Dental aligners are clear, tight-fitting mouthpieces that gradually straighten crooked teeth, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Since the price may be an important factor in deciding whether or not to use dental aligners, we talked to experts to find out how much dental aligners cost and if dental insurance covers this treatment.
Dental Aligner Cost
People consider dental aligners for straightening their teeth because they are less noticeable than traditional metal braces, and they can be removed for eating, flossing, and brushing.
Cost is a huge factor when deciding whether or not to see a dentist. People may be worried about poor oral health leading to poor overall health, but the fear of the costs associated with dental care can loom even larger. However, the price of dental aligners can vary.
“Dental aligners range from around $2,000 - $7,000 on average,” Reem Abdulrahman, DMD, an orthodontist at Tend, tells WebMD Connect to Care.
The wide price range is due to the different types of dental aligners.“Pricing depends on various factors, such as brand name, insurance coverage, the patient's specific needs, and the severity of the treatment,” Abdulrahman says.
You can access invisible aligner programs through your orthodontist, and there are also a number of online aligner retailers. Even though you might want to use dental aligners without orthodontic oversight to save money, the American Association of Orthodontists stresses the importance of professional orthodontic supervision and urges consumers to consider having an in-person consultation with an orthodontist prior to beginning aligner treatment.
Ways to Pay
The most common way to pay for dental aligners is with the help of dental insurance. Having dental insurance can mean different things depending on your coverage, and those differences affect how much you’ll pay for services like dental aligners.
But, if you don’t have insurance, there are other alternatives. “Options to pay for dental aligners include, but are not limited to: Dental insurance benefit payments, cash, credit card, and third-party lenders,” Tiffanie Garrison-Jeter, DMD, a dentist at Definition Dental Studio, tells WebMD Connect to Care.
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