It can be challenging to budget for Invisalign treatment if you don’t have an accurate cost estimate. So, how much does Invisalign cost? And what factors into the cost of treatment? Our Invisalign providers in Omaha, NE are here to answer your questions.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear, custom-made aligner that resembles a retainer. While not permanently fixed, Invisalign gradually straightens your teeth – similar to traditional braces! In general, Invisalign is used to treat a variety of dental issues such as gaps, crowded teeth, open bites, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Using 3D computer imaging, Invisalign’s clear aligners are nearly invisible. Plus, they’re removable and comfortable! Here’s how Invisalign’s system works.
Comparable to metal braces, Invisalign aligners gently press on the teeth as they move into place. Your teeth will move incrementally, which means each set of aligners is straighter than the last! You’ll also need to see your dentist every six weeks to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
The cost of Invisalign is determined by multiple factors, including how much attention and work is needed, how long it will take to move your teeth into the desired position, and what your insurance plan will cover. Our dental professionals in Omaha, NE break down the cost of Invisalign below.
Invisalign is designed to treat moderate misalignment cases. Severe issues (gaps in teeth, crowded teeth, etc.) usually take more time and aligners to correct, raising the cost of treatment.
During your consultation, our dentists will evaluate your teeth to determine how long Invisalign treatment will take.
Associated costs may also be included in the price of Invisalign or charged separately, including:
X-rays or 3D imaging
Attachments for extra aligner grip
After you’ve completed treatment, your teeth may have a natural tendency to shift. Because of this, our dentists may recommend retainers. Retainers aren’t included in Invisalign costs, however, the price will vary by dentist.
Length of Treatment
How long you’ll need to wear your Invisalign aligners varies. Depending on case complexity, some patients are finished with treatment in under six months, while others surpass a year.
Invisalign aligners should be worn 20-22 hours a day.
Our dentists recommend only taking your trays out when eating and brushing your teeth. It’s also important to clean your Invisalign aligners each time you remove them.
Factors that may affect the length of treatment generally include:
Gaps in teeth - Invisalign treatment can take up to 18 months for moderate to severe gaps. Our dentists may suggest alternative treatments in cases where the jaw is too large or the teeth are too small.
Crowded teeth - Mild crowding is corrected in less than six months, while moderate crowding takes up to a year. Crowded teeth usually need to move further, which extends treatment time.
Patient age - In most cases, because they’re still growing, a teen’s teeth will move easier than adults. Regardless of age, some people’s teeth shift into place faster than others.
Compliance - Not wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours a day can cause your teeth to shift back to their initial position. Not only does this affect treatment time, but it also impacts the fit of your trays.
In most cases, Invisalign treatment delivers exact results. With regular office visits, our dentists will evaluate your progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed. However, issues can arise. For instance, if a patient's teeth are moving slower than expected, our dentists will create new custom aligners to refine your smile.
Refinements don’t cost extra with Invisalign’s full-treatment plan, however, you may want to verify with your dentist.
Dentist or Orthodontist Experience
In most cases, an experienced dentist with a portfolio of Invisalign successes will charge more than a new dental professional. Therefore, you may need to decide between experience and affordability, but not always!
Is Invisalign Covered by Insurance?
Invisalign may be covered by your insurance provider, however, this varies on a case by case basis. If your dental plan includes orthodontic benefits, you might receive partial coverage. However, don’t assume your insurance provider will help, only to find out it isn’t covered. We always recommend contacting your provider, before committing to an Invisalign plan.
Health Saving Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA), which generate funds over time, can also be used to pay for Invisalign.
Invisalign Payment Options
At Eagle Run West Dental Group, we want Invisalign to be affordable for everyone! Our Invisalign payment options include:
No interest or extended payment plans, for 6-12 months, with Lending Club, Lending USA, or Care Credit for 6-12 months
Flex Plan payments that fit your needs
American Express, MasterCard, Discover, and Visa credit cards are accepted.
Insurance (consult with your insurance provider to see what your plan covers.)
Invisalign Providers in Omaha, NE
Invisalign’s advanced technology and high-quality materials usually make it more expensive than braces. The benefits of Invisalign, however, make it the preferred straightening treatment of millions worldwide.