People wondering if Invisalign orthodontic treatment is for them often have cost on their list of considerations. Here, our dentists in Delta explain the financial factors you might want to think about as you make a decision.
What is Invisalign?
As you progress through orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners, you'd normally change your set of removable custom-made aligners every 2 weeks. Your teeth should gradually move into their prescribed positions as determined in your treatment plan by your dentist.
One reason many people choose Invisalign is that clear aligners can be removed so you can eat, drink and brush your teeth. These clear aligners can help resolve a range of orthodontic issues, including bite issues, misalignment and teeth crowding. Teenagers and adults also decide to use this popular treatment option for its discreet appearance and ability to adapt to their lifestyles.
Who is an ideal candidate for clear aligners?
Many more adults have recently sought orthodontic treatment in an attempt to achieve straighter teeth and a healthier smile. The appearance and efficiency of clear aligners might be one reason for the increase.
As for who makes an ideal candidate for clear aligners, almost any adult with a tooth alignment issue may as their dentist about whether this treatment option is for them. The dentist can then check your smile to find out whether clear aligners would help to correct your problem.
A few specific issues clear aligners can help include crossbite, openbite, overbite, gaps and spaces between the teeth and crowding.
Factors Affecting Invisalign Costs
Here are the financial factors that contribute to the total amount you might pay for Invisalign:
- Your oral health needs and how much work needs to be completed
- Any coverage your insurance plan can provide
- Your location and average prices for this type of orthodontic treatment in your city
- The dentist’s time for his or her work
The average cost of Invisalign treatment is similar to the average cost for braces. The only way to determine the cost of your customized treatment plan is to consult with your dentist about your individual case.
Along with your oral health and the extent of the work required, your specific jaw shape and misalignment issues will help dictate your treatment plan, how many aligners you’ll need and the duration of the process, and therefore the cost of your treatment.
Paying for Invisalign
If cost is high on your list of considerations, you may want to speak to your dentist about payment options. After your initial consultation, you’ll have an estimate of total cost and can decide whether you’d like to move ahead.
Similar to regular braces, most dental insurance plans cover Invisalign, but check with your insurance company first to find out the extent of the coverage you’ll have.
If you're thinking of treating your dental health issues with an orthodontic option such as Invisalign, financial considerations will likely help you make your decision. Fortunately, depending on your oral health requirements, Invisalign may make sense for you.