How Much Does Invisalign Cost

When choosing how to correct tooth alignment problems, options include traditional braces or clear aligner systems like Invisalign®. Many people, particularly those with less severe issues that need correction, like the Invisalign system because the aligners are clear and almost un-noticeable while wearing them. While they carry a price-tag a bit higher than traditional braces, it can be worth it in the long run, as clear aligner systems generally require fewer office visits than traditional braces.

Invisalign Versus Traditional Braces

Invisalign generally costs a bit more than traditional braces. Invisalign treatment costs between $3,500 and $8,000, depending on what factors such as the type and extent of correction is needed, how many aligners you will need throughout the treatment, and where you live—prices vary by geographic region.

In comparison, traditional braces can range from $2,500 to $6,000, depending on similar factors—what kind of correction you need, how extensive it is, how long you will need treatment, and geographical region.

When considering cost, it is important to consult with your dental health care provider before deciding which option will work best for you, as each person’s needs are different. Your provider should be able to give you an estimate for either type of correction plan when you consult with them.

Many dental insurance plans cover clear aligner systems like Invisalign just as they would cover traditional braces. If your dental insurance plan does not cover any or all the cost, or if you have no insurance but would still like to explore this option and cost is an issue for you, many dental health care providers offer payment plans or can connect you with third-party financing options.

Is it Worth It?

While both traditional braces and clear aligners—if you are a good candidate for them—will end up giving you the smile you want, there are some advantages to Invisalign over traditional braces. First, as previously mentioned, they are barely noticeable. Another advantage is that are often more comfortable than the metal and wire brackets used in traditional braces, which can irritate the insides of your cheeks.

You should also expect fewer visits to the orthodontist with Invisalign versus traditional braces. Traditional braces require regular wire tightening, and additionally, the wires can break or a bracket can come loose, meaning another visit to your orthodontist. With Invisalign, if there is any damage to your clear aligner, you can generally just start using the next aligner in your treatment series.

Finally, Invisalign means it’s easier to clean your teeth and practice good oral hygiene, since the aligners are removable.

For a fuller picture of the advantages and disadvantages of both Invisalign and traditional braces, it’s important to have an in-depth discussion with your dental health care provider. Ultimately, deciding if the advantages of Invisalign are worth a slightly higher price-tag is a decision only you can make based on your orthodontist’s recommendations and your personal preference. If you are a candidate for Invisalign and decide to go with this system, it can be a great option to get the smile you desire.

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