The cost of braces currently in Missouri typically range between $5800-$7535. The final cost of braces will depend upon the type of braces you get, the complexity and length of your treatment, as well as any adjunct treatments necessary to complete treatment. Often flexible financing options are available, and if someone has dental insurance it will likely cover between $1,000-$3,000 depending on the plan. Read on to learn more about getting braces in Missouri.
Types of Braces for Straightening Teeth
Metal braces used to be the only option for straightening misaligned teeth. Today, many other techniques and technologies give you options.
Traditional wire and bracket metal braces have been used for decades to straighten teeth. They remain the most common technique for straightening teeth. A metal bracket is affixed to each tooth, and a wire is threaded through it. Elastic bands hold the wire in place. As you progress through your treatment, your orthodontist will tighten and adjust the wires to gradually shift your teeth into place. Metal braces are generally the least expensive way to straighten teeth.
Invisalign has exploded in popularity over the past decade. Invisalign uses a series of clear, BPA-free plastic alignment trays to gradually shift your teeth into alignment. Each set of trays is worn for a few weeks. Benefits of Invisalign include being able to eat whatever you want and being able to brush and floss normally as the alignment trays are removable. Invisalign is generally slightly more expensive than traditional braces. However, the cost difference may be negligible.
Clear braces, also known as ceramic braces, are more subtle than traditional metal braces. They use the same bracket and wire straightening system, but they use a translucent material. Clear braces are not as durable as metal braces, but they offer more discretion. Clear braces are typically more expensive than metal braces.Unlike prior generations, current clear brackets do NOT stain.
LightForce braces are entirely customized braces for each individual & tooth. Using digital scanning, and 3D-printed clear brackets designed for your specific case. This is the newest technology out there and the benefits are hoped to include shorter treatment times. LightForce is often slightly more expensive than traditional braces, but you’re likely to have fewer office visits during treatment which can offset the cost. Though the outward appearance of the brackets will look uniform, no two brackets are the same because there is a custom prescription to each tooth based on the position the doctor and patient desire the tooth to go.
How Long Will I Have to Wear Braces?
Each individual will have a custom treatment plan designed to properly align teeth. The length of time you’ll need to wear braces will depend upon the misalignment of your teeth, and problems with your bite that need to be corrected & special details you desire. If full treatment is opted for, typically treatment times run between 12-30 months. The national average is reported to be around 18-24 months.
Dental Insurance for Braces
Payment plans for braces are offered by most orthodontists. You can also find out how much your insurance may cover if you see an orthodontist who is a Preferred Provider for dental insurance carriers, dental insurance discount plans, and dental wellness partners. Dental insurance will likely cover between $1,000-$3,000 depending on the plan.
Complete Orthodontic Treatment in Missouri
Demko Orthodontics provides complete orthodontic treatment at three locations throughout Missouri. They are airway centric and very particular to the macro and micro esthetic details. Schedule an appointment with one of our three convenient locations today!
Chesterfield Office 314-576-4955
St Charles Office 636-946-6503
Washington Office 636-239-2272