How much does Invisalign cost

The cost of Invisalign braces is different for each patient based on several factors. On average Invisalign may cost anywhere from $3000 to $7000. The total investment can be broken down into three expenses: Consultation Cost: $100-$200 , Material and Labour Cost: $1,500 to $4,500, and After care cost: $1,000. See the cost comparison table below.

As with most orthodontic treatment, the total cost of Invisalign will depend on the required treatment, how many trays are needed, how long the treatment takes, the number of consultations required, see Invisalign Cost Breakdown below. Consequently the costs presented in this article are estimated expenses, a Pre-orthodontic treatment exam is necessary to obtain an accurate estimate.

It is commonly thought that Invisalign is far more expensive than traditional braces. However, when taking all costs into account, the cost is typically comparable. Of course, your exact investment will depend on your specific orthodontic needs. For example, the length of treatment, the severity of your condition, and other treatment details as specified by your orthodontist.

Invisalign vs Braces - Cost Comparison

Invisalign Traditional braces
Cost $2,500-$8,000 $3,000–$7,000
Treatment Time Worn for 20–22 hours/day. Overall treatment time varies by case. Cemented onto teeth 24/7. Overall treatment time varies by case.
Aftercare Requires a retainer to maintain results. Requires a retainer to maintain results.
Maintenance Receive and wear new aligners every couple of weeks. Keep them clean by brushing them and rinsing with water. Brush teeth while wearing braces and floss or clean between with a tiny interdental brush.
Office visits Includes an initial consultation, possible check-ups during treatment, and a final consultation. Includes an initial consultation, regular dentist visits to get braces tightened, and a final removal of braces.
Ideal for Ideal for professionals or anyone who wants to keep their orthodontics discreet. Good for more complex dental issues. You don’t have to worry about taking them in and out or losing them

Aftercare costs

As with any orthodontics, you can expect to use a retainer to keep your teeth in their new position after Invisalign works to move them. Retainers can be either removable or cemented to your teeth. They cost $100–$500 per retainer. Usually you have to wear a retainer every day for a while and before you’re allowed to only wear them at night.
Adults who get braces and wear their retainer properly shouldn’t need to repeat braces again. Your mouth is done growing and your body won’t be changing as much as a child or teenager’s body.

As stated above, the cost of Invisalign depends on the your unique condition, that is, some cases require only simple procedures while others involve multiple steps, which obviously result in a different (higher) overall cost. For example, if your orthodontist decides it is necessary to perform one or more teeth extractions before Invisalign are installed.

Therefor a definite number can only be acquired after your first orthodontic consultation. However, based on the below cost breakdown of Invisalign, a fair estimate of the cost required would be in a range of $2,500-$8,000

Invisalign Cost Breakdown

Getting Invisalign braces requires a substantial investment and therefor it is a good idea to itemize the overall cost of the orthodontic procedure into the following components:

  • Labour costs
  • Material costs, and
  • Overhead
Labour
In this case, labour costs pertain to the amount of time the orthodontist will spend with you (consultations, check-up’s, after care, etc etc) and the time required to produce your aligner trays.

Material
Material costs include everything that is connected to the physical product, i.e. the aligner trays.

Overhead
Overhead is an ongoing business expense which does not directly create profits but will ad to the overall business cost.
Depending on how the practice is structured, there are a number of discretionary expenses that a doctor and his/her accountant may choose to run through the practice. Some common items hidden within a P&L Statement are the doctor’s payroll taxes, the doctor’s health/life (and sometimes disability) insurance, the doctor’s retirement contributions, automobile expenses, and certain travel and entertainment expenses, just to name a few.

For example, buying the latest orthodontic equipment is a business expense that will have an affect on the overall business cost. However, if this can improve the patient’s treatment by raising the quality or reducing the treatment time, then it turns out to be a good investment.

Cost Type Cost Notes
Consultation fee $100-$200 Some orthodontists offer a free consultation, in many cases this is a free online consultation
X-ray $25-$250 Sometimes cost can be reduced by getting dental X-rays elsewhere and bring them to the orthodontist
Fixing the Invisalign braces $1,500-$4,500

The aligner trays and the labour cost of the orthodontist are a substantial part of the overall Invisalign cost, starting with the costs of your first consultation, which on average will cost $100-$200.

If your orthodontist thinks an X-ray is required, additional costs of $25-$250 will be added to the overall investment.

Producing the Invisalign braces will add $1,500 to $4,500 to the total costs of Invisalign.

Aftercare costs, retainers and check-up(s) can easily add another $1,000 – in some cases even more – to the required investment.

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