How Much Do Clear Braces Cost vs. Invisalign?

There are two common beliefs when it comes to the cost of Invisalign:

  1. They must be SO much more expensive than ceramic braces.
  2. They must be significantly cheaper than clear braces. After all, they’re just plastic trays, right?

Find out more as we answer these questions below!

Invisalign cost vs Clear ceramic Braces cost girl holding invisalign aligners

Ceramic Braces – AKA “Clear Braces” versus Invisalign

What exactly is the difference between clear braces and Invisalign? Aren’t they the exact same thing? The answer is no. Ceramic braces are still attached as brackets the way Metal braces are but instead of using metal brackets they use clear ceramic brackets. These ceramic brackets are still then connected by wires but it is much less obvious to the latent eye that you have braces. However, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible since they are clear aligners that are not attached to your teeth. Therefore, Ceramic braces and Invisalign aligners are very different. See the image below for an idea of the difference.

Invisalign versus Ceramic Clear Braces photo

Invisalign and Clear Ceramic Braces Cost Nearly the Same

The truth is, the cost of Invisalign is very similar to that of clear braces. For patients without dental insurance, Invisalign is only $100 more. And with certain dental insurance providers, the fees can actually be the same!

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So what exactly qualifies Invisalign to cost as much as it does?

Although they might seem like “simple plastic trays” – think again. The technology behind the plastic aligners is incredibly advanced. From the digital scanner used to record your teeth to the software used to create the perfect smile, the behind the scenes work is immense.

After the orthodontist uses the iTero software to manipulate every individual tooth into its most ideal position, the treatment plan is sent to a 3D printer that fabricates a comprehensive set of aligners that is custom fit to your teeth; each aligner bringing you one step closer to the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of!

At NC Oral Surgery and Orthodontics, we consistently strive to offer our patients treatment options backed by the latest technology at the most affordable prices. To find out more about Invisalign and how we can make it work for you, please call 833-GO-NCOSO to book your free consult now!

Posted by: Dr. Megan Wong, NCOSO Orthodontist

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