How Much Does Insurance Cover for Invisalign?
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Teeth are one of the first features that people notice about others, so it is no surprise that orthodontic treatments for correcting misalignments are so popular. However, traditional metal-wire braces are notorious for causing speech problems, being difficult to clean, and feeling intrusive in the mouth; the discomfort they cause is also due to them being irremovable. Fortunately, there are less invasive and more effective orthodontic options, such as clear aligners like Invisalign. Invisalign is a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment that uses clear appliances to straighten teeth without the unsightly metal brackets and wires that are used with traditional braces.
Dental insurance plans provide coverage for Invisalign, but typically only if they include a supplemental orthodontic plan. Even some of the most comprehensive dental insurance plans do not cover orthodontic care, as this is often considered a separate service.
Insurance can cover a percentage of the costs of Invisalign, typically around 25 to 50 percent. There will often be a lifetime maximum on the amount of coverage an individual can receive from their orthodontic or dental insurance. This limit can be low, around $1,000, or it can go as high as $4,000; this is dependent on the type of plan. More inclusive plans typically have higher monthly premiums, so it is important to run the numbers to see which plan makes the most sense economically.
Furthermore, patients may be able to get a higher lifetime limit if their Invisalign treatment is deemed medically necessary; this may be because of a problem with jaw or tooth alignment that negatively impacts health or quality of life.
If this is the case, proof from a doctor or dentist that Invisalign treatment is indeed medically necessary will need to be provided to the insurance provider. An orthodontist will be able to help sort out how to present the required information.
Many patients who consider different teeth straightening options prefer Invisalign, deeming it as the best option for its convenience, effectiveness and transparency. Invisalign treatment is preferable to reliably reposition teeth due to its many benefits, but the added cost due to advanced 3D scanning technology can sometimes make it more expensive. In most cases, Invisalign is either the same price or slightly more expensive than braces as it comes with multiple custom-fitted aligners and uses advanced technology to realign the teeth.
However, given the advantages Invisalign offers over traditional braces, the slightly higher cost is worth it.
Furthermore, the cost of Invisalign varies depending on the complexity of the problem and duration of the treatment, such as the severity of misalignments, the number of misaligned teeth, the number of aligners required, and how long the aligners need to be worn.
Just as every smile is unique, every Invisalign treatment plan will be too. Invisalign typically comes with a consultation that will determine the duration of treatment and the exact specifics of the treatment plan. Also included with Invisalign are customized aligners, which are specifically designed to fit in the patient’s mouth and correct any misalignments. Regular check-ups and emergency services are also included in the cost of Invisalign, so patients can be sure they are making progress and achieving the results they desire. Furthermore, post-treatment options, including a retainer, are used to help maintain results and ensure that the treatment was successful.
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