I assume invisalign keeps prices pretty consistent from doctor to doctor. is this the case, or should I shop around for good Invisalign deals?
Do Invisalign Prices Vary from Dentist to Dentist?
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Invisalign fee is not set by the company
There are several factors involved in the fees decision for INVISALIGN.
The experience of the dentist, the estimated treatment length, the complexity of the treatment, the geographical location of the dentist, and whether it is for one arch primarily or anterior primarily.
In addition, some dentists will include the first set of retainers, some will finance the process in-house, some must stick with pre-set insurance fees. Some will advertise "$1,000 off" but since there is no set fee given by Invisalign, you don't know what they are comparing the discount to.
So, yes there can be justifiable differences in fees.
The cost of Invisalign treatment absolutely varies among practitioners. Generally speaking, a healthy fee will range from $4000-$7000 depending on the severity of the case and time involved with total treatment. You may want to find out if your retainers, and a period of evaluation for retention of your result, are included in your fee to determine the total value of the treatment fee.
Good fees do not necessarily correlate to good work
Fees should be based on the complexity of the malocclusion (bite), from aesthetics to a functioning bite.
So, if you think you are getting a great deal, you may be actually limiting your results. Find out what you are actually getting for your fee. Are you seeing a dentist or an orthodontist? An orthodontist is someone who specializes in smiles and bites. Is your great deal someone straightening a few straight teeth or are they going to give you a great smile and a great bite when you finish?
Also, if Invisalign can't correct all your concerns, some doctors will actually put on braces for a short period of time after Invisalign treatment to make sure your treatment results are what you are looking for. This is precisely what we do at our office, because we want the best results possible.
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Invisalign fees vary from office to office
Many factors determine fees. A general rule is that fees are based on care, skill and judgment, so each doctor has their own set. Also included in the fee is geography, as fees in Manhattan are not similar to Des Moines.
Yes, Invisalign prices are different
The price of Invisalign is different at dental offices.The price depends on Location, Treatment duration. Busy offices offer more affordable price rather than others. Check your doctor profile and talk to your friends who got the tretament before and ask if they are happy with the treatment or not.
Many factors affect Invisalign fee
Yes, fees do vary widely. That doesn't mean anyone is right or wrong. That is just the way it is with most any service you may be seeking. There are so many factors that go into determining the fee, for example:
- office overhead
- level of experience
- estimated treatment time
- difficulty of the case.
Some doctors will quote a flat fee for all Invisalign patients while others will carefully evaluate how long they think it will take and set the fee accordingly. There is a real cost to the doctor each time you sit in the chair, so to be fair to both you and the doctor it is good to at least consider the estimated number of visits when setting the fee.
A specialist (orthodontist) will tend to have a bit higher fee because they are...well...a specialist, and may have a few more tricks and experience in helping you get a great result. I hope this helps answer your question.
Yes, Invisalign costs vary
Cost will vary depending on location of the doctor and their experience level. More experience doctors can charge less because they can achieve faster and better results in less time than a doctor with less experience using Invisalign. The lab fee is the same for all doctors across the nation, so the location of the doctor you choose will effect the price. The length of your treatment will also play a role in determining a fee. Remember, when choosing a doctor, ask to see before and after photos of previous patients that had similar treatment needs to yours. Good luck!
Yes--depends on doctor experience and if it is all-inclusive
I have spoken with many patients who have told me they were quoted a wide range of prices for Invisalign, from as low as $4,000 to as high as $9,000. Invisalign has stated that the national average is $5,000.
Listed below are a few key questions to ask to help determine if you are getting a good value:
1. How many cases has the dentist done? (You don't want to be the first case-or if you are you should at least make sure you are getting a large discount). To find out a doctor's level of experience you can find their practice on www.invisalign.com and see if they have a "Premier" or "Elite" designation from Invisalign.
2. Are the diagnostic records included in the case fee (x-rays, exams, impressions)?
3. Are refinements included in the fee or will there be additional fees if more aligners are needed at the end of treatment?
4. What is the cost of retainers at the end of treatment?
Yes - there will be some variation
Dentists set their prices according to many variables including lab cost of procedure, office overhead, time spent on procedure, etc. A simple example is that a downtown dental practice will usually have higher fees than a suburban or rural practice simply because of the increased cost of rent (overhead). The higher fee is usually accepted by patients willing to pay a little extra for the convenience.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.