Invisalign is a fantastic alternative to conventional metal braces that looks better, is more comfortable to wear and cleans easier. There are many factors involved in estimating the cost of Invisalign Teen & Invisalign Express, including the fact that most patients do not pay 100% of the expense out-of-pocket. The vast majority of Invisalign cases are subsidized by insurance, medical savings accounts and financed with 0% interest. Before you write off the perfect smile, consider the following questions and how they pertain to your situation.
The Invisalign system works by examining the shifting straightness of the teeth and re-fitting the patient with a new set of aligners every two weeks as the dental problems slowly correct themselves over time. Ideally, you want your teeth to adjust at a consistent, gentle pace to maintain tooth stability. The number of trays needed depends upon the extent of the tooth problems and the speed of replacement.
There are two types of Invisalign treatment: Express and Full. Express cases that are completed in under five months and involve 10 trays or less cost about half of what Full cases (lasting approximately 12 months) would cost. There are a select number of extensive cases that are sent to specialists and require up to two years for correction, which naturally cost the most.
The most important factor for Invisalign prices is the extent of the dental issues being corrected. Invisalign fixes gapped teeth, underbites, overbites, crowded teeth spacing, open bite and crossbite. According to the appliance makers, the most affordable five-step Invisalign Express can be used to fix “minor aesthetic concerns” such as: very mild crowding or spacing and early onset orthodontic relapse.
“We consistently see patients who have always wanted to fix that annoying little space between their teeth or whose teeth have just begun to shift since going without retainers for so many years,” explained Las Vegas-based dentist Dr. David Chenin. These patients enjoy the smallest bill for their Invisalign treatment.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the most expensive Invisalign cases involve multiple issues and problems like severe open bite, overbites, very narrow arches, class II or III bites, severe crowding, tooth extraction spaces, and jaw deficiencies. In some cases, Invisalign may be recommended after a patient undergoes dental surgery to correct more advanced issues.
Invisalign is considered an “orthodontic treatment,” so a quarter of patients receive insurance coverage totaling more than $500 and as much as $3,500. Invisalign also qualifies for Flexible Spending Account (FSA) reimbursement, so if your company offers this type of tax-free savings plan, you can set aside up to $2,500 this way.
What price would you pay for comfort, fewer doctor’s visits, and increased confidence from a perfect smile? Ultimately, the Invisalign cost is very little compared to the benefits you’ll receive. The best way to get an accurate price quote is to call (631) 850-3145 and set up a free assessment with certified Invisalign providers Dr. Elliot or Dr. Nick at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We’re happy to explore ways to help you afford this life-changing dental treatment.
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