Bates Orthodontics provides quality orthodontic care with a service-first approach to establish a stable foundation of oral health for all patients. We are a small family practice making a big impact in the Birmingham area. Grounded in science and service, we help create smiles that can change people’s lives for good. At Bates Orthodontics we strive to achieve great outcomes through careful, doctor-directed treatment plans that coincide with patient goals and produce the healthiest long-term results for each individual. We customize and personalize orthodontic care to each specific patient. This intentional, individualized method allows us to preserve facial harmony and improve the functional and esthetic aspects of a smile. Everything we do is aligned with our values of service and leadership. We are committed to providing cutting-edge care in a friendly environment where all feel welcome and valued. 

Meet the Team

  • Dr. William Bates

    Dr. William Bates has dedicated his personal and professional life to advancing the orthodontics profession. Since beginning his studies, he has consistently focused on giving back through community outreach and orthodontic associations. He received his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). With a solid business background established, he continued his education at the UAB School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). Dr. Bates was the President of the Class of 2017 as well as the Dean’s Medal Recipient — a prestigious honor awarded to the most outstanding student in academics, service and leadership among the graduating class. During dental school, he met his lovely, talented wife, Kathryn. Following their wedding celebration, Dr. Bates and his wife moved up North for a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend one of the top three orthodontics programs in the world. With lots of grit and determination, Dr. Bates earned a Master of Science in Orthodontics from the University of Michigan.

    Dr. Bates actively participates in a variety of professional associations, including the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), Charles H. Tweed International Foundation for Orthodontic Research and Education and the American Dental Association (ADA). Along with leading his own practice, he teaches part time in the Orthodontics Clinic at UAB. Dr. Bates is a proud Alabama native with strong Huntsville roots and deep Birmingham connections. His academic career began at Grissom High School where he played on the golf team and won a very fitting senior superlative — Best Smile. When he is not at the office, Dr. Bates enjoys attending Dave Matthews Band concerts at various venues across the country as well as playing golf, going on road trips, spending time with family and friends and relaxing with his wife Kathryn and “dog-hter” Roux.

  • Kathryn Bates

    Kathryn Bates is an Alabama native from the southeastern corner of Dothan, aka “The Circle City”, aka the “Peanut Capital of the World”.  She moved to the Magic City to attend Birmingham-Southern College where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. After her undergraduate studies, she earned a spot at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, where she met Will, adopted her best friend, Roux, and served proudly in multiple school organizations. Upon graduation, Will and Kathryn married in Birmingham and soon moved up North to Ann Arbor, Michigan. In between football games in the Big House and exploring the Great Lakes region, she worked as a general dentist in the small town of Albion, MI while Will attended the University of Michigan for his orthodontics residency. After three Michigan winters, it was time to move back South closer to family, friends, and the summer heat. You’ll never hear her complain about the humidity again! Kathryn performs a variety of roles at BO, including greeting you when you walk in the door, coordinating new patient consultations, assisting with various procedures, managing marketing efforts, and educating our patients on how to keep their smiles healthy! Apart from work, Kathryn enjoys traveling with her family, winning all of her husband’s fantasy football leagues, and attempting to keep their house plants alive!

  • Roux Bates

    Roux Bates is a spunky, 6-year-old Dakota Sport Retriever. She is a beloved member of the Bates family and the office staff. From time to time, she can be found happily napping in different areas of the office, making patients’ days just a little bit brighter. When she’s not at work, she loves swimming, going for hikes, playing fetch, and of course, taking long walks on the beach.