontics, organized the American Society of Orthodontia (which became the AAO in the 1930s), and founded the first orthodontic professional journal in 1907. These notables were just a few of the individuals that laid the groundwork for our current practice of modern orthodontics--which I’ll address in my next blog.What did “modern” braces look like back in the early 1900s? Mostly they consisted of rings of gold, silver, platinum or steel around every single tooth together with metallic archwires and a multitude of loops, hooks, spurs and ligature ties to provide forces on the different teeth. Gold was used because it was malleable and easy to shape but it was also extremely expensive and required frequent adjustments. Nowadays, orthodontists use mainly heat-activated nickel –titanium alloy wires. These specially alloyed wires (developed by NASA) are designed specifically to deliver light and gentle forces over longer periods of time. As they warm to body temperature they become active and gradually move the teeth in the anticipated direction with fewer adjustments. The gold rings wrapping around the teeth have been replaced by direct bonding technology whereas the orthodontic brace is glued directly onto the tooth enamel with an adhesive that is hardened by a special ultraviolet light source. As a result, braces are more cosmetic, comfortable and much more patient friendly than a century ago. As we move further into the 21st century, continued advancements are being made in the areas of digital radiography, temporary implant anchorage, self-ligating brackets, lingual orthodontics, and computerized assisted treatment planning. The advent of the Invisalign clear aligners has recently revolutionized the practice of orthodontics giving patients a “brace-free” method of developing that perfect smile. It’s certainly quite a difference from the “metal mouth” look of my first set of braces! Created: 10 July 2012

National Children's Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health month so last month I had the privilege of participating in the ExplorAsmile program sponsored by our local dental society. For an entire week, elementary school children from central and eastern Kentucky were invited to the Explorium (formally the Lexington Children’s Museum) for a day of fun and oral health instruction. In addition to learning all about teeth and oral structures, students were treated to visits from the “tooth fairy” and given dental screening exams as part of their overall dental experience. It was quite encouraging to note that most of the kids I screened had relatively healthy mouths. I vividly remember that back in the early 1980’s, 1 out of 3 kids screened had multiple cavities, gum abscesses and missing permanent teeth. Oh what a difference a couple of decades of preventive oral health care emphasis, dental sealants, fluoridated water and general access to dental care can make. Let’s all keep up the good work to keep our children healthy. Please make sure you visit your dentist regularly during the course of your orthodontic treatment. Created: 01 March 2012

Protection For Your Smile

For both Wildcat and Cardinal basketball fans, this season is shaping up to be something quite special. I love not only basketball, but all sports in general and have been privileged to treat many patients who have gone on to successful athletic careers. After working so diligently to achieve that beautiful smile, I always want to make sure that all my patient’s teeth stayed perfectly aligned for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately accidents do occasionally happen where teeth are loosened, displaced, fractured or even knocked out due to a blow to the mouth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of the seven million sports and recreation-related injuries that occur each year are sustained by youth between ages 5 and 24. The average high school baseball pitcher can throw a fast ball between 75-85 miles per hour (comparable to being hit by a speeding car) and cheerleading is one of the most dangerous sports, accounting for 65% of all injuries in high school girls’ athletics. Despite the statistical risks, many kids are still not wearing any mouth protectors during sporting activities. The American Association of Orthodontists is encouraging kids to “play it safe” and consistently wear mouth guards and other protective gear during competitions and practices. These devices can usually be easily adapted to fit over braces and other orthodontic appliances. Parents, coaches and athletes need to understand that many sports injuries to the mouth and teeth can be prevented or reduced by simply wearing a mouth guard. Your smile is worth protecting!

Patient Safety & CPR Certification

Did you know that cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States? If one of your loved ones was suddenly stricken with a heart attack, would you know how to respond? Our entire clinical staff just completed our CPR recertification through the American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support Course. In this practical, hands-on class, we learned to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, we provided CPR to simulated victims of all ages, we learned to use an AED, and we were instructed on how to treat choking victims in a safe, timely and effective manner. Hopefully we will all never have to use the knowledge and techniques that we acquired through this course, but it gives us all great assurance and confidence to know that we will now all be able to respond even more appropriately and thoroughly in case of an emergency. I would encourage everyone to become certified in CPR. It’s a decision you and your loved ones will never regret. Created: 23 June 2011

Day-to-Day Excellence

I attended a concert at Rupp Arena the other night. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the music, what impressed me most about the on stage act was the energy and enthusiasm of the performers that particular evening. What was even more remarkable was the realization that these individuals generated the exact amount of vigor each and every night out. It became clear to me that what made these entertainers successful was the excellence they brought day in and day out to their audience. I was thinking that this is the same kind of commitment we want to bring to our orthodontic practice. Although we see hundreds of patients a day, we want each patient to feel that they are extra special—and they are! The doctors and staff are here to serve each and every one of you every single time you come in for your appointment. We want to give you the same outstanding customer service, individualistic attention to detail and day-to-day excellence that I had with my concert experience. Please let us know how we are doing. Created: 16 December 2010

Changing Lives-Many Smiles at a Time

Something is happening that has been long overdue in the orthodontic profession. Momentum is now rapidly gaining for a program called “Smiles Change Lives”, put together by a non profit organization in order to provide nearly free orthodontic treatment to low-income kids. Although a great initial step by the orthodontic community to make a difference in the lives of those who probably couldn’t otherwise afford orthodontic treatment, much more needs to be done to increase treatment access in all underserved areas. Currently only a very small percentage of Orthodontic Practices participate in the State Dental Medicaid Program, often citing inadequate reimbursements and bureaucratic red tape. Generally speaking, more Orthodontic Professionals simply need to be challenged to take on more of these needy patients. It’s one thing to waive an occasional charitable treatment fee—it’s a whole different thing altogether when giving from the heart takes precedence over general business profitability. Let’s start changing lives—thousands of smiles at a time. Created: 14 October 2010

Perseverance

“I give up!” How many times have we uttered these three simple words, totally exasperated after struggling with an impossible task, a daunting project or a hopeless child? How often do we find ourselves retreating at the first sign of adversity, showering everyone with excuses for why we took the easy way out? Imagine how our lives would be if everyone took on that passive attitude. If Thomas Edison called it quits after a couple of failed attempts at the electric light bulb, we’d all still be literally living in the dark. Word has it that he tried thousands of different filament designs that did not work before hitting on the proper one. Just think, your next interview could be the one that lands your dream job or your next act of kindness could be what inspires someone else to do the same. In this world, persistence does pay and perseverance gets results. As Albert Einstein once said “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” As your orthodontic specialty practice, we believe firmly in the importance of perseverance as we strive to achieve that beautiful smile you have always wanted. We will never compromise on workmanship, always going the extra mile to attain the results you desire. We’ll persevere to work extra hard in order to make your entire orthodontic experience as pleasant as possible. Created: 12 August 2010

Orthodontic Assisting

Have you ever wondered what it was like to work as an orthodontic clinical assistant? As you may have noticed, our staff plays an integral role in the daily patient care activities of our busy practice. They’re responsible not only for many of the technical procedures involved in adjusting the patient’s braces but also for the personal interaction and care required in achieving that totally positive orthodontic experience. Most of our staff members have been employed with our practice long term with our senior clinical assistants nearing their 15 to 20 year marks. The majority of our staff had no formal training in orthodontics prior to their employment although several of them were promoted from other general dental practices. The work is quite challenging but extremely rewarding—with a competitive salary and benefits and the personal satisfaction of helping others achieve that “smile they’ve always wanted”. Feel free to speak with our staff members about current opportunities within our practice. We look forward to having you on our winning team! Created: 10 June 2010

Hometown Orthodontics

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the fantastic opportunity to travel to many different parts of the world. On these cherished occasions I’ve found myself suddenly traipsing through the Cambodian jungle, exploring Incan ruins in Peru, trekking along the picturesque glaciers of New Zealand, in awe of the statues on Easter Island, hiking the canyons of the American West and mesmerized by the array of vibrant colors at the Great Barrier Reef. Although utterly fascinating and intriguing, the one constant of these journeys is the relief of eventually arriving back home to Kentucky. There’s a certain unexplained comfort associated with the familiarity of your home town and the inherent community of your friends and neighbors. Here at the Kentucky Center for Orthodontics, we want to maintain that home town atmosphere for all our valued patients. All our doctors have strong ties to the state (I grew up in Central Kentucky, Dr. Durbin was actually born in Lexington and Dr. Garner calls Louisville his home town) and we’re all thoroughly familiar with its values, customs and traditions. We realize the importance of treating everyone with respect and courtesy while providing them with the outstanding local service they deserve. We’re keyed into the subtle aspects of community pride and the necessity of continued local economic development. In short, we’re all Kentuckians at heart and we definitely want to be your “Hometown Orthodontic Practice”. Created: 08 April 2010

The "Specialty" of Orthodontics

Just last year, I had to take my daughter in to see a doctor regarding a problem with her eyes. During the examination, I was comforted by the fact that this practitioner had extensive experience in treating all sorts of eye disorders. In fact, as a certified ophthalmologist, that’s all he did—fix people’s eyes. He didn’t profess to have any special knowledge about ears, hearts, lungs, or legs—only eyes. Such is the case with Orthodontics. When you are treated by an orthodontic specialist, you know that you’re benefiting from the unparalleled focused expertise of the practitioner. Here at the Kentucky Center for Orthodontics, we straighten teeth and align jaws—that’s all we do. We’re not distracted (like other general dentists) by having to perform cleanings, fillings, root canals, crowns, bridges or implants. Our education, training and practical experience is focused entirely on your orthodontic treatment and nothing else. We deal solely with aligning your teeth and giving you the best smile possible. Be confident in knowing that you are being taken care of by “specialists” in the true sense of the profession. Created: 03 February 2010

Beauty Queen Smiles

Permit me to brag a little bit about something extraordinary that occurred at the Kentucky Center for Orthodontics this past year. Our practice was blessed to have been associated with both Miss Kentuckys and their fabulous accomplishments in the Miss USA and Miss America Pageants. Both Maria Montgomery (who was third runner up in the national Miss USA contest) and Emily Cox (who won the Quality of Life Award and finished in the top twelve in the national Miss America contest) made us all so proud with their outstanding performances and unmatched grace and poise. I’d like to think their dazzling smiles didn’t hurt either! Congratulations to both Maria and Emily for sharing their experiences with all us folks back home. Created: 03 December 2009

The Cost of Braces

Compared to other consumer items, the cost of orthodontic treatment remains a bargain by today’s standards. Did you know that a house currently valued at $150,000 could have been purchased for $15,000 back in 1962? Likewise a brand new $21,000 automobile could have been acquired for a mere $2,500. A movie ticket would have set you back fifty cents, while a large bucket of popcorn would have only cost twenty cents more. Comparatively speaking, the cost of comprehensive orthodontic treatment has increased much less than these items during that same time period. Although still a significant expense for many families, when you take into account the long term cosmetic, health and functional benefits associated with a beautiful smile, orthodontic treatment really is one of the best investments you’ll ever make. Our practice offers some of the most competitive fees in the region together with payment plans customized to meet your individual budgets. Additional insurance benefits could also render the overall cost of orthodontics much lower than you could ever imagine! Schedule an initial consultation with our friendly and knowledgeable treatment coordinators to discuss all your treatment options. We promise your smile will be more valuable today than it was back in 1962. Created: 13 October 2009

Orthodontics in the USA

I just returned from our annual orthodontic meeting in “Bawston”. Each year, orthodontists from around the world gather together to learn about new procedures, to discover new technologies and to re-network with long lost colleagues. Some of the emphasis this year was on evidenced based research, temporary anchorage devices, functional jaw orthopedics, impacted canines, self ligating appliances, and multidisciplinary care. On the bus ride from the hotel to the convention center, I struck up a conversation with an orthodontist from Saudi Arabia. He spoke so highly of the United States—everything from the outstanding educational facilities, to the leading edge technologies, to the efficient health care delivery systems. He mentioned the scarcity of orthodontists and the many obstacles in providing even the most basic orthodontic services to those in his home country. As I reflected back on our conversation, I realized that too often we take our circumstances for granted. We frequently gripe about the inefficiency, the high cost of and the lack of access to health care in America. Our health care system may not be perfect, but in regard to the orthodontic profession, I challenge you to find one that provides better professional training and quality of care. Created: 18 August 2009

Dr. Douglas D. Durbin

Hello Everyone, To TOTALLY "re-invent" our website was a LOT of time, trouble and effort, but with all the cool stuff added (informational and educational videos), we think you'll LOVE IT!! From Facial Orthopedics, to Herbst Appliance, to InvisAlign, to Colored Braces, we have it ALL. We REALLY look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile! your initial consultation is absolutely "no-charge" to you AND we have "virtual" malocclusions online to "self-diagnose". Click on the Treatment Tab and then the Common Problems button; there, you will find virtually every possible orthodontic diagnosis right there on line for you to match with your own concerns. Then, you may "choose your look" (InvisAlign, Clear Braces, Traditional metal with colors, etc.) You're going to LOVE your new look! Come see us soon! Created: 04 August 2009

Giving Back

Did you know that nearly one half of the people in the world live on less than two dollars a day? As we struggle with skyrocketing food costs, rising living expenses and dwindling savings accounts, it's easy to forget those that are less fortunate than us. Although our circle of influence may not necessarily extend to everyone across the globe, we can still touch the lives of many people in our local community. The orthodontic profession is known for its altruism and philanthropy, frequently giving back to the community it serves. Many practices participate in community service projects, discount their orthodontic fees, care for Medicaid recipients, provide free treatment and give generously to special social and educational causes. We all have a soft spot in our hearts--especially for our home towns and neighborhoods. What are you doing in your own personal and work lives to enrich those around you? Created: 12 May 2009

Invisalign

Did you know that you can now straighten your teeth without having to wear traditional braces? By simply utilizing a series of clear plastic aligners, you can finally achieve that beautiful smile you've always wanted. The Kentucky Center for Orthodontics was one of the first orthodontic specialty practices to be certified using this brand new technology and our doctors and staff continue to be leaders in this rapidly advancing field. With the recent development of Invisalign Teen, even teen-agers can now take advantage of this "braces free" way to perfect your smile. Furthermore, as one of the largest orthodontic practices in the state, we're also able to offer unique financing options, keeping our treatment fees low, while passing the savings directly to the patient. So whether you're fourteen or forty, why not give us a call and see if Invisalign is right for you. Created: 10 March 2009

Celebrity Braces

Happy New Year! I was watching the Presidential Inauguration on television the other day. After basking in the grandeur of such a significant moment, I caught myself wondering if President Barack Obama's smile was the product of an Orthodontist's handiwork. I immediately began searching the web and was unable to come up with a definitive answer on whether our new President ever had braces or not. However, a by-product of my curiosity search included a list of celebrities who did indeed have orthodontic treatment at some point in their lives. The list includes many athletes (Brett Favre, Sam Bowie, Venus Williams, Hale Irwin, Carl Lewis, Jason Kidd, Anna Kournikova, Annika Sorenstam, Tracey Austin, Terrell Davis, Scott Hamilton, Martina Hingis, Bobby Hurley, Nancy Kerrigan, David Robinson, Monica Seles), actors and actresses (Drew Barrymore, Warren Beatty, Carol Burnett, Claire Danes, Cameron Diaz, Phyllis Diller, Linda Evans, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ashley Judd, Jack Klugman, Janet Leigh, Heather Locklear, Alyssa Milano, Tamera and Tia Mowry), musicians and singers (Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Lee Ann Womack, Cher) and professional models (Tyra Banks, Cindy Crawford, Angie Harmon, Paulina Porizkova, Nikki Taylor). Other famous "Braces Alumni" include psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, presidential daughters Amy Carter and Chelsea Clinton, Princess Diana and Prince Harry. It seems like everybody-including the President of the United States-can certainly benefit from a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. Created: 22 January 2009

CSI

The specialty of forensic dentistry has become quite recognized since the popularity of such television shows touting the scientific merits of DNA testing, hair fiber matching, and bite mark registration. Did you know that the forensic dentist is frequently one of the first people called to the scene-especially in cases involving mass casualties such as airplane crashes, natural disasters, and terrorist bombings? The structures of the human mouth, particularly the teeth and jaw bones, possess very specific and unique features which can help in positively identifying crime and accident victims. Each individual tooth has its own distinctive markings, each individual filling is different, and each person's bite and tooth alignment can be as exclusive as one's signature. By comparing the victim's current dentition to those of previously taken dental records, the forensic dentist plays an instrumental role in the overall investigation. Remember, your teeth can often be as unique as your fingerprints! Created: 05 November 2008

Olympics

Like many of you, I've been tuned in to the Beijing Olympics these past couple of weeks. Not only I have I been captivated by Michael Phelps and his eight Olympic gold medals, but I've also been fascinated by all the television broadcasting technology and gadgetry. Just in the swimming venue alone, I've witnessed underwater cameras, digital lane indicators with a synthesized flag of the competitor's country, split times accurate to hundredths of a second, and a digital world record indicator line that moves in synch with the swimmers. As I'm taking in all this technological wizardry, I'm reminded of all the recent advancements in our orthodontic profession. Just in the last decade alone, we've been introduced to cosmetic braces, invisible aligners, space age-heat activated archwires, mini-implants, and nearly invisible bonded retainers-all to make the overall orthodontic experience that much more patient friendly. No longer do our patients have to struggle with unsightly bands or awkward headgear. Just like the Olympics, we're always striving to bring the benefits of technology closer to those who participate. Created: 28 August 2008

Championship Orthodontics

As a youngster growing up in Kentucky, my passion was following the University of Kentucky Basketball Wildcats. I vividly remember the vicarious joy of witnessing many big wins, conference championships, final fours, and the 1978 NCAA championship. As I reflect back upon the glory days, I realize that all those victories didn't just happen by chance. Through hard work, vigorous discipline, repetitive practice, and perfectionistic attention to detail, a consistent winning team was put on the court every year. The players didn't always appreciate the hard practices or the sharp criticism during preseason workouts, but at the end of the year, everyone took pride in being the "best of the best". Our goal here at the Kentucky Center for Orthodontics is to be the Kentucky Wildcats of the orthodontic profession. We constantly challenge our staff members to excel in all aspects of their job performance. We always utilize the most leading edge technologies and materials, and our doctors strive to produce the best possible treatment results for our patients. The satisfaction of always going above and beyond the call of duty will ultimately be rewarded with that championship trophy of a happy patient, an enthusiastic staff, and a job well done. Come witness our team in action. I think you'll be impressed. Created: 07 May 2008

A Career in Orthodontics

Few careers are as rewarding as Orthodontics--a health care profession characterized by interpersonal patient relationships, stimulating technical challenges, and predictable financial stability. My personal quest to become an orthodontic specialist began after high school. I attended college, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. Afterwards, it was four years of dental school (Doctor of Dental Medicine degree) followed by an additional three years of graduate orthodontic education (Master of Science degree and orthodontic specialty certificate). Eleven years of college may sound quite overwhelming at first but taken one step at a time becomes quite manageable especially when keeping your long term goals in mind. Remember that even the longest journey begins with a single step. I would encourage anyone with an interest in Orthodontics to observe an orthodontist in action. Learn as much as you can about the day to day operations of the practice. Dental School and Ortho School can be extremely competitive so any activities on your resume that distinguish you from others will no doubt be helpful. A genuine compassion for community service and making good grades certainly won't hurt either. Our practice offers many opportunities for shadowing and observation. Why not get a jump start on becoming an orthodontist--one of the best jobs in the whole world. Created: 13 March 2008

A Satisfying Profession

One of the great things about being an Orthodontist is watching your patients "grow up" right before your eyes. I recently had a patient who was in braces during his teenage years come back for his 10 year retainer check. In addition to having grown about a foot, he also had a wife, a new baby, and a promising job. Just as importantly, he attributed all his success to his still beautiful smile. In fact, many of our former patients have gone on to successful careers in business, politics, sports, and entertainment. We've had doctors, lawyers, actors and actresses, pageant winners, and even dentists and ORTHODONTISTS! It is fantastically rewarding to be able to play a small part in other people's success. If you're interested in learning more about careers in dentistry and orthodontics, check back with me next month for some personal experiences and hints. Created: 02 February 2008

The Language of Smiles

I'd also like to welcome everyone to The Kentucky Center for Orthodontics. We know you have a choice and we're extremely grateful that you've chosen our practice to provide you with that smile that will last a lifetime. I promise, we'll take great care of you.Recently on a trip to Asia, I struck up a conversation with a young lady with braces on her teeth. I casually mentioned that I was an orthodontist back in the United States and she just went on and on in her broken English about how great her braces were. She raved about how you no longer had to put up with the unsightly bands and the stiff painful archwires of the past. It seems that people all over the world are taking advantage of the available technology to improve the overall quality of their smiles. Apparently a beautiful smile is the same in any language.

Douglas D. Durbin DMD, MSD

Hi Everyone!

Hope you like our new look! We're very proud of it. Happy New Year!

We look forward to making your smile the most beautiful in the universe, well maybe just the Earth!

Dr. Durbin