How Do Orthodontists Customize Braces Plans?

At Westfall Orthodontics, we understand that every smile is unique, and that’s why we take a personalized approach to orthodontic treatment. Braces, which straighten teeth and correct bite problems, are among the most common treatments we offer. We are excited to teach you how our team at Westfall Orthodontics can customize braces plans to ensure the best possible results for each patient.

The Initial Consultation

The first step in creating a customized braces plan is the initial consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Westfall and his friendly assistants will perform an exam of your teeth, jaws, and facial structure. They may take x-rays, photos, and dental impressions to create a detailed record of your current oral health.

The orthodontist will discuss your particular concerns and treatment objectives. This provides a great opportunity to ask questions and state any preferences you might have concerning the type of braces or the length of treatment.


Determining the Type of Braces

There are several types of braces available, and your orthodontist will recommend the best option based on your individual needs and preferences. The most common types of braces include:

Traditional metal braces: Known for their durability and effectiveness, traditional metal braces are the most widely used type of braces.

Ceramic braces: Made of clear or tooth-colored materials, ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal braces.

Clear aligners: Removable, clear plastic trays, such as Invisalign, gradually shift teeth into the desired position.

Dr. Westfall will take into account factors like the severity of your condition, your age, and lifestyle habits to recommend the type of braces that best fits your needs.

Creating a Customized Treatment Plan

Once your orthodontist has gathered all the necessary information and determined the best type of braces for your needs, they will create a customized treatment plan. This plan will outline the specific steps required to achieve your desired results, including the placement of the braces, the expected duration of treatment, and any additional appliances or techniques that may be needed.

Your treatment plan will be tailored to address your unique dental issues, such as crowding, spacing, overbite, underbite, or crossbite. Your orthodontist will also take into account your facial structure and growth patterns to ensure that the final result is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally optimal.


How Do Orthodontists Customize Braces Plans?

Placing the Braces

When it’s time to place your braces, your orthodontist will carefully attach the brackets to your teeth using a special dental adhesive. The brackets are then connected by a thin wire, which is adjusted periodically throughout your treatment to gradually move your teeth into the desired position.

The placement of the brackets and wire is a precise process that requires skill and expertise. Your orthodontist will ensure that the braces are placed in the optimal position to achieve the best results while minimizing discomfort and treatment time.

Monitoring Progress and Making Adjustments

Throughout your orthodontic treatment, you will have regular check-ups with your orthodontist to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your braces. These appointments typically occur every 4-8 weeks, depending on your individual needs.

At these check-ups, your orthodontist will evaluate the progress of your teeth’s movement and adjust the wires and braces components accordingly. They may provide advice on how to care for your braces and keep up with oral hygiene throughout your treatment.

Customizing Retainers and Post-Treatment Care

Once your braces are removed, your orthodontist will create custom retainers to help maintain the new position of your teeth. Retainers are typically worn full-time for a few months after treatment and then gradually transitioned to nighttime wear to ensure long-lasting results.

Your orthodontist will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your retainers and maintain your new smile. They may also recommend additional treatments or procedures, such as teeth whitening or dental bonding, to enhance the overall appearance of your smile.


How Do Orthodontists Customize Braces Plans?

The Importance of Customized Braces Plans

At Westfall Orthodontic, located in Richland, Abingdon, and Bristol, we pride ourselves on providing personalized care and attention to each of our patients. Our team of skilled orthodontists and support staff are dedicated to helping you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.

If you’re considering braces for yourself or a loved one, feel free to schedule a consultation with us to learn more about how we can customize a treatment plan to meet your specific needs. Together, we can create a plan that will help you achieve the smile of your dreams!