When people seek orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign, they are often worried about the costs. Today, our Nanaimo dentists discuss the financial elements you should consider when deciding if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you.
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign system consists of a series of clear aligners that generally have to be changed every 2 weeks. Each set of custom-made clear aligners will gradually shift your teeth into their prescribed positions.
A potential benefit of Invisalign is that you can take your aligners out to eat, drink and brush your teeth. Clear aligners can be used to help correct a variety of orthodontic problems like misalignments, bite issues, and crowding. Teenagers and adults also like this popular treatment option because of its discreet appearance and adaptability to their lifestyles.
Who Can Get Invisalign Treatment?
Recently, more adults have been looking for 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.
As for who is an ideal candidate for clear aligners, almost any adult that has alignment issues with their teeth can ask their dentist about this treatment method. The dentist can then examine you to determine whether clear aligners would help resolve your issue.
A few specific problems clear aligners can help include overbite, crossbite, open bite, spaces and gaps between the teeth, and crowding.
Factors That Impact The Costs of Invisalign
Below are some of the financial factors that contribute to the total costs of your Invisalign treatment:
- Where you live and the average prices for this type of orthodontic treatment in your city
- Your oral health needs and how much work has to be done
- The dentist’s time for their work
- Any coverage your insurance plan can provide
Generally, the cost of Invisalign treatment is comparable to the average cost of traditional braces. The only way you will be able to find out the estimated costs for your customized treatment plan is to ask your dentist about your individual case.
In addition to your oral health and the extent of the work required, your specific jaw shape and misalignment issues will help dictate your treatment plan, how many aligners you’ll need and the duration of the process, and therefore the cost of your treatment.
Paying for Your Invisalign Treatment
If cost is high on your list of considerations, you might want to talk to your dentist about the payment options they have available. After your initial consultation, you’ll be given an estimate for the total cost and can determine if 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 thinking of treating your dental health issues with an orthodontic option such as Invisalign, financial considerations will likely help you make your decision. Fortunately, depending on your oral health requirements, Invisalign may make sense for you.