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South Alabama Orthodontics is a Christ-centered, patient-focused, orthodontic practice. We are committed to providing the highest-quality patient care in a manner that glorifies God and in an atmosphere that is upbeat and, shall we say, unique. We hope that you will consider us for your orthodontic needs!
Ceramic (clear) braces are made of a translucent ceramic material which blends with your teeth and will resist staining and discoloration throughout your treatment. With the newer small, low-profile design of our Ceramic Braces, they are virtually unnoticeable, making them perfect for patients of any age who are looking for the confidence and freedom to smile on any occasion. Ceramic braces continue to be esthetic and more versatile than ever before. Colored “elastic” ties can still be used on ceramic braces to give a vibrant showing of color or Clear “elastic” ties can also be used when the patient prefers the braces to be less noticeable. While they are visually less prominent, they are also smaller than metal braces and can be used on both the top and bottom teeth as well.
At South Alabama Orthodontics, we let you decide what type of braces would suit you best. Some of our patients like to “show off their smile” with the metal victory series bracket from 3M Unitek. This traditional type of bracket is made of high-grade stainless steel. Our patients comfort and choice is one of our main concerns.
Invisalign® uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing Invisalign because it’s invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Lingual (invisible) braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Lingual braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth and therefore created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.
Lasers are used in orthodontic treatment for a variety of conditions. They can be used to remove excess or overgrown gingival tissue, exposure of impacted canines, or frenectomies. Lasers use a special wavelength of light to remove the excess tissue without scaring or bleeding. The use of lasers helps to dramatically increase the esthetics of orthodontic treatment when indicated.
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs are used in addition to braces to help better control tooth movement. TADs also allow us to successfully treat many cases without the use of orthognathic surgery.
Dr. Shane Langley: Is a native of Fairhope, AL. He is married to his wife Elisabeth and they have 4 beautiful children and one on the way! In his free time, Dr. Langley enjoys spending time with his family and friends, singing, woodworking, and spending time outdoors. Dr. Langley received both his dental and orthodontic education from UAB Dental School and continues to volunteer his time to teach orthodontic residents at UAB. He has also recently become a renowned lecturer in orthodontics, speaking at many events across the United States. He is a member of the:
Dr. Rick O’Neil: Is married to his wife Marjorie, a native of Fairhope, AL. Dr. O’Neil and his wife have 2 year old boy/girl twins. They have two dogs; and in his free time enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, woodworking, and spending time with friends and family. Dr. O’Neil also received both his dental and orthodontic education at UAB Dental School. His orthodontic interests include the integration of digital technology and optimal esthethics to provide an exceptional patient experience with unsurpassed care. He is the current president of the Baldwin County Dental Study Club and a member of the: