The Cost of Invisalign

Bethlehem Invisalign Orthodontist PennsylvaniaThe cost of Invisalign depends on the crookedness of your teeth, the amount of time it will take to straighten your teeth and the expertise of your Invisalign doctor.

Read on to learn about the cost of Invisalign Full, Teen, Assist, Express 10 and Express 5.

By the end, you’ll be able to choose the best Invisalign for you.

1. How crooked are your teeth?

The price of Invisalign is directly related to how crooked your teeth are.

Mild crowding, minor rotations, and small spaces are the types of crooked teeth that can be corrected easily with Invisalign. For these imperfections, Invisalign Express 10 or Express 5 can cost as little as $2000.

At Viechnicki Orthodontics Bethlehem, we commonly use Invisalign Express when the bottom teeth are mildly crowded. At Viechnicki Orthodontics Kutztown, Invisalign Express is usually used to “touch-up” the top front teeth for graduations and weddings.

If your teeth are more than mildly crooked, you may want to consider Invisalign Full, Assist, or Teen.

With the recent advances in Invisalign, anyone can get treated with Invisalign. (Though, truthfully, some patterns of crooked teeth are better treated with braces)

Invisalign Full is the least expensive comprehensive form of Invisalign. Invisalign prices for comprehensive orthodontic treatment are between $4,800 and $8,000 in Bethlehem, PA and Kutztown, PA.

Invisalign Teen is the next most expensive form of comprehensive Invisalign. The Teen version of Invisalign includes “compliance-indicators”, the ability to plan for permanent teeth to erupt into position, and replacement of up to 6 lost aligners. All of these features help ensure the best Invisalign treatment for teens.

Invisalign Assist is the most expensive form of Invisalign. It is designed to introduce new Invisalign doctors to the system. This is a service provided by Align Technology (the makers of Invisalign) that guides beginning doctors in making better decisions. It is typically used by dentists with limited experience in orthodontic tooth movement. Invisalign Assist fees are much higher because of this guidance from Align Technology than the fees for Invisalign Full.

Often, however, a starting Invisalign doctor will absorb the higher fees in order to quote a lower fee to their patient. The patient may get a lower fee because the starting Invisalign doctor wants the opportunity to practice using Invisalign.

2. How long will Invisalign take?

Invisalign treatment takes between 2.5 months and 2 years.

The estimated time is included in the initial price of Invisalign. Additional costs may include replacement of lost or broken aligners. Extra impressions because of infrequent aligner wear may also add to the fee.

The length of treatment is important because longer treatments have more opportunities to veer off course. Typically, the first 20 aligners (the first 10 months) go very well. The teeth follow the predicted path. Beyond 10 months, we start seeing a difference between the predicted tooth movement and the way the teeth actually move.

Our orthodontists are among the best at predicting tooth movement.

In fact, Dr. Bryon Viechnicki teaches a 12-part postdoctoral course on the Biology of Tooth Movement. He uses his knowledge to make Invisalign as comfortable and efficient as possible for his patients.

We have an easy solution for patients whom have a discrepancy between the predicted tooth movement and their actual tooth movement. We make another set of impressions and refine our prediction. Invisalign calls this a “refinement”.

Two refinements are included in the price of Invisalign at Viechnicki Orthodontics Bethlehem and Viechnicki Orthodontics Kutztown.

3. Expertise

Patients often wonder how to find the best Invisalign provider. At some point, every patient wonders “I want Invisalign – why does it matter where I get it?”

I’ll tell you right now – it doesn’t matter where you get Invisalign. The physical location is of little consequence (although, it should be clean).

The most important question is “who straightens teeth with Invisalign the best”

See, Invisalign is a technique used to straighten teeth. The technique is performed by a person. That person can be a licensed general dentist or an orthodontist (an orthodontist studies how to straighten teeth for an additional 2+ years beyond dental school).

As technologically advanced as Invisalign is – and it is remarkably advanced – there is still a human element. And that human element is the doctor you choose. Your doctor decides how your teeth will look and function every step of the way.

Invisalign provider tiers

There are several tiers of Invisalign providers:

  1. Invisalign Elite Top 1%
  2. Invisalign Elite Preferred
  3. Invisalign Premier Preferred
  4. Invisalign Preferred Provider
  5. General Providers

These tiers are determined by the number of patients a provider treats with Invisalign.

Often, patients ask, “can you can trust the Invisalign tiers?”

That’s a good question because there is more to expertise than just treating a lot of patients. One of our patients said it best: “Wal-Mart sells a lot of bananas – and that doesn’t make them experts at producing the best bananas.”

Even the author of the definitive Invisalign textbook is currently only a “Preferred Provider”.

Patients quickly find that tiers do not determine Invisalign expertise.

The nationally recognized specialists in tooth movement are orthodontists. Start your search for the best Invisalign doctor by starting with an orthodontist. You will recognize them as being members of the American Association of Orthodontists. (Look out for decoys like the American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics and the American Orthodontic Society)

After you have found an orthodontist – make an appointment for a consultation.

When you are at your appointment ask the following:

  • Ask to see the photos of a patient with a malocclusion similar to yours.
  • Ask to read some testimonials of happy patients.
  • Ask if attachments will be placed – ask which teeth.
  • Ask if you’ll be getting Invisalign G4 or the older G3.
  • Ask if other treatments, like cleanings, grafting, or bonding will be needed – and when will they be needed.
  • Ask about “black triangles”.
  • Ask about IPR, ARS and “slenderizing”.
  • Ask about retainers.

Do this and you will find an Invisalign expert in the Lehigh Valley that you can trust.

About Dr. Bryon Viechnicki

Dr. Bryon Viechnicki is an orthodontist and university professor. He specializes in braces and Invisalign ... Continue reading