Invisalign is one of the top orthodontic treatments available. It can straighten teeth and correct bite misalignment in mild to moderate cases. There are many benefits of Invisalign, which is why it is so highly requested.
If you’re considering Invisalign treatment for you or your child, you may be wondering how much it costs. Here’s what you can expect to pay for Invisalign on average.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth using clear plastic retainer-like trays that you wear over your teeth. Treatment consists of a set of aligners that you wear for about 2 weeks each in a specific order. The aligners gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Invisalign can correct crowded teeth, gaps, overbite, underbite, cross bite, and more.
Average Cost of Invisalign
The average cost of Invisalign ranges anywhere from $3,000-$9,000. The exact cost within that range will depend on a variety of factors such as the complexity of your case. The longer your treatment will take, the more aligners you will need and the higher the cost of your treatment. The average length of treatment is between 6 and 18 months.
Does Invisalign Cost More Than Braces?
The cost of Invisalign is comparable to the cost of metal braces and may be slightly higher in some cases. It is less than the average cost of clear ceramic and lingual braces, which offer the similar benefit of a discreet appearance. If your highest priority is your appearance during treatment, Invisalign is more affordable and less noticeable.
Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?
If your dental insurance plan includes coverage for orthodontic treatment, Invisalign should be covered as well as other types of treatment. In most cases insurance will pay a single lump sum toward orthodontic treatment for any individual or dependent covered under the plan once in their lifetime. It rarely covers the entire cost of treatment, so there will likely be an out of pocket cost after insurance.
Can I Afford Invisalign?
Whether or not you have insurance, Invisalign is affordable. Financing and payment plans with your dental practice can make it possible to pay off the total cost or the remainder after insurance over time in low monthly payments. You can also use Flex Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) to pay for Invisalign, as long as the treatment is recommended by your dentist for dental health reasons.
Is Invisalign Worth It?
There are various reasons why Invisalign is worth the cost:
- Improve your smile. Invisalign straightens teeth, closes gaps between teeth, and helps your smile look better.
- Improve your dental health. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and proper bite alignment prevents damage to your teeth and jaw.
- Straighten your teeth discreetly. Invisalign is virtually invisible on your teeth so you can straighten your teeth without the metallic look of braces.
- No food restrictions. Invisalign is removable, so you can eat what you want as long as you take your aligners out first.
- Easy oral hygiene. Removable aligners mean you can brush and floss your teeth the same way you would without Invisalign.
How To Get Started With Invisalign
Another benefit of Invisalign is that many dental practices offer this treatment without referring you to a separate orthodontic practice. Doctors Lake Family Dental offers Invisalign as a convenience to our patients, offering you an orthodontic treatment option through your current dental office.