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What are Metallic Braces?

Traditional braces are made of metal and one of the tried and tested methods in correcting the alignment and straightening the teeth. It was the first treatment to use to straighten the teeth and correct bite alignment and still up to use until today. The braces are made of high-quality materials such as stainless steel, or titanium alloys that are safe to be worn in the mouth for a long time and resists corrosion. They consist of the following components:

Metallic brackets

these are secured to the front of the teeth using special dental cement. The brackets can be made of stainless steel, titanium, gold, or nickel. It contains slots in which the archwire passes.


these are metallic wires in which it is passed through the bracket slots. It plays a significant role in correcting the alignment of the teeth as it helps push the teeth to their target location. These are made of stainless steel, aluminum, nickel, or titanium and the thickness of the archwire determines the amount of force needed to move the teeth.

Orthodontic ligatures

these are small diameter elastic bands that are stretched over the wings of the bracket which attaches the wires to the bracket. These come in a variety of colors and can be changed at every visit. They make Braces for children a fun experience.

Length of treatment

The average treatment length is about 24 months, although depending on the severity of the alignment issue it can range between a year and three years.

some of the Metallic brackets manufacturers

  • 3M

  • G&H Orthodontics

  • GC Orthodontics

Taking Care Your Braces

It is important to care for your braces, as well as the teeth under them, for successful treatment. Here are some points to keep in mind:

  • Maintaining good oral hygiene - food particles can easily stick to the braces or under the archwire or between teeth and can cause cavities and gingivitis. A floss threader and an interdental toothbrush are helpful in reaching tight spots and removing food debris and plaque.
  • A good diet - Avoid sticky and hard foods during treatment as they can cause brackets and wires to dislodge or be damaged.
  • Wear a mouthguard when necessary - kids and teens who are active in physical activity and sports may need to wear a mouthguard to protect them from injury to the soft tissues in their mouth should an impact or trauma occur.
  • See your dentist - it is important to go to regular checkups and cleanings, especially when wearing braces.

What orthodontic problems can conventional teeth braces treat?


For Crossbite

Crossbite is a very common type of dental misalignment that occurs when the upper teeth sit behind the corresponding lower, while others sit naturally in the front. Although it is rarely a serious case or medical concern, it can cause excessive wear to the teeth' enamel, jaw pain, and affect speech. It can also cause discomfort when the patient smiles which is why it is important to consider corrective treatment.

Crossbites can cause the following:

  • When the teeth have premature wear
  • Gum disease
  • Bone loss
  • Weak chewing patterns
  • Less attractive smile
  • Asymmetrical jaw development


Open bite is a condition where the front teeth don't overlap the lower teeth. This type of malocclusion is often characterized by a vertical gap that is visible between the front teeth. When the front from the two jaws are completely in contact, the front upper and lower jaws cannot meet.

If this condition is not treated, it can cause the following

Premature wear of the molars.
A less attractive smile.
Jaw joint dysfunction

Over Bite

Overbite is a condition where the upper teeth extend past the lower teeth. Another term for this condition is "buck teeth". In an extreme case of an overbite, it can cause a non-symmetrical eruption of the front and lower teeth. It can also affect the development of the bone in which the teeth are supported.

An overbite can cause the following:

Lower front part biting onto the gum tissue, which could lead to periodontal problems.
Unusual wear of the lower part of the mouth.

Underbite Malocclusion

In an underbite, the lower teeth extend outward farther than the upper front teeth. This condition is also called Class III malocclusion. Underbite creates a bulldog-like appearance in the mouth and face. Some cases can cause the lower teeth to extend far forward, other cases are nearly unnoticeable.

Underbite needs to be corrected immediately because:

  • Your smile is less attractive
  • It prevents the correct functions of the mouth.
  • Can cause jaw-joint dysfunction.


Diastema refers to the gap or space between the teeth. These spaces can form anywhere in the mount but are sometimes more common between the two upper front teeth. Some gaps are small and barely noticeable. while other gaps are larger and maybe a cosmetic issue for some people.. Metal braces can reduce the size of the gap in the teeth.

Traditional metal braces can treat minor to extreme cases of diastema. Treatment time for a minor case of diastema is usually faster than mild to moderate cases.

To make sure your dentist is skilled in traditional braces treatment, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recommends that you ask your dentist for before and after photos, references, and proof of continuing education before undergoing treatment.

Dental braces cost

It makes sense to save additional money by finding an orthodontist that is near your home and work such as our office in Lakewood,CO to save time and money on transportation. Look for the best specialist who has great patient reviews. Our team has the expertise and education, as well as offers financing options that fit every need. We accept PPO and offer in-house financing.

How much do Metal Braces Cost?

Cost for Metal braces is estimated to range from $3,000 to $ 7,500. The price includes the first set of retainers. On average, Metal braces cost slightly higher than Invisalign clear aligners. Insurance may pay up to for Traditional braces.

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FAQs for Malocclusion Care

Are metal braces bad for you?

Dental braces are not bad for you as long as you develop a good oral hygiene routine. Failing to brush your teeth regularly and thoroughly can result in cavities, tooth decay, and gum diseases. Dr. Timothy Hardy, DDS advises that you should take good care of your teeth once you especially when you have metal braces.<

What is the metal in braces?

Traditional metal braces use stainless steel. The wires can be made of alloy, molybdenum, nickel, copper, or titanium. The cost of metal braces at Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics will depend on the type of material used.

Do metal braces work faster?

Metal braces work faster at correcting bite issues and alignments compared to clear braces since metal braces offer precision adjustments to orthodontists. When orthodontists have more control over your teeth, it responds faster to the treatment. Expect to have straighter teeth in two years. Invisalign, on the other hand, would take from 6 to 18 months. Visit our Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics office to learn more about your treatment time.

Are they cheaper than other types?

The cost of metal braces run between $3,000 to $ 7,500; ceramic braces run between $3,500 to $8,000. Lingual braces cost $8,000 to $13,000. While Invisalign costs $4,000 to $7,000 on average. In summary, metal braces are the cheapest orthodontic treatment available.

How much does metal braces cost with insurance?

Since metal braces are considered a cosmetic procedure, its difficult to find plans that can cover for orthodontic treatments. Policies that do cover can reduce or more on the final cost.

How much does metal braces cost without insurance in Lakewood, CO?

The average cost of metal braces without insurance run between
$3,000 to $7000.


Metal Braces Near Me

Choosing a dentist near where you live, work, or go to school is important particularly when you are trying to save money. Aside from your routine visits, expect to have few treatment or follow-up appointments. Look for a specialist with excellent Testimonials from patients for metal braces and one you feel comfortable with.

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