When patients think about orthodontics, they often associate treatment with dollar signs. It’s understandable that the cost of orthodontic treatment can make some patients hesitant to explore options. As cost is a concern for many, there are financial factors to take into consideration during the decision-making process.
Exact treatment costs are dependent on your requirements, but typically Invisalign treatment is comparable to traditional fixed braces. According to Invisalign, every smile is unique – and so is every budget.
Let’s start with the basics. The Invisalign system consists of a series of clear aligners that you typically change every two weeks based on the custom treatment plan provided by your dentist or orthodontist. The aligners are custom-made and created individually for each patient according to their specific orthodontic needs. Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners adapt to all lifestyles, as they are removable, discreet, and provide a faster treatment period.
Included in your Invisalign treatment plan is face-to-face doctor care. Your dentist or orthodontist will walk you through everything you need to know about your aligners so that you’re able to understand the process and adapt to the new change in your life. Everyone’s smile is different, which is why each set of aligners is custom-made based on a 3D digital scan of your teeth, and individually fitted and trimmed to provide a more comfortable appliance experience.
But of course, the advantages come with an attached price tag. It’s important to speak with your dentist or orthodontist at your initial consultation to receive an estimated cost. Next, we’ll list the factors that affect the cost of Invisalign and contribute to the total amount you might pay:
- Your specific oral health needs and how much work needs to be completed to achieve the healthy smile you desire
- Any coverage your third-party insurance plan provides
- Your location and average prices for Invisalign treatment in your city
- The dentist’s time for his/her work
On the Invisalign website, there are three different ways listed that explain how to potentially pay for your treatment. Each case and treatment plan is unique to the patient, so it’s recommended to always speak with your dental professional first to see what options are available.
1. Healthcare savings account
A healthcare savings account (HSCA) is an employee benefit that offers reimbursement for a range of health and dental expenses. It’s a non-taxable health benefits bank account that allows you to save and pay for your out-of-pocket health care-related expenses. And this may include Invisalign treatment! The advantage of using an HCSA is that you don’t pay taxes on the money that you put into the account. Speak to your employer and benefits provider to learn more.
2. Third-party insurance coverage
Many third-party insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment the same way they cover braces. Though only a portion may be covered, it’s recommended to speak with your provider so that you can learn more about your specific benefits package. Oftentimes, your dental office can also call your insurance provider to inquire about your plan and the details of your coverage.
3. Healthcare savings account
Many doctors offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans. This provides an opportunity to make small payments throughout your treatment, rather than paying for the entirety of your treatment up front. Consult with your dental office to learn more about potential payment plans offered to patients.
With a high success rate of correcting misaligned teeth, Invisalign is a great orthodontic treatment option for mild to moderate cases. Speak to your dental professional to see if you’re a candidate and be sure to explore all options that fit your budget.