Cost is often a concern for people seeking Invisalign orthodontic treatment. In this post, our Ottawa dentists break down the financial factors you may want to consider in the decision-making process.
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign system consists of a series of clear aligners that you would typically change every 2 weeks. Each set of removable, custom-made clear aligners will gradually adjust your teeth.
The ability to remove your clear aligners to eat, drink, and brush your teeth is one of the benefits of Invisalign. Clear aligners can help with a variety of orthodontic issues, including misalignment, bite problems, and crowding. This popular treatment option is also popular among adults and teenagers due to its discreet appearance and adaptability to their lifestyles.
Who is an ideal candidate for clear aligners?
In recent years, many more adults have been seeking orthodontic treatment in an effort to achieve straighter teeth and a healthier smile. The appearance and efficiency of clear aligners may be one reason for the increase.
In terms of who is a good candidate for clear aligners, almost any adult who has a problem with their teeth alignment should talk to their dentist about this treatment option. The dentist can then examine you to see if clear aligners would help solve your problem.
A few specific problems clear aligners can help with include overbite, crossbite, open bite, spaces and gaps between the teeth and crowding.
Factors Affecting Invisalign Costs
Here are the financial factors that contribute to the total amount you might pay for Invisalign:
- Your oral health needs and how much work needs to be completed
- Any coverage your insurance plan can provide
- Your location and average prices for this type of orthodontic treatment in your city
- The dentist’s time for his or her work
The average cost of Invisalign treatment is similar to the average cost of braces. The only way to determine the cost of your customized treatment plan is to consult with your dentist about your individual case.
Your specific jaw shape and misalignment issues, as well as your oral health and the extent of the work required, will help dictate your treatment plan, how many aligners you'll need, the duration of the process, and thus the cost of your treatment.
Paying for Invisalign
If cost is high on your list of considerations, you may want to speak to your dentist about payment options. After your initial consultation, you’ll have an estimate of the total cost and can decide whether you’d like to move ahead.
Similar to regular braces, most dental insurance plans cover Invisalign but check with your insurance company first to find out the extent of the coverage you’ll have.
If you're considering treating your dental health issues with an orthodontic option like Invisalign, financial considerations will almost certainly play a role in your decision. Fortunately, depending on your oral health needs, Invisalign may be a good option for you.