Are you considering Invisalign for yourself or your teen? Invisalign is becoming as common as braces for orthodontic treatment. It can correct many of the same orthodontic issues as braces, but it does so in a much less noticeable way.
Before you decide whether or not Invisalign is right for you, you probably have some questions, such as how much Invisalign costs. Here’s what you can expect.
The Average Cost of Invisalign Treatment
When you inquire about the cost of Invisalign, you will probably receive a quote somewhere within the range of $3,000-$7,000. Where the actual price falls within that range will depend on a variety of factors.
How Does Invisalign Work?
To understand the cost it helps to learn how Invisalign treatment works. Invisalign consists of a series of plastic aligners that fit over the teeth. These aligners gently shift the teeth into proper alignment. Each aligner is worn for about 2 weeks before switching to the next. The complete set of aligners is created and issued to you at the start of treatment. When you’ve been through them all, you should have achieved the desired results.
Why Are There Different Prices for Invisalign?
Not everyone will be quoted the same price for Invisalign. There are a variety of factors that impact the cost, such as:
- How many aligners you need. Depending on the extent of corrections your teeth require, you may need more or fewer aligners than someone else. If you need minor straightening, you might only need a few aligners to reach your desired results. If your teeth need significant movement, you may require more aligners. The more you need, the higher the price of your treatment.
- How long your treatment will take. The number of aligners you require will affect how long your treatment takes. You typically wear each aligner for about 2 weeks and change to the next once your teeth have moved to the desired positions. However, the 2 week time period is based on wearing your aligners at least 22 hours a day. Wearing your aligners less than the minimum can extend your treatment time. The longer your treatment takes, the higher the cost will generally be.
- Your Invisalign provider. Not all dentists and orthodontists charge the same rates for Invisalign. You may pay less if you get Invisalign through your current dentist rather than going to an orthodontist, as starting with a new specialist can come with additional fees.
- Where you live. You may be quoted a higher price if you live in a big city than in a small town. The cost of living factors into most dental and orthodontic procedures and Invisalign is no different.
- What your insurance covers. If your dental insurance includes coverage for orthodontics, you may have a lump sum amount available to cover part of your treatment. Insurance rarely covers the total cost, but it can significantly reduce what you’ll pay out of pocket.
- Financing. The out of pocket cost of Invisalign can be financed to make it more affordable. How you finance could affect how much you pay. Some credit options offer no interest for a period of time (such as CareCredit) and others may have an interest rate. A higher interest rate could drive up the overall cost of your treatment.
Is Invisalign Worth the Cost?
Invisalign is now comparable to braces in cost. It used to come with a higher price, causing parents to choose braces for their teenagers over Invisalign. The cost should no longer be a factor in the decision, so if you or your teen would prefer Invisalign, there are other benefits to consider.
The clear plastic aligners are less visible than metal braces. They are also more comfortable, as the smooth plastic is less likely to cause mouth sores. Another benefit is the fact that they are removable, meaning you don’t have to change your eating habits nor your dental hygiene routines.
Meridian Dental Group Makes Invisalign Affordable
Wondering how much Invisalign costs at Meridian Dental Group and whether or not it will be affordable for you? After an initial consultation we can offer you an accurate quote. We do our best to access as much as possible from your insurance provider and offer financing to make the out of pocket cost more affordable. We believe that no one should forgo orthodontic treatment because of the cost. A lifetime of healthy teeth is always worth it.