For those who want to straighten their teeth, the choices come down to Invisalign or traditional metal braces. The cost of both is comparable, depending on patient needs, but in some cases, metal braces will work better than the aligners. In addition, the success of using Invisalign is dependent on the patient actually wearing the aligners each day, meaning the method may not be the best choice for every individual.
The decision can also be based on cost. While mild or moderate straightening is typically best accomplished with Invisalign, some patients may choose metal braces because it saves them some money.
The cost of Invisalign treatment is based on a patient's insurance plan, their flexible spending account or the payment plan they arrange with the orthodontist's office. Insurance and flexible spending generally have set amounts to help cover treatment expenses. An individual payment plan has the advantage of affordability and having the treatment completely paid for before it ends.
Most insurance providers consider Invisalign the same as metal braces and will pay the same amount on either treatment method. This is usually up to $3,500 of the total cost. Patients should contact their providers directly to determine the amount of coverage they have. It should be noted that the insurance company and the dental office will be unable to provide an absolute percentage of what will be paid. There is only an estimate to give the patient an idea of cost.
Some patients may benefit more from choosing metal braces because they are not removable and ensure treatment compliance. The drawbacks are dietary restrictions and a strict cleaning regimen. The cost of braces depends on how complex the patient's needs are and how long the adjustment period lasts. When a patient needs to straighten only a few teeth, metal braces are often faster and less costly than Invisalign. In more complicated circumstances where the patient requires removal of teeth, tooth rotation, teeth that need be moved, bridge expansion or jaw adjustment, braces are the best course of treatment, even though it will take much longer.
Braces have an average cost of about $5,000. Patients usually do not pay the entire amount because most of the cost is covered by flexible spending, insurance and individual payment plans. This is an affordable way to have a more functional mouth and a straight, beautiful smile.
Whether the choice is Invisalign or traditional metal braces, the experienced staff at Robison Ortho will help patients to achieve their smile goals.