Braces can be a life-changing investment for your child. Braces correct many severe orthodontic issues like crooked teeth, bite problems, and jaw development issues, leaving your child with healthy, straight teeth for life.
The cost of children's braces in Missouri is approximately $5,000 to $7,000. This price range varies between cities and practices.
Factors Affecting the Cost of Braces
Braces are priced individually for every patient based on their orthodontic issues, and the time it will take to fix them. Here are several factors that go into setting the price of your child's braces:
Your orthodontist may charge for the initial consultation. The child receives a complete orthodontic exam with advanced imaging during the consultation.
The difficulty of the child's case is a significant factor in determining the price. For example, a child with slightly crooked or crossed teeth will cost less to fit with braces than a child with a cross bite.
Type of Braces
Our practice offers three types of braces for children:
- Metal Braces: These traditional braces are the most familiar type. They are durable and easy to adjust. They are appropriate for children with minor to severe orthodontic problems.
- Gold Braces: Gold braces are just like metal braces, except that the brackets have a 24-karat gold coating. Many older children and teens prefer them.
- Clear Braces: These braces are effective and discreet. The clear brackets are not quite as strong as metal, so they are better for children with less severe orthodontic issues.
Each type of braces has its own price structure. Your orthodontist will be able to give you a full breakdown of the expected costs.
Your family's dental insurance may include some coverage for orthodontic care, but in most cases, families will also need to pay out of pocket.
You may be able to receive a financing deal from a medical credit card company or from the orthodontic practice itself.
Advantages of Braces for Children
Children with severe orthodontic issues may be unable to chew or speak well. Traditional braces can take care of minor alignment issues and more pressing problems like bite and jaw malformation.
Promote Oral Health
Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, leading to less tooth decay and gum disease. Patients and their parents must learn to care for braces to prevent future issues.
Young people who had braces in childhood proudly show off their smiles. They feel less self-conscious about their teeth. Braces will transform their smiles for life as long as they wear their retainers as prescribed.
Braces Change Lives
While braces can represent a significant expense, parents should know that orthodontic care also means investing in their child's future oral health. Children with braces are less likely to need expensive dental work later in life.
Contact Demko Orthodontics
Contact us at our convenient Eastern Missouri offices to learn more about braces for your child. We can explain the process of getting braces and set up an initial consultation.