Many people choose Invisalign treatment over conventional braces. The main reason is because it’s more discreet. As the cost of “invisible” braces continue to become more competitive, this trend is likely to accelerate.
Aligner trays will probably never completely replace traditional braces.
But as long as the cost of invisalign remains comparable to the cost of traditional braces, this treatment method will continue to become more popular.
After reading this Invisalign cost guide, you’ll have a good understanding of how much you should expect to pay and a good idea of how to save money on Invisalign treatment.
Let’s start with the hard costs first.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
Invisalign, or “invisible braces”, usually costs $3500-$8500 total.
Invisalign is really a name brand of clear orthodontic aligners. They also go by the names invisible braces, clear braces, clear retainers, aligner trays, and similar.
The Invisalign brand was the first. That’s why their name is synonymous with the product itself—similar to how the name of the brand Kleenex is often used as a substitute for tissue paper.
You can only get Invisalign brand aligner trays through a certified dentist or orthodontist. There are other premium brands such as Damon Clear that you can only get from a professional as well. The price range is similar.
Invisalign provides a cost calculator that might help you get a good estimate of how much you should expect to pay for the full treatment.
Just like conventional braces, the cost of treatment depends on a variety of factors. These include things like the severity of alignment issues, time of treatment, location, and experience level of the orthodontist.
Understanding potential associated costs will help you sort through your options later.
Associated Costs of Invisalign
You probably already understand that you’re paying for (a) the aligner trays themselves and (b) the labor costs of your orthodontist.
However, these costs can break down in different ways. Sorting out and comparing these fees is one of the ways you can save money on your invisible braces—as we’ll go into more depth about later.
More popular orthodontists may ask $100-200 for the initial consultation.
X-rays may be required and your orthodontist may charge $25-250. It may be a good idea to get X-Rays elsewhere and bring them with you (or at least suggest it).
You’ll also likely to need continuing treatment via nighttime retainer for some months or years after initial treatment. Aftercare costs may exceed $1,000.
If your alignment issues are less severe, you can likely save money through a less involved program (with less associated costs).
Invisalign Express Cost
Invisalign Express is a treatment specifically designed for those with minor crowding and spacing issues. Treatment is predictably faster and more affordable.
Invisalign Express can cost $1,500-4,500 with the average somewhere around $2,500.
Less expensive still: at-home clear aligner trays.
Smile Direct Club
a couple different payment options. In the end, Smile Direct Club will cost you about $2,500 total.
You can start with your impression kit here. Remember, it’s risk free.
There aren’t many ways to reduce the cost on these specialized programs (in fact, you won’t find any). But you can find a few ways to reduce standard orthodontic retainer treatment if you try hard enough.