Greeley Traditional Braces

Contents: What are they? | Treatment length | How to care? | How much cost? | Appointment | FAQ

Metallic bracesTraditional metal braces are the most affordable orthodontic treatment to straighten even the most severe case of misaligned, crowded, or crooked teeth. Taft Hill Orthodontics offers Orthodontics for adults to give our Colorado neighbors even, beautiful teeth regardless of your budget. Schedule an appointment and find out if this treatment option is for you.


What are Metallic Braces?

Traditional metal braces are the tried and tested method of correcting the alignment of the teeth. It was the first orthodontic treatment introduced for this purpose and remains one of the best treatments up to this day. These are made of high-quality stainless steel or titanium alloys that are designed to be durable and resist corrosion. Metal braces consist of the following components:

Metallic brackets

these are attached to the front of the teeth using special dental cement. It is made of stainless steel, gold, titanium, or nickel. The brackets have slots that the archwire passes through.


this is metallic wire made of stainless steel, titanium alloy, or nickel which goes through each of the slots of the brackets. The thickness and rigidity of the archwire determine the needed force to move the teeth into position.

Orthodontic ligatures

these are rubber band-like materials that are used to keep the archwire in place with the brackets. It comes in various colors that can be replaced during each appointment. They make Braces for children a fun experience.


Length of treatment

How long do they need to be worn for the best results? This depends on the severity of the patient's case and the age of the patient. Normally, braces will need to be worn up to three years. Patients will feel a little discomfort immediately after the installation, but the pain will go away in a couple of weeks.

some of the Metallic brackets manufacturers

  • 3M

  • G&H Orthodontics

  • GC Orthodontics

Taking Care Your Braces

It's important to take care of the following while you are receiving treatment:

  • Caring for your oral hygiene – food particles often get stuck to the braces or under the wires and because of that, cavities will form on the teeth and it can also cause gum infection especially if oral hygiene is not maintained. Orthodontists recommend using interdental toothbrushes because the fine bristles of these toothbrushes will be able to clean hard-to-reach areas around the brushes and can effectively remove plaque and calculus deposits.
  • Maintaining your diet – Patients who have undergone orthodontic treatment should avoid eating hard and sticky foods during the treatment. These types of foods can cause the wires and brackets to dislodge.
  • Using a mouthguard – for those participating in contact sports, wearing mouthguards is important. A mouthguard can prevent excessive injury to the soft tissues or damage the braces in case of an impact trauma. Invisalign for kids is another option.
  • Keep follow-up appointments – Not attending regular checkup appointments can result in treatment being delayed. Be sure to see your hygienist for your bi-annual cleaning!

What orthodontic problems can conventional teeth braces treat?

For Crossbite

Crossbite is a very common type of teeth misalignment that occurs when the front teeth sit behind the lower teeth. This type of misalignment can affect single or groups of teeth. 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:

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


People with open bite malocclusion have the front upper and lower teeth slant outwards they don't touch when the mouth is shut. It 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


Overbite is a condition where the upper teeth extend way past the lower teeth. Another term for this condition is "buck teeth". In a severe case of an overbite, it can cause a non-symmetrical eruption of the upper and lower front teeth.

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 are in front of the upper teeth when you close your mouth. In most cases, it is usually a problem of the lower jaw being too far forward. 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 look for an orthodontist that is near your home or work such as our office in Greeley,CO to save time and money on transportation. Look for specialists with excellent reviews. Our team has the education and expertise for this treatment. We also offer financing options that will fit your needs. We accept 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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Taft Hill Orthodontics believes that Metal Braces Colorado should be the very best quality so we offer state-of-the-art treatments for our neighbors nearby. Take a look at the other treatments we offer in Greeley, CO and give us a call!


FAQs for Malocclusion Care

Are they bad for you?

Dental braces are not bad for you or your oral health as long as you follow your dentist’s instructions and brush your teeth regularly. Failing to brush your teeth can result in tooth decay, cavities, 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 as its primary material. The wires can be made of titanium, copper, nickel, molybdenum or alloy. The cost of metal braces at Taft Hill Orthodontics office will depend on the type of material used.

Do these braces work faster?

Metal braces work faster than ceramic braces since orthodontists have precise control over metal braces. When orthodontists are able to control the teeth the way they want it, your teeth will respond better to the treatment. The average treatment time for metal braces takes two years. Invisalign can go from 6 to 18 months.

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?

Because metal braces are considered a cosmetic procedure, you won’t find that many insurance companies that can cover for this treatment. Policies that do cover can reduce or more on the final cost.

How much does traditional braces cost without insurance?

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 or work is important when you are trying to save as much time and money as you can for this treatment. There may be several treatments and follow-up appointments; therefore having a dental office nearby can make things easier. Look for a specialist with excellent Testimonials from patients for metal braces and one you feel comfortable with.

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