What Types of Bite Issues Can Braces Fix?

Want to know more about braces? Like, “What types of bite issues can braces fix?” Westfall Orthodontics uses braces to treat a host of different bite problems. And guess what? We’ve got options! Whether it’s the classic strength of metal braces or the sleek charm of clear braces, we’ve got your back (or, should we say, your bite?). Our offices in Richlands, Abingdon, and Bristol are ready to help you. Here’s everything Dr. Westfall wants you to know about braces before your first visit. 

The Magic of Braces

Braces aren’t merely shiny accessories for your teeth. Their function is to unlock your new smile. At Westfall Orthodontics, we believe in the magic that metal and clear braces bring to every grin. So, how do braces work? Braces exert gentle force to nudge your teeth into their perfect spots. That’s what braces do, day in and day out. 

Are there different kinds of braces? You bet! Metal braces are the classic choice. They’re trustworthy, durable, and reliable. Our metal braces are made from high-quality stainless steel and nickel materials. Components like these have made metal braces champions at guiding your teeth where needed. They’re rugged, consistent, and ready for any orthodontic challenge.

What if you want to capture the efficiency of metal braces without the look? Enter clear braces. These are the modern, anonymous stars of orthodontic care. Made from tooth-colored materials, they blend in with your teeth, offering a subtler path to straightening. Do you want to keep your orthodontic journey on the down low? Opt for clear (ceramic) braces. 

Types of Bite Issues Braces Can Fix

At Westfall Orthodontics, braces make regular appearances. Our Richlands, Abingdon, and Bristol patients have seen braces work wonders for them. Think of braces like superheroes. What do all superheroes fight? Bad guys! Here are a few of the bite baddies that braces can help you overcome


Picture your upper teeth stepping out too far over the lower ones. That’s an overbite. Braces to the rescue! They gently coax those eager upper teeth, aligning them with the lower ones. The result? A harmonious bite and a smile that’s just right.


The opposite of an overbite is where your lower teeth jut out ahead of the upper ones. Braces work for you here by guiding the lower teeth back in line. Your bite becomes balanced, and your smile is spot on. 


Imagine some of your upper teeth hiding behind the lower ones when you bite down. Dr. Westfall calls this a “crossbite.” Braces help with crossbite, too. After we fit you, your braces will bring your bite where it’s supposed to be. 

Open Bite

In an open bite, when you bite down, your upper and lower teeth decide not to meet, leaving a gap. Braces step in as peacemakers, encouraging your teeth to get along and meet up as they should.


Too many teeth in too little space? Yikes! That’s no fun. Braces are like skilled organizers for crowded teeth, creating room and bringing order to the chaos, giving each tooth space.


The opposite of crowding. Spacing happens when you have gaps between your teeth. Braces act like friendly neighbors, bringing teeth closer together for a unified, gap-free smile.

In each case, braces work tirelessly. They move every tooth to its ideal place. Aligned teeth give you a brighter, more amazing smile. When you love your appearance, you’ll feel better about…pretty much everything! 

What Types of Bite Issues Can Braces Fix?

Meet Your Heroes – Metal and Clear Braces

In the quest for perfect smiles, our heroes– metal and clear braces– each have unique superpowers. Let’s meet them!

Metal Braces

The tried-and-true champs of orthodontics! These braces are like the sturdy, faithful friend you can always count on. Made from a mix of stainless steel and other durable metals, they’re tough enough to handle even the most challenging bite issues. They’re your go-to choice for making significant changes and precisely guiding your teeth. In addition, their sleeker, modern design makes them much more relaxed than their predecessors!

Clear Braces

The stealthy spies of braces treatment! Clear braces blend in with your teeth, thanks to their tooth-colored materials. They work like metal braces but with a secret weapon – camouflage. Clear braces are perfect for those who want to keep their orthodontic journey under wraps. They’re nearly invisible. When you wear clear braces, no one else will notice.  But don’t discount them for their invisibility. They’re still incredibly effective at straightening teeth and fixing bite issues.

Both metal and clear braces are fantastic at what they do. Each type brings something unique to the table. Whether it’s the strength and reliability of metal braces or the subtlety and style of clear braces, your journey to a perfect smile is in safe hands!

How Braces Benefit Your Teeth

Braces represent a major asset in your orthodontic health. They improve and enhance your smile. But the smile itself isn’t the end of the road. Braces help you beyond your physical appearance. Here’s how:

Promote Oral Health

Straight teeth are easier to clean, plain and simple. No more hide-and-seek with food particles or plaque in hard-to-reach spots. This means you have a lower risk of cavities and gum disease.

Improves Bite Function

A misaligned bite can be a real drag. It can cause your teeth to wear unevenly and even lead to jaw pain. Braces step in to align everything, making sure your bite works like a well-oiled machine. 

Boost Confidence

Let’s remember the confidence that comes with a straighter smile. People who like how they look feel better. They’re more likely to take risks at work, school, or in life. What could a great new smile help you accomplish?

What Types of Bite Issues Can Braces Fix?

Braces At Westfall Orthodontics

Westfall Orthodontics has metal and clear braces to help get you the smile you’ve been yearning for. Our Richlands, Abingdon, and Bristol offices are just a short drive away. Visit us here to make an appointment with Dr. Westfall.