How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

If you are a patient with an overbite, underbite, gaps between your teeth, or crowded teeth, you may be considering your treatment options beyond traditional metal braces.  One alternative orthodontic treatment that has been used for the past two decades is Invisalign.  Using a series of clear, custom made plastic aligners, Invisalign has revolutionized the orthodontics world by helping shift your teeth into proper position without the need for ugly metal braces.  For patients considering Invisalign, cost may be the determining factor in deciding if the treatment is right for them.

When compared to traditional braces, the price for Invisalign braces tends to be higher.  A dentist or orthodontist can give patients a better estimate of price but in general, Invisalign costs between $3,500 to $8,000 according to the manufacturer.  The cost for Invisalign varies based on the needs of the patient and how many aligners are needed throughout the treatment process.  Cost for traditional braces can vary widely but typically run $2,500 to $6,000.  Again, patient needs will vary and contribute to the price ultimately incurred for treatment.  Because both treatment methodologies vary on a case-by-case basis, patients should discuss with their dentist to determine the scope of treatment needed before determining which option is suitable for their needs and budget.

Another factor the patient should weigh as part of the decision between choosing Invisalign and traditional metal braces is the level of coverage offered by their dental insurance carrier.  Just as they do with regular braces, most dental insurance plans cover Invisalign.  However, patients should always check with their insurance carrier before selecting the treatment option to determine the extent of their coverage.

Besides financial cost considerations, patients should also be aware of the time cost involved in both procedures.  Again, treatment time will vary by patient but in general, traditional braces will be worn for an average of two years whereas Invisalign braces are usually worn for six to eighteen months.  With metal braces, you will need to visit the dentist about every month for check-ups while Invisalign will require visits every four to six weeks to ensure they are working properly.  Both treatment options may require the use of a positioner or retainer after treatment which may only be needed at night.

Patients may also notice a time difference between the two treatment options when it comes to cleaning and maintenance.  Metal braces can only be removed by the dentist and due to their design, some patient may find that their oral hygiene routines take longer than normal to thoroughly clean between the brackets.  Because Invisalign braces can be removed for flossing and brushing, normal hygiene routines are largely unaffected.  When removed for flossing and brushing, the Invisalign trays can be cleaned using the Invisalign Cleaning system or by rinsing with lukewarm water and gently brushing.

When it is all said and done, the costs are not significantly different between the two options.  The individual needs of the patient, time factor, and convenience of the different treatments will mean that choosing between metal braces or Invisalign is a decision left up to the patient and their dentist.

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