Braces - Kids, Adult, Teens

Adults braces

Braces at Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. We offer different types of Orthodontics for adults nearby Lakewood to correct the bite problems and straighten Crooked Teeth that will ultimately result in a beautiful smile. Dr. T.C Hardy, who specializes in orthodontic treatments for kids, teens, and adults, uses several types of braces to help achieve your goals.

During your consultation at Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, it is crucial that you know the different parts of braces and what their function serves to correct your teeth. This will allow you to better understand what your orthodontist is talking about when discussing your treatment, and it helps to be a more engaged participant in the process. It will also help you to communicate your particular needs to us during the treatment. If a part of your dental appliance needs cleaning or a particular part needs to be fixed or adjusted, you'll know exactly what we are talking about. The five main components of the braces are:

A. Ligature (Elastic Ties) - These are small rubber bands that go over your brackets to hold the archwire in place. These come in various colors, and if you pair them with our white, ceramic brackets, these colors will pop.

B. Archwire - The archwire is designed to guide the shifting of the teeth during the treatment. It is held together by brackets or other orthodontic attachments. These are made from stainless steel, but it can also be made of titanium. If you opt for clear braces, the archwire is made to match the color of your teeth.

C. Brackets - These are bonded to each tooth using a tooth-colored cement, or it can be attached to a band. It is typically made of stainless steel or transparent ceramic, and it works by guiding and supporting the archwire to its appropriate place.

D. Metal Bands - These are thin rings made of stainless steel that is fitted to the tooth then cemented. These metal bands are used to secure other orthodontic attachments such as brackets, hooks, or tubes.

E. Elastic Hooks and Rubber Bands - These rubber bands are used to move the teeth in its target direction. These are usually attached to the molar band and the upper ball hook.

What to expect when getting braces.

Types of Braces

We offer the latest technology in dental braces, including KLOwen Braces. This software system allows us to design your perfect smile, then create custom brackets and precision wiring to correct your bite in a shorter time. 

Clear Braces

Clear braces or Clear aligners use ceramic braces made to match the natural color of your teeth. This results in a more discreet appearance compared to traditional braces that use metal wires and brackets. The ceramic brackets used are stain-resistant, helping to make sure that your smile looks best while it is being straightened. It is also possible to add colors to the Clear Braces. The ceramic brackets are paired with color bands to make a unique and colorful smile.

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If you don't want to see brackets and wires showing up on your teeth, Invisalign® is a perfect alternative to straighten your smile. Invisalign straightens teeth using a set of clear and removable aligners making it virtually invisible to others. With the use of progressive, custom-fit aligners, the teeth are moved gradually to the desired position. This method also allows you to eat, drink, and clean your teeth without any problems. Additionally, the treatment only takes about 12 months, which is faster than traditional braces. During the consultation, Dr. Hardy will help you decide what treatment will best meet your needs.

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Invisalign Teen®

Invisalign Teen® is a version of Invisalign® that is explicitly designed for the developing teeth of teenagers. This uses a system of clear, custom-fit aligners to correct crooked, unevenly spaced teeth, or bite issues while still allowing patients to drink, eat, and clean their teeth with ease. Because the aligners are removable, teens are able to remove it and use mouthguards when playing sports or remove the appliance completely when playing a musical instrument. Our young patients at Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics love the convenience and comfort that Invisalign Teens provide as they are able to have straighter teeth with minimal impact on their daily lives.

InBrace: Hidden braces

We offer InBrace, the latest technology in aesthetic orthodontics. InBrace uses 3D digital scans to create a digital replica of your teeth, then virtually repositions them to recreate your new perfect smile. A smartwire, similar to an arch wire used in other types of braces, is programmed to your specific smile and attached to the back of your teeth using custom designed hidden brackets. Smartwire braces use gentleforce technology to move teeth into the desired position, using less force than traditional braces or aligners. A light continuous force is applied, which results in healthy tooth movement, keeping your gums and teeth healthy during the treatment. It is suited for mild or moderate cases of spacing, crowded teeth, open bite and deep bites. With these behind the teeth braces you can brush, floss, and eat with comfort and confidence. Lingual Braces brackets are made to contour or hug the lingual (tongue-side) surfaces of your teeth, making it invisible to the naked eye from the front. It is an excellent alternative to traditional Metal Braces as lingual braces can achieve similar results but in a nearly undetectable approach during the duration of the treatment. 

Short-Term Braces

The goal of this type of treatment is to align the front size teeth without adjusting the occlusion or bite. If this is your goal and you want an orthodontic treatment that won't take up too much of your time, our experienced orthodontists will determine if short-term braces are the perfect treatment for you. Please contact us today so we can schedule you for a consultation and discuss your options with Dr. Hardy.

Braces for adults

The advances in modern dentistry have allowed several options for braces for adults. For patients who fear the aesthetic results of wearing traditional metallic braces, Dr. T.C. Hardy offers various alternatives that are more comfortable and less conspicuous. Gone are the times where the only way to have straighter teeth is to wear those braces that caused a “metal mouth” appearance because of the brackets and wires that show when you smile. If your teeth are still crooked up to this day or your smile has changed over the years after having braces during your youth, you now have options to a healthier, happier smile. Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics gives you the options to obtain a healthy, attractive, and functional smile.

An adult's jawbones are fully developed, unlike that of the jawbone of a child. The jaws, teeth, and gums of an adult are fully developed; therefore, it is more difficult to correct Crooked Teeth of an adult compared to children. Moreover, the treatment options are very limited. Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, adult orthodontics can reduce its visibility of an orthodontic device. Wearing traditional braces on an adult's teeth is not always desirable, particularly for those who are socially active or need to be present in a professional setting. A less conspicuous option would be Invisalign® treatment. Aside from being less obvious, the treatment time is shorter compared to the latter. Patients who have oral health problems such as periodontal (gum) diseases have to have it treated first before it can be straightened. Dr. T.C. Hardy will meet you face to face for an oral evaluation and consultation to determine what procedure options will work best for you.

Braces for teenager

More teenagers are already shifting to Invisalign to correct the alignment of their teeth because the process of straightening the teeth using traditional metal braces affects the way they eat, speak, and in keeping their teeth clean. Metal braces are also known for causing self-confidence issues, and it can often lead to them being embarrassed when wearing them. Dr. T.C. Hardy offers Invisalign teen to teenagers who want to straighten their teeth without the disadvantage of traditional metal braces.

Invisalign Teen is a version of Invisalign that is designed to deal with the unique needs of teenagers. Using the system of clear, custom-fit aligners, this orthodontic method of correcting crooked teeth, unevenly-spaced teeth, or bite issues allows the patients to speak, eat, drink and clean their teeth without a problem. Because the aligners can be removed, Invisalign Teen also will enable teens to remove it and wear mouthguards when participating in sport or remove the aligners when playing a musical instrument. Our patients at Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics enjoy the benefits of what Invisalign Teen can offer. They can achieve a straighter and more beautiful smile with less of an impact in their daily lives.

Kids braces

Children may require orthodontics at any age. There is no set age for when they may get braces and their treatment will depend on their particular needs. While many cases are treated with orthodontics after the child has lost all of their baby teeth, others can benefit from early treatment. Early orthodontics can prevent larger problems from developing.

Dental braces cost

How much do dental braces cost? The cost will vary from case to case. The cost also varies on every Colorado Orthodontics office. Contact us to find out the average cost and how much we charge.

Dental braces: Lakewood, CO - Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

We believe that choosing the right orthodontist with the right skills to do the job is an important aspect of orthodontic care. You may often see general dentists also offering orthodontic services but an orthodontic office specializes in orthodontic work and has both the expertise and the experience to deliver the results. Dr. T.C. Hardy has earned his degree in orthodontics at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he focused his studies on adjusting occlusion, fixing misaligned teeth, and treating jaw disorders. Unlike general dentists,  orthodontists spend two to three additional years training in a specialized orthodontic residency program. They also commit 100% of their practice and continuing education primarily to orthodontic care.

Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Lakewood, CO takes pride in our ability to work with both children and adults of all ages. We make sure that you are comfortable during the visit and make you feel at home. Our goal is to provide children with a positive experience while perfecting their smiles. We are near you. Feel free to ask questions about how orthodontics can correct your smile, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Timothy Hardy, Call us today!

Dental Braces FAQ


What is the average cost of braces?

According to statistics from the American Dental Association (ADA), the average cost of braces on children is from $3,000 to $6,000. The cost of adult braces is from $4,000 to $7,000. The price could go up or down, depending on how long the treatment plan lasts.

How much does it cost monthly for braces?

The cost of dental braces per month depends on various factors. The cost for adults is different for a child, for example, and how complicated the case is. Typically, the average cost a month for traditional braces is lower compared to other orthodontic treatments. Visit the Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics office to learn more about financing options for braces.

Which kind of braces are best?

Each type of braces has its own set of unique advantages and disadvantages that must be taken into consideration when deciding the best treatment for you. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Timothy Hardy, DDS, to discuss what type of braces will work for you.

What is a good age to get braces?

Treatment with dental braces usually starts when the child has lost most of his or her primary teeth, and most of the permanent teeth have grown - this usually begins at ages 8 and 14. When treatment is needed earlier than the required age, dentists recommend what is called an interceptive approach, which is particularly useful for patients who still have most of their baby teeth.

What braces do to your teeth?

Braces work by applying constant pressure to the teeth and slowly moving the teeth into position. The archwire pulls most of the load to the teeth while the brackets keep the wires secured in place.

Which braces are faster?

The type of braces that work faster is either six months' smiles or Invisalign. Six months' smile aims to bring back the alignment of the teeth in six months. Invisalign can treat patients from 12 to 24 months.

Can I get braces at 30?

People at age 30 can still get braces because the physical movements of the teeth have never changed. It's never too late to address the issues of underbite, overbite, or crowded teeth.

Can I get braces at 25?

Yes. There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment. It is possible to use braces at any age as long as the teeth and gums are healthy enough to support it.

Can I get braces at 20?

At this age, patients are still experiencing jaw growth as the braces are moving the teeth. Your orthodontist can use his expertise in bone structure to move the teeth in the correct position.

Why do braces take two years?

The archwire pushes the teeth gently to its new position. The old bone tissues resorb while new bone tissues are formed. The reason teeth can shift to the new location is the old bone tissues are removed. The reason it stays in its target position is that the new bone tissues have solidified the teeth in place. It can take up to ten months for the bone tissues to completely harden.

Do braces affect speech?

It will affect your speech at first. You may need to take some time to get used to the feeling of having braces between your teeth and lips. When you and your body got used to the feeling, you'll get back to your normal speaking voice. Some patients don't notice any significant changes at all when they speak.

Do braces move your teeth every day?

Yes. The teeth are shifted to the desired position gradually. The change is minor, but it is noticeable. The teeth are moved by design, and there is biomechanics that tells how the teeth shift into their new positions.

Is it OK to get braces at 15?

Braces at this age are optimal because this is where the teeth are easiest to move around.

Is 16 too late for braces?

This is the best age to get braces because this is where the teeth are easiest to move around.

Is 18 too late for braces?

Many people don't get the chance to get orthodontic treatment during the age where it is optimal. However, treatment will still work at this age.

Is 20 too old for braces?

Orthodontic treatment at this age can be as successful as it is for adolescents.

Should I get braces at 40?

It's not too late to have a healthy and beautiful smile. Braces are excellent for improving confidence in adults. It can also help with their professional and social lives. Getting braces at this age can be more affordable than on younger patients.

Is 35 too old for braces?

It's not too late to have a healthy and beautiful smile. Braces are excellent for improving confidence in adults. It can also help with their professional and social lives. Getting braces at this age can be more affordable than on younger patients.


Braces Near Me

Choosing a dentist near where you work, go to school, or near your home is essential, particularly if you are trying to save time and money. Apart from your regular appointments, there will be few treatments and follow-up appointments. Having a dental office near you can make things easier. Look for a specialist with excellent reviews in braces and the one you'll be happy working with.

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