Invisalign Cost Insider Tips Invisalign is one of the top teeth alignment treatments around. Here at Blyss Dental, we receive a lot of inquiries about Invisalign cost from patients around Del Mar and San Diego. The most common question we get is, “Is Invisalign expensive? Is it worth it?”
In this article, we will not just help you understand the treatment. We will also take an extra step to help you navigate the price of Invisalign so you can avoid overpaying yet still get the most out of your treatment.
First, let’s talk a bit about Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
If you have crooked teeth and misaligned bite but braces are not your thing, then Invisalign teeth aligners could be the solution you’re looking for.
Invisalign is intended to correct teeth alignment without being “too conspicuous”.
It involves wearing a series of removable aligners that will move the teeth effectively. It does all these without the restrictions that come with wearing traditional braces because there won’t be any brackets or wires.
Invisalign is recommended for teens and adults who wish to improve their smile. These teeth aligners can fix nearly all teeth misalignment problems and bite issues, from simple to complex. Take note, though, that it is still on a case-to-case basis.
Luckily for you, we have tips that may help you save thousands on your Invisalign treatment.
How is Invisalign priced?
There are several factors that influence the cost of Invisalign. These include:
- Dentist factors
- Extent or complexity of the alignment problem
- Fixed price vs tiered pricing
- Pretreatment procedures
- Mode of payment
Cost Factor #1: Dentist price markup
There are also top Invisalign dentists that charge a premium owing to the experience and number of Invisalign cases they have done.Dentist involvement also explains why Invisalign is pricier than the do-it-yourself clear aligners you can find online and we will talk more about that later.
Cost Factor #2: Extent or complexity of your alignment
Just like any other treatment, patients should first consult with their dentists for a smile and oral health assessment.We use the result of this assessment to come up with a customized, step-by-step treatment plan that will result in the transformation of our patients’ smiles.Our dentist maps out the necessary tooth movements, then designs the clear aligners based on how much force is needed where and for how long.
Cost Factor #3: Fixed price vs tiered pricing
Did you know that you could be charged the same price for Invisalign regardless of your teeth alignment case? Yes, you could only have a simple case but are paying $5500 for a cost similar to a comprehensive package. Why? Because some dentists use fixed pricing for Invisalign regardless of the case’s complexity. Usually, they base this fixed price on the comprehensive package.
Ask your dentists if they have tiered pricing before immediately saying yes to the treatment. As noted in Cost Factor 2, knowing your level of complexity can save you thousands of dollars.
Cost Factor #4: Pretreatment procedures
Before proceeding with the Invisalign treatment, dentists will most likely require pretreatment procedures to make sure your teeth and gums are in top health to avoid unnecessary risks.
You may have oral health problems that may affect the treatment or results. Some of these procedures may be necessary before getting Invisalign, such as fixing periodontal problems, root canal treatment, or large decay. More often than not, the costs of these procedures are not yet included in the price of Invisalign.
Cost Factor #5: Mode of payment
Most dentists charge for the entire cost of Invisalign upfront. Some offer payment plans, such as monthly or fixed installment payments.
But third-party financing programs are often available with your dentist. Expect to pay an extra for the interest, though. Always check the fine print to know how much interest you are paying.