How Much Does Invisalign or Clear Aligner Cost?

Invisalign

LAST UPDATED: JULY 29, 2016 

Invisalign is used in order to correct the positions of the teeth over time by inducing slight pressure to move them. Since Invisalign is clear, they are hardly noticed even when smiling or talking. Aside from that, patients can also remove them while eating, brushing, or cleaning the appliances themselves. The device will have to be worn from 20 to 22 hours per day in order to yield the maximum effects and stick to the treatment’s duration plan. Aligners are replaced once every two weeks as they are made based on the stages simulated by the Align Technology. The aligners in different stages vary in shape and pressure applied to your teeth thus changing them regularly is required to achieve the desired results.

Invisalign FAQ

How is Invisalign made?

Undergoing treatment with the use of Invisalign is done by first evaluating the patient’s teeth. Dental impression systems are then used in order to acquire the patients’ teeth impressions which will be sent to Align Technology as basis for creating your aligners. Once all the details are sent, three dimensional simulations are used to predict the movement and placement of the teeth while undergoing the treatment. Hence, the Invisalign made in every stage will be based on these models.

How did Invisalign start?

Align Technology Inc. started up in 1997, received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance in 1998, began sales of Invisalign to orthodontists in 1999, furthermore by late 2001 had manufactured one million unique clear aligners. In 2002, Invisalign became available to general dentistry practitioners, and after mid-2003 dental schools added Invisalign to their curricula. The Invisalign system is now available in more than 45 countries.

How much does Invisalign or clear aligner cost?

One of the first questions people ask about this or any similar orthodontic treatment with clear, removable tooth aligners is how much does Invisalign cost. As a result, some questioners find the cost of Invisalign treatment comparable to the average cost for traditional metal braces . Others also find the treatment price higher. Orthodontists set the price for each treatment, and the cost varies considerably from practitioner to practitioner.

How long does Invisalign take?

Of course, periodic follow-up dental appointments are necessary to check progress. Invisalign requires 20 to 30 aligners for both the upper and lower teeth, and most adults complete their treatment within a year. Identically, ClearCorrect treatment for moderate cases requires 32 steps delivered in eight phases and sometimes 12 steps in three phases. Consequently, treatment times vary according to specific alignment problems.

What is the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces?

  Braces (irremovable)        vs  Invisalign (removable)  
Metal-typically silver; can pay extra for color or enamel colorColorClear/invisible
24/7 for an average of 2 years, depending on patient needsTreatment time22-24 hrs/day for 6 to 18 months, depending on patient needs
Brush brackets and wires regularly while brushing teeth; water pick may be helpful.MaintenanceInvisalign Cleaning system, or brushing and rinsing trays in luke warm water
About every monthFollow up visitsChange aligner trays every 2 weeks; visits every 4 to 6 weeks
Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at nightFollow up to treatmentPositioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night
  • More effective for more complex issues
  • No temptation to leave them out, so less self discipline is needed for success
  • No extra cleaning steps required besides regular brushing and flossing
Pros
  • Invisible
  • Removable
  • Zero issues with food getting caught
  • No difficulty eating
  • No discomfort from wires
  • Some pain, sores or discomfort from wires, brackets or tooth movement
  • May have some tooth discoloration or breakage
  • Difficulty eating sticky, hard foods
Cons
  • May have discomfort from tooth movement
  • Must remove before eating or drinking anything but water
  • Must brush after each meal to avoid staining
Patients playing rough contact sports regularlyNOT ideal for

Patients with:

  • bridgework
  • back tooth bite issues
  • the need to rotate canines or premolars
  • the need to move teeth vertically
  • lack of discipline to keep trays in for at least 22 hours daily

Call Us Today

In Ohio, adults, teenagers and children can visit King Orthodontics to have a complimentary consultation with an orthodontist. Accordingly, At our facilities, we have two experts, including:

• Dr. Sam King
• Dr. Jack King

Furthermore, we have two offices where we examine and treat patients, and you can call:

• Fairborn – 937-433-0830
• Centerville – 937-433-0830

In addition, our patients are treated with customized orthodontia that includes:

• Invisalign – for teens or adults
• Clear braces – made of color-matching ceramic materials
• Metal – traditional metal brackets and wires

Schedule an appointment with us today for a complete evaluation to learn about the type of orthodontia required for you or your child’s teeth.

King Orthodontics, 400 East Dayton, Yellow Springs Rd. Fairborn, OH 45324

Phone: (937) 878-1561 Fax: (937) 433-9530

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