The Complete Guide to Metal Braces: How Much They Cost, Pros & Cons, and More


Dr Vimal Thareja

Metal braces are combination of metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces than many adults remember. Plus, new heat-activated archwires use your body heat to help teeth move more quickly and less painfully than in the past.


Metal braces are the traditional braces commonly worn by most people seeking orthodontic treatment. These braces tend to work best, but they are visible. A good Orthodontist with good quality Metal brackets can treat all orthodontic problems, including issues with misaligned bites or jaws and crooked teeth. Today, metal braces are sleeker and more comfortable than they have been in the past. You can have fun with these braces by switching up the colors of the ligatures. Metal braces, or metal brackets, are generally faster and less expensive than other treatment options.

How Metal Brackets Work

Your orthodontist will first clean the surface of your teeth. Afterward, the doctor will place a special solution on the surface of your teeth to make the enamel more susceptible to the orthodontic glue. After this, the orthodontist will place some glue on the metal bracket base and place the bracket on your teeth. That’s it! An assistant will shine a special blue light to make the glue set quicker and your teeth are ready for the placement of the wires and colored ties.

Depending on the unique situation of your teeth, the formation of these brackets may be customized specifically to your mouth. Over time, the wires become slightly loosened, that is why you need periodic appointments for adjustments and to track your progress.

Best Metal Braces

Advantages and Disadvantages

Although these are the most common and widely used type of braces, there are other options available as well, such as Invisible Alignersceramic braces and lingual braces (braces on the inside of the teeth.)

Metal brackets have some advantages over other types of braces. For one, they generally cost less than other types, and insurance is generally more helpful with covering costs. In addition, the amount of time you have to wear them is usually shorter than other types of braces or Invisalign. Metal braces typically break less than other types as well. Finally, you can have fun with metal braces by choosing different colors for them.

Metal Braces: Pros

  • Metal braces are better at handling extreme misalignments and overcrowding than alternative orthodontic procedures.
  • Metal braces are typically the most cost-effective form of orthodontic treatment on the market.
  • The brackets and elastics can be colored and customized, which may be appealing to younger patients.
  • Since metal braces are fixed into place, there is less risk of them being lost or contaminated.

Metal Braces: Cons

  • Metal braces are more visible than ceramic braces and clear braces, which could negatively impact the patient’s self-esteem.
  • Patients wearing metal braces will have to avoid certain foods that can potentially damage the archwire.
  • While great innovations have been made to reduce discomfort, it’s not uncommon to experience pain and soreness through the first week of wearing metal braces, and a little tightness after each adjustment.
  • Patients who have a tight schedule may have a difficult time keeping up with monthly follow-up appointments.
  • Metal braces cannot be removed or adjusted at your leisure — all of that must be done by an experienced dentist. Wearing them 24/7 potentially entails 24/7 complications with brushing your teeth, flossing between your teeth, and eating certain foods.
  • Metal braces require more frequent brushing and maintenance.

Cost of Conventional Metal Braces

Metal braces start at Rs. 3500/Month. The cost for any Orthodontic treatment is variable and it depends upon the severity of the problem, time required for treatment and requirement for any special techniques.


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To know more about Metal braces and how these can help you, meet Dr. Vimal Thareja MDS, at SmileMax Dental Clinic, Rani Bagh, Pitampura or contact us at 8800211141.