Exceptional Orthodontic Care
Dr. Stephanie Whitehead has been serving Riverchase, Pelham, Hoover and Helena since 1988. She is committed to providing each patient with an exceptional level of orthodontic care and attention. Dr. Whitehead's dedicated staff works together as a team providing high-quality comprehensive care for patients of all ages. Every patient is special and every case is unique. Dr Whitehead takes pride in paying close attention to her patients and their family's needs.
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.