Trusted Orthodontics Near Moundville We are proud to serve patients of all ages from the Moundville area in communities such as Hillcrest, Northport, Taylorville, and Tuscaloosa. 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 Moundville 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 after his graduation. Dr. Cowan strives to stay on top of advances in orthodontic treatment and is 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!) Moundville Braces Traditional braces are an effective and popular orthodontic option. We start by attaching metal or ceramic brackets to your teeth, then we connect them with wires and tiny rubber bands or elastics. Through regular adjustments, these components work together to apply gentle pressure, which will gradually move your teeth where we want them to go. Moundville braces are a great choice for fixing many tooth issues, both simple and complex. Because they sometimes work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other options, overall treatment time can be slightly reduced. Braces don’t require some of the more complicated technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments can, which makes Moundville braces an affordable orthodontic option if you’re on a budget. Moundville Invisalign The Moundville 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 and is currently the top alternative to traditional braces. Made of a comfortable plastic material, Invisalign aligners are designed to fit snugly over your teeth. If you don’t wear the aligners as directed, it can have a negative impact on the results and also add time to the orthodontic process. The trays are virtually invisible and are usually switched out every 1-2 weeks for the next in the series. This keeps 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. Invisalign works best for mild to moderate oral problems. For certain complex cases, Invisalign may not be a good option. A free consultation with Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics will help you find out your eligibility for Invisalign. Moundville Braces and Invisalign: find the right treatment for your smile 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. Our skilled doctor and staff are great at providing customized treatment plans for each patient we see. Using these as the basis for treatment will result in a beautifully aligned smile that’s just right for your face! To learn more about Moundville orthodontics, click here to schedule your free consultation with Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics and be sure to follow our social for great patient pictures.