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Updated on September 27, 2022

Invisalign Cost

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Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign clear aligners are made of polyurethane plastic that looks almost invisible. The treatment fixes crooked teeth, gapped teeth, and other issues to give you a beautiful smile.

Instead of bonding to the teeth like metal or clear braces do, Invisalign trays are entirely removable. They can be taken out of the mouth before drinking and eating. They are also removed before brushing and flossing your teeth. 

Invisalign clear aligners are almost undetectable. This makes them an attractive option for people who don’t want noticeable metal brackets in their mouths. Invisalign treatment time is usually between 12 and 18 months.

dentist putting clear aligners for lower teeth

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How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

Invisalign can cost anywhere between $3,000 and $8,000. However, the national average price for Invisalign is between $3,000 and $5,000. The cost of Invisalign Express ranges between $1,800 and $4,000.

How Much Do Invisalign Retainers Cost?

After Invisalign treatment, you'll receive a custom Vivera retainer from your orthodontist to keep your teeth straight. The cost depends on your provider but averages between $600 and $1,200 for four sets, which should last a long time.

If you have dental insurance, it may partially cover the cost of your Vivera retainers. Speak to your insurance provider to find out. You can also use the pre-tax dollars in your flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA).

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Ways to Pay for Invisalign

There are several payment options to make Invisalign cost more affordable.

Insurance

Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign as they do for traditional braces.

Your insurance company may pay for a specific percentage of your Invisalign clear aligners, or it may comprise a particular dollar amount. There is usually a lifetime cap on the insurance coverage offered for orthodontic treatment.

If you’re unsure of your insurance coverage, speak to your benefits manager at work, or call your insurance company’s customer service line. It’s also essential to read through your orthodontic benefits package.

Orthodontic treatment may be covered by health instead of dental insurance. Or, it may be protected by orthodontic coverage that is purchased separately.

If you book an Invisalign consultation, ask which dental insurance plans your orthodontist accepts. 

HSA/FSA

A flexible spending account is otherwise known as an FSA. This account can be used to pay for specific medical, dental, and orthodontic treatment costs. These treatment costs include Invisalign clear aligners.

Your employer manages your FSA. You pay money into the account during the year, often through a deduction from your paycheck. You may set aside up to $2,600 each year. However, not all employers provide an FSA option.

A health savings account is otherwise known as an HSA. This is a special savings account for people with a high-deductible health insurance plan. Account owners transfer money into the account. This money pays for specific medical, dental, and orthodontic costs, including Invisalign treatment.

HSA owners can set aside up to $3,400 for an individual or $6,750 for a family each year. However, you must meet IRS requirements to open an HSA.

Payment Plans

A monthly payment plan for Invisalign is an arrangement between you and your orthodontist to divide your clear aligners’ cost over the length of treatment. Usually, orthodontists require a down payment before treatment starts.

Many orthodontists provide flexible and affordable monthly payment plans. During your Invisalign treatment consultation, ask your orthodontist what payment options they offer.

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Last updated on September 27, 2022
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