Your Trusted Montgomery Orthodontist

At Manning Orthodontics, Dr. Manning and our expert team are dedicated to providing specialized orthodontic care that transforms smiles and lives. We offer a compassionate, professional environment where your smile goals are our priority.

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Meet Kendra Manning, DDS, MS

Dr. Kendra C. Pratt Manning is one of only a handful of Board-Certified orthodontists in The Woodlands. She is a local graduate of Magnolia High School where she was valedictorian and cheerleader and ran track. She is proud to be serving the community in which she grew up.


Dr. Manning was inducted into two prestigious dental societies upon graduation—Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and Alpha Omega—which honors less than one percent of dental students nationwide. She also received the Awards for Excellence in Basic Science and Excellence in Clinical Dentistry.

Dr. Manning continued her excellence in education at the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston, where she was the Chief Resident her first year and worked hard to author a published article in the American Dental Journal while earning her Master of Science degree in Orthodontics.

She scored in the top two percent in the nation on her written exam for Board Certification. She shortly thereafter began her path to full diplomat status through the American Board of Orthodontics. Her clinical exam utilized patients she treated in her private practice in The Woodlands.

Understanding the Role of an Orthodontist

While both dentists and orthodontists are integral to maintaining good oral health, their areas of expertise differ significantly. Dentists cover a broad range of oral health issues, including teeth cleaning, fillings, crowns, and gum care. Orthodontists, on the other hand, are trained as dentists initially but undergo additional years of specialized training exclusively focused on aligning teeth and jaws. This training equips them with the unique skills necessary to diagnose and treat misalignments within the mouth.

Choosing an orthodontist for teeth straightening is advantageous because they specialize in these treatments. Orthodontists have a deep understanding of the various orthodontic appliances and how to use them effectively to create the best outcomes for alignment and occlusion (bite), ensuring that not only do your teeth look great, but they function optimally too.

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The Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment provides numerous benefits that enhance not just your smile but your overall quality of life:

Physical Health Benefits

Straight teeth are easier to clean than crooked teeth, which reduces the risk of gum disease and dental decay. Proper alignment also distributes bite forces evenly, which can reduce strain and prevent premature wear and damage to your teeth.

Mental and Emotional Well-being

Achieving a beautiful, straight smile can significantly boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment can help reduce self-consciousness about crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, enhancing your willingness to smile and engage with others.

Personal and Social Benefits

A great smile can improve your personal relationships and make social interactions more enjoyable. People with straight smiles are often perceived as more attractive and friendly, which can open doors in both personal and professional spheres.

Professional Advantages

In the professional world, a confident smile can contribute to a more successful career. A good first impression is crucial, and a straight, engaging smile can make you appear more professional and trustworthy.

Begin Your Smile Transformation Today

Ready to experience the benefits of expert orthodontic care? Whether you are considering braces for yourself or a family member, or you want to learn more about our services, Dr. Manning and our dedicated team are here to guide you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more!