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One-size-fits all does not apply to the cost of Invisalign. Pricing is similar to or slightly more than the price of traditional metal braces but is dependent on the complexity of your case. A few other factors that affect the cost of Invisalign include 

  1. – How many aligners you need
  2. – How long you’ll need treatment
  3. – The expertise of your dentist
  4. – The location of your treatment (urban vs. rural)

Note that any dentist or orthodontist who offers Invisalign must first complete specialized training. 

Now to the numbers. Invisalign Express, a treatment designed for patients with minor orthodontic issues, costs between $1,500 – $4,500. The price of Invisalign in Australia typically runs between $6,000 and $8,500. In comparison, an 18-month treatment plan using traditional metal braces can cost between $6,000 and $9,000. In extremely complex cases, the cost of Invisalign can be as high as $10,000.

Invisalign Express Average Cost of Invisalign Complex Invisalign Treatment
$1,500 – $4,500 $6,000 - $8,500 $8,500 - $10,000

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The Advantages of Invisalign

The Advantages of Invisalign

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  1. Probably one of the biggest benefits of Invisalign over traditional metal braces is that most people won’t be able to tell you’re wearing them. They’re virtually invisible and don’t distract from your smile. 

    Invisalign aligners are trimmed based on your gum line, offering optimal comfort. No more painful wires — and fewer visits to your dentist!

    That popcorn you can’t eat with traditional braces? Not a problem with Invisalign. Simply remove them when you’re eating. Once you’re done, just brush them with toothpaste and warm water and then place them back in your mouth. You’ll still be able to brush and floss regularly to maintain good dental health — with the added bonus of a boost in your confidence!

Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Although some dental insurance plans in Australia cover Invisalign treatment, the costs are not covered by Medicare. Your dental cover might offer some savings on orthodontic procedures — including Invisalign — and it’s possible that it can be used along with your health insurance to cover at least part of your Invisalign treatment.

If you have a private or supplemental health insurance policy that includes coverage for orthodontics, your Invisalign treatment should be covered to a similar extent as traditional metal braces. Similarly, if you have high-coverage dental insurance, your out-of-pocket Invisalign expenses might be covered by your policy. Be sure to contact your health insurance provider to find out the specific details of your policy!

A few things to keep in mind when considering the cost of Invisalign:

– There is no fixed Invisalign cost in Australia.
– Some dentists offer free Invisalign consultations.
– Many dentists offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans.
– These aligners are not available for purchase by the general public.
– Once you finish your Invisalign treatment, you’ll need to wear retainers for life.
– Similar advertised clear aligners offer flat-rate prices for their treatments — which doesn’t include the regular progress monitoring by your dentist. 

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The cost varies depending on how many sequences of clear aligner trays are needed to move the teeth into the ideal position.  For a simple case where minimal movement is needed clear aligners can cost as low as $2000.  In extremely complex cases you could pay up to $10,000.

The trays are placed on the outer surface of the teeth and only removed when you eat or clean your teeth. When you wear them, they apply pressure on the teeth in a certain manner, moving them with pinpoint accuracy and magnitude to the desired location over a period of two weeks per set.  

The aligners should be first washed under running water, then brushed with a soft toothbrush without toothpaste to avoid warpage and discolouration.

Not at all. In fact, they are very good for your teeth in comparison to braces. They make teeth cleaning and oral hygiene far easier to maintain.

Not everyone is a suitable candidate to clear aligner orthodontic treatment and will need traditional bracket braces to straighten the teeth.  Clear aligners can not fix problems related to jaw issues.  For example, when the bones of your upper jaw are larger than the lower jaw or vice versa.  

Generally, the treatment time for most clear aligner cases ranges from 6 to 18 months.  You can expect to see a difference early on as the teeth are moved slightly every two weeks.

Moving the teeth can impact the gum around the teeth however, your orthodontically trained dentist will take this into consideration when planning your treatment to minimise any long term changes to your gum health and tooth structure.

When you are not wearing your clear aligner trays the teeth are not under pressure to move and you risk them relapsing back into their previous position.  In order for you to achieve the desired results, you must wear your clear aligners for the recommended treatment time each day and for most, this is a minimum of 22 hours per day.  Only take the trays out to clean your teeth and eat.

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