The Cost of Invisalign Treatment in Singapore
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) because they do not include pre-treatment, mid-treatment and aftercare expenses, for example: Dental X-Rays, Treatment Planning and Retainers.
In any case, do make sure to ask your dentist if the price quoted to you includes refinements to achieve a better final result. The final cost of Invisalign treatment is highly depend primarily on your specific needs.
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 demarcate the number of aligners manufactured for you, and by extension, the laboratory fees that your dentist has to pay to Invisalign. As explained, the main differences in cost are due to the complexity and your case requirements.
If your case requires a lot of tooth movement (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 braces treatment but your teeth have relapsed) You should definitely consult a dentist to see which treatment package is more suitable for you.
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 (Per Arch)||Up to 7 Invisalign clear aligners||Up to 14 Invisalign clear alginers||Up to 26 Invisalign clear aligners||Unlimited number of aligners; as many aligners as possible to reach desired clinical outcome|
|Type of cases that are suitable||Suitable for relapse cases or very minor cases requiring minimal movement||Suitable for cases involving mild crowding or spacing||Suitable for mild to moderate cases of srowding, spacing and skeletal discrepancies||Suitable for patients that have moderate to severe crowding, spacing, vertical and anteroposterior descrepancies.|
|Additional Refinement Aligners||One additional set included; which is available for use prior to the expiration of the treatment plan||Two additional set 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.|
|Expiration period (from time of approval of ClinCheck)||1 year||2 years||3 years||5 years|
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 is a prediction of how teeth will move, and sometimes teeth may move slightly differently from the virtual treatment plan. When this happens, more Invisalign aligners may be needed to achieve the desired final result.
Consequently, most dentists prefer to choose a treatment option that allows for a reasonable degree of error, rather than having to get their patients to pay more for additional aligners down the road.
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.
Dental Insurance for Invisalign?
Dental insurance coverage for orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign is usually an additional benefit that does not come as standard on most health insurance plans.
Furthermore, Invisalign treatment is usually considered as an 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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