How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

According to research, nearly everyone has some form of misalignment. While many people can live with theirs without consequence, many others need to seek treatment to prevent serious complications.

Invisalign emerged in the late 1990s as an alternative to traditional metal braces for resolving these issues. The dental professionals at Diamond Dental specialize in orthodontics such as Invisalign. This article explains what you need to know about the cost of Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces for resolving mild to moderate misalignments. This treatment consists of a series of clear aligners. Each aligner is designed to be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day and up to 3 weeks. The aligners are virtually invisible, unlike traditional metal braces.

Average Cost of Invisalign

The cost of Invisalign varies widely from a low of around $1,200 to a high of around $8,000.

Factors influencing Invisalign Cost

Many factors could impact the cost of Invisalign treatment, including:

Complexity of the Case

The severity of the orthodontic issues being addressed plays a significant role. More complex cases, such as those requiring extensive tooth movement or correction of multiple issues, may require longer treatment and, consequently, may cost more.

Treatment Duration

The length of the treatment plan affects the overall cost. Longer treatment periods may involve more aligners and more frequent adjustments, contributing to higher costs.

Geographic Location

The cost of living and operating a dental practice varies by region. In areas with higher living costs, dental services, including Invisalign treatment, may be more expensive.

Orthodontist's Expertise and Experience

The qualifications and experience of the orthodontist can impact the cost. Highly experienced and well-regarded orthodontists may charge higher fees for their expertise.

Additional Treatments

Some cases may require additional treatments or procedures, such as attachments, refinements, or the use of other orthodontic devices. These can contribute to an increase in overall costs.

Insurance Coverage

The extent of insurance coverage can vary. Some dental insurance plans may cover a portion of the Invisalign cost, reducing the out-of-pocket expenses for the patient.

Location of the Dental Practice

The specific location of the dental practice within a region can also impact costs. Urban areas, for example, may have higher overhead costs, which could be reflected in the pricing of services.

Inclusions in the Treatment Plan

Some providers may include additional services, such as follow-up appointments, retainers, or teeth whitening, in their treatment plans, which can affect the overall cost.

Tips for Reducing Invisalign Cost

The team at Diamond Dental believes that dental services should be within reach for everyone, even those on a budget. If you believe that Invisalign is not an affordable option, there are a few things you can do to reduce the cost of Invisalign:

Insurance Coverage

Check if your dental insurance covers Invisalign treatment. Some plans may offer partial coverage.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

Use pre-tax dollars to fund these accounts for potential Invisalign expenses.

Compare Prices

Consult with multiple orthodontists to compare treatment plans and costs.

Payment Plans

Inquire about flexible payment plans offered by orthodontic practices.

Research Discounts

Some providers offer discounts for paying in full upfront or for multiple family members undergoing treatment simultaneously.

Consider Alternatives

Sometimes, traditional braces or other orthodontic options may be more cost-effective.

Financing and Insurance

Diamond Dental works with many dental insurance providers. Our office staff will work with your provider to determine your coverage. If we find that your provider does not cover a particular procedure or if you do not have insurance at all, we offer both in-house and third-party financing options.

Dental financing allows you to undergo the procedure and break the payment up into budget-friendly payments.

Schedule Your Invisalign Consultation with Diamond Dental Today

Invisalign is a viable alternative for resolving mild to moderate malocclusions, creating a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile. If you may benefit from orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign, schedule your consultation today.

Invisalign FAQs

If you have any questions about Invisalign treatment or the cost of Invisalign at Diamond Dental, we will be happy to resolve them. Below are a few of the most common questions that we get about Invisalign:       

Yes, most dental insurance providers now recognize Invisalign as a viable alternative for traditional braces and will cover a portion of treatment. However, the amount that is covered varies from one plan/provider to another.

The duration of Invisalign treatment can vary based on several factors, including the complexity of the orthodontic issues, the specific treatment plan, and how well patients comply with wearing the aligners. On average, Invisalign treatment takes about 12 to 18 months, but this timeframe can be shorter or longer depending on individual circumstances.

Invisalign trays are designed to be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day.

Cleaning your Invisalign trays is important to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent the buildup of bacteria or plaque. Here are some steps to effectively clean Invisalign trays:

  • Rinse with water
  • Use a clear, unscented antibacterial soap
  • Soak in Invisalign cleaning crystals or denture cleanser
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Brush teeth before putting aligners back in
  • Make sure aligners are clean and dry before storing them

Remember to follow your orthodontist’s specific instructions for cleaning your Invisalign trays, as they may provide additional recommendations based on your case. If you have any concerns or questions about cleaning your Invisalign trays, consult with your orthodontic provider for personalized advice.

Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible, meaning most people won’t notice you wearing them.

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