The True Cost of Invisalign

Invisalign is a popular treatment for adults and teens with crooked teeth. The process can take anywhere from 12 to 24 months, but the result is often worth it. One of the most common questions I get asked when someone finds out that I’m in dental school is, “how much does Invisalign cost?” My answer usually surprises them: there’s no set price for straightening your teeth because each person’s case is different.

While I can’t answer the cost question for you, based on my own experience with Invisalign and having completed extensive research about its pricing, I’ve written this blog post to help people get an idea of what they might expect.

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Invisalign cost

First off, if someone is considering getting Invisalign, they must estimate their costs beforehand to avoid any nasty surprises down the road. Doing a little bit of homework will ensure that patients are getting the best price on invisalign and making informed decisions when it comes to treatment plans. 

The first step before receiving Invisalign is consulting your dentist or orthodontist, who can give you exact quotes depending on how severe your teeth are misaligned and whether there are other problems such as gum disease or tooth decay that need correction.

Invisalign can cost anywhere from $1500 to $8000, depending on how complicated the case is. The price of Invisalign will be split into two payments, with half being paid before treatment and then the other half when your teeth are fully aligned (usually after about a month).

If you choose not to pay in full beforehand, many orthodontists offer financing options that allow patients to make monthly or weekly payments until their Invisalign braces have been completed. Patients who didn’t plan often pay more than twice as much because they had no means of payment. Fortunately, there’s usually room for negotiation if this happens since most orthodontists would rather get smaller lump-sum payments over time instead of nothing at all.

Invisalign pros and cons

There are many benefits to Invisalign treatment, the biggest of which is that it’s not noticeable. You can eat whatever you want and brush your teeth normally without worrying about anything getting stuck in your brackets like with traditional braces. The only time people might get suspicious of what you’re doing is when they notice how straight your teeth suddenly get over a short period!

Another benefit of Invisalign is that most patients see results within six months rather than years with other types of orthodontics. However, there are also some disadvantages, such as its high costs, especially if someone decides to finance their treatments in weekly or monthly installments because they have to pay interest fees once their case has been completed (which I think is ridiculous).

Invisalign also has limitations compared to traditional braces because it can only correct minor cases that don’t involve severe misalignment or crowded teeth. If someone’s case isn’t quite right for Invisalign, the orthodontist might recommend that they get lingual braces instead, which are attached on the back of your teeth rather than in front where everyone will be able to see them.

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There are pros and cons with this type of treatment, too, so you should do some research beforehand before deciding what works best for you! My personal opinion about Invisalign is that it’s worth every penny when considering how much time it would take me if I had gone through regular braces (I’ve tried both, and let me tell you, Invisalign is far superior because it’s barely noticeable and I can eat whatever I want).

In the end, it’s important to realize that there are all sorts of different orthodontic treatments out there, so no one type will work for everyone. The first step in this journey towards a straight smile is consulting your dentist or orthodontist, who will be able to give you more information about which treatment would best suit your needs, as well as an approximate quote on what you should expect during treatment. Good luck!

retainers help keep your teeth in place after treatment

Final Thoughts

If someone wants an estimate before they start their Invisalign braces, then they’re going to need to speak with their Dentist/Ortho first because each case varies depending upon severity. 

Once teeth are fully aligned, the orthodontist will give a finish line quote that considers all activities throughout treatment, such as retainers and adjustments. Invisalign is not for everyone, but overall it’s an incredibly cost-effective way of correcting minor to moderate misalignment without having to worry about brackets or wires sticking out from your teeth!