Although you can achieve the same result of having healthy and beautiful teeth using both the Invisalign treatment and conventional braces, it is important to know the differences between the two before deciding on a treatment solution. Below is more information on the two options; the expected investment for each, and the payment options available.
Choosing Invisalign or braces
Since the early 2000’s when Invisalign was introduced, an ongoing debate has been taking place between choosing Invisalign or conventional braces. Everyone wants healthy and beautiful teeth but it is important to educate yourself on what to expect, the benefits, and potential costs of healthy teeth before engaging in a procedure.
The first question to consider is the benefits and differences between choosing Invisalign or braces. Especially for adults, an invisible and comfortable solution like Invisalign can make all the difference in continuing a healthy work-life balance.
Designed using X-rays and 3-D technology, the Invisalign treatment takes the form of your teeth perfectly and can be easily removed during meals to avoid the potential damages that conventional braces are exposed to.
Cost of the investment
The cost of Invisalign is comparable to the investment for conventional braces. In Australia, the Invisalign treatment can cost from $6,000 to $9,000 on average, but can cost as little as $4,500, based on the severity of the correction needed.
No matter what, your orthodontist will be the one able to clearly describe the investment to expect based on your individual treatment needs. The orthodontist will consider the complexity of the case, how long the treatment should be expected to take, and the insurance coverage available. Talk to one of our orthodontists in Newtown or Belmont for more information.
It is important to check your health fund about the coverage and medical benefits your policy provides. The Invisalign treatment should be covered to a similar extent as conventional braces if your health insurance policy has orthodontic coverage.
You can also apply your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) on your Invisalign treatment. As much as $2,500 of your pretax dollars can be used through your FSA to cover the Invisalign treatment. You will then be able to apply for FSA reimbursement.
Another solution is to talk to your orthodontist about a monthly payment plan that is affordable and provides some flexibility.