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The movie, tv, media depiction of braces can give traditional braces a bad rap, but there are benefits and reasons to selecting this direction for straightening teeth for teens and adults alike..

Our Engage team can share all the in’s and out’s and help you make a decision that fits your unique smile needs and lifestyle.

Some of the top areas to consider when evaluating braces:


If you’re going for a more inconspicuous look, Invisalign aligners will be your best bet. However, there are options with traditional braces to consider and help with visibility. With the option of tooth-colored brackets and a range of colors for your rubber bands, you can choose how bold or subtle your smile is during treatment.


Braces remain affixed to the teeth throughout your course of treatment. The benefit: You can’t lose them easily (unless you’re eating hard and sticky foods).


There may be some initial discomfort when braces are placed or adjusted, and brackets and wires can temporarily irritate mouth tissue. Overall, the discomfort is short-lived and easily managed. Once patients become accustomed to their braces, they may even forget they have them on.

Regular, Consistent Care

Patients will need to keep teeth, gums and braces free of plaque and food debris so bacteria can’t attack tooth enamel or cause inflamed gums. Food debris and plaque must be removed by frequent brushing and flossing.


Those with braces must steer clear of foods that are hard, sticky, crunchy and chewy to avoid breaking a bracket or popping a wire out of the bracket. Patients should opt for water instead of carbonated drinks, flavored waters, or sports drinks – these can contain acids and sugars, and both are bad for tooth enamel.

Types of Braces

Our team has decades of combined experience providing a variety of braces in Green Bay, Appleton, and the Fox Valley. We can confidently provide the appropriate plan and type for your needs and wants.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. You have the option of adding colored elastics to your brackets for a fun, colorful smile.

Gold Braces

Gold braces are similar to traditional metal braces in many ways. They are made of stainless steel, but are uniquely coated in gold. The gold coating may be considered a more cosmetic option than traditional metal braces. The cost of gold braces is surprisingly comparable to most clear braces.

Clear Braces

Clear braces (ceramic braces) are made of clear materials that match your tooth color. For some patients, braces (instead of aligners) are necessary, so these are a great esthetic alternative to the traditional metal brackets. You will still have wires, but the cool part is you can choose to do fun colors on the brackets to match your mood!

Why Engage?

We are specialists at moving teeth – it’s 100% all we do. Here’s what you can expect when you call or visit one of our three orthodontist offices near you:

Helping our patients
smile inside & out
is our #1 goal.

Bringing leading-edge tech & orthodontic expertise to your side

Genuine, authentic, honest. As a member of the Engage family, you’re in good hands

We’re super flexible – appts to financing. We’ll do what we can to meet your needs.

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