“Can I Afford Invisalign Treatment?”

Are you considering getting Invisalign treatment as an adult? Removable, translucent aligners make it easy to discreetly straighten your teeth. Since Invisalign is completely free of brackets and wires, it’s extremely popular among adults. But before you commit to the treatment, one of the most important things to know is how much does Invisalign cost in Raleigh?

How Much Does Invisalign Cost in Raleigh?


If you’re looking for the cost of Invisalign in Raleigh, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind:

  • The severity of your tooth alignment
  • How many teeth need to be straightened
  • The duration of your treatment (your dentist will need to verify)
  • If you’re planning to apply insurance benefits
  • Optional monthly financing plans


Someone who only wants to straighten a few teeth at the front of their mouth may not need to wear Invisalign for every long. Their treatment may cost $1,000-$2,000 less than someone who requires more moderate to aggressive teeth straightening throughout their overall mouth. Since the duration of treatment affects how many aligners you’ll need to wear, the position of your teeth ultimately determines the total cost of Invisalign treatment. The fewer trays you need, the lower the cost of your Invisalign is. And in turn, the more trays you need, the more expensive the treatment becomes. Fortunately, Invisalign is digitally mapped out in advance. Our in-network provider can give you an estimate of how many total trays will be required for your bite during the first consultation at our office. It’s important not to compare your Invisalign cost in Raleigh to someone else’s (even if it’s a family member); everyone’s smile is different.


Does the Price of Invisalign Depend on the Number of Trays Used?


Yes. Unlike conventional braces that are adjusted every several weeks (to keep moving your teeth), Invisalign uses interchangeable trays or “aligners”. You wear one set of trays for about two weeks, then trade them out with the next in the series. As you move from one pair to the next, the aligners systematically move your teeth in the convenience of your own home.

Since the difference in the shape of one tray is only millimeters away from the next, it takes additional trays (and time) to address scenarios where there’s moderate to severe tooth misalignment. In turn, those cases take longer than “mild” scenarios that use fewer aligners. The more trays that are required, the additional costs there are (in planning and production.) Fortunately, the most that you can expect to spend — without any type of insurance benefits — will cap out around $5,000.



What is the Average Cost of Invisalign?

The typical price range for Invisalign in Raleigh is between $3,000 and $5,000. An average Invisalign treatment usually costs $4,000. You can think of the cost as relative to the severity of your tooth misalignment. The less aligned they are, the more trays you’ll need to adjust your bite. But if your bite is only slightly crowded/crooked, you won’t need as many aligners.

A milder tooth misalignment case that only requires minor tooth movement will usually cost about $3,000. If tooth movement is more in the “medium” range of needs, you might only need around 20 trays in total (which costs around $4,000.) And of course, a comprehensive case with more aggressive bite alignment is around $5,000.

What is the Lowest Invisalign Cost in Raleigh?


The lowest cost for Invisalign in Raleigh is around $3,000. This price is usually for “minor” tooth movement, such as slight bite misalignment or minimal orthodontic relapse. Although the price for Invisalign varies depending on the individual’s oral anatomy, you can typically expect the minimum financial investment to be at least a few thousand dollars (without dental insurance.) By working with an in-network carrier and applying insurance benefits, you can significantly reduce the total out-of-pocket cost. Just keep in mind that not all insurance plans will cover traditional or invisible braces for adults. There may be an age cut-off.

Some people prefer “short term braces” that only adjust the teeth in their smile zone. Accelerated orthodontics are really only an option if the back teeth are relatively aligned. As a result, fast braces treatments take less time and require fewer alignment trays. If you qualify for a shorter treatment, it reduces the total cost of our Raleigh Invisalign braces.



Can Invisalign Treat My Severe Tooth Misalignment?

When Invisalign first came out over 20 years ago, it was designed to treat minor tooth misalignment and orthodontic relapse. Basically, if you had braces as a teen but didn’t wear your retainer, Invisalign would help move your teeth back to where they needed to be.

Now, flash forward to today. Invisalign’s huge advancements in technological resources make it possible to adjust moderate to severe tooth misalignment with high accuracy. Even if there are cases that might not have qualified for Invisalign 10 or 15 years ago, it’s possible that with today’s advancements, that’s no longer the case.

One of the ways Invisalign works with more aggressive tooth misalignment is by using something called “buttons.” These small, temporary, tooth-colored extensions are bonded to specific teeth, adding traction for the Invisalign trays to turn or nudge the tooth into the correct position. Once the tooth is aligned, the button is removed.



Added Perks of Wearing Invisalign


Here’s some great news. Having straighter teeth means you’re less likely to combat problems like:

  • TMJ disorder
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Worn teeth or dental work

So essentially, investing in Invisalign could actually help you lower your cost of dental treatment in the future. As long as your teeth are properly aligned, they’re easier to clean and don’t require irregular TMJ movements.


When you consider the investment in straightening your teeth with clear braces, you might actually prevent yourself from unnecessary treatments in the future. For example, if your teeth bite end-to-end and are starting to wear down, correcting their bite alignment may help you to avoid getting multiple crowns across several teeth a few years down the road. The true question isn’t “can I afford Invisalign or clear braces?”, it’s how can you afford not to get them? The moderate investment today could essentially help you prevent thousands in dental therapy — or unnecessary tooth loss — years or decades in the future.

And of course, you can’t put a price tag on the aesthetic advantages of having a straighter smile. When you compliment your clear braces with something like whitening, you’re taking advantage of a natural smile makeover experience that’s completely non-invasive.


Will My Dental Insurance Pay for Invisalign?


It depends on what type of coverage you have. If you’re part of a dental insurance policy that includes adult orthodontics (and you’ve not used your lifetime allowable amount) then yes, you can use your insurance to help pay for your Invisalign treatment.

To help you get a better idea of what’s covered, simply bring your insurance card to your consultation appointment. Our financial coordinators will verify your coverage to see what benefits you’re entitled to. From there, we can incorporate your benefits into the proposed care plan, so that you have an accurate estimate of any out-of-pocket costs. You’ll be able to look over all of the numbers at the time of your consultation. There’s never any pressure to get started on treatment, so you can take all of the time you need to decide what to do. The best way to get started is to simply schedule an evaluation to find out what’s needed for your unique situation.

As an in-network provider, our Invisalign dentist in Raleigh is typically more affordable than visiting a provider who isn’t a part of your network. But even if you don’t have insurance, we offer affordable monthly payment options that can fit your budget.


Are There Monthly Payment Plans for Invisalign?

Yes. You can use a payment plan for Invisalign with or without dental insurance. So, no matter how much of your treatment is or isn’t covered, you can easily finance the balance on a month-to-month basis. Our office works with two financing programs, so that you can access 0% or low-interest payments across your desired timeframe. For some people that’s 12 months, for others it might be 18-24.

If you’re paying a deposit or using insurance, the remaining balance is divided among either the duration of your treatment or applied directly to any third-party financing that you’re using. In either scenario, it makes the monthly payment amount easier to work into your typical budget.

Get a Custom Quote

Everyone’s Invisalign experience is unique. Knowing that the average price range for Invisalign is between $3,000-$5,000 can help you plan ahead of time for your consultation. During your exam, we’ll determine how many trays (and the time) needed to correct your bite. At that point, we’ll be able to give you a firm estimate on the cost of Invisalign for your specific situation. Your treatment plan will also include your insurance benefits and options for payment plans.

Call Raleigh Dental Arts today to request your invisible braces consultation.


Tarun Agarwal

Dr. Tarun Agarwal, DDS is considered one of the top dentists in the country. He is a recognized speaker, author, and dental leader. He has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and News 14 Carolina. Dr. Agarwal has been awarded '40 under 40' Business Leaders by the Triangle Business Journal. He is regularly invited to teach other dentists around the world and recently built a training center within the practice dedicated to sharing his expertise. Most importantly he is a loving husband and dedicated father of three wonderful children. His biggest accolade was being voted 'Best Dad in the World' by 2 of his 3 kids.