Are you considering Invisalign braces?
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that helps to straighten teeth without the use of the typical metal braces. Invisalign has quickly revolutionized the orthodontics world. Now patients have a different option besides ugly metal brackets. Invisalign involves wearing a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners that help shift your teeth into the proper position. Patients who would have never considered braces before are now giving Invisalign a shot. For many people, though, the choice comes down to cost.
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How much do Invisalign braces cost? Are they worth the money, or are you better off going the traditional braces route?
The typical price of Invisalign braces is usually a bit higher than regular braces. The average cost, according to the manufacturer, is between R48 000 and R110 000. Your dentist or orthodontist can give you a better estimate of the price. The factors that come into play are the extent of the alignment your teeth require and how many aligners you need throughout the treatment. The typical cost of regular braces varies widely, but is usually in the range of R35 000 to R85 000. Again, the cost varies on a case-by-case basis, depending on your individual needs, and should be discussed with your dentist.
Most dental insurance plans cover Invisalign just as they would regular braces, but check with the insurance company first to determine the extent of their coverage.
In the end, it is up to you and your orthodontist to decide which is the best treatment for your individual case. The average Invisalign price is not that much higher than regular braces and the unique advantages Invisalign offers – like being able to take the aligners out to eat and brush your teeth – often outweigh the slight difference in price. If cost is a big concern for you, talk to your dentist about payment options. Many providers will offer flexible monthly payment plans to spread out the Invisalign braces cost over a longer period.
The Treatment Process
Before a treatment option can be created, your Provider will take an impression of your teeth to check whether they can be straightened using the Invisalign System. Once confirmed, a detailed treatment plan will then be developed using ClinCheck®, our virtual 3D treatment plan. ClinCheck shows the series of movements your teeth are projected to go through over the course of the treatment – so you can see how your teeth are expected to look at the end of your Invisalign treatment before it even begins.
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When you begin your Invisalign treatment, you will wear each set of custom-made aligners in two-week increments. As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will begin moving, little by little, gradually moving towards the projected final position.
During this time you will have occasional check-ups with your Invisalign Provider in order to monitor your progress and ensure you are comfortable with the treatment.