Trusted Orthodontics near Northport We are proud to serve orthodontics patients of all ages from the Northport area in communities such as Tuscaloosa, Taylorville, Moundville 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 Northport 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!) Northport Braces Traditional braces are one of the most efficient orthodontic tools we have. The metal or ceramic brackets, which are connected to by wires and tiny rubber bands or elastics, are attached to your teeth. Regular adjustments with our doctor will help these parts work together to gently apply pressure to your teeth. This pressure will gradually move your teeth into the desired position. Whether you have simple or complex teeth issues, Northport braces are a great choice to get a correction that looks great. Northport braces are also a cost-effective option for patients on a budget. Because they sometimes work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other options might, overall treatment time can be slightly reduced. In addition, braces don’t require some of the more complicated technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments can. Northport Invisalign The Northport 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. 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. This keeps the teeth moving in the right direction! If you don’t wear your aligners as directed you may see unwanted results such as slower treatment or a lack of results altogether. Aligners must be worn 20-22 hours per day throughout treatment in order for them to do their job. Invisalign is at its most effective when used to correct many of the most common orthodontic issues, and may not be the best option for patients with especially complex cases. A free consultation with Cowan Orthodontics will be able to help determine your eligibility for Invisalign. Northport 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. Using these as the basis for treatment will result in a beautifully aligned smile that’s just right for your face! Our skilled doctor and staff excel at providing customized treatment plans for each patient we see. To learn more about Northport orthodontics, click here to schedule your free consultation with Cowan & Whitaker Orthodontics.