Teeth Straightening with Orthodontics

Orthodontics brought to you by Dr. TC Hardy and

Orthodontics for Adults in Lakewood community


Orthodontics has had recent advancements in methods and orthodontic technology to reduce the time it takes for the Treatment to complete as well as the number of visits to the office to achieve straighter teeth. When you speak to Dr. T.C, Hardy, during your one-on-one consultation in Lakewood, CO, both of you will decide on what orthodontic treatment plan will work best for your needs. This will not only address your aesthetic concerns but also correct the structural and functional issues (ex. correcting Open bite malocclusion) of your smile.

Custom treatments for Adults

The majority of orthodontic patients in America are now adults because they have realized how dental issues have affected their lives and how treating the problems can improve it. For an adult patient who fears the cosmetic changes that orthodontic treatment can have, Dr. Hardy provides alternative methods to traditional Metal Braces. These types of braces are more discreet and are more comfortable (Hidden Lingual Braces, Transparent Clear Braces).It also requires less treatment time compared to conventional orthodontic braces. Adults can enjoy the benefits of orthodontics, such as:

  • More discreet treatment methods.
  • Correction of long-term dental issues.
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem from having a perfect smile.
  • Faster and more efficient treatment than older, traditional techniques.

Once seen as a treatment for teenagers, more and more adults are now wearing braces. According to the recent survey from the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the number of adult patients seeking to straighten their smiles grew to 14% from 2010 to 2012, to a record-high of 1,225,850 patients ages 18 and above. Adults around the world are realizing the importance of orthodontic treatment for their overall health.

For Teenagers

Patients between 12 and 17 make up more than half of the orthodontic cases in the U.S.

The teenage years are the most common time for orthodontic treatment. Not only does this fix twisted and crooked teeth to make them look better, but aligning them also makes them easier to brush and less risky for cavities and gum disease. We offer orthodontic archwires in many colors or even tooth colored to make them visually appealing for teens. This applies to orthodontic spacers and bands. Your adolescent can let their individuality shine.

Child ortho services

Many orthodontists believe that the start of orthodontic treatment should begin when children have a few adult teeth. However, studies negate statements like this because Dr. T.C. Hardy uses a more conservative approach to orthodontic treatment. This type of approach helps to prevent you and your children from having unnecessary dental work that wastes not only time but money. While it is true that early orthodontic assessment is important to detect serious dental issues early(around age 7), most of the children will not require orthodontic treatment until they are age 11.

Treatment Options


Aesthetic Brackets

InBrace Lingual Braces

Pediatric Orthodontic Treatments

Orthodontic Headgear

Temporary Anchorage Devices

Affordable Payment Plans

FAQ for Ortho Services

When should orthodontic treatment be started?

Most orthodontic problems start between age 9 and 14 years old. At this point in your child's teeth development, many permanent teeth have emerged, and the baby teeth are gone. But because of the child's developing mouth, Dr. Timothy Hardy DDS believes that it is more comfortable to treat severe conditions of crossbite, underbite, severe crowding, and protruding at this age.

How long will treatment take?

The length of the treatment depends on various factors. One of the factors that affect treatment length is the severity of the issues, age, and condition of the teeth, and the orthodontic treatment you have to undergo. A typical orthodontic treatment can last from 12 to 36 months.

How often will I come in for an appointment?

Appointments are scheduled based on how often the patient needs it. Patients with braces will have to see their dentist every six to eight weeks to adjust the braces. Some orthodontists will need to see their patients every four weeks, and others can take as long as ten weeks. If there are situations that require frequent monitoring, your dentist will schedule it based on how often he or she will need to monitor your progress.

Will I be able to play sports/ play my instrument?

Yes. You can still play a musical instrument the same way you did before having orthodontics treatment. However, you will need to adjust for a short time to get used to wearing braces. If you play sports, we recommend that you wear a mouthguard to protect your orthodontic device from impact.


Orthodontics Near Me

Choosing an orthodontist near your work, going to school, or near your home is essential when you are trying to save time and money. Remember that there will be several treatments and follow-up appointments and routine visits; thus, having a dental office nearby will make things a lot easier. Look for a specialist with excellent reviews in orthodontics like Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics and the one you'll feel comfortable working with.

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Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

311 S Teller St #100, Lakewood, CO 80226

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