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How Much Does Invisalign Treatment Cost?

by on May 21, 2013
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The cost of Invisalign clear braces will depend on the specifics of your individual needs. Several factors are involved in the computing of these costs – factors such as case complexity, treatment duration, location, your orthodontic insurance coverage and so on.

How Much Does Invisalign Treatment Cost?

Average Costs
In the United States, a patient will be required to pay anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000 for Invisalign treatment braces. On an average, the costs will be around $5,000. Depending on your case complexity, the cost is comparable to traditional braces treatment costs.

Case Complexity
Simple cases, such as alignment required for four or five teeth, will cost must less. If the average cost of an Invisalign brace treatment in the US is $5,000, then a simple case might cost as less as $2000, and sometimes even less. It depends on what treatment plan is appropriate for you and how simple or complex your case might be.

Many doctors use 3D computer imaging programs, which allow you to see the actual results on screen before you commit to treatment. You can decide how many aligners to use, and how long the treatment will take, based on the result that you want. This sort of actual visualization helps you understand the costing aspect, and you can even get some teeth straightened now to manage costs and others later.

Treatment duration
For a simple case of an alignment or two, it won’t take longer than a few weeks. In this case, your cost will be extremely less. However, if your case is severe enough to warrant several months of care, you will have to pay much more than the national average. Some Invisalign treatments can go on for more than a year for an adult, and a little less long for young adults whose teeth adjust quicker.

Location
The location of your treatment affects the cost too, because costs in a huge, cosmopolitan city like New York will be much higher than, say, in Santa Clara, California. The bigger the location, the greater the overheads such as rent, taxes, transport and so on. Doctors and admin staff demand greater salaries, and patients have to bear a certain amount of this overhead, which is why costs will be higher in larger cities.

Orthodontic Insurance
Several dental insurance plans cover treatment with Invisalign braces, similar to the coverage for regular braces, veneers and so on. Speak to your insurance carrier or your Invisalign provider to find out exactly how much of your treatment is covered. On an average, your insurance might cover about $500 of your treatment costs, which means $4500 of the average treatment costs of $5,000 falls to you to pay. Not all insurance companies cover Invisalign treatments, so if you’re planning on getting the treatment for you and your family, better opt for an insurance plan that does.

Other Payment Options
You can also discuss other payment alternatives with your insurance provider. Many large dental hospitals and established clinics offer staggered payments, flexible payment plans and even financial assistance. Check with your doctor if they’ll be able to offer you financing through CareCredit, which is a special program, targeted towards health-care expenses. It’s a third-party patient financing program, which helps you to obtain the medical treatments that you need.  You can also check with your employer about withdrawing funds from your Flexible Spending Account, or the FSA, if you’ve signed up for this service.

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