Invisalign® is a popular choice for adults and teenagers who are interested in a discreet and convenient method of straightening their teeth. Many Oakville and Burlington patients want to know about the cost of Invisalign clear aligners, sometimes referred to as invisible braces, when they are considering this treatment.

Costs for these custom clear aligners can vary significantly based on several factors; it’s helpful to understand how these factors impact costs. 

Severity of Your Orthodontic Issue

One of the most significant factors that impact the cost of Invisalign treatment is the severity of your case. Invisalign is a versatile treatment that can address a wide range of orthodontic problems, from mild misalignments to more complex cases. The complexity of the treatment will directly affect the duration of the treatment plan and the number of aligners required. More severe issues will typically require a longer and more intensive treatment, which, in turn, will increase the overall cost.

Treatment Duration and Number of Aligners

The length of your Invisalign treatment will vary depending on your specific case. Mild misalignments may only require a few months of treatment, while more complex treatment will require a bit longer time correcting the teeth with Invisalign. Your dentist will discuss your treatment timeline prior to starting treatment. Invisalign treatments involve using a set of aligners, or trays, that are designed to be worn in a sequence. Each tray is worn for one week before moving to the next in the series. The longer the treatment duration, the more aligners you will need, and the more visits to the dentist may be required.

Insurance Coverage

Orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign, may sometimes be covered by dental insurance plans. The amount of coverage varies based on the plan. Ask at your dental office to help determine how much of the treatment may be covered. 

Financing Options

To make Invisalign treatment more accessible, many dental practices offer financing options to help make your straighter smile within reach. These options may include payment plans or third-party financing companies that allow patients to spread the cost of treatment over a more extended period.

Post-Treatment Retainers

Once treatment with Invisalign is complete, it’s time to keep those aligned teeth from moving, and you will be provided with a set of retainers.

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Costs of Not Seeking Orthodontic Treatment

The benefits of treatments such as Invisalign extend beyond cosmetic concerns. Invisalign reduces the risks of other dental health issues, and correcting a bite misalignment can make speaking and eating easier. The potential long-term costs of not seeking orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign, should be considered, as untreated orthodontic issues can lead to various complications and expenses down the road. 

Dental Health Costs

Misaligned teeth and bite issues can lead to dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth wear. When teeth are crowded or crooked, it becomes more challenging to clean them effectively, increasing the risk of dental issues. The cost of dental treatments, such as fillings, root canals, and gum disease therapy, can build up.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder Costs

Untreated orthodontic issues can contribute to TMJ disorders, causing jaw pain, headaches, and difficulty in opening and closing the mouth. Treating TMJ problems often involves more extensive and costly procedures, including surgery and long-term management.

Benefits of Earlier Orthodontic Treatment

Seeking orthodontic treatment earlier in life can save money, not only because it may prevent more significant issues from developing, saving on those costs, but, additionally, because the orthodontic treatment itself tends to be shorter and less expensive the earlier you receive it. Treatment plans are often shorter and less expensive compared to waiting until orthodontic problems become more severe and complex.

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Invisalign in Oakville and Burlington: Book a Consultation for an Accurate Estimate

South Oak Dental offers Invisalign treatments at our dental office, serving Burlington and Oakville patients. If you have concerns about costs, Dr. Sidiura can discuss that during your free consultation; he will ensure that the cost for Invisalign is not a barrier for patients when deciding on improving their smile. Contact us today – we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about Invisalign braces, and provide you with an individual customized treatment plan to get you started on your journey to achieve straight teeth.