Are you considering Invisalign for yourself or your child? Invisalign is recently becoming a highly popular alternative to traditional braces. It has many benefits from being virtually invisible to conveniently removable.
In the past, many patients and parents of patients passed on Invisalign in lieu of braces because of the higher cost associated with Invisalign. However, the cost is now comparable to metal braces and even less expensive than clear ceramic braces.
Average Cost Range of Invisalign
How much does Invisalign cost in Albuquerque and the surrounding area? You will most likely be quoted a price somewhere between $3,000 and $7,000. Where the actual cost falls within this range depends on a number of factors.
Length of Treatment
One of the biggest factors that affects the cost of Invisalign is the extent to which your teeth need to be adjusted. This in turn affects the length of treatment time. If your teeth only need minor corrections, your treatment time will likely be shorter and cost less. If your teeth need more extensive adjustments, your treatment time will likely take longer and cost more. Here’s why.
Invisalign consists of a series of plastic aligners that you wear over your teeth. You wear each aligner for a designated amount of time, usually about 2 weeks each. Then you switch to the next aligner, and the next, and so on until your treatment is complete and your teeth are in the desired positions. Each aligner can only move your teeth so far before a different aligner is needed for further movement. Therefore, the further your teeth need to move, the more aligners your complete treatment will require. Each additional aligner that is required adds to the total cost of treatment.
Another factor associated with length of treatment is the number of consultations with your dentist. The longer your treatment will take, the more consultations you will have with your dentist, which increases the overall cost of your treatment as your dentist requires compensation for that time.
Higher Cost of Living, Higher Cost of Invisalign
As with any other service, the cost is partly based on the cost of living and comparable services in the same area. Larger cities with dense populations may result in a higher rate for Invisalign treatment than a smaller town or rural area. So be careful not to compare the price you are quoted with someone who lives in another city or state.
Insurance and Financing
If you have dental insurance, you may have coverage for braces that can be applied to Invisalign. Usually insurance offers a lump sum amount that can be put towards the cost of orthodontic treatment. It will rarely cover the total cost of treatment, so there will likely be an out of pocket balance remaining.
If you don’t have insurance, or if the out of pocket cost is too much for your budget, financing options can make it more affordable. CareCredit is one of the best options for financing medical and dental treatments, including orthodontics. With promotional rates and low payment options, you can afford Invisalign for yourself or your child.
Brian K. Dennis, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry Offers Invisalign Treatment
At Brian K. Dennis, DDS General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe the cost of Invisalign should never prevent you from getting the orthodontic treatment you or your child need. Take advantage of financing options and divide the cost into affordable monthly payments. If the appearance of metal braces makes you or your child feel self-conscious, Invisalign is a less noticeable way to get the same results. Most patients are candidates for Invisalign treatment, unless complex issues require a referral to an orthodontist.