One of the first questions people tend to have when considering Invisalign is, "How much will it cost?" The good news is that most individuals are pleasantly surprised to discover that the cost of Invisalign® treatment is usually comparable to the cost of traditional braces.
Of course, your doctor will be able to fully determine your cost, which is based on the specifics of your individual needs. These factors can include the complexity of your case, how long your treatment will take, and your orthodontic insurance coverage. Even your location can have an effect on the price of treatment. In the U.S., the cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, with the national average at about $5,000. For very simple cases (up to five sets of aligners), Invisalign can cost as little as $2000, and sometimes even less. Check with your Invisalign provider to determine what treatment option is best for you.
Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would other orthodontic treatments like braces. Either your Invisalign Provider or your insurance carrier can help you to determine the exact coverage for your treatment. About a quarter of Invisalign patients receive insurance compensation for their treatment. On average, insurance pays over $500 of treatment costs.1
If your insurance does not cover all of your treatment costs or if cost is a concern for you, talk to your Invisalign Provider about payment options — many doctors can offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans. About one third of Invisalign patients use financing options to spread their treatment costs out over time.1
Many companies offer their employees FSAs. An FSA allows you to set aside a portion of your paycheck in order to pay for qualified medical expenses.
The money you elect to contribute is deducted from your pay and transferred directly into your FSA and, therefore, is not subject to payroll taxes. After incurring eligible medical costs, you can then submit your receipt for reimbursement from your FSA provider.
Since Invisalign falls under orthodontic treatment, these costs can qualify for FSA reimbursement. If your company offers an FSA and you know you'd like to use it to pay for Invisalign, plan ahead and consult your benefits department. When it comes time to enroll in your program, you can authorize a deduction for the appropriate amount for your Invisalign treatment and save money while doing it, since it's a pre-tax contribution. It's an easy and convenient way to get the smile you want.
1November 2010 Invisalign Patient Survey