Bill Harrell knew he wanted to be an orthodontist at age 12 after getting braces.
Unlike the modern options, we have today—from clear aligners to glow-in-the-dark dental braces—he had a mouth full of old-fashioned metal wires and rubber bands. As a teenage tinkerer, young Bill was keen to see how his braces worked. Armed with a pair of pliers and a coat hanger, he made a copy of his wires to show his orthodontist on his next visit. Instead of dismissing his inquisitive patient, the wise practitioner put him in the lab with pliers and wires and let him experiment. Bill Harrell’s fate—and vocation—were sealed.
Forty-plus years later, Dr. William Harrell’s curiosity about ‘how things work’ has never diminished. In addition to providing superior diagnosis and treatment for traditional ortho conditions, Dr. Harrell has devoted most of his career to educating his peers, the public and other healthcare professionals on the importance of discovering and treating airway obstructions/growth issues that can cause serious health conditions in both children and adults.