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Invisalign if you travel a lot?

  • megabyte
  • England, AR
  • 2 years ago

I was hoping to go through an Invisalign treatment which was to involve 17 trays top and bottom.  I live in Europe and do a lot of travelling - usually last minute. I just found out that I will be in the States for 2 months too and that I will be moving there within the treatment plan, but not sure when. Has any traveller out there gone through this problem?  Does it mean that I would have to pay for an initial ortho visit AND pay the monthly Invisalign fee to both my ortho here and to the one where I am visiting? BTW, I am in my 60's and do not want to put this off, so any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated.

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" -making sure they are working of course" belongs to the paragraph above it

Yes, generally with Ortho you pay an upfront fee, because the entire treatment has to be pre-planned. Some offices offer financing (monthly payments) some do not. The individual orthodontist is the one responsible for setting the treatment plan.

Here is a Q&A on that subject that might help:

Who Makes the Treatment Plan, the Dentist or the Invisalign Company?

Each orthodontist can approach treatment from different ways. There is not one singularly right approach to treatment, so switching orthodontists means you could be switching from people with very different schools of thought on how to arrive at the same goal.

Please keep in mind, I am not a dentist or orthodontist, but you are certainly welcome to post any questions you have in our Q&A section and the doctors who volunteer on RealSelf will share their opinions with you. :)

Thank you very much Megan. The link re treatment plan definitely helped me to understand that invisalign is not as straight forward as I thought.
I am seeing my dentist today to discuss a possible alternative to going the braces route. If nothing can be done, I might just go for the invisilign and try to cancel as much travel as possible. I will let you know how it turns out.

Hmm, that is a rather unique situation. First, I would make sure you talk to the orthodontist you are starting with and let them know you plan to switch doctors due to a move mid way through treatment. This may be important in their treatment planning for you.

More than likely you will end up paying a bit more than a person who gets their care from one doctor, since two doctors/offices will be involved in your care. Perhaps if you bring this up before starting treatment arrangements can be made to minimize the extra expense though.

Here is a Q&A that somewhat touches on what you are dealing with:

OK to Get Invisalign out of State While in College?

Please keep us posted on what you find out!

Thank you for the fast reply.
I know it would be best to have it done where you live, but as you can see, I do not know where that will be or when. As it is I just found out that I will be spending a couple of months in Austria too mixed in with all of my other travels.

Question about costs:
-you pay the initial large sum which I suppose is for lab fees and the impression
- what is the monthly fee and why is it so difficult to end with one ortho and go to another since it is all computerized and from what I understand, the ortho is following the instructions -making sure they are working of course.
- why would the ortho I am now with be out of pocket if I end treatment and go to someone else in another country?