Invisalign (also called clear braces or clear aligners) is an orthodontic appliance that you wear to straighten misaligned teeth gradually. It is an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces if you don’t want others to know you’re undergoing treatment. However, some patients may worry about the Invisalign cost.
This blog post will answer the most common question about cost and briefly discuss when you should get it.
How Much Is Invisalign?
On average, the cost of Invisalign in the United States is $3,000 to $5,000. But some factors may make it higher or lower, such as:
1. The Complexity of Your Case
Note that Invisalign doesn’t correct very severe misalignment of teeth. Also, there are different packages that you can avail of, depending on your treatment plan. These include Invisalign Express 5, Invisalign Express Package, Invisalign Lite Package, Invisalign Moderate Package, Invisalign Comprehensive Package, and Invisalign First Comprehensive Package.
Here’s a breakdown of how much you can expect to spend for your treatment based on the complexity of your orthodontic issue:
Very mild to mild
- Invisalign Express (up to five aligners): $1,200 to $1,800
- Invisalign Express (up to seven aligners): $1,500 to $2,000
Mild to moderate
- Invisalign (up to 14 aligners): $3,000 to $4,500
- Invisalign Moderate (up to 20 aligners): $3,500 to $5,000
Moderate to severe
- Invisalign Comprehensive (unlimited aligners): $4,500 to $5,000
- Invisalign First Comprehensive (unlimited aligners): $3,000 to $4,500
- Invisalign First Comprehensive Phase 2 (unlimited aligners): $3,000 to $4,500
2. Your Location and Dentist
The cost of Invisalign in the United States may differ when living in Canada. It can also vary from state to state and city to rural area. Additionally, it may increase if you work with an experienced dentist or orthodontist. For instance, Invisalign and dental care in McPherson, KS may be lower than in New York City. Remember that the cost of labor and materials to deliver quality services can be higher in more densely populated areas.
Moreover, a more experienced dentist with advanced training may charge more than a new practicing dentist.
3. Insurance Coverage
Some insurance companies pay 25% to 50% of the total amount of Invisalign treatments. However, this depends on your policy and insurance company. Check with your insurance provider early on to determine if your policy covers this type of orthodontic treatment and how much they pay.
On the other hand, some dental clinics offer flexible payment plans through third parties, which can be weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly. Discuss this with your dentist during your initial consultation if you’re on a tight budget.
When Is the Best Time to Get Invisalign?
In general, any age over seven can receive this treatment. However, as a general rule, patients should have all their permanent teeth in place before undergoing Invisalign. To answer the question, the best time to wear clear braces is when you have all your permanent teeth during your teenage years. Teeth are easier to move at this stage because they are still not affixed in position as in your 40s. But keep in mind that you can still get Invisalign in your 30s, 50, or even 60s.
It’s also important to remember that adults should supervise younger children if they are on the treatment, as Invisalign requires wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours a day to achieve desired results. You may visit this page to find more info about pediatric dentistry.