Orthodontic treatment is an investment. It not only increases one’s self-confidence but also improves overall oral health and wellness. However, the initial price tag can deter some patients from seeking treatment. Luckily, orthodontic care, including braces and even Invisalign, is covered by most dental insurance.
The cost of Invisalign treatment has leveled out over the years to roughly match that of clear braces, although it can be slightly higher in some cases. That being said, when looking at the many perks that Invisalign offers, the slight price increase is more than justifiable.
The cost of orthodontic treatment can vary, depending on the severity of your individual case, the age you are at treatment, and the treatment option you choose. ValuePenguin.com lists the average cost of metal braces between $3,000 and $6,000, while the average cost of Invisalign is between $3,000 and $8,000. Your insurance should cover some of this cost, and if you are on the lower end, maybe even most of the cost. Any amount not covered by insurance becomes the responsibility of the patient.
Most dental insurance covers the cost of Invisalign the same as they do for braces. Before undergoing treatment, it is important to look at your coverage and determine if it is covered, and if it is, to what extent. Most insurance plans will only cover a percentage of the cost of treatment, or up to a certain dollar amount.
During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will discuss the scope of your treatment, and outline the cost of treatment. Then, working with a financial coordinator, the orthodontic clinic will ensure you get the most out of your dental insurance benefits, and can help you set up a payment plan to cover any remaining balance.
If you believe you or your child will be in need of orthodontic treatment in the future, it is a good idea to start looking into your insurance benefits to understand what is covered. If your current plan is not adequate, you can look into adding to your insurance benefits to ensure you have a plan that will adequately cover any orthodontic costs, including Invisalign.
No patient should ever have to avoid treatment because they feel it costs too much. Invisalign is an excellent orthodontic option that is comfortable, removable and invisible and patients should be able to choose Invisalign as their treatment option, if they are ideal candidates, without worrying about the cost.
By ensuring your dental insurance plan covers orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign, you or your child can be on the road to a straighter, healthier smile in no time.
Dr. Salmassian is a Board Certified Orthodontist and specializes in comprehensive orthodontic care for the whole family. For any Questions regarding this article or to schedule your complimentary orthodontic consultation please contact our office at 661-222-7444 or visit us at www.salmassianortho.com