Traditional Braces or Invisalign

Traditional braces make use of metal wires to move the position of your teeth while Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays to help move your teeth into proper position.  Both Traditional braces and Invisalign are great at correcting issues caused by crooked teeth. Traditional dental braces will use use a system of metal brackets and wires that, when properly used, can properly align and straighten your teeth.  Even the most difficult and complicated issues for tooth alignment can be corrected using traditional metal braces.  Orthodontist, ortodontics, Invisalign uses clear, plastic trays that are worn 24 hours a day with normal changes in the tray every two weeks.  X-rays, pictures and impressions are use to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth to configure your aligner trays.    The bi weekly changes have minor adjustments that slowly move your teeth into position.  Since these trays are clear plastic, they are almost invisible when worn.  Most people with more complex dental issues still prefer to use traditional dental braces.  Your Orthodontist will be able to offer you the best option for your specific needs. So are traditional braces better then invisalign?  It really comes down to deciding what the specific need is.  Depending on what each individual patient needs is the best way to determine the best option.  Certain issues with your back teeth, or the need to rotate teeth or move them vertically can make Traditional braces your only option.  Your Orthodontist will recommend the most effective solution to perfect your smile.

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What Causes Crooked Teeth?

Why do teeth become crooked?

Here are some common causes of why our teeth can become crooked.

Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking puts pressure on your teeth forcing them to move into different positions.  When this occurs, the most common result is an open bite where you will have a gap between your upper and lower teeth causing them to not bite together.


As we get older our teeth can drift forward and become crowded as your jaw bone looses density.Brookfield Orthodontist, Braces, Brookfield, WI

Missing Teeth

The position of the teeth around a gap where a missing tooth used to be can cause them to drift towards the open spaces.

Inherited or Genetics

Parents with crooked teeth are more likely to have children with crooked teeth.

Poorly executed Dental Restorations

Poor fitting or executed restorations like fillings and crowns can cause teeth to become crooked. There are many reasons as to why teeth can become crooked,  luckily, with modern Orthodontics we are able to correct these issues.   Feel free to contact us to schedule a free consultation.  

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Do I need a referral from a Dentist for Braces?

My child has really crooked teeth. Do I need a dentist to refer my child to see you?

Nope! No dental referral is needed to see Dr. Connell for your free initial consultation.Orthodontist, ortodontics,

Initial Consultation for Phase 1 Treatment  (Pre- Braces)

This free consultation is simply to evaluate the alignment of your child’s teeth and jaws, sometimes using an x-ray to get a better idea. We take a playful approach for our youngest patients, ensuring they feel safe and comfortable, and don’t have any worries about their future smile. And we want to address your concerns, too, making sure you feel confident in the process.

If any early treatment is needed that would make having braces easier, we’ll talk about it with you, and perhaps make an appropriate follow-up appointment.

Schedule your initial consultation. It’s Free!

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Orthodontist Dr Todd Connell – Brookfield Braces and Orthodontic Services

Dr Connell believes that when it comes to orthodontic care, often times, less is more. He provides kind and gentle care; simply applying modern and efficient treatment techniques. Dr Connell’s commitment to lifelong learning shines through in the work he does with dental students. He has served as an adjunct associate professor at Marquette University’s highly regarded Dental School for more than 20 years and is active in several study clubs. Orthodontist, Orthodontics, Dr Connell, Brookfield, Milwaukee, Milwaukee orthodontist Proper dental care with orthodontics takes only a little extra effort, but it will be well worth it. Brushing often can speed up your treatment time and will prevent plaque from making marks on your teeth. All the brackets and wires in your mouth create places for plaque to hide. Plaque is sticky and made up of food and bacteria. When plaque attaches your braces and teeth, it causes cavities, swollen gums, bad breath, and can even permanently stain your teeth around where your brackets used to be. We expect a big smile after the braces come off, but we think you should smile every time you walk through the door, too. Here’s what to expect when you schedule your first meetings and become a patient with us.

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Retainer doesn’t fit?

You have waited a long time to get your braces removed, but your orthodontic treatment isn't finished yet!

Right after your braces come off, orthodontic patients will receive their retainers.  Sometimes after patients have their braces off we may get a few calls asking why their retainer no longer fits. One reason why this may occur is because something may have happened to distort the shape of the retainer. Clear/plastic retainers can be affected by hot liquids as the heat can warp them.  If they distort just a tiny bit, it can affect how your retainer fits in your mouth.  Traditional wire and acrylic retainers can become distorted by putting the retainer in your mouth incorrectly or stepping or sitting on it.  Brookfield ortodontics, ortodontists, braces,brookfield

Unfortunately, the main reason we see a retainer not fitting is because the retainer is not being warn according to the details given to patients when they receive them.

Keep in mind, that a retainer helps keep your teeth in place after the use of braces.  In order for your teeth to straighten, they will loosen in the process along with the ligaments that hold them in place.  It is natural for the ligaments to want to pull your teeth back to their original position.  By using a retainer, it allows your teeth to tighten back up with the ligaments in the new position. Patients may notice that if they don't wear their retainer, their teeth can drift back to where they were before.  Your orthodontist will recommend the amount of time needed to wear the retainer as everyone's teeth respond differently to treatment. If you happen to lose your retainer, it is very important that you contact your orthodontist's office as soon as possible to be fit for a new retainer.  The longer you wait, the better chance of your teeth drifting back into their old positions.  

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