How Do Orthodontists Create a Treatment Plan for Each Patient?

By the end of your first appointment at Buttram Orthodontics, we guarantee you will be confident in the future of your oral health and ready to start treatment. You may wonder how orthodontists create treatment plans for each patient to make this possible. Our expert team is here to share everything that goes into the process, how we understand patients’ needs and our available treatment options.

Determining Your Orthodontic Needs

Thorough Oral Examination

Each free consultation begins with a physical examination of your teeth. Dr. Buttram and our team can immediately point out signs of specific issues, allowing us to better curate the following assessments to create your treatment plan. Our treatment coordinator will take high-quality photos of your teeth as the next form of documentation. 

At the end of your treatment, you will be able to see the incredible before and after photos of how straighter your teeth have become!

Taking a Digital Impression

With the help of an iTero element scanner, our team will then take a digital impression of your teeth, giving us a 3D model to work with. This way, we can see where your teeth, gums and teeth are established. 

Buttram Orthodontics proudly serves our patients with the latest technology to help make treatment plans as unique and precise to their needs as possible. With these scans, we can make more comfortable and better-fitting appliances during your time with us. 

Capturing X-Rays

X-rays may also be taken during your consultation to provide a more thorough view of where your teeth are aligned and their development. They can capture what we cannot see with our eyes with safe amounts of radiation. We utilize panoramic and cephalometric x-rays, each showing us different perspectives and helping us determine the best placement for your future appliance to ensure efficient results. 

If you have had a recent x-ray taken at your dentist within the past six months, we ask you to bring it with you. Otherwise, our treatment coordinator can happily take one for you if necessary.

Reviewing Health History

After completing the above tests and assessments, the final piece of the puzzle will be Dr. Buttram looking over your dental and medical history. This provides him with insight into any medications you may take, allergies, and how your body has reacted to past operations or procedures, each of which can affect the treatment he recommends you move forward with. 

Sharing Your Treatment Plan

Once Dr. Buttram has finished reviewing all of your materials, he will share his expertise on your case and provide you with a treatment plan to move forward in your smile journey. He and our treatment coordinator will point out specific areas of concern, the corrections you can expect, the most effective treatment options, and much more. 

The entire process ahead of you will be explained to you, including each step of your plan, how often you will come in for appointments, payment plans, expected levels of discomfort, and anything else you have questions about. Our team values your confidence in our work, so we will take as much time as necessary to answer your questions. 

How Do Orthodontists Create a Treatment Plan for Each Patient?

Schedule a Free Consultation

At Buttram Orthodontics, we provide each new patient with a free consultation so our team can know the specifics of their case so we can best help. During this time, we learn more about the current condition of your teeth through the assessments listed above, each to diagnose issues, narrow down the most effective treatments, and show us how each tooth must be moved.

Dr. Buttram values listening to each patient’s treatment goals and how we can accommodate them to make your time with us as comfortable as possible. Take the first step in scheduling your free consultation on our site so we can start your smile journey today!

Available Treatment Options

Metal Braces

A tried-and-true orthodontic appliance, metal braces have helped countless patients reach their smile goals. They can fix any oral issue, no matter how complex, and have a sleeker and less conspicuous appearance than ever before. 

Metal braces are better for fixing gaps than any other option. This appliance combines metal brackets, wires, elastics, and other components to place slight pressure on your teeth and slowly shift them into place until they reach the perfect position. 

Clear Braces

Similar to metal braces in technology, clear braces provide a more subtle appearance while accomplishing the same work. This appliance uses tooth-colored ceramic brackets that are less noticeable on your teeth and blend right in with your smile. Thanks to their stain-resistant technology, you won’t have to worry about discoloring your brackets after a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Clear braces are an excellent option for both adult and older teens looking to improve their oral health.


Available for patients of all ages, Invisalign clear aligners are a subtle treatment that no one will notice you are wearing. They use a series of clear, custom-fit plastic trays that stay on your teeth for at least 22 hours daily and are switched out for a new set every two weeks as they shift closer to their desired position. Invisalign is a modern approach to the smile journey we are excited to offer our patients!

How Do Orthodontists Create a Treatment Plan for Each Patient?

Your Smile Deserves the Best in Orthodontic Treatment

Buttram OrthodonticsPanama City practice is always ready to take on new patients interested in beginning their smile journey. We provide expert orthodontic treatment and use the latest technology to keep your teeth healthy and on track with your plan. If you have any questions, our friendly team will be happy to answer them. Contact our front desk, and our staff will direct you to the right place!