Invisalign has become almost synonymous with clear dental alignment since it was first introduced in 2000. If you’re considering this solution for straightening your teeth, it’s likely that one of your biggest questions has to do with the price.
So, how much does Invisalign cost? It depends on several factors, but in general, a full course of Invisalign treatment will run you about $3,000 to $8,000.
Some of the considerations that affect how much you’ll pay for Invisalign include:
- The complexity of your situation. How much do you teeth need to be moved, and how many of them? The answer will determine how long your Invisalign treatment will last, which, in turn, will have an impact on the price of your treatment.
- Where you live. Like the costs of many other services, your location will impact how much you pay. Invisalign treatments through orthodontists in cities and states with higher costs of living will tend to cost more.
- Your insurance. This may be the biggest single factor determining how much your Invisalign treatment costs. If you have dental insurance, the amount your insurer covers may vary. If you don’t have dental insurance, or if you have health insurance that doesn’t cover orthodontic work, you’ll want to consider ways to pay for Invisalign. Which brings us to our next point…
How can I keep my Invisalign costs down?
Health or dental insurance can go a long way toward making Invisalign more affordable. If you have insurance, check with your insurer to find out whether orthodontic procedures are covered. Many plans will cover part of the cost, or sometimes even up to $3,000 (although not all plans cover orthodontics for adults over 18, which is why it’s best to check first). It’s also a good idea to ask your health plan about lifetime maximum coverage, since there may be a limit to how much your plan will pay out.
Talk to your accountant about deducting the cost of Invisalign. In some cases, orthodontic treatments like Invisalign can be tax deductible if they’re considered medically necessary. However, the cost has to exceed a certain threshold before you can deduct it. The bottom line? Hang on to all of your receipts and paperwork relating to your Invisalign treatment so you can file it with your taxes in the event your treatment is deductible.
Check out dental school clinics. Many university dental and orthodontist schools offer clinics that provide a wide range of services, including Invisalign and braces, at lower costs than traditional orthodontist offices. And if you’re worried about the quality of care you’ll get from an orthodontist in training, rest assured they are supervised by experienced faculty members.
Ask about payment plans. Many orthodontist offices will be happy to work with you to set up a payment plan that will allow you to pay for your Invisalign treatment over time through installments. This is especially true if a payment plan will make it more likely that they’ll get paid on time, and in full.
Plan ahead. This is especially true if you are looking into Invisalign teeth straightening for your teenage children. Orthodontists will often be able to tell you years in advance whether a child will need a straightening treatment like Invisalign. A consultation before your child hits his or her teenage years – say, between the ages of 7 and 10 – can give you a good idea of what to expect. If you know Invisalign might be in your future, you can begin budgeting and planning for how to cover the cost.
Follow your doctor’s advice. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign clear trays are designed to be easily removed in order to do activities like brushing, flossing, and eating or drinking anything other than water. But, this means that it’s up to the patient to make sure to wear their Invisalign trays for the prescribed amount of time each day, often 22 or 23 hours. Failing to use your Invisalign properly means it might not be as effective, which could lead to a need for longer or more extensive treatment.
In short – don’t let the cost of Invisalign be a major barrier to getting the treatment, if you think it is right for you. If you’re ready, find out how to make an appointment for Invisalign.