Cost of Invisalign
This question is possibly the most common question that our dentists get from patients who are interested in getting started on Invisalign treatment.
In this article, we’ll discuss some of the factors that ultimately determine the cost of your Invisalign treatment.
What’s the Cost of Invisalign?
Invisalign treatment in Singapore typically ranges from about $4500 – $8000 when performed by a general dentist, while the cost of Invisalign lies between $7000 – $9500 for treatment by an orthodontist (braces specialist).
Some dental clinics do offer patients lower prices ($3500 to $6000 range) simply due to the fact that this price does not include the pre-treatment assessments , mid-treatment procedures and post Invisalign treatment costs, such as tooth extractions when needed, dental x-rays, treatment planning and retainers.
In any case, do make sure to check with your dentist if the price quoted to you includes refinement aligners to allow achieve a better final result. The final cost of Invisalign treatment is highly depend primarily on your needs, requirements and the complexity of your case.
Generally, simpler cases require fewer aligners, as compared to complex cases which require more aligners, so it may be helpful to get a personalised cost estimate from a few different dentists.
What accounts for the difference in Invisalign pricing?
The price of Invisalign is highly dependant upon the complexity of the movements required during treatment. The complexity correlates with the number of aligners required for treatment and the duration of treatment.
Invisalign treatment options are broadly divided into 4 categories:
These categories reflect the number of aligners manufactured for you, which will correlate to the laboratory fees that your dentist has to pay to Invisalign. As explained, the main differences between each of the categories in cost of Invisalign treatment are due to the complexity of your case.
If your case requires complex tooth movements, requires teeth move a lot(ie. more aligners), or tooth extractions to create space to correct crowding or protrusion, this will usually result in a longer treatment time and require a comprehensive treatment option.
On the other hand, you may be suitable for an Invisalign Lite treatment if you only have minor crowding (Eg. if you had previous orthodontic treatment in the past, but your teeth have relapsed or shifted) You should definitely consult a dentist to better understand which treatment package is more suitable for your case.
Invisalign Consultation Cost?
Most Invisalign consultations cost $50-$100 on average. This excludes the records that may be taken on the consultation visit should you go ahead with Invisalign treatment plan.
Some clinics do absorb the consultation fees if you decide to proceed with Invisalign Treatment.
Do remember to ask the clinic’s front staff on the phone about the consultation fees before you make an appointment.
|Number of aligners|
|Up to 7 Invisalign clear aligners||Up to 14 Invisalign clear aligners||Up to 26 Invisalign clear aligners||Unlimited number of Invisalign clear aligners; as many aligners as possible to reach desired final outcome.|
|Suitable Cases For Package||Suitable for relapse cases or very minor cases requiring minimal movement (Small gaps between teeth)||Suitable for cases involving mild crowding or spacing issues||Suitable for mild to moderate cases of crowding and spacing issues||Suitable for patients that have moderate to severe crowding, spacing issues.|
|Additional Refinement Aligners||One additional set of additional aligners included; which is available for use prior to the expiration of the treatment plan||Two additional sets of aligners included; which is available for use prior to the expiration of the treatment plan||Unlimited additional set of aligners included; which is available for use prior to the expiration of the treatment plan.||Unlimited additional set of aligners included; which is available for use prior to the expiration of the treatment plan.|
Express, Lite, Moderate or Comprehensive Treatment?
Generally, each Invisalign aligner is able to achieve up to 0.25mm of tooth movement. Your dentist will determine which option is most suited for you based on the complexity of your case and the amount of movement required. However, patients must understand that virtual planning/simulations and actual outcomes are two different things altogether.
What happens on the computer screen can be quite different from what happens in a patient’s mouth.
The virtual treatment plan shown to patients is only a prediction of how teeth will move, and sometimes teeth may move slightly differently from the virtual treatment plan shown. When this happens, more Invisalign aligners may be needed to achieve the desired final result.
As such, the majority of dentists usually prefer to select a treatment plan that provides a larger degree of error. As this will provide patients the assurance that they won’t need to pay for additional aligners at a later stage.
Are there subsidies for Invisalign treatment?
This is a common question that our dentists get all the time. Unfortunately, there are also NO subsidies from the government/MOH for orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign in government hospitals, public clinics or in private clinics in Singapore
The main rationale for this is that Invisalign treatment is considered to be “elective”, meaning that treatment is ‘not necessary’ and not doing the treatment would not affect basic functions (hence if you choose to do it for aesthetic reasons, you will have to pay for the treatment by yourself). Hence, it will be hard to justify tax payers’ money for a procedure that is not necessary as compared to a surgical extraction for wisdom teeth or placement of a dental implant.
Dental Insurance for Invisalign?
Dental insurance coverage for orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign is usually an additional benefit that does not generally come as standard feature on most dental insurance plans.
Furthermore, Invisalign treatment is usually considered as a form of non-essential aesthetic treatment and is usually not covered even with a dental cover in most insurance plans.
Do check with your insurer if your dental insurance covers orthodontic treatment.
So, What’s Next?
If you’ve got more questions about Invisalign Treatment in Singapore. You can read up more on our dedicated page on Invisalign Treatment in Singapore, or you could contact us directly to speak to one of our Invisalign accredited providers.
We would suggest for you to speak to one of our dentists. Our Invisalign accredited providers are experienced, ready to answer all your queries, and will discuss all the possible treatment options available for you.
At the end of the day, we believe that the right dentist for you is the one who will lay out all your treatment options on the table, allowing you to make informed decisions, while ensuring that your entire treatment process is as enjoyable, comfortable and hassle-free as possible.
Good communication between you and your dentist is the best way to ensure a smooth and successful treatment.
In addition, please only proceed with the treatment if you are fully comfortable with the treatment plan proposed by your Invisalign provider.
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