In this feature, we look at traditional wire and bracket dental braces vs Invisalign clear aligners.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The cost of Invisalign treatment is comparable to that of traditional braces ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 (based on the U.S. national average). However, only your dentist can determine the actual cost of treatment because it will be based on your specific needs, including how extensive your dental problems are, how long your treatment will last, etc.
Payment options or financing may be available through your dentist's office. If your dentist doesn't offer financing, you may be able to enlist the services of a third-party financing company like CareCredit or Capital One.
Additionally, orthodontic coverage through a dental insurance plan may cover Invisalign treatment in the same manner that traditional orthodontic treatments are covered. Consult your dental insurance policy to determine what orthodontic benefits you may qualify for.
Not all dentists or orthodontic specialists use Invisalign. Align Technologies specially trains dentists to use the aligners. As of April 2007, an estimated 20,000 general dentists in the United States had trained in how to prescribe Invisalign and become certified by Align Technologies to prescribe the aligners to their patients.
However, it is important to understand that a certified Invisalign dentist may not necessarily be an orthodontist. Being an orthodontist is not a prerequisite for Invisalign certification.
Learn more about how an orthodontist differs from other other dentists.