It’s the first question on your lips every time you consider a new dental treatment. How affordable is this going to be? Do you have room in your budget? Is it going to be months of scrimping and pinching to be able to make these payments?

Would-be Invisalign patients are incredibly curious about the price tag – and with good reason. Unfortunately, there isn’t any easy answer to how much alternative orthodontics is likely to cost. Straightening teeth is complicated business, and there are many factors at play in determining how much you’ll need to spend to complete Invisalign. But there are a few things you can look over to see what you can expect with you meet with an Invisalign provider.

We’ve put together details below on how you can anticipate Invisalign fees. Of course, there’s no substitute for a free consultation with our provider, Dr. Kim Okamura. She will examine your teeth and tell you more about what you might realistically pay to straighten your teeth. Get in touch today to schedule your appointment.

Does Invisalign Cost More than Braces?

Again, it really depends on your case. Your Invisalign treatment may cost more than traditional braces would, or the two options may be similarly priced. It depends what’s going to be involved in your orthodontic treatment. And if you’re interested in Invisalign for its patient-oriented treatment advantages (and who isn’t?), it’s important that you take those into account when considering costs. For many patients, it’s well worth the slightly higher cost to get to wear clear aligners that don’t interfere with your smile or sap your confidence.

Typically, Invisalign costs about $3,000-$5,000 in the United States. Your specific cost is determined by some of these factors:

  • The complexity of your treatment plan – Your malocclusion is unique. Invisalign is the most advanced clear aligner system available, and can address many different types of crooked teeth and alignment concerns. If you have only slightly crooked teeth, your treatment will not need to be as complex and your costs will be lower.
  • The length of your treatment – During Invisalign, you switch to new aligners on a planned schedule to continue shifting your teeth in a planned fashion. You may need more aligners if you have a more complex case, lengthening treatment and raising costs.
  • The area where you live – Different cities have different costs due to the amount of competition and the standard cost of living in the area, among other factors.
  • Your insurance coverage – If you have dental insurance, you may receive some level of orthodontic treatment coverage. Check with your provider for help understanding your dental benefits and whether your provider will cover Invisalign the same way they do metal braces.

Making Your Invisalign Affordable

Don’t think of your Invisalign cost as a giant chunk of change for which you are solely responsible. There are a few different sources of assistance that might be beneficial for your needs.

  • Insurance – Like we mentioned earlier, your dental insurance may offer coverage up to $3,500 of your treatment cost. Our staff will help you coordinate your benefits and get as much coverage as possible.
  • Flexible spending account – If you have a flexible spending account, you can apply up to $2,550 of your pretax dollars to Invisalign.
  • Financing and payment plans – We believe that financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining important health services and offer 24-month interest-free financing to our patients. If you would like to set up a payment plan, let us know so that we can discuss your options.

Don’t let cost hold you back from straightening your teeth and obtaining a smile you love. The benefits of receiving orthodontic treatment are vast – ranging from health-related to emotional to professional. Choosing to make this investment in your Invisalign today could actually help you save money down the line – whether it helps you get a promotion at work or save you later expensive dental work needed to fix dental problems caused by malocclusion.

Invisalign could help you avoid future distress and discomfort – and we think you deserve to have your perfect smile as soon as possible. If you’d like to learn more about what Invisalign might cost you, we urge you to set up a consultation – it’s commitment-free, and will serve as an opportunity for you to take the first step. We look forward to meeting you!

If you’d like to make additional planning for your Invisalign payments, Invisalign offers an online cost calculator that will help you parse things out. But you should also note that the cost calculator requires an estimate from an Invisalign provider to get started, so you should definitely schedule a consultation off the bat. There’s nothing to lose – and so much to gain.

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Dr. Kim Okamura

I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.