Understanding the Basics of Orthodontic Care

Orthodontics is a specialized field in dentistry that deals with diagnosing, preventing, and treating misaligned teeth and jaws. Patients undergo orthodontic care to enhance their smile and improve oral health conditions like overcrowded teeth and bite difficulties.

It moves teeth into a stable position by putting pressure on them to guide them in the right direction. This process takes multiple phases, and it must be carried out safely. Understanding the basics of orthodontic treatment will help you choose the right provider for your treatment.

Initial Orthodontic Consultation

The first step in orthodontic treatment is consulting with a certified orthodontist. During this appointment, the orthodontist takes X-rays and examines your teeth to tailor a treatment plan to meet your desired outcome. This initial step is crucial for beginning orthodontic treatment and improving your smile.


Dental impressions give the orthodontist a life-like model of your teeth. This model can be made using a foam-like substance or a digital mouth scan. Impressions help the orthodontist fine-tune your treatment plan and design appliances that guide your teeth and jaw into position.

Braces or Clear Aligners

Traditional braces consist of brackets and wires that gently move your teeth into position. Several types of braces are available, including metal, ceramic, and brackets that get attached to the back of your teeth.

Clear aligners achieve the same results but using custom-made transparent trays. They are removable so that you can eat and brush your teeth. These aligners make your orthodontic treatment more discreet.


Retainers are a vital component to lasting results after completing orthodontic care. Depending on your unique case, your orthodontist may recommend wearing this appliance full-time or at bedtime because the bones around your teeth are not fully matured. Your teeth may return to their original position if not held in place by a retainer.

Start Your Orthodontic Care Today

Orthodontic care provides many benefits, including cosmetic, jaw alignment, and even oral hygiene. Schedule a free orthodontic consultation with Dr. Davidson at Empire Orthodontics to learn more about the advantages. Call us today at either our Beavercreek or West Chester location!