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There are very few people in the world who have perfectly straight teeth. In fact, nearly everyone has some type of misalignment. Many people can live with it and never have any major issues. However, for many others, orthodontic intervention is necessary.

One of the most popular treatments at Prime Family Dentistry in Stone Ridge is Invisalign clear aligners. Since their introduction in the late 1990’s, this treatment has gained significant traction as a viable alternative to traditional braces for most mild to moderate misalignments.

However, the biggest concern for most people is Invisalign Treatment cost. This article will explain what you need to know about the average cost of Invisalign, including the factors that impact this cost and some options for managing the cost of this treatment.

What is Invisalign?

Before we discuss Invisalign Treatment cost, it’s important to understand what this treatment involves. This treatment allows patients to discreetly straighten their teeth.

The Invisalign system is a series of clear, plastic aligners designed to gradually shift teeth into their appropriate position in the jaw. Aligners are removable but must be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours a day- even while sleeping. They should only be removed for eating and oral hygiene.

Treatment starts with a consultation to determine the type and severity of the misalignment. This will determine the number of aligners you will need and how long you will need to wear each one.

On average, each aligner is worn for 1 to 3 weeks, and treatment usually lasts for about 12 to 18 months. In some very mild cases, treatment may take as little as 6 months. On the other hand, more severe cases may take up to 24 months.

At the conclusion of your treatment, you will be given a retainer to wear. This will keep your teeth in their new position. You will start by wearing this just as you did the aligners, for 20 to 22 hours a day. Over time, the number of hours required for the retainer will be decreased until you are only required to wear it while sleeping.

Average Invisalign Treatment Cost

The average Invisalign cost in the United States ranges from around $3,000 to $8,000.

However, it is important to note that this is only an average and your actual cost may be higher or lower based on your personal situation. The team at Prime Family Dentistry can help you with a personalized quote based on your needs and expectations.

What factors impact Invisalign Treatment Cost?

There are several factors that can impact the cost of your Invisalign treatment, including:

Severity of Misalignment

One of the major factors that impact the cost of Invisalign is the severity of your misalignment. The more complex your misalignment, the more aligners and time will be required. A mild case may only take a few months, while a more complex one may take over a year.

Duration of Treatment

The duration of treatment varies from one patient to another. Typically, the longer treatment takes, the more it will cost. You will be given an estimated timeline for achieving your desired results during your consultation.

Number of Aligners

The Invisalign system is a series of custom-made aligners that are designed to gradually shift teeth. The number of aligners required depends on your personal needs. The more aligners you require, the higher your cost may be.

Provider

Invisalign cost is also impacted by your choice of provider. An established practice or one in a larger metropolitan area often has higher fees than those who are just getting started or are located in a more rural area. 

Additional Treatments

In some cases, patients require additional treatments in conjunction with Invisalign treatment, which can add to the cost. Common additional treatments include tooth extractions, attachments, gum disease treatment, and more.

Tips for Managing Invisalign Treatment Cost

The average cost of Invisalign ranges from around $3,000 to $8,000. However, this doesn’t have to be completely out-of-pocket. There are several ways that you can manage this cost, including:

Dental insurance

Many dental insurance providers will cover a portion of orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign. Our office staff will work with your provider to determine coverage.

Flexible Spending/Health Savings Accounts

Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts allow you to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified medical expenses. This typically includes orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign.

Payment Plans

In some cases, we may be able to work with you to create a payment plan for your treatment. This allows you to spread out the cost of your treatment over several months, making it more budget-friendly.

Financing

We partner with CareCredit to offer our patients another option to manage their Invisalign cost. This financing company offers flexible payment options to fit your budget.

Is Invisalign Right for You?

Since its introduction, Invisalign has become a popular option for patients who want to discreetly straighten their teeth. While Invisalign cost varies based on several factors, it is important to note that this treatment can be beneficial for your oral health as well as your confidence.

The team at Prime Family Dentistry is committed to improving and protecting the oral health and well-being of our patients. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs and fits within your budget.

Cost

Invisalign

$1,200 to $8,000

Traditional Braces

$3.000 to $7,000

Insurance Coverage

Invisalign

Some dental insurance providers will cover Invisalign, some consider it cosmetic

Traditional Braces

Most dental insurance provers will cover treatment with traditional braces

Appearance

Invisalign

Virtually invisible, most people don’t notice the aligners, even close up

Traditional Braces

Wires and brackets are visible, even from a distance

Effectiveness

Invisalign

Effective for mild to moderate malocclusions alone

May also be effective for severe malocclusion when used with attachments

Traditional Braces

Proven effective for all types and severities of dental malocclusions

Treatment time

Invisalign

12 to 18-month treatment window on average

Mild malocclusions may take 6 months, while more severe cases may take up to 24

Traditional Braces

12 to 24-month treatment window, may take up to 36 months for more severe cases

Procedure

Invisalign

The dentist will perform a comprehensive exam

Digital images are taken of the bite and sent to a dental lab for the fabrication of the aligners

Once aligners are sent to the clinic, the first one will be placed, and the treatment plan discussed

You will be sent home with the remaining aligners and will check in with the clinic every so often to check your progress

Traditional Braces

The dentist will perform a comprehensive exam, including x-rays and other necessary imaging

Metal brackets will be cemented to affected teeth and an archwire run through connecting them.

Every few weeks, you will need to come back in to have the archwire tightened.

Food restrictions

Invisalign

None, aligners are removed for eating

Traditional Braces

Nothing sticky, hard, chewy, tough, or crunchy

Oral hygiene

Invisalign

Easy, aligners are removed for brushing/flossing

Traditional Braces

Complicated, can be difficult to clean around the brackets and wires- requires the use of an interdental brush

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