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How much did you spend on Invisalign?

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  • 4 years ago

how much does invisalign cost all together?

 

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Don't know what city you're in, but that's a very fair price for what he's offering. Actually, low for my area.
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Hi Dr. Celenza, I assume your response was meant for me. I am in North Georgia. I think the price would be more but he is able to offer lower prices as a Premier Provider. He also strikes me as a perfectionist (and highly intelligent) and is determined to help his patients achieve straight, great teeth. So he is willing to take extra steps --at no extra cost-- to ensure that. I know I am lucky to have found him!
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Premier Providers do not get lower prices, I've been Premier for many years, we all get the same lab fee. Nevertheless, your dentist sounds like an upstanding guy and I'm glad for you that you're happy there. It would have cost more here on Fifth Ave, I can tell you that! Best of luck to you.
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Hi, Oh sorry, I thought the treatment coordinator mentioned that about the lab fees. I probably misunderstood. Yes, I'd imagine it would be much more in NY. I'm from the Northeast and I remember inquiring about Invisalign there and the price was much higher.
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Hi dr Celenza may be you can help me. My question isn't about the price. My attachment keep coming off often, I got them reattached 4 times already and one came off again the same day. My dentist prolong same tray for 2 more weeks because of that but attachment fell off again.
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Don't know why that's happening, occasionally they come off, but there's something incompatible going on here, perhaps some pre-existing bonding on your teeth or the materials he's using are not to spec. Shouldn't be.
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My full Invisalign treatment is $5,280, including retainers, refinements, half a year of traditional braces (if needed/desired), and 18 months of retainer check-ups. I am happy about the price considering a) how much work my teeth need and b) I was quoted more from 3 other orthos for traditional braces. I also have confidence that he will get the job done right; he's shown me former and current patients with similar starting points and their teeth look amazing.
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I'll also add that my treatment is 30 aligners/15 months.
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I spent $6,012 total. Now, this includes my refinements. The actual invisalign was $5,500, but I had to pay for xrays & my invisalign work-up. My dentist is also including free teeth whitening when my journey is over. He also told me that when my treatment is done if I have any misshapen teeth, or there's anything I'm not happy with he will fix it.. like with a veneer, Etc. He has assured me he will not stop until I'm completely satisfied. Love my Dentist. He's like family.
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Are there a lot of orthodontists in your area who offer Invisalign? If not, there isn't competition to bring down the price. Also I think that 35 trays would be for a more complex case which is going to be more expensive than minor fixes that can be achieved with the less expensive Express.
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So I live in Alberta Canada and will pay $7K for my 35 trays (price includes retainers). Why is this so much more than everyone else? :-(
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I also paid $7k, in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Remember that the cost of living plays a huge part in all of this.  It factors into every aspect of the cost except for the base price from Invisalign.  But the doctor's salary, the assistants' salaries, the rental on the office--all of that stuff compounds.  So some areas will just be much more expensive than others.  And that's before you factor in the individual experience of the doctor.

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It's all called overhead, TwoPlus, and you're largely correct. Cities like NYC and San Fran will of course incur higher overheads. However, since the Dr is likely the owner, he's not salaried, he just keeps what's left over after everyone else and everything else is paid. If anything is left, that is. So, when a Dr gives a discount to a pt, it should be understood that it's his (her) take that's being cut, no one else's. That's just the way ownership works.
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My dentist (not orthodontist) charged me $1500 plus the $1000 he'll get from insurance. This is the first dentist that I have trusted as I was extremely scared of the dentist and didn't go for many years. I actually look forward to going now and can't wait to see the changes in my smile... Really, cause any improvement would be better than what I have.
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This is not an easy discussion because we are talking specifics regarding a general topic. Yes, but I think you are both right in you own way. I have stated in other forums that orthodontists should be much better at treatment than general dentists and they usually are, especially for difficult cases. The standards of any specialist have to be at a higher level or why are they the specialist? The public needs to be aware that specialists have more formal training than generalists and that is why I tried to caution others to buy value, not pricing. However I personally know several non-specialists who do very good work in orthodontics, especially ones who have emphasized treating TMJ Dysfunctions and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. These dentists are thinking outside the mouth and are looking for a positive effect on the rest of the body. Also, Invisalign has only been around for the past 14 years and is still evolving. Invisalign suffers from a lack of training in many orthodontic specialty residencies. As I stated before, the experience of not only traditional orthodontics (braces) but Invisalign in particular is paramount. Since many orthodontic specialists have little experience with invisalign treatment, their treatment result may be compromised in these "getting the experience" cases. Therefore, a general dentist with hundreds of cases under his/her belt may be more qualified for a particular case. Also, part of the reason for this is that they may be able to understand which cases to refer to a more experienced specialist. Granted many general dentists doing any type of orthodontic case may not get what you or I would consider an acceptable result. It always gets down to buyer beware!
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Fair enough, Kent, and well said. I will say that many orthodontists are feeling the pinch, and they don't like it. Just like the periodontists.....
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I just had to throw this in. The experience and commitment Raj has shown with hundreds of cases treated, counts a great deal as well as the specialty degree another doctor may have.
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really? Possible that he's an exception, of course, and good for him. Word I'm hearing over here is that GP's are thinking that you really don't have to know much to do Invisalign, which pains me. Especially when I have to retreat their mistakes.
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Dear Kent Many many thanks I only do full arch cases so I have not done 1000's as others who carry out short term ortho
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It also pains me as well that dentists do think that they're orthodontists after 1 course I too was one but I built up my experience with full arch ortho over 9 years
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If you were having braces put on, wouldn't you go to an Orthodontist, not a general dentist? Same thing for Invisalign. It's just another appliance, and it needs the expertise of an experienced orthodontist to work it through nuances that will arise.
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Invisalign can work well with an experienced general dentist. Or may be all root canal treatments should be done by an endodontist?
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It CAN, but most just sit back and let the lab tech in Costa Rica treatment plan their cases, and then bad mouth it when they can't make it work.
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I am sure many dentists/orthodontists can sit back and rely on techie planning and I cannot say anything on their behalf. I have planned all of my 800 cases and refinements.
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Since there seems to be a lot of interest in this subject (who can blame the consumer to want the best value), I will make a few comments. First of all, you are not buying a consumer product like a TV or an automobile that everyone can compare prices very easily. What you really are buying is the doctors expertise as well as the expertise of Align Technology (the makers of Invisalign). The use of Invisalign, as well as any other treatment, has a learning curve. Treatment I did on my first 100 cases was not up to the standards of my next several hundred cases. I got much better and Invisalign itself got much better. You may not know this, but the orthodontist/dentist is the one who directs Align Technology on what to do. Hopefully the dentist/orthodontist has the expertise to direct the treatment that will get the best result possible. In our office, we many times will expand the upper jaw (if too narrow), before Invisalign is used. Cost is very relative, but value is another story. Value and quality is what lives on well after the thrill of the bargain wears off. Always remember, an investment in your smile can pay dividends all your life. Make the best choice possible. Cost should not be your biggest factor, but quality of the experience and result should be first. As long as the doctors fee is reasonable, then shop for quality. Nuf said. Good luck to all. PS See pages 104-6 in my book, Straight Talk about Crooked Teeth (Amazon.com)
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