Invisalign is a popular alternative to conventional braces. Commonly referred to as invisible braces because of their subtle presence. Invisalign teeth aligners are removable and clear. The cost are comparable and slightly higher than traditional braces. Both methods improve your dental aesthetics, however, there are differences. Invisalign can be less effective for serious cases but more versatile for recipients. Invisalign refers to the brand which entered the “clear orthodontic aligners” market first, which is why most consumers associate the brand and product together.
How does Invisalign work?
Recipients receive a customized treatment plan which involves a series of custom-made clear aligners which gradually move teeth into your ideal position. The clear mouthpieces are made from acrylic or plastic material and are switched out for a new set every couple (2-4) weeks.
How long will I need Invisalign?
The answer is based on your circumstance but the average time is anywhere from a little under a year to 2 years. Adults who had corrective measures done in the past like braces may benefit from teeth aligners and may see results in as little as 3 months.
Who can get Invisalign?
While the treatment can be applied to children, teens and adults, it is found most effective in the younger demographic who has growing teeth and jaw.
Similarities with metal braces
Both are good options for alignment issues
Both require consultation with a certified professional
Differences with metal braces
Braces are better for more involved cases requiring greater corrective measures
Invisalign is removable
Can be monitored by orthodontist or dentist
Clear and almost invisible
The price range can be more expensive in the upper limit
Must take off before eating or brushing
Smile Corp – low cost alternative
Damon Clear – another premium competitor
The list is growing and growing as the “invisible braces” industry is becoming more and more popular. Alignment mouthpiece startups are happening everywhere. Be sure to do your research.
The cost of dental alignment retainers is impacted by many factors. We can only provide you with a very rough estimate. As everyone’s dental situation is different, it is best to consult with a certified professional in your area to get an exact price. Keep in mind, there are consultation fees for first time visitors. Perform due diligence by researching local providers.
Dependent on the duration of your treatment
Extent of the issues requiring correction
Specific details of the treatment plan
Time/age of treatment
Experience of the orthodontist
There are multiple sources for costs ranging from $2000-$8000+
Initial consultation ranges from $100 to $200
X-rays can cost from $25-250
Post treatment may require nighttime retainers for months or years. This can exceed $1000
Lower your Invisalign Costs
Small business owners in Canada can take advantage of a Health Spending Account (HSA) to turn their dental expenses into a pre-tax expense through their corporation. This can equate to more than 50% in savings. An HSA is a tax-free benefit applicable to single person businesses, self-employed contractors, or a small business with 2 or more employees. A Health Spending Account is typically the most cost-effective method.
If you are NOT a small business owner, you can file these costs under the Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC). It is a non-refundable tax credit applied through your personal tax return.
A third alternative is to claim through an existing health and dental insurance plan. Coverage will depend on your plan and provider. In most cases, you will have to determine maximums, restrictions, deductibles, copay and other terms.