How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The national average for Invisalign ranges from $3,000 to $5,000; whereas, traditional braces range from $3,000 to $7,000. As with dental braces, Invisalign costs do not factor in restorative procedures that may be necessary prior to treatment; however, there are several factors that are used to determine how much your Invisalign treatment will cost.
These factors include:
- What issues are being addressed.
- The amount of work that needs to be done.
- The average cost of Invisalign in your area.
- How long it takes your orthodontist to prepare everything for your treatment plan. Preparation includes: examining your mouth, taking impressions and creating 3D images of your teeth using Invisalign’s revolutionary iTero scanner. With these 3D images, your orthodontist will map out your actual treatment plan. Once your orthodontist sends the images and your treatment plan to the Invisalign laboratory, they are used to create your custom-designed aligners.
Types of Invisalign:
- Invisalign Full — this is the first, most well-known version of Invisalign. Since this version can address such a wide range of dental issues, most patients are treated with this version. Treatment time usually lasts from 12 to 18 months and consists of 20 to 30 sets of aligners.
- Invisalign i7 — this version only has 7 sets of aligners and is used to correct relatively mild dental issues. Treatment time with Invisalign i7 can be as short as 3 months.
- Invisalign Lite — when an individual’s dental issues are too complex for treatment with Invisalign i7, this version may be suitable. With Invisalign Lite, simple to moderate cases can be treated within about 7 months’ time. Invisalign Lite bridges the gap between Invisalign Full and Invisalign i7.
- Invisalign Teen — this version of Invisalign was designed with the teenager in mind. Although this version is very similar to Invisalign Full, there are a couple of special features incorporated into Invisalign Teen’s design. There are blue ‘wear indicators’ located on the back of each aligner. These indicators fade from blue to clear as the aligners are worn; thus, helping the teen (and the parent) ensure that the aligners are being worn on a regular basis. In addition, this version of Invisalign is designed to allow new adult teeth to erupt.
- Invisalign Express — this version is perfect for individuals with minor spacing or crowding issues, people who had braces as a child/teen and need to address teeth that have shifted since that time as well as for people who need their teeth straightened before they undergo cosmetic or restorative procedures (e.g., tooth veneers or composite bonding). Up to 10 sets of aligners are used with the Invisalign Express version and the treatment time is only about 6 months.
Invisalign Provider Designations
Invisalign highlights orthodontists who have become skilled at using their system. These providers are awarded special designations to help them stand out from the rest. An orthodontist’s designation level is based on the number of patients the provider treats with Invisalign on an annual basis. By choosing a provider with a special designation, patients can feel confident about their orthodontist’s skill level.
Invisalign offers four special designations:
- Diamond — 280 to 399 patients per year.
- Premier Elite — a total of at least 300 patients and 50 patients every 6 months.
- Premier — a total of at least 50 patients and 25 every 6 months.
- Preferred — at least 10 patients per year.
Insurance Plan Coverage
Do I need a referral to see an orthodontic specialist?
Patients should always check with their insurance provider to find out if they need a referral. Even if a referral is not required, patients should still contact their provider because they may need to choose an orthodontist from a list of professionals who are contracted with their insurance network.
Are there age limitations on adult insurance coverage?
Patients need to check their specific dental insurance plan to determine whether their insurance will cover treatment with Invisalign for adults. Sometimes, if insurance will not cover the Invisalign appliance, it will cover other orthodontic costs related to the preparation for Invisalign treatment, etc. However, there are dental insurance plans that do not cover teeth-straightening procedures for adults.
Is there a waiting period for orthodontic benefits?
Some dental insurance companies do require that their clients wait a certain length of time before they are eligible to receive orthodontic benefits.
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, or any of the other innovative treatments and procedures available at DiCiccio Freeman Orthodontics, contact the office today to schedule a free consultation.