If you are reading this, you probably know about Invisalign as a modern alternative to traditional braces. For a perfectly aligned smile without having to wear awkward metal braces, this high tech innovation offers a more discreet option to straighten your teeth.
Invisalign’s clear aligners are made of soft, flexible plastic that are virtually undetectable when worn over your teeth. Despite their subtle appearance, the aligners are workhorse appliances precisely calibrated to gently move your teeth to their ideal position. Unlike traditional bracket-and-wire braces that are fixed to your pearlies throughout the treatment, Invisalign’s custom-made oral appliances can be removed, making it easy to eat or clean your teeth.
Sure, these lifestyle benefits are great for those of us seeking a fast, comfortable and discreet orthodontic treatment. But then, you might be asking: “How much does it cost?”
Invisalign treatment costs explained
The Australian price for an Invisalign treatment is comparable to that of traditional orthodontic braces. As a guide, the cost for an Invisalign treatment in Sydney ranges between A$6500 to A$9500.
Since every case is different, it would be difficult to apply one-size-fits-all pricing for every patient. There are many broad variables that affect the cost of treatment, such as the complexity of the case and length of treatment.
Factors more specific to the Invisalign system that directly influence the treatment costs, include:
- Number of aligners required: Approximately every 2 weeks, the dentist would replace your aligner with a new one until completing the full series of aligners as set out in the treatment plan. Each aligner has a different shape that conforms to your specific teeth position at different stages of the straightening process – applying varying degrees of minute forces to gradually move your teeth to their desired position. The number of aligners you’ll require depends on your specific type and extent of alignment problem. The more aligners you require, the higher the expected costs.
- Extent of teeth movement: The nature of your alignment problem, whether mild crowding or a severe one with aggravated bite issues, will determine how much teeth movement is necessary before proper alignment can be achieved. More extensive movements would entail a longer and more costly procedure.
- Number of visits: To monitor your progress or make any necessary adjustments to help you stay on track, a number of follow-up appointments will be necessary. Depending on how simple or complex your case is, treatment duration can vary from a few months to 2 years. The corresponding number of follow-up visits can be anywhere from 4 to 24 appointments.
How to save on your Invisalign treatment
Backed by 20 years of innovation and an expanding community of customers – 5.5 million and growing – Invisalign’s upward trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon. In fact, the competitive pricing of clear aligners has made it an even more attractive option.
Treatment cost is obviously an important factor when choosing an orthodontic procedure, and Invisalign is no exception. However it should not be the main deciding factor. Other things to consider like the credentials of the service provider (i.e. Are they an Invisalign Preferred Provider?), length of treatment and practice location also contribute to the overall costs that may not be immediately apparent in dollar value.
Indeed it may be wiser to look at reducing the costs through keener research, comparing between the various service providers and seeking out alternative payment methods.
If your private health insurance covers orthodontic treatment, it may well help to defray part of the costs. Otherwise, you can also take advantage of the various payment plans that dental practices offer to help spread out the costs over time.
Depending on the type of orthodontic issue that you have, Invisalign is not for everyone. To make an informed decision, it’s advisable to consult a dentist who can recommend the best available options.
In the meantime, you can read up on more information for Invisalign.
Looking for an alternative to metal braces? Our friendly and experienced team at North Sydney Dental Practice is here to assist.
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