Most of us have seen the television commercials advertising Invisalign braces. Although the commercial shows us what these corrective dental appliances can do for a smile, it really just gives a brief overview of the benefits. If you’re interested in finding out more about whether Invisalign might be a good choice for you, along with the costs, keep reading to learn more about what it is, how it works and how much it costs.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an adult orthodontic treatment that falls under the category of dental braces in the area of cosmetic dentistry. They are fully customized clear plastic aligners that are used for straightening the teeth. Your orthodontist will start by taking impressions of your teeth and creating the first liner that will begin to shift your teeth into a straight position. This is done over a period of time. A series of liners are crafted as the teeth become straighter until they are moved into the ideal position.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign braces are a non-metallic option to the old traditional type of braces. Instead of having a mouth full of metal, there is only plastic and it doesn’t show up as the silver braces do. They are a good solution for people who want to straighten their teeth but refuse to have metal braces installed.
How much do Invisalign liners cost?
This is the question that is most commonly asked. The next is are they worth the price? First, let’s consider the average cost of Invisalign braces. The manufacturer asserts that the average price is between $3,500 all the way up to $8,000. For a more precise estimate, you’ll need to visit an orthodontist. The amount that it will cost you depends totally on how much straightening your teeth will need and the costs are determined on an individual and case by case basis.
Metal Braces vs Invisalign
On average, metal braces cost between $2,500 and $6,000. It’s easy to see that they are less expensive than the clear braces. The total amount you will spend on Invisalign or metal braces depends upon how many adjustments are needed for your braces or how many sets of Invisalign appliances you’ll require.
Does dental insurance cover the cost?
In most cases, cosmetic dentistry is not covered by standard dental insurance plans, but you can’t assume that it isn’t covered, at least partially, until you look over your plan and speak with a representative from your insurance company. While the majority of plans don’t cover this service, there are a few that do. It never hurts to ask.
Is it worth the extra expense?
Only you can be the judge of this. This is a decision that your orthodontist may be able to help with. When you compare the costs, the difference isn’t that big. It’s up to you to decide if the convenience of being able to take the liners out and brush your teeth outweighs the difficulty of keeping braces clean. Then there is the difference in aesthetics and comfort. Your orthodontist can go over all of the pros and cons of both types of teeth straightening options. This will help to give you a better idea of which option will work best for you, and you can also get an estimate of what the total cost would be.
Invisaligners are a new and revolutionary way to straighten crooked teeth to improve your smile. They are an alternative to metal braces as well as white braces, which can be just as difficult to keep clean. In some cases, it comes down to a matter of hygiene and convenience over minimal differences in cost. Most orthodontists can offer convenient payment plans, or help you to apply for third-party financing such as Care Credit. If paying for your braces is an issue, in many cases, convenient and affordable payment plans can be set up so it doesn’t place a strain on your budget. If you’ve been putting off getting your teeth straightened, but really desire to improve your smile, it may be worth your while to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist providing this service for an initial consultation. The more information you have about your individual case, the easier the choice will become.