Many people are curious to know the price of Invisalign. Dr. Oleg Drut will answer some of the questions many have about Invisalign, such as insurance issues and the cost analysis compared to traditional braces. Dr. Oleg Drut is the Clinical Director here at Diamond Braces, one of the most experienced providers and a recipient of Invisalign’s “Elite Top 1% Provider” award, which is awarded to only the top one percent of Invisalign’s most knowledgeable providers across the nation.
So how much does Invisalign cost?
The short answer: it depends. Costs are averaged between $3,500 and $6,000 for many patients for a full or express Invisalign treatment fee. Please note that so called Invisalign Express could cost less but is limited to only 10 trays or fewer. We do not recommend the Express option since it limits our ability to achieve the best possible result. Unfortunately, there is no set-in-stone price. The total cost depends on the condition of the patient’s teeth. The more complicated a patient’s situation, and the more time it takes to correct the orthodontic problems, the higher the cost.
So, what really goes into the cost of Invisalign?
Treatment costs depend on many factors and will most likely differ according to where the office is located. Orthodontic and dental offices have higher overhead (rent, equipment costs, taxes, wages, etc.) in cities like New York and Los Angeles. Consequently, this will bring up the cost of care for the patient.
Another important consideration is the doctor’s experience. Some less-experienced providers are willing to offer Invisalign for a lower cost to attract more patients and increase profits. However, these inexperienced providers are often only able to treat simple Invisalign cases. Invisalign can now treat many of the more complicated orthodontic cases, as long as the doctor has the experience and knowledge to perform the treatment. But this will come at a cost.
Case details make up another portion of the total cost of Invisalign. These include the complexity of the patient’s case and the time frame. The difficulty of the case proportionately affects price. There are cases that can take only three months and others that need three years of treatment. Obviously, the longer the treatment takes, the more supplies and attention is needed, resulting in a higher cost. Those cases that are relatively simple and that can be treated in a few months normally cost between $3,000 and $4000. On average, most will take about one to two years and cost between $5,000 and $6,000. More complicates cases or surgical cases will result in increased costs.
Keep in mind that some cases are rather serious or unusual and some doctors would not be willing to treat it. This would leave only the most experienced doctors to undertake the treatment. This scenario is rare, but it may happen and could translate to higher costs.
Once Invisalign is prescribed to a patient, the patient’s decision whether to actually follow instructions can also influence the cost of treatment. Breaking aligners or not wearing them for prolonged periods mean the treatment would take longer and would become more expensive. This is one reason why following a doctor’s instructions is crucial.
Please keep in mind that at Diamond Braces, our Invisalign price includes ALL retainers after the treatment, all trays, all refinement and 2 years of post-treatment follow ups.
While we encourage patients to shop around for the best price, remember not to be fooled by ads offering Invisalign at rock-bottom prices on sites like Groupon. Invisalign is not a commodity to shop around for to score the best deal. Your oral health and treatment results all depend on the experience of the treating doctor. If the doctor makes an error, the Invisalign software will correct it. However, can you imagine requiring plastic surgery and having your or a family member’s results decided by a computer program? The same concept applies to Invisalign. A doctor is responsible for the treatment’s success and not a piece of software code. Our advice is to seek an experienced doctor for treatment from the start, saving yourself frustration and headaches later on.
How Can You Pay Less for Invisalign?
There are two ways that might reduce the total cost for Invisalign.
- Insurance. According to a 2010 Invisalign survey, about twenty-five percent of Invisalign patients received an average reimbursement of $500 from insurance companies. This is because Invisalign is considered an “orthodontic treatment,” a medical category in which insurance covers procedures. Check with your insurance company to find out what portion of the cost, if any, it covers. Alternatively, you can always call one of our offices and let us find out for you. If your insurance covers or partially covers orthodontic treatment, chances are that Invisalign will be partially covered as well.
- FSA Accounts. A Flexible Spending Account is offered by many companies and might save you money on Invisalign if you designate pre-tax contributions into a special account. Since Invisalign is an “orthodontic treatment,” an FSA will reimburse you up to $2,500* of Invisalign costs. Speak to your company’s human resources or benefits department to set up an FSA or get more information on how it can help you save on Invisalign.
* Based on 2015 IRS regulations. Always check applicable regulations prior to treatment. This amount is subject to change.
Is Invisalign Worth It?
For many people, the cost of Invisalign outweighs other options. Invisalign is clear and hides the fact that you are actually wearing “braces.” Invisalign retainers are made of smooth and comfortable BPA-free plastic. According to most of our patients, wearing the aligners is comfortable and convenient. No significant lifestyle changes are required with Invisalign, since the aligners can be easily removed when eating or brushing. Furthermore, Invisalign treatments require shorter in-office treatment visits compared to metal braces. The major disadvantages of having orthodontic treatment with Invisalign may be increased cost and a longer overall treatment time when compared to metal braces. Read this article to get a better scope of the advantages and disadvantages of Invisalign.