Welcome to the one-of-a-kind orthodontic office of Dr. Stephanie Whitehead, where we give you a reason to smile. Since 1988, Dr. Stephanie Whitehead has served Birmingham, AL with state-of-the-art orthodontic care in a unique, family-centered environment. Now located in Hoover, AL, Dr. Whitehead and her team of orthodontic specialists provide high-quality comprehensive care for kids and adults. Every patient is special and every case is unique. As such, we will spend time building relationships, discovering your concerns, and developing a roadmap to achieve the beautiful smile you desire.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic visit by age 7. This allows the orthodontist to evaluate the growth of the jaw and the development of the teeth.
We offer both metal and ceramic brackets to achieve straight teeth for kids and adults. 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.
Orthognathic surgery is often necessary in a non-growing adult or teenager who has malformations of the jaw.
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.
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.