From waiting in a crowded reception area to an assembly line of patients and a rotating roster of
technicians, a visit to a modern orthodontics practice can resemble a trip to a busy market. And
that’s before you even see your orthodontist!
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Dr. Wes Chladny of Spring Hill’s Dr. Wes Orthodontics offers a unique patient-centric blend of
upscale amenities, state-of-the-art technology and personalized care he calls “The Dr. Wes
Way.” After running a traditional large, busy orthodontic practice for over 10 years, Dr. Wes
says he learned there is a better way for patients. One that puts the focus back on quality time
with patients, accessibility and the doctor-patient relationship.
Dr. Wes and his family moved to Thompson’s Station in 2018 to build a new kind of orthodontic
practice. From the moment you walk in the door, you’ll notice a difference. The office is modern
and feels more like a home than a dental office. There are no crowds or rows of chairs and
assistants. Welcoming patients to their appointments and tending to behind-the-scenes details is
Dr. Wes’ wife, April, who is also an orthodontic assistant. She helps Dr. Wes as he sees each
patient one at a time.
“I strongly believe, based on my extensive experience treating patients, that the more involved
the orthodontist is in the delivery of care, the better the outcomes and experience for patients and
families,” says Dr. Wes. “Families in our practice can count on spending more time with me than
they do with anyone else in our office. I see each patient individually, handle the patient care
myself and communicate directly with patients and parents every visit. There are no layers.
We’re parents and this kind of personal orthodontic care is what we’d want for our kids.”
Dr. Wes isn't interested in having the largest and busiest practice in town. Quite the opposite.
“By limiting the number of patients we see each day, the reception and treatment areas are calm
and inviting, patients are seen on time and visits are unhurried,” he says. “We have one full time
location in the town where we are raising our own family, so I am just up the road and
accessible. This allows us to be completely invested in serving the community where we live and
provide families like ours a consistent and individualized experience.”
Dr. Wes sees patients of all ages, but about two-thirds of them are children. Treatments include
traditional braces and custom wires along with Invisalign and in-house clear aligners that Dr.
Wes creates in his own lab. Treatment duration varies but most are completed in the 18–20-
month range. “No two patients are alike, so all of our treatment plans are individualized,” he
says. “We use our wealth of experience with cutting edge technologies, including digital
simulations, robotically bent wires and 3D printing to deliver results that are completely
customized. We call it modern orthodontics practiced with old-fashioned care.”
Article by Ed Atlas
Photography by Ed Atlas
Originally published in Thompson's Station Lifestyle