May 25

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Did you know that there are more than 4 million people in the United States alone who wear braces? In the past, metal braces used to be the most traditional option for straightening teeth. However, everyone can agree that metal braces are not very attractive and there is certainly no way to hide them once they're glued to your teeth.

While metal teeth may be effective, many people, especially adults, don't want to deal with the unattractive appearance of the braces. Fortunately, Invisalign is the solution. But how much does Invisalign cost in comparison to metal braces?

How can you know if Invisalign treatment is really worth it? Should you really opt for invisible aligners instead of metal braces or should you still go the old-fashioned way? Keep reading and learn more about Invisalign clear aligners below. 

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners work as well as metal braces when it comes to straightening teeth. Within the span of a year or so, Invisalign aligners will be able to pull your teeth into place. There are many reasons to get Invisalign, and they don't only include crooked teeth. 

Other reasons to get this kind of dental treatment include having crowded teeth, spacing between your teeth, an overbite, an underbite, and any other kind of bite abnormality. But there are more aspects that make Invisalign unique that go beyond the aligners themselves being invisible. 

Another thing that makes Invisalign so great is that they are made specifically for your teeth and no one else's. This is possible after your dentist takes scans of your teeth and creates aligner trays. They are made of plastic that is completely safe for your health. 

Invisalign and Metal Braces

Is there any big difference between these plastic braces and metal braces? The great thing about plastic aligners is that they are much more comfortable than metal braces. In particular, metal braces are big and bulky with rough edges. 

These rough edges can end up scratching and cutting the inside of your mouth, especially when you first get the braces. This can be very uncomfortable and irritating to the inside of your mouth. Invisalign, on the other hand, is molded to your mouth and much smoother than metal braces. 

As a result, you won't have to worry so much about the inside of your mouth getting cut or irritated. While the tightness of the aligners might take some getting used to at first, you will find that Invisalign aligners tend to be much more comfortable than metal braces. 

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign aligners work more or less in the same way as traditional metal braces. After all, when it comes to dental procedures and straightening teeth, there is pretty much only one way to go about doing it, and that involves putting pressure on your teeth for an extended period of time.

In theory, if you used your finger to press on your tooth for hours on end and for months at a time, you could achieve the same result.

Of course, aligners are much more convenient because they can straighten all of your teeth at the same time. The aligners are designed in such a way that they put pressure on all of your teeth in a way that will push them into a certain position. You will not be able to see the difference right away because it can take a while before the results become noticeable. 

Most people only need aligner trays, but some people also need certain attachments put onto their teeth for extra support. These attachments are designed to match the color of your teeth, so they should not be too noticeable. They function to help your aligner trays attach better to your teeth so the aligners will have more leverage to push your teeth into place.

Starting Invisalign Treatment

To start the treatment, you will first need to go to your dentist for an X-ray before you can get the aligners. Your dentist will examine the results of the X-rays as well as the state of your dental health to determine whether you're a good candidate for Invisalign aligners.

In particular, your dentist will need to see whether you have certain dental conditions such as tooth decay or gum disease.

If you do have any of these dental conditions, you will need to first get them sorted out before you can get Invisalign aligners. Once your doctor decides that Invisalign will be good for you, he will work out a treatment plan specifically for your teeth and any problems you may have with the alignment of your teeth.

In order to get aligner trays that perfectly fit your teeth, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, send the impression to a lab, and get a set of trays to match your teeth. 

The length of treatment is about a year but for some, it can take as long as 18 months. You will need to wear the aligners for about 22 hours every day to see the best results. 

Invisalign vs. Braces

When it comes to the price of Invisalign compared to braces, the price is more or less the same. Specifically, both Invisalign aligners and braces cost between $3,000 and $7,000. Lingual braces, on the other hand, which rest behind your teeth instead of in front of them, cost quite a bit more and can cost as much as $13,000. 

When it comes to the time it takes to get treatment, you will find that Invisalign can provide much speedier results. In particular, traditional braces can take up to two years to provide results, while Invisalign aligners only take around one year. Invisalign is also much more comfortable than other braces. 

The only discomfort you might feel is from the tightness of the aligner trays themselves. You can also clean the aligner trays very easily. The only downside is that the aligner trays are quite thin and delicate and they can become damaged easily. 

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits is that you don't need to see the dentist as often when you have Invisalign compared to having traditional braces. This is important if you have a busy schedule and don't have time to go visit the dentist all the time. 

More About the Cost of Invisalign

The exact cost of Invisalign can result from a variety of factors. For example, if you have teeth that are very severely crooked or if you need to wear the aligners for a very long time, you might have to pay more. The cost especially depends on how many aligners you need and what kind of malocclusion you have. 

If your dental problems are not all that serious, you might not have to pay that much for the aligners. But can your insurance cover Invisalign? Only insurance plans that have orthodontic coverage will be able to cover the cost of Invisalign aligners fully or partially. 

To make sure you get the most out of your insurance, you will want to understand your dental insurance completely and get more details from your provider. That way, you will be able to understand exactly what your insurance provider can cover and what it cannot.

If your plan does not have orthodontic coverage at the moment, it may be a good idea to switch providers to one that does have orthodontic coverage

When you do this, you will also want to make sure that Invisalign qualifies for that particular insurance provider. Finally, make sure that your insurance is active before you go in for orthodontic treatment. As long as you do all that, you shouldn't have any problem getting your insurance to cover some of the cost of Invisalign. 

Keep in mind that there are certain exclusions when it comes to insurance coverage for orthodontic treatment. If you need more ways to save on Invisalign treatment, don't worry, because there are many options to choose from. 

Other Ways to Save On Invisalign Aligners

Other ways to save include getting a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or a Health Savings Account (HSA). No-interest credit cards can also be very helpful when it comes to paying for Invisalign treatment. 

However, each of these options comes with certain limitations. If you are not able to try one of these options for whatever reason, you will have to see if you qualify for the other options. Whatever the case, you should be able to get financial help from one of these three choices.

As a last resort, you can always try dental school clinics. They offer certain dental treatments for those who do not have orthodontic coverage. Even if you do have orthodontic coverage but still can't afford Invisalign aligners, a dental school clinic can be a great place to go to seek treatment if you're on a tight budget. 

This is because the price of treatment from a dental school clinic tends to be much cheaper compared to private dental clinics. The only downside is that you will be receiving treatment from dental students in training. These students will be supervised by more professional dentists. 

While some might not like the idea of being operated on by dental students, these students are very professional and they will be supervised all the while. For that reason, you shouldn't worry about getting Invisalign or other dental treatments from dental school clinics. But are there any other costs you should know about besides the cost of the Invisalign aligners themselves?

Invisalign Aftercare Costs

Many people get so caught up in the idea of paying for Invisalign aligners that they forget about other costs such as the cost of aftercare. Fortunately, the cost of Invisalign aftercare is nowhere near the cost of the aligners themselves. The main aftercare cost you will need to deal with is the cost of the retainer. 

After you are done wearing the Invisalign aligners and your teeth are finally straight, you will need a retainer to keep them straight. Otherwise, your teeth will soon start to shift and attempt to go back to their original crooked positions. You might think that this will take years to happen, but your teeth can actually shift back to their original positions quickly. 

Of course, the last thing you want after spending so much money on Invisalign is for your teeth to go back to the way they were. To prevent this, you will need to wear a retainer. Depending on what kind of retainer it is, you will need to spend between $100 and $600 for it. 

Retainers are typically plastic and they should be relatively comfortable. Many people wear them at night because teeth tend to move the most at night. This is due to the fact that many people grind or clench their teeth at night which, over time, can cause the teeth to shift.

The great thing about retainers is that they last a very long time. Some retainers can last as long as 10 years. Of course, this is only if you take good care of your aligners and clean them on a regular basis. Some permanent retainers can last for 20 years but some people may not like them because they have to be bonded to your teeth.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

How much does Invisalign cost exactly? The exact cost will depend on a variety of factors such as the number of aligners you need and how long you need to wear the aligners. However, the average cost is between $3,000 and $7,000.

To learn more about Invisalign, don't hesitate to contact us here.


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