If you are one of the many people in the Menomonee Falls area who are not happy with the alignment of their teeth, you’ve probably already considered braces. While beginning the process of straightening your teeth may seem daunting, we at Ridgeview Dental Group are happy to help you decide which method is right for you.

Conventional Braces

Conventional braces are a familiar combination of metal brackets and wires used to gradually straighten teeth and correct misaligned bites. Modern braces are much smaller, sleeker, and less noticeable than their previous incarnations. We may even use heat-activated arch-wires that use your body heat to help move teeth in less time and with less discomfort. Most importantly, braces work. They can be used to close gaps and spaces, correct overbites, underbites, crossbites, and of course straighten teeth. Conventional metal braces are still the most affordable and quickest ways to straighten teeth.

Braces require some extra care during your normal oral hygiene routine to keep all the small spaces clean. You should also keep regular appointments with us so we can monitor your treatment and replace and adjust wires as necessary.

Tooth Colored Braces

If metal braces aren’t an option for you, based on aesthetic, professional, other concerns, we’re happy to offer our patients more discreet, tooth-colored braces. These braces are made of ceramic that better matches the color of your natural teeth and are less visible. Tooth-colored or clear wires are also available so your orthodontic work won’t be the first or even second thing people notice about you—if they notice them at all!

Tooth-colored braces do come with some extra considerations. While they move teeth at the same rate as metal braces, they are more expensive. Ceramic braces can also stain if they are not properly cared for. For patients who are dedicated to achieving even, beautiful smiles quickly and discreetly, tooth-colored braces may be the perfect solution.


Invisalign is a fairly new teeth straightening system, but it is the least noticeable and easiest to care for. Invisalign is a system of custom-made clear plastic aligners that are worn over your teeth. Each aligner should be worn for about two weeks before moving on to the next tray until your desired smile has been achieved. Best of all, you don’t need to make drastic changes to your diet or your oral hygiene routine with Invisalign.

The aligners are easily removable, and you should take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss. The aligners are meant to be worn 22 hours a day, so they may not be the best solution for younger patients who could forget or misplace them. Invisalign also isn’t up to the task of correcting some more serious orthodontic concerns like misaligned bites. Invisalign is more expensive than traditional or ceramic braces and may take more time to straighten teeth.

If you think braces may be right for you or your child, don’t hesitate to call us to schedule your consultation, today!