The Outlook: Bill Harrell shows off his Cone Beam CT scanner, the first of its kind in Alabama.

Some might be baffled to hear from an orthodontist that braces will help their child pay attention in class.

That’s where Alexander City orthodontist Dr. Bill Harrell pulls up on his computer a 3D image of the patient’s head, made translucent to show their teeth and jawbone, and explain how the patient’s small jaw is set back, narrowing their airway and making it difficult to breathe while sleeping. When children’s sleep is affected, they have trouble paying attention in class.