man with braces smilingHow Do Traditional Braces Work?

Braces move your teeth into their desired position by applying continuous pressure to your teeth. With continuous pressure, your teeth will gradually move and the bone surrounding your teeth will change shape to accept the new tooth position.

To get started with your orthodontic treatment, our Fort Atkinson dentists will begin by taking x-rays and impressions of your teeth. This will help them plan out your treatment plan to achieve your desired results. Once a treatment plan is in place, we will glue metal brackets or ceramic brackets to each of your teeth. From there, we will attach an archwire to each of the brackets and hold them in place using small rubber bands called ligatures. If you’re using metal braces, you can choose any colored ligatures you want and switch it up at every appointment.

Every 4 to 6 weeks, you will visit our dental office to change and/or tighten the archwire to slowly pull your teeth into position. If you have bite problems, we may require you to wear rubber bands on the hooks on your bracket to pull your teeth into the correct alignment.

After your teeth reach their optimal position, we will remove the brackets and wires and provide you with a retainer to wear. We will instruct you how often you need to wear it after you get your braces off. Eventually, you will only need to wear it at night to keep your teeth into their new position.

In more severe cases, your orthodontic treatment may require other elements which we will discuss during your treatment.

Ceramic Braces

If you are not a good candidate for Invisalign or Clear Correct, or you would prefer a traditional orthodontic treatment, this doesn’t mean you have to have metal braces on display. With Ceramic Braces, your treatment can look a bit more discreet. We use ceramic brackets that are colored to match your teeth and clear wires to make your treatment less noticeable. Although you can still tell that you’re wearing braces, they are far less noticeable than with metal braces.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Traditional Braces?

All patients are a good candidate for traditional braces since they can handle anything from mild to severe orthodontic problems. They can address:

  • Crowding
  • Crookedness
  • Rotated teeth
  • Gaps
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

Advantages and Disadvantages

Not every patient will feel happy about wearing their braces. They offer many advantages and disadvantages:


  • Cost less than clear aligners
  • Work effectively
  • Can correct all issues
  • Non-removable


  • Highly visible treatment
  • Can cause cuts in mouth and discomfort
  • Hard to brush and floss teeth effectively
  • Requires more visits to the dentist
  • Can’t eat all types of foods

If you would like to straighten your teeth with traditional braces or find out which type of orthodontic treatment is right for you, please request a consultation at our dental office in Fort Atkinson. Book an appointment online or give us a call at (920) 563-7323 to get started.