Whether you need to straighten your teeth to improve your oral health or just want to upgrade your smile, Invisalign can be an excellent choice. This discreet and effective clear orthodontic treatment is growing in popularity among both teenagers and adults. When speaking with patients, one of the most common questions we hear is: “How much does Invisalign cost?”
Although many variables can impact how much Invisalign cost, you having a solid understanding of how Invisalign works can help you to make your decision.
We’ve compiled a summary of everything you need to know about the cost of Invisalign and how it compares to traditional metal braces. Read on to learn more.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign treatment is based on the use of a series clear plastic retainers, also called aligners. Each aligner is designed to straighten the teeth progressively.
To be effective, you must wear them at least 22 hours each day. Treatment typically takes 6 to 18 months.
Once you complete the treatment, you may need to continue wearing a retainer overnight for several months or a few years. The cost of after-care can run up to $1,000.
Invisalign Cost vs. Traditional Braces
Traditional metal braces typically cost between $3,000 and $10,000. The cost varies depending on how many teeth you need to have extracted and how long the entire process takes. During treatment, you will need to visit your orthodontist every four weeks.
Invisalign cost is typically between $2,500 and $8,000. Dental visits usually required every 4-6 weeks, so you may be able to save time and money by visiting the orthodontist less frequently.
The exact Invisalign cost varies depending on many factors including:
- Complexity of straightening needed
- Number of alignment trays necessary to complete treatment
- Location of your preferred dental provider
- Your dental provider’s experience
- Quality of your dental insurance coverage
Perhaps the most critical benefit of Invisalign is that the alignment trays are removable. Removing the trays allows patients to enjoy eating or drinking whatever they please while undergoing straightening treatment.
Invisalign aligners are easy to clean. You can continue to brush and floss your teeth like you always have. When it comes to straightening options, Invisalign treatment offers significant benefits with minimal disruption to your daily life.
Safety and Comfort
Unlike metal braces that can scratch and poke the inside of your mouth, Invisalign trays are smooth and comfortable. The transparent material makes them far less noticeable than traditional braces, which is ideal for adults who don’t want the stigma of metal braces.
Those who play contact sports will appreciate the fact that there is less of a chance for mouth injuries. The plastic aligners can also easily be removed to make room for a protective mouthguard. The plastic trays, also, add a level of comfort to the teeth straightening process that braces will never give you.
Invisalign’s state-of-the-art technology allows your dentist to map out a clear treatment plan. The plan will give you a good idea of exactly how long it will take to see results.
Even better, you’ll likely be surprised to learn that Invisalign treatment usually takes less time than traditional braces. With all these benefits, Invisalign cost is worth it.
Your smile plays an essential role of your overall self-esteem. Investing in orthodontic treatment is indeed an investment in yourself. However, many candidates struggle with the ability to pay for the necessary services.
These financing options may be able to help.
Many dental insurance plans will cover at least a portion of the Invisalign cost just as they would cover the cost of traditional metal braces. In some cases, you may be able to receive benefits of $3,500 or more.
A personal loan, or installment loan, can be a good option for financing the remainder of your Invisalign cost. Depending on your credit history, rates, and repayment terms may vary. Take your time and shop around before committing to a lender.
Flexible Spending Account
A flexible spending account (FSA) allows you to use pretax dollars to pay for the cost of your Invisalign treatment. In 2017, you can put away $2,600 per year to cover your medical and dental expenses.
In some states, there’s a small chance that funding assistance may be available through Medicaid or a Children’s Health Insurance Program. This aid is typically only an option for children and emergency situations. It’s an unlikely option, but worth investigating if you think you may qualify.
Provider Payment Plans
At The Smile Gallery, we understand that putting off dental care due to lack of financing can result in higher costs and unnecessary physical discomfort. That’s why we offer financing for essential dental costs through Credit Care. If you choose to seek treatment from another provider, be sure to inquire about their financing options.
Once you’ve reviewed all of your financing options, you can use the Invisalign calculator to estimate your monthly payments and other out-of-pocket Invisalign cost accurately.
Best Candidates for Invisalign
Many people with orthodontic issues can benefit from Invisalign treatment. Less complicated cases will resolve in a shorter amount of time and will be less expensive overall. The most common problems that you can correct with Invisalign include:
- Open Bite
- Crossed bite
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded Mouth
It’s important not to make assumptions. If you feel that you need to straighten your teeth, a professional consultation is the best way to determine whether Invisalign might be right for you, and then we will determine the exact Invisalign cost to fix your smile.
Are You Ready to Beautify Your Smile?
At The Smile Gallery, we offer all new patients a complimentary one-hour consultation with x-rays. During this time, Dr. Bainer will review your case and give you a clear idea of how much your Invisalign treatment will cost. He can also provide an accurate estimate of how long you can expect your treatment to take.
Dr. Bainer specializes in modern, stress-free oral care. Whether you’re interested in traditional dental services, Invisalign, whitening, or other cosmetic dentistry, we’re happy to show you how our services can meet your needs.
Don’t hesitate any longer, contact us today to schedule your appointment.