Trusted Orthodontics near Hillcrest We are proud to serve patients of all ages from the Northport area in communities such as Tuscaloosa, Taylorville, Moundville, Hillcrest and more. Address: 1224 McFarland Blvd NE b Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 Phone: 205-750-0081 Office Hours: Monday: 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm Tuesday: 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm Wednesday: 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm Thursday: 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm Friday: 8am-12pm Your Hillcrest Orthodontist Dr. Glen Cowan Graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama. He then attended the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and earned his D.M.D. He was awarded a Master of Science degree in Orthodontics from the University of North Carolina and opened his practice in Tuscaloosa following his graduation. Dr. Cowan strives to stay on top of advances in orthodontic treatment and is, therefore, a member of the following professional organizations: Alabama Association of Orthodontics Sixth District Dental Society American Dental Association American Association of Orthodontists Edward H. Angle Society College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontists Southern Association of Orthodontists Dr. Cowan was also a part-time clinical instructor at the University of Alabama Orthodontics Department for over 10 years. Dr. Julie Whitaker earned her undergraduate degree at Clemson University. From there, she went on to the University of Alabama, where she earned both her DMD and Master’s of Science in Orthodontics. During her academic career, Dr. Whitaker received several awards for academic excellence. Today, she stays up-to-date with the latest in orthodontic treatments and technology to provide patients of all ages with high-quality care. When she isn’t building beautiful smiles, Dr. Whitaker enjoys giving back to her community. She serves as an active member of the Christian Medical Ministry of Alabama and sings in her church choir. In her free time, Dr. Whitaker enjoys singing, eating out, and watching college football with her husband, Dr. Brett Whitaker (as a local dentist, he creates smiles, too!) Hillcrest Braces Traditional braces are one of the most efficient orthodontic tools we have. The ceramic or metal brackets are attached to the teeth, then connected by wires and tiny elastics or rubber bands. Through regular adjustments with Dr. Cowan, these components work together to apply gentle pressure, which will gradually move the teeth into the desired positions. Hillcrest braces are an excellent choice for correcting a number of tooth issues, both simple and complex. Traditional braces sometimes work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other options might, and this can reduce overall treatment time. In addition, braces don’t require some of the more complicated technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments can. This makes Hillcrest braces a cost-effective orthodontic option for patients on a budget. Hillcrest Invisalign The Hillcrest Invisalign system uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually move the teeth into alignment instead of brackets and bands. This option is incredibly popular with both patients and orthodontists making it the top alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are made of a comfortable plastic material and designed to fit snugly over the patient’s teeth. The trays are virtually invisible and are usually switched out every 1-2 weeks for the next in the series to keep the teeth moving in the right direction! Aligners must be worn 20-22 hours per day throughout treatment in order for them to do their job. Patients who neglect to wear the aligners as directed can have a negative impact on the results and also add time to the orthodontic process. Invisalign is most successful when used to correct many of the most common orthodontic issues. For certain complex cases, Invisalign may not be a viable option. A free consultation with Cowan Orthodontics will be able to help determine your eligibility for Invisalign. Hillcrest Braces and Invisalign: find the right treatment for your smile Our skilled doctor and staff excel at providing customized treatment plans for each patient we see. When you visit our office for a complimentary consultation, you’ll find that we focus on your particular orthodontic needs, as well as your specific tooth shape, the movement of your lips, and the shape of your face. Using these as the basis for treatment will result in a beautifully aligned smile that’s just right for you! To learn more about Hillcrest orthodontics, click here to schedule your free consultation with Cowan Orthodontics.