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You may have been considering braces for years, and with today’s convenient Invisalign option, you’re ready to take that first step towards the smile you’ve always coveted. Many assume that Invisalign treatments are more costly than traditional braces, but the costs are very similar in many cases. The exact cost to straighten a smile will vary for every patient, and these are the major factors that affect the final cost.
Budgeting For Alternative Orthodontics
Just like traditional braces, the cost of alternative orthodontics isn’t a one size fits all answer. The route to straighter teeth is complicated, and every patient’s situation is different regardless of the type of orthodontic appliance you choose. Don’t let the unknown keep you from a better smile. Your first step in figuring out exactly how much you should budget for braces is to schedule a consultation with a skilled and experienced specialist.
The typical average cost for Invisalign ranges from $3,000 – $5,000 in the United States, and there are a few determining factors that can affect the price of treatment.
When analyzing the price of Invisalign vs. traditional braces, the two may be more similar in price than you initially thought. Alternatively, the option of Invisalign may be slightly higher, depending on what’s involved in your specific orthodontic treatment plan.
Most patients, especially adults, find Invisalign well worth the slightly higher cost because nearly invisible aligners don’t interfere with your daily life. When comparing the two prices, be sure to factor in the convenience of Invisalign.
Factors That Raise or Lower the Cost of Treatment
Complexity of Issues
Invisalign is the most advanced transparent aligner system available and can address many different types of issues, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Alignment issues
- Gapped teeth
That being said, Invisalign isn’t the ideal treatment option for everyone, and there are many cases in which traditional braces are the only way to correct more significant alignment issues. The less severe your bite and alignment issues, the lower the cost of the treatment.
Location of Invisalign Provider
Depending on where you live, the costs correlated to an Invisalign treatment will vary due to competition and the standard cost of living in an area.
What’s Covered Under Dental Insurance?
If you have dental insurance, you may be able to receive some level of orthodontic treatment coverage depending on your dental insurance plan. Every insurance plan is different, so be sure to check with your provider for guidance in understanding your dental benefits and whether your provider will cover Invisalign the same way they would traditional metal braces. Most basic dental insurance plans do not cover the cost of orthodontic treatment for patients over the age of 18, so if you’re planning to get Invisalign, it may be worth it to upgrade your dental insurance plan during open enrollment periods.
The Appearance of Your Smile Can Transform Your Life
It’s easy to put off cosmetic dentistry treatments when a hefty price tag accompanies them. But if you’ve struggled with the appearance of your smile for years, it’s time to factor in the impact your teeth have on your life. Deciding on alternative orthodontics will change your life – and the process of Invisalign is significantly more comfortable than metal braces. Don’t let the price of treatments hold you back from straightening your teeth and restoring your confidence in your smile.
The first step towards budgeting for Invisalign is to schedule a consultation with Hoffman Dental Care. We can provide a detailed cost breakdown of how much it would cost to achieve a healthier, straighter smile with Invisalign and if the treatment is right for you during your appointment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!