Is It Cheaper to Go Through a General Dentist for Invisalign?

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Othodontists Could Charge Lower Fees

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Orthodontists could charge the patient lower fees based on the higher volume of patients they see that are coming to their ortho practice for braces or invisalign.  This is their speciality.  Align Tech, the company that manufactures invisalign, will charge the dentist less  for lab fees if he is sending  a higher volume of patients to them. Therefore the orthodontist could pass this saving onto his patients and charge less than a dentist who pays much higher lab fees many times because invisalign patients are just part of his practice. Do your research and call orthodontists and general dentists in your area and compare prices.  Good luck!

Van Nuys Dentist

General dentists usually have lower fees for Invisalign

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You should see lower fees at a General Dentist's office for Invisalign. Orthodontists have to charge more for Invisalign than for "braces". Their overhead (Invisalign costs) is higher than for the bracket and wires involved in "braces.

Weekends or not, Invisalign takes care to train each dentist provider before allowing them use Invisalign in their practices. You should feel comfortable that you are receiving care from a qualified provider if they use Invisalign in their practices.

Daniel W. Schiavone, DDS
Rochester Dentist

Yes most of the time it is...but

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the fees do depends on if a general dentist or an orthodontist is treating. Orthodontist go to 2-3 years of specialized training to specifically treat these problems. The general dentist take weekend courses over course of time to get the knowledge to treat malocclusion.


Bobby Virk, DMD, MSD
Bellevue Orthodontist

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