Having straight teeth can significantly improve your confidence and overall oral health. Invisalign treatment is a great alternative to traditional metal braces because it’s a discreet and comfortable option for straightening teeth. It involves wearing transparent aligners at least 22 hours per day for two weeks before moving on to the next set of aligners. This process continues until your treatment is completed.
So, how much do you expect to pay for Invisalign treatment, and what is the best age to get it?
How Much Is Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign treatment in the United States generally ranges between $3,000 to $5,000. Your final expenses depend on a few factors, such as:
1. The Complexity of Your Case
Some patients may require a more complex, time-consuming treatment. Also, there are Invisalign treatment plans with different prices to meet each patient’s needs.
Here’s an estimated breakdown of the cost you may pay based on the complexity of your teeth’s misalignment:
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
It’s important to note that the above prices are just guidelines. Your total expenses may be more or less, depending on your case. View page to learn more about the procedure’s cost.
2. Your Location and Dentist
In addition to the complexity of your case, you should also factor in the location and dentist when considering Invisalign costs. Prices for braces and other dental procedures vary from state to state and from one dentist to another. Note that the rent, overhead, and labor costs in certain areas can affect the price.
In addition, more experienced dentists may charge more than those who have yet to build a solid reputation. As always, make sure you take the time to research general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry prices in your area. Make sure to ask questions and check reviews before making a decision.
3. Your Insurance
Insurance plans vary, and some may offer partial coverage for your Invisalign treatment. Check with your insurance provider first before your initial consultation so that you can ask your dentist about any other alternatives to afford the treatment. You may be able to use preexisting benefits or even receive discounts depending on the plan you have. Additionally, flexible savings accounts (FSA) and health savings accounts (HSA) are both excellent ways to save money on dental procedures—including orthodontic care.
As mentioned, many dentists offer convenient payment plans like monthly or bi-weekly installments. Make sure to inquire about these payment options.
When Is the Best Age to Get Invisalign Treatment?
Generally speaking, anyone who has complete adult teeth can get Invisalign treatment. According to studies, a 17-year-old person is expected to have all their adult teeth. But every child has different developmental growth, so some may have permanent teeth younger or older than 17.
The best age to have Invisalign treatment is when a patient has just reached full adult teeth development. It’s easier to move teeth when the jaw is still developing, so earlier is better in most cases. However, this doesn’t mean that older patients can’t benefit from Invisalign treatment.
Talk to your dentist about your concerns or questions about your or your child’s eligibility for Invisalign. See this center for pediatric dental care to know more.