Reliable results

As one of the most popular ways to straighten your teeth, traditional braces can turn a number of orthodontic issues into a beautiful, healthy smile. Dr. Michelle Stepanek and Dr. Christine Stepanek offer traditional braces in modern colors, including clear and champagne. Schedule a visit today to take the first step toward the smile of your dreams!

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Why should I get traditional braces?

A tried and tested option

Traditional braces have been around for decades, and they've helped countless people achieve their dream smile.

fixes a variety of problems

From simple cases of crooked or misaligned teeth to more complex bite issues and malocclusions, traditional braces can tackle a wide range of orthodontic problems.

work on your smile 24/7

Since your braces are affixed to your teeth, they gradually perfect your smile all day long! You won't have to worry about changing or cleaning a set of clear aligners.

Our Process

Here's how it works

bracket & wire placement

Brackets will be bonded to each tooth and aligned using wires. You can choose from metal, champagne and clear brackets.


connect ties to brackets

Time to choose a color! Drs. Stepanek will connect color ties to the brackets to secure the wires in place.


follow up

You’ll see Drs. Stepanek every 4-8 weeks for tightening visits to ensure your treatment stays on track.


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  • Traditional braces are fixed onto teeth, providing continuous and uninterrupted treatment 24 hours a day.
  • With a variety of color ties available, you can express your personality and add a fun touch to your braces.
  • No need to wait for your treatment to begin! We offer same-day bonding so you can start straightening your smile asap.


  • Extra attention is needed to brush and floss around brackets and wires.
  • Food restrictions are necessary to prevent damage to the braces and maintain treatment progress.
  • Soreness on teeth and cheeks is common during the first few days of treatment.
  • Relatively frequent appointments every 4-8 weeks are necessary for adjustments and to make sure everything is going smoothly.

Real results

Real patients, real results



Braces for Severe Crowding

Braces for Severe Crowding

Braces for Spacing

Braces for Severe Crowding

How we elevate your treatment

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Bespoke Smile Design

Drs. Stepanek create a smile that is uniquely tailored to your individual facial features and goals. From mapping out the perfect smile arc to the ideal occlusion, they take a completely custom approach when it comes to your treatment.

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Clear & Champagne Braces

Add a sweet and shimmery pop to your smile with champagne-colored braces! Looking for something more discreet? We also offer clear braces that blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

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Colorful ties

Fuse some fun into your orthodontic treatment with our colorful ties! With a wide range of colors to choose from, you can switch up your look with every tightening visit. Plus, they're a great way to show off your personality and make your braces uniquely yours.

Frequently asked questions

Have questions about traditional braces? Find answers here!

How do traditional braces work to straighten teeth?

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Traditional braces use brackets and wires to apply gentle pressure to your teeth, slowly moving them into the correct position over time. After your teeth are fully straightened, Drs. Stepanek will remove your braces to show off your beautiful new smile.

Do traditional braces hurt?

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It’s normal to experience some soreness or discomfort after getting traditional braces or after a tightening appointment, but this usually only lasts a few days and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

How do I care for my traditional braces?

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You should brush your teeth after every meal and floss daily to remove any food particles that may get stuck in your braces. We also recommend avoiding hard, sticky, or chewy foods that could break your brackets or wires.

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