Traditional Metal Braces

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Traditional metal braces are a classic orthodontic treatment for teeth alignment and straightening, and are now more discreet than ever.

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The Skinny

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$3000 - $7500

The Specifics

What are traditional metal braces?

Traditional metal braces are placed and utilized under the care of a board certified orthodontist to correct misaligned, poorly oriented, and unevenly spaced teeth.

The Anatomy of the Oral Cavity

Mouth Oral Cavity Anatomy Illustration

While historically traditional metal braces stainless steel metal brackets have been unsightly, advances in orthodonture have allowed for more subtle options like clear braces for patients seeking to perfect their smile. Traditional metal braces are effective and ensure patient compliance unlike other types of braces such as clear aligners like Invisalign.

What cosmetic concerns do traditional metal braces treat?

  1. MMisaligned Teeth & Bite: Traditional metal braces utilize progressive adjustments to wires, hooks, and rubber bands to pull teeth into the desired aesthetic with appropriate orientation and spacing.

Who is the ideal candidate for traditional metal braces?

The ideal candidate for traditional metal braces has generally good oral health and is seeking to improve dental imperfections such as overbite, crossbite, open bite, overjet, gummy smile, crowding, and poor spacing. Traditional metal braces are not recommended for those with severe cases of gum recession, those with weak bones, or areas of bone loss in the jaw bone.

The Anatomy of the Tooth

Tooth Anatomy Cross Section Illustration

What is the average recovery associated with traditional metal braces?

There is no recovery time associated with the use of traditional metal braces. Candidates may experience temporary pain and changes in teeth sensation after application and with adjustments to the braces, however, these side effects are temporary and can be relieved with wax and over the counter medications.

What are the potential side effects of traditional metal braces?

Possible side effects of traditional metal braces use include jaw and tooth pain, irritation in the mouth, and headache.

What can someone expect from the results of traditional metal braces?

The results of traditional metal braces will be slowly achieved over months to years depending on the individual. Once the final results are achieved and braces are removed, it is important to consistently wear a retainer to ensure results stay consistent.

What is the average cost of traditional metal braces?

Traditional metal braces can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,500. The actual cost of traditional metal braces is dependent upon location, healthcare provider, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure.


  • Do Not Break Easily
  • Affordable
  • All Ages
  • Patient Compliance


  • Unsightly
  • Prevent Activities
  • Limit Activities
  • Food Restrictions

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

Traditional metal braces are the classic choice for patients that have overcrowded. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after traditional metal braces.

The Takeaway

Traditional metal braces are an affordable, effective, and straightforward teeth alignment and straightening option for patients seeking to improve the aesthetic of their smile.

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  1. Francesco Cairo Periodontal plastic surgery of gingival recessions at single and multiple teeth; 2017-10-02
  2. Medline Plus Malocclusion of Teeth


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