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Orthodontic Arts Appliances

November 10, 2016

At our practice, we strive to provide patients with personalized, timely and efficient care. One of the main components to achieve this goal is an in-house laboratory. Many practices send their appliances to large national laboratories. However, at Orthodontic Arts, we have Orthodontic Arts Lab, WaterOak Lab strived to keep a personalized touch by designing and making all of our appliances right here at home. 

In 1977, Terri Coleman started her dental career by working as an assistant in orthodontics.  In 2000, Terri helped form WaterOak Lab and has provided appliances for our practice as well as a number of other dental and orthodontic practices.  Orthodontic Arts is very grateful to have her expertise.  

 “For me, one of the best parts of my job is getting to work with my brother, Dr. David Birdwell,” said Terri. “I know first-hand that he has the highest character and integrity and wouldn’t recommend any treatment or appliance that isn’t necessary. When I work for a doctor that wants the best for their patient, it allows me to have the ambition to create high quality appliances. It’s also important for me to feel the same about my co-workers. We have so much fun at Orthodontic Arts and every single staff member takes great care of our patients to the best of our ability.”

"I’ve worked with Terri for many years, and I have learned that she is great person," said Alonzo Colbert. "Working in the lab with Terri is one my favorite things about Orthodontic Arts. Her personality and kindness makes a day of working in the lab a blast. Terri has taught me a lot about the art of creating orthodontic appliances and I couldn’t think anyone better to learn from than her."

Having an in-house lab is not only convenient, but allows the best communication between the doctor and laboratory. Our office can individualize what is provided to each patient.  When the doctor is able to share their expertise and knowledge, it allows for a better fabrication and design of an appliance. 

“Terri has always been a gifted artist,” said Dr. David Birdwell. “As long as I can remember she has drawn, painted or crafted things.  It’s wonderful to see the way she carefully fabricates the simplest retainer or most complicated appliance for our patients.  She takes personal pride in being the best.” 

“My favorite part of the job is when I get to use my creative and artistic side,” said Terri. “Making a replacement appliance for a patient that has a lost tooth or a retainer that holds their beautiful smile in place allows me to realize that I can make a difference in the lives of others.”