Unraveling the World of Orthodontics: A Closer Look at Common Procedures

Orthodontic treatment is a cornerstone of dental health, offering aesthetic improvements and significant benefits to oral functionality and overall well-being. At Davis Family Orthodontics, led by the esteemed Dr. Laura Davis, we believe in empowering our patients with knowledge about their treatment options. This guide delves into standard orthodontic procedures, providing clarity and insight to help you confidently navigate your journey to a healthier, more beautiful smile.

Comprehensive Evaluation: The First Step

Initial Consultation:

Every orthodontic journey at Davis Family Orthodontics begins with a comprehensive evaluation. This critical first step allows Dr. Davis to assess your oral health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and develop a personalized treatment plan. Dr. Davis can use advanced imaging techniques to identify issues with jaw alignment, spacing, and bite to recommend the most effective treatment approach.

Traditional Braces: Time-Tested and Effective

Application of Braces:

Traditional metal braces, known for their durability and effectiveness, remain popular for correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues. The process involves attaching metal brackets to the teeth, connected by wires that gently guide them into their proper positions over time. Adjustments are made periodically to ensure continuous and efficient movement.

Clear Aligners: A Discreet Alternative

Customized Treatment with Invisalign®:

For those seeking a less noticeable treatment option, clear aligners like Invisalign® offer an innovative solution. Dr. Davis custom-designs a series of clear, removable aligners, each set progressively moving the teeth toward the desired alignment. This method not only provides aesthetic discretion but also allows for easier oral hygiene and dietary flexibility.

Palatal Expanders: Creating Space and Harmony

Addressing Narrow Palates:

In cases where the upper jaw is too narrow, a palatal expander can be used to gradually widen the palate, creating the necessary space for proper tooth alignment and bite correction. This procedure is often recommended for younger patients whose jaws are still developing, facilitating optimal results and potentially reducing the need for more invasive treatments later on.

Retention Phase: Preserving Your New Smile

The Role of Retainers:

After the active phase of orthodontic treatment concludes, the retention phase begins. Retainers are custom-made devices that hold the teeth in their new positions, preventing them from shifting back. Dr. Davis emphasizes the importance of adhering to retainer protocols to ensure the longevity of your orthodontic results.

Surgical Orthodontics: Correcting Jaw Irregularities

Orthognathic Surgery:

In more complex cases involving significant jaw irregularities, surgical orthodontics may be necessary to achieve optimal functional and aesthetic outcomes. Dr. Davis collaborates closely with oral surgeons to plan and execute these treatments, ensuring comprehensive care and transformative results.

Preparing for Orthodontic Treatment

Embarking on orthodontic treatment requires preparation, both mentally and physically. Dr. Davis and her team are committed to guiding you through this process, offering support and advice to ensure a smooth and successful treatment experience. From understanding how to care for your braces or aligners to adjusting your diet and oral hygiene routine, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Ready to Transform Your Smile?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, or if you’d like more information about the procedures offered at Davis Family Orthodontics, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Laura Davis. With a commitment to excellence, personalized care, and the latest in orthodontic technology, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.

At Davis Family Orthodontics, we’re not just straightening teeth; we’re transforming lives through comprehensive, compassionate orthodontic care. Under the guidance of Dr. Laura Davis, our practice stands as a testament to the positive impact of orthodontic treatment on overall health, confidence, and quality of life. Join us on your journey to a brighter, more confident smile, and discover the difference personalized orthodontic care can make.


  1. American Association of Orthodontists: Information on the benefits and procedures of orthodontic treatment.
  2. Journal of Clinical Orthodontics: Studies on the effectiveness of various orthodontic treatments, including traditional braces, clear aligners, and surgical orthodontics.
  3. International Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery: Research on the long-term outcomes of orthodontic treatment and the importance of retention in maintaining results.
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Dr. Laura Davis and the staff at Davis Family Orthodontics are committed to maintaining the highest standards in orthodontic care and providing the best possible service to our patients. Our practice boasts state-of-the-art equipment and a caring, professional staff in a friendly, inviting environment.