Are you considering Invisalign for yourself or your child? Invisalign is a teeth straightening system that corrects most common orthodontic problems. It can achieve many of the same results as braces, but through a different, more discreet method.
Invisalign uses clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth, called aligners, that are virtually invisible. You receive aligners that are custom designed to shift your teeth into the desired position. You wear each aligner for about 1 week, switching to the next aligner in order until your treatment is complete. We see you in our office every 4 – 10 weeks to give you more aligners.
Many patients are choosing Invisalign because you can straighten your teeth more subtly. But one of the most common questions is: how much does Invisalign cost? Here’s what you can expect.
Average Cost of Invisalign
The total cost of Invisalign typically ranges anywhere from $3,500 to $7,000. The actual cost will depend on a variety of factors. The only way to know for sure how much Invisalign will cost for you or your child is to have an evaluation and get an estimate from your dentist or orthodontist.
Factors Affecting the Cost of Invisalign
There are a number of factors that contribute to the actual cost of Invisalign for an individual:
- Extent of your orthodontic needs. The biggest factor in cost is the extent of the orthodontic corrections the patient needs. In other words, the further the teeth need to be moved, the more aligners will be required. The more aligners you need, the higher the price of your treatment.
- Length of treatment. Another factor is the length of your treatment, which is primarily driven by your orthodontic needs as stated above. During Invisalign treatment you will wear your aligners for about 1 week each until you have worn them all and your teeth are in the correct position. The more aligners you will need, the longer your treatment will be, and the more visits you’ll need at our office. The number of these visits also factors into the total cost of treatment.
- Geographic location. The cost of living in an area will affect everything, including dental and orthodontic services. Your Invisalign treatment may cost more or less than the average depending on where you live and the location of your dentist’s office.
- Your dentist’s individual pricing. Dentists and orthodontists also set their own prices for the services they offer based on a variety of factors such as operating costs, level of experience, and competitive pricing in the area. The average case in our office is $4,500 with the top cost being $5,500. Simple cases may be as little as $3,500. These costs are typically less than metal braces.
- Your insurance. If your dental insurance includes coverage for orthodontic treatment, Invisalign will also be covered. Contact your insurance provider to determine whether or not your plan covers Invisalign and at what amount. Be sure to ask the maximum age that is covered because many plans will not pay if the patient is an adult.
Benefits of Invisalign
Is Invisalign worth the cost? Here are the benefits to help you determine whether or not this treatment is right for you.
- Discreet. One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is that the clear aligners are virtually invisible on your teeth. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
- Comfortable. The smooth plastic aligners are comfortable and shift your teeth gently.
- Convenient. Aligners are removable for eating and brushing/flossing your teeth. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods or spend extra time on oral hygiene.
- Comparable to braces. In many cases the cost of Invisalign is comparable to the cost of braces. The costs in our office are usually less than the cost of metal braces at an orthodontist.
Ready to Try Invisalign? Contact Creekview Dental
If you think Invisalign may be right for you, Creekview Dental can perform free consultation to determine if you are an ideal candidate. Most patients with common orthodontic issues can achieve the necessary results with Invisalign, but a few patients may require other forms of treatment. We will make our best recommendation for the health of your teeth.
Call 651-738-8204 today or contact us to schedule a consultation.