Madison AL Dentist Dr. Laurentis Barnett and Team Welcomes Top-Rated Dentist Dr. Linda Crawford
Divine Expressions Family Dentistry is pleased to announce that we are joining with Dr. Linda Crawford and her team to provide expert care to patients in the Madison, Alabama area. The teams are thrilled to come together and continue treating patients with sensational dental care, no matter their dental needs.
“Dr. Linda Crawford and the team here at Divine Expressions Family Dentistry are joining forces all under one roof, and I could not be more excited to provide exceptional and comfort-conscious care,” said Dr. Laurentis Barnett.
If you’re interested in setting up an appointment with either Dr. Barnett or Dr. Crawford, call our office at (256) 559-3573, and one of our helpful staff members can get you on your way to a healthier smile.
About Dr. Crawford
Dr. Linda Crawford has helped serve up smiles in Alabama as a dentist for more than 35 years. Dr. Crawford is a native Alabamian who graduated with honors from Talladega College in 1981 with a degree in biology. She then entered the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, graduating in May 1985.
After earning her dental degree, Dr. Crawford began a private practice in Birmingham, while also becoming a faculty member in the biology department of Talladega College and serving as coordinator for their Health Careers Opportunity Program.
In 1987, Dr. Crawford returned to the University of Alabama School of Dentistry to serve as an assistant clinical professor in the departments of restorative, fixed, and removable prosthodontics. Three years later, she moved her practice to Huntsville, where she’s been practicing ever since.
Dr. Crawford and her team are excited to join the Divine Expressions Family Dentistry team. Just like Divine Expressions, Dr. Crawford strives to bring patients excellent care with high-quality customer service to help keep their teeth healthy throughout their life.
“I am excited to be working with Dr. Barnett and his dynamic team in this state-of-the-art facility. We welcome you to our new location, and we look forward to seeing you at your next dental appointment,” Dr. Crawford said.
Care Under COVID-19
While the pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges, the Divine Expressions Family Dentistry team has risen to the occasion, continuing to provide high-quality and thorough dentistry without compromising our patient’s safety.
Our staff has prepared to care for you and your family by working on increased safety protocols, including:
- A new air-purifying system with a UV light for proper ventilation in our offices
- New touch-free faucets in all our bathrooms
- Mandated mask-wearing when entering and exiting our offices
- Safety screenings before and at your appointment
- Antiviral mouth rinse before the start of your appointment
These changes help ensure both our patients and our staff stay healthy and safe during this medical crisis. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our COVID-19 policies, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by phone at (256) 559-3573. One of our friendly staff members would be happy to walk you through our guidelines and alleviate any concerns.
Best Dentist in Madison, AL, Dr. Barnett Offers Top-Rated Family Dentistry
Good dental health relies on proper dental hygiene. Patients who excel at good dental hygiene have made the practice a habit from early in their life. Children should start to see their family dentist, at the latest, from the time their permanent teeth come in.
Choosing the right family dentist ensures patients that every member of their family gets outstanding dental care.
Dr. Laurentis Barnett from Divine Expressions Family Dentistry provides top-rated family dentistry for the whole family.
What Does a Family Dentist Do?
A family dentist provides general dentistry to people of all ages. Most family dentists start to see children from the age of seven and up. Divine Expressions Family Dentistry offers an innovative Early Start program for children between the ages of four and seven.
What Is the Early Start Program?
The Early Start Program identifies issues such as crooked teeth or crowded growth and sleep-disordered breathing, as the adult teeth start to come in. By identifying these issues early on, they’re simpler to correct.
What Is Sleep-Disordered Breathing?
Sleep-disordered breathing coves a wide variety of breathing issues during sleep. These issues may become problematic if they disturb the child’s overall quality of sleep. In some instances, such as thumb sucking, they may also affect how the child’s teeth grow.
- Mouth breathing
- Thumb sucking
- Bad dreams
- Excessive nighttime sweatiness
- Restless sleeping patterns
- Chronic allergies
- Behavioral issues
- ADD or ADHD
- Sleepiness during the day
These issues are often caused by obstructed airways, teeth grinding, and incorrect tooth placement. Dr. Barnett will provide gentle corrective measures to allow small patients to get a great night’s sleep.
Why Is It Better to Start Adjusting a Child’s Bite Early?
A child usually gets their permanent teeth around the age of seven or eight. Their mouths continue to change until they’re about fourteen. Applying braces or other corrective measures while the mouth is still changing offers the best chance of permanent results.
Other Family Dentistry Services
Family dentistry includes:
- Emergency dentistry
- Restorative dentistry
- Cosmetic procedures
Patients may require:
- Cleaning and descaling
- Fluoride and sealing treatments
- Root canals
- Root canals
- Veneers and Lumineers
- Teeth whitening
Divine Expression Family Dentistry Offers State-of-the-Art Treatments
Patients at the practice have the option of these additional services, not all of which are commonly found at family dentists.
Digital X-rays provide a high-resolution image but use 80% less radiation than their counterparts. The digital X-ray is a better diagnostic tool than its conventional counterpart because it was designed to be gentler on patients.
Veneers are a conventional treatment for a whole mouth makeover. Veneers don’t work for those with severely damaged tooth enamel or with a limited budget. The Snap-on Smile product offers an affordable, less permanent alternative.
The process is similar to veneers in that Dr. Barnett creates a new façade for the front of the teeth. This façade clips into place. While veneers are permanent, a Snap-on Smile doesn’t require the filing away of enamel or permanent bonding.
Meet the Expert Team at Divine Expression Family Dentistry in Madison, AL
Would you like to learn more about how to create a beautiful smile? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Barnett and his team by calling (256) 559-3393 or completing the form on the website.
Alabama family dentist offers Invisalign services for patients who want to fix their teeth without braces.
Madison, Alabama October 1, 2019: Divine Expressions Family Dentistry provides Invisalign orthodontic care for teens and adults who want a beautiful, straight smile without the pain and hassle of braces. Invisalign uses customized clear aligners that fit over the teeth to gradually move the teeth into place.
Traditional metal braces use brackets and wires that are tightened and adjusted over time to straighten the teeth. While they are successful, traditional braces have drawbacks. Wire braces limit the foods that a patient may eat, make brushing and flossing difficult and may make the patient feel self-conscious while wearing them.
Invisalign is the solution to the drawbacks of braces with all the same teeth-straightening benefits. With Invisalign, patients remove the aligners for eating, brushing and flossing, and the aligners are virtually invisible. This makes Invisalign the perfect solution for adults and teens who haven’t straightened their teeth due to the look and inconvenience of braces.
Invisalign works because of the unique aligners that are custom-made for each patient. The aligners are made with a thin, flexible, FDA-approved plastic. The aligners fit snugly in the mouth and worn almost continuously. The aligners gradually shift the teeth into place over a six to 24-month period. The result is a confident, beautiful smile.
During the first visit, Dr. Laurentis Barnett performs an examination that helps him determine if Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment. Invisalign successfully treats patients with crowded teeth, teeth with gaps, underbites, overbites, and crossbites. Young children and teens and adults with severe orthodontic needs may benefit from traditional dental care.
Dr. Barnett uses the latest 3-D technology to take detailed images of the patient’s mouth. Invisalign computer technology makes these images and develops them into a gradual plan to achieve straight teeth. Patients will be able to view what their new smile will look like on the same day.
These images are sent to an outside lab where the clear aligners will be developed. Once the aligners are complete, patients return to the office to check the fitting. A new set of aligners will be given to the patient every two to three weeks. Patients visit with Dr. Barnett periodically to monitor progress throughout treatment. Once treatment is complete, patients wear a retainer to keep their teeth in the proper place.
Aligners must be worn approximately 23 hours every day for good results. Patients report that the aligners are comfortable to wear and simple to use. Parents worried about their teens wearing their aligners take confidence in the blue compliance markers that may be added to the aligners.
Most dental insurance providers cover Invisalign under orthodontic care benefits. Talk with Dr. Barnett’s office staff to determine the total cost of Invisalign. Most patients report that Invisalign costs a similar amount as traditional braces. Call the office today and get started on achieving a new smile.
An Alabama-native, Dr. Laurentis Barnett loves providing five-star dental care to his patients in the Madison, Alabama, area. He believes that a healthy, beautiful smile can change a person’s life. Therefore, he works to provide dental care for patients in low-income areas around the world. Dr. Barnett was voted one of 40 dentists under the age of 40 in 2015.
Divine Expressions Family Dentistry
7278 Highway 72 West
Madison, Alabama 35758