Damon Orthodontics

The Stages of Braces: What To Expect

Embarking on the journey of orthodontic treatment with braces can feel like stepping into the unknown. However, understanding the stages of braces treatment can help ease any uncertainties and prepare you for what lies ahead. At Damon Orthodontics, we recognize the importance of guiding our patients through each phase of their orthodontic journey, ensuring they feel informed and supported every step of the way.

In this article, we’ll explore the various stages of braces treatment, from the initial consultation to the final retention phase. By gaining insight into the progression of orthodontic treatment, you’ll have a clearer understanding of what to expect and how Damon Orthodontics can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. So, let’s dive in and discover the stages of braces treatment together!

1. Pre-Treatment Phase

Before braces are placed, patients undergo a thorough examination and consultation with our experienced orthodontic team at Damon Orthodontics. During this pre-treatment phase, we assess the current state of the patient’s teeth and jaws, discuss treatment goals and options, and address any questions or concerns they may have.

The pre-treatment phase typically begins with a comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s oral health, including x-rays, photographs, and impressions of the teeth. These diagnostic tools allow us to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to the individual needs of each patient.

At Damon Orthodontics, we prioritize open communication and collaboration with our patients. We take the time to explain the proposed treatment plan in detail, discussing the various stages of braces treatment, the expected duration of treatment, and the types of braces that may be recommended.

During the pre-treatment phase, patients also have the opportunity to ask questions and express any preferences they may have regarding their orthodontic treatment. Our team is committed to ensuring that patients feel empowered and informed throughout the entire process, from the initial consultation to the completion of treatment.

2. Placement Phase

Once the pre-treatment phase is complete and the treatment plan has been finalized, patients are ready to begin the placement phase of braces treatment. This phase marks the official start of orthodontic treatment and involves the actual placement of braces onto the teeth.

At Damon Orthodontics, we use state-of-the-art techniques and materials to ensure that the braces placement process is as comfortable and efficient as possible for our patients. Our orthodontic team is highly skilled and experienced in performing this procedure, allowing us to achieve optimal results with minimal discomfort.

During the placement phase, patients will visit our office to have their braces installed. The process typically begins with thorough cleaning and drying of the teeth to ensure that the bonding materials adhere properly. Next, each bracket is carefully positioned on the surface of the teeth, and a special dental adhesive is used to bond the brackets in place.

Once all of the brackets have been attached, the orthodontist will secure the archwire onto the brackets using small elastic bands or metal ligatures. This archwire exerts gentle pressure on the teeth, gradually guiding them into their desired positions over time.

Throughout the placement phase, our team will closely monitor the patient’s progress and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that the braces are functioning effectively. We understand that this phase can be a significant milestone for many patients, and we strive to provide a supportive and positive experience every step of the way.

3. Adjustment Phase

After the placement of braces, patients enter the adjustment phase, which involves regular visits to our orthodontic office for adjustments and monitoring of progress. This phase is crucial for ensuring that the braces are working effectively and that the teeth are moving according to the treatment plan.

During each adjustment appointment, the orthodontist will make any necessary changes to the braces, such as tightening the archwire or replacing elastic bands. These adjustments help to maintain consistent pressure on the teeth, which is essential for achieving optimal results.

At Damon Orthodontics, we understand that each patient’s orthodontic journey is unique, and we tailor our treatment approach to meet their individual needs. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized care and support throughout the adjustment phase, helping patients feel confident and informed about their treatment progress.

Throughout this phase, patients may experience some discomfort or soreness after adjustments, but this is normal and usually subsides within a few days. Our team will provide guidance on how to manage any discomfort and ensure that patients feel comfortable throughout their treatment journey.

The adjustment phase typically continues for several months to several years, depending on the complexity of the case and the treatment goals. During this time, patients will gradually see their teeth move into their desired positions, leading to a beautiful and functional smile.

Overall, the adjustment phase is an essential part of the braces treatment process, and our team at Damon Orthodontics is committed to providing exceptional care and support to our patients every step of the way.

4. Progress Monitoring Phase

Once the braces have been adjusted and treatment is underway, patients enter the progress monitoring phase. This phase involves regular check-up appointments to assess how the teeth are responding to treatment and to make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.

During progress monitoring appointments, our orthodontic team will evaluate the movement of the teeth and the alignment of the bite. We use various tools and techniques, such as X-rays and 3D imaging, to track progress accurately and make informed decisions about the next steps in treatment.

At Damon Orthodontics, we understand the importance of closely monitoring progress to ensure that treatment stays on track and that patients achieve the best possible results. Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support throughout the progress monitoring phase, answering any questions or concerns that patients may have along the way.

Throughout this phase, patients will continue to visit our office regularly, typically every 4 to 8 weeks, depending on their individual treatment plan. These appointments allow us to make any necessary adjustments to the braces and to address any issues or concerns that may arise.

The progress monitoring phase is a critical part of the braces treatment process, as it allows us to ensure that treatment is progressing as planned and that patients are achieving the desired results. Our goal at Damon Orthodontics is to provide exceptional care and support to our patients throughout their orthodontic journey, helping them achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.

5. Finalization Phase

The finalization phase marks the culmination of the braces treatment journey. This phase is all about fine-tuning the results achieved during the previous stages and ensuring that the teeth are in their optimal positions.

During this phase, the orthodontist may make some final adjustments to the braces to perfect the alignment of the teeth and bite. These adjustments may include tightening or loosening specific wires or making changes to the placement of brackets to address any remaining alignment issues.

In addition to making these final adjustments, the orthodontist will also evaluate the overall health of the teeth and gums to ensure that they are in excellent condition. This may involve performing a thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth to remove any plaque or tartar buildup that may have accumulated during treatment.

Once the orthodontist is satisfied with the results and the teeth are in their ideal positions, the braces will be removed. This is an exciting moment for patients, as it marks the end of their braces journey and the beginning of a new chapter with a beautiful, straight smile.

After the braces are removed, patients will typically be fitted with a retainer to help maintain the new position of their teeth. The orthodontist will provide instructions on how to care for the retainer and how often to wear it to ensure that the results of treatment are maintained over the long term.

The finalization phase is a crucial part of the braces treatment process, as it ensures that patients achieve the best possible results and enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come. At Damon Orthodontics, we are committed to providing exceptional care and support to our patients throughout every stage of their orthodontic journey, from initial consultation to finalization and beyond.

6. Retention Phase

After the braces are removed, patients enter the retention phase of their orthodontic treatment. While the braces have successfully straightened the teeth, it’s essential to maintain the results achieved and prevent them from shifting back to their original positions. This is where retainers play a crucial role.

Retainers are custom-made devices that are designed to hold the teeth in their new positions. They are typically made of clear plastic or wire and are worn over the teeth, usually at night, to help prevent them from moving. Retainers are essential for ensuring the long-term stability of the results achieved with braces.

During the retention phase, patients will be instructed by their orthodontist on how often to wear their retainers and for how long. Initially, retainers may need to be worn full-time, including during the day and at night, to prevent any unwanted movement of the teeth. Over time, as the teeth become more stable in their new positions, the wearing schedule may be adjusted, and patients may only need to wear their retainers at night.

It’s crucial for patients to follow their orthodontist’s instructions carefully during the retention phase to ensure that the results of their braces treatment are maintained over the long term. Failure to wear retainers as directed can lead to relapse, where the teeth begin to shift back towards their original positions. This can undo the results achieved with braces and may require additional orthodontic treatment to correct.

At Damon Orthodontics, we understand the importance of the retention phase in ensuring the success of orthodontic treatment. That’s why we provide personalized care and guidance to our patients to help them navigate this final stage of their braces journey successfully. By following our orthodontist’s recommendations and wearing their retainers as directed, our patients can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come.


The journey through the stages of braces is transformative, leading to a healthier smile. From the initial consultation to retention, each stage is vital.

During pre-treatment, evaluations set the foundation for personalized plans. Placement begins active treatment, realigning teeth, and adjustments ensure progress.

Monitoring tracks movement, and finalization reveals a beautifully aligned smile. The retention phase maintains results, preventing relapse.

At Damon Orthodontics, we’re committed to guiding patients through each stage, helping them achieve their dream smile.