How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Everything you need to know about Invisalign insurance and financing options.

March 21, 2022

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Invisalign is a discreet and convenient alternative to traditional braces, and treatment is more affordable than you might think as well as faster than other types of treatments in many cases.

Is Invisalign worth the cost? This article will help you determine whether clear aligners are right for you and your budget.

Invisalign Treatment Cost: The Full Breakdown

The average cost of Invisalign is between $3,000 to $7,000, depending on individual treatment needs. For a moderate case, treatment typically costs around $5,000 whereas a severe case could cost up to $8,000.

The average Invisalign treatment lasts 12 to 18 months and requires office visits about every twelve weeks. In general, the cost of Invisalign treatment is directly proportional to length of treatment and difficulty of your case.

During your initial consultation, an orthodontist will examine your teeth and estimate how long you will need clear aligners. 

This is a reason to consider the experience of your orthodontist. While a skilled doctor may charge more for labor, they will ensure that your treatment plan fits your needs.

Is Invisalign More Expensive Than Braces?

Nope! The average price of wire-and-bracket braces is between $3000 and $6000. What you pay depends on your treatment plan and insurance. Visit us to compare your options and costs.

Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?

When you visit your orthodontist, they will review your coverage policy to determine what is covered. If a patient has orthodontic coverage, it is not uncommon for plans to provide $2,000 or more for Invisalign treatment. That leaves you with more than 50% out-of-pocket expenses.

Why is Invisalign So Expensive?

Invisalign treatment can be pricey, but there are good reasons for this. For most patients, Invisalign is well worth the expense.

During every step of your treatment, your Invisalign provider will meet with you directly to monitor progress and make on-the-fly adjustments. Customized treatment allows your orthodontist to treat a wide variety of conditions, and it also ensures that no problems will occur. This is the most significant difference between Invisalign and at-home aligners like Byte, Candid, and SmileDirectClub.

Is Invisalign Worth the Price?

Invisalign is worth the cost if you're willing to invest in your smile and aesthetics for the long term.

Although some people view straightening measures as purely aesthetic, improved smiles are easy to keep clean through daily brushing and flossing. This reduces the number of cavities and other dental expenses.

Invisalign also minimizes the likelihood of food becoming trapped and causing the damage and tooth-darkening associated with fixed braces. By proactively improving your dental hygiene through the Invisalign process, you are likely to reduce long-term costs.

How to Pay for Invisalign

The Invisalign payment plan is flexible and can be customized to fit your needs. You can choose to pay for Invisalign in monthly installments or a lump sum.

While Invisalign is often covered by dental insurance, some plans classify it as a cosmetic treatment outside of coverage. Other insurance policies may only cover treatment partially, or they may have a lifetime limit on orthodontic benefits.

If you have insurance, ask your provider about your benefits for orthodontic treatments. When you contact an Invisalign provider, ask what coverage they accept.

One method to pay for Invisalign is to set up a pre-tax health account that puts money aside for processes such as teeth straightening. Many employers have embraced Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) that you can pay into through pretax payroll deductions. Another option is a Health Savings Account (HSA) for those with insurance plans that have high deductibles.

If you don't have an HSA or FSA, another way to save on taxes is by claiming your medical deductions. Things like braces and Invisalign are tax-deductible as long as it exceeds 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. So, save all your receipts!

Improve Your Smile With Invisalign

If you’re ready to improve your smile, visit a licensed orthodontist to discuss the costs and benefits of Invisalign treatment.

Your orthodontist is responsible for:

  • Your initial evaluation
  • Identifying concerns or problems
  • Customizing your treatment plan
  • Evaluating alignment progress

At Let’s Smile Dental, each member of our team is committed to making your experience at our practice as comfortable and informative as possible. Schedule an Invisalign consultation today!

 

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