Dr. Stephanie Whitehead specializes in Orthodontics and practices at Stephanie Whitehead DMD MS.
Dr. Stephanie Whitehead grew up in the Hoover area and was a cheerleader at Berry High School. Her desire to become an Orthodontist began as a teenager, working for her Orthodontist, Dr. John Jayne, as an Orthodontic assistant. Dr. Whitehead became the first woman orthodontist in the state of Alabama and has practiced orthodontics in the Birmingham area since 1988.
Dr. Whitehead's greatest joy is her family. Married for over 20 years to her husband Mike, they have four children Micah, Bethany, Jonathon and Jacob. God has truly blessed them. She has dedicated this practice to glorify Him as she serves others.
Dr. Whitehead attended the University of Alabama, where she graduated with honors and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa. She obtained a doctorate degree in dentistry from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society. Dr. Whitehead completed her Masters of Science degree in orthodontics at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Whitehead maintains professional memberships with the American Association of Orthodontists AAO, Southern Association of Orthodontists SAO, Alabama Dental Association ADA and the Birmingham District Dental Society.
1. Phase 1 or Early Treatment
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic visit by age 7. Often abnormal growth problems can be intercepted and harmful habits can be eliminated if caught early. A panoramic film is taken at an early age to view the teeth in the formative stages. Early detection and treatment can help guide growth and development.
2. Full Conventional Orthodontic Treatment
We offer both metal and ceramic brackets. The average age for for most full orthodontic cases is 10 - 12 for girls and 11- 13 for boys. However, orthodontic treatment can be done at any age - including adults.
3. TMJ (Temperomandibular Joint) Therapy
Pain, popping or locking in the jaw usually indicates the disc in the joint is slipping or has become dislodged. If diagnosed early, wearing a rigid acrylic splint can allow the inflammation in the joint to subside and the disc to resume a more normal position.
4. Orthodontic Treatment in Conjunction with Orthognathic Surgery to correct Abnormalities of the Facial Bone
Orthognathic surgery is often necessary in a non-growing adult or teenager who has malformations of the jaw. This may include a smaller lower jaw resulting in an overbite, a larger lower jaw resulting in an underbite, a gummy smile or an openbite. Working as a team with an Oral Surgeon, we can align the teeth and correct the jaw misalignment so that function and aesthetics are improved.
5. Removable Acrylic Retainers for Minor Teeth Movement
A retainer is always the final step in conventional orthodontic treatment to help maintain your beautiful smile. However, minor tooth movement can be accomplished using a retainer as well.