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Over five million people have used Invisalign to straighten their teeth. This figure includes one million teenagers.
It’s easy to see why Invisalign has become so popular. It allows you to straighten your teeth and have the smile you’ve always dreamed of. And, you get to forego the embarrassment and inconvenience of traditional braces.
Have you been thinking of giving Invisalign a try? But, maybe you’re put off by the high costs of treatment.
If so, check out our guide below. No matter your budget, we’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find three ways to make Invisalign cost affordable for anyone. Let’s go!
1. Your Insurance May Cover Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign treatment costs anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000. The total price will depend both on your individual case and oral health needs. Treatment is more expensive if your teeth need more straightening.
This is true for traditional braces as well, and the figures above are similar in price. A higher price tag, though, is worth it when you consider the convenience Invisalign offers.
After all, you can’t take out traditional braces to brush your teeth. With Invisalign, you can.
Luckily, your insurance may cover part of your Invisalign treatment. In fact, you could get up to $3,500 from them to help cover costs.
Many insurance companies cover Invisalign the same way they cover traditional braces. From their perspective, crooked teeth are harder to clean and may lead to bigger problems like periodontal disease. It’s in their financial interest, then, to help pay for treatment.
Sometimes orthodontic work is covered by health, not dental, insurance, so check that out as well. Finally, when you schedule your orthodontic consultation, make sure they accept your insurance.
2. Use Tax-Free Dollars To Pay For Invisalign Treatment
You may be able to use tax-free dollars to pay for your Invisalign treatment. Either a flexible spending account (FSA) or a health savings account (HSA) could be used to cover treatment costs.
Using an FSA to Pay for Invisalign
A flexible spending account, or an FSA, is managed by your employer. This account allows you to deduct money from your salary and place it in a tax-free savings account. The money must then be used to cover certain medical, dental, or orthodontic costs.
You’re allowed to keep up to $2,650 in the account, and the funds do not roll over from year to year. Most FSA’s are easy to use. They often come with their own debit card, making paying for treatment easy.
You Can Also Use an HSA to Cover Treatment Costs
A health savings account, or HSA, is a special savings account designed for people with high-deductible insurance plans. It’s similar to an FSA in that you deduct tax-free dollars from your salary to be used for healthcare costs. These costs can include Invisalign treatment.
With an HSA, you’re allowed to set aside up to $3,400 for an individual or $6,750 for a family. You have to meet IRS eligibility requirements, and, unlike an FSA, monies can be rolled over from year-to-year.
3. Take Advantage of a Payment Plan
Many orthodontists offer payment plans. This means you can divide up the total cost of your Invisalign treatment into more manageable monthly installments.
Your orthodontist will give you an estimate of the total cost of treatment. That’s when you can ask if they offer payment plans. They may require a down payment to get the plan going, but otherwise, the monthly payments are usually flexible and affordable.
Wrapping Up Tips To Cover Your Invisalign Cost
As you can see, there are some real and practical ways to cover your Invisalign cost! Options exist for every budget. This means Invisalign is not only convenient but also affordable.
If you’ve been thinking of giving Invisalign a try but have been scared off by the price tag, contact us today. We’re happy to work with you to give you the best smile possible.
Dr. Alexa Alborzi is a certified orthodontic specialist providing comprehensive orthodontic care for the children, teens, and adults of San Mateo and Half Moon Bay. Dr. Alborzi earned her BA. degree in Biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley was trained at University of California San Francisco, School of Dentistry. Dr. Alborzi has served as a respected professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Dentistry for over fourteen years. Additionally, Dr. Alborzi was voted by her community in 2019 as the Bay Area Best of the Best.