It’s not a matter of apples vs. oranges when you compare the cost of Invisalign to traditional braces. As a newer treatment option with cosmetically pleasing perks, many patients assume the cost of Invisalign will be more than traditional stainless steel braces. The clear plastic trays of Invisalign treatment offer not only a similar cost to metal braces but also similar alignment results.
Here are some surprising similarities:
Frequency of orthodontic visits
In general, patients treated with braces and Invisalign visit the orthodontist in Jonesboro, Georgia no more than once a month. The orthodontist tightens braces during this visit while the Invisalign patient receives a new set of tighter aligners. Patients switch aligners every two weeks with Invisalign but only see the doctor every six weeks.
For both cases, the treatment initiates with an accurate scope of the mouth via a combination of x-rays, photos, or impressions. Both require a longer time for the initial appointments. Braces need an initial placement visit while Invisalign calls for impressions of the mouth. In each case, the patient adjusts to the standards of treatment and learns proper home care.
Treatment length depends on the patient
An average cost is an average cost for both treatments. For more challenging cases, braces require a longer treatment time and Invisalign entails a great number of different aligners during treatment. The complexity of your case and your treatment goals impact cost in both scenarios.
Insurance providers are expected to provide reimbursement for teeth alignment regardless of the method. Both braces and Invisalign are treatments likely covered to the same extent. Ask your orthodontist about financing to cover the cost of Invisalign.
Either your orthodontist or your insurance provider can answer questions about coverage. A flexible savings account offers a no-tax way to finance your treatment in both scenarios. For teens, replacement aligners may be available for a reduced fee or a certain quantity entirely free of charge.
Similar dental alignment benefits
What kinds of results can you get? Good candidates for both options achieve similar results. An aligned smile benefits the patient cosmetically. The functional and health benefits are not trivial.
Optimal chewing, speaking, jaw position, and cleaning benefits are expected in both cases. Bacteria cause tooth decay and gum disease. Aligned teeth allow for plaque removal and eliminate the risk of wear or injury from misalignment.
If the treatments are similar in these ways, why choose Invisalign over braces? Patients with cosmetic concerns or compromised gum health benefit from Invisalign. The practically invisible trays remove for efficient cleaning. Expect no stains on teeth treated with Invisalign, which lowers the overall treatment cost. Invisalign permits patients to eat all the crunchy foods they enjoy.
You can learn more about Invisalign on the Homegrown Orthodontics website.