Invisalign is an orthodontic type of dental treatment that helps to correct your teeth alignment without using the traditional metal braces.
Invisalign involves wearing custom-made, clear plastic aligners that help position your teeth into the proper alignment.
Patients who would have never considered braces treatment before are now giving a shot to Invisalign.
For many people, though, the choice comes down to the cost involved.
Are you considering Invisalign braces? Are these braces worth your money, or are you better off going the traditional route?
Costing of Invisalign
The cost varies depending on the complexities of your teeth issues, the number of aligner trays it will take to achieve the perfect alignment of your teeth, and the coverage your dental insurance provides.
The average price of Invisalign is usually a bit higher than regular metal-based braces. The average cost of treatment is between $3,500 and $8,000. Your dentist or orthodontist can give you a better estimate of the price.
Since it’s an orthodontic based treatment, Invisalign qualifies for Flexible Spending Account (FSA) reimbursement.
If your company offers an FSA reimbursement, you can plan with your benefits department to save additional money on your Invisalign treatment. (1)
In comparison with metal braces
You may find that the two types of braces may cost about the same, but Invisalign saves on other costs that make them more practical than braces in terms of:
Invisalign aligner trays are made of BPA-free, smooth, comfortable, clear plastic, and are worn over on your teeth to gently and subtly move your teeth to the correct position.
It eliminates the problem of metal-based wires rubbing and even cutting into your mouth, which can cause injury to your oral tissues.
Because these braces are invisible and you can remove them to eat, you have no reason to feel self-conscious with them.
Therefore, the thought of metal-based wires and brackets running through your mouth cannot waver your confidence. Invisalign can save you this cost too.
You have to wear your Invisalign aligner trays for 22 to 24 hours a day for a period of 6 to 18 months.
But you only need to schedule your appointments every 4 to 6 weeks, compared to every four weeks with traditional metal braces. So Invisalign can save you your time spent at your orthodontist clinic.
Points to keep in mind
In the end, it is up to you and your dentist to decide the best treatment in your case.
You must keep in mind that not everyone makes the right candidate for Invisalign braces. If you have complex issues, metal braces may be the most effective treatment to the alignment of your teeth.
If the cost of treatment is a huge concern for you, discuss with your dentist about the payment options available. Many providers will offer flexible payment plans to spread out the cost of treatment over a more extended period.