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Which is Cheaper: Braces or Invisalign®?

Orthodontic patients seeking treatment can choose from various options. At Koen Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on providing the most advanced care options, including traditional metal braces, 3M™ Clarity™ Clear Braces, Invisalign, and more.

One of the most important factors in deciding your ideal system is cost. Many new patients ask, “What’s the cost difference between braces and Invisalign?” 

Let’s look at the average cost of the different treatment options and how each can fit your needs.

No matter your budget, Koen Orthodontics is here to ensure you achieve a healthy smile that will help you look and feel great!

What Determines Treatment Cost?

Many factors determine your total treatment cost, including:

  • Type of system
  • The severity of your condition
  • The length of your treatment
  • Your treatment compliance
  • Your insurance coverage 

During your initial exam, Dr. Koen will conduct an oral exam and review the treatment options that can best correct your condition. 

We also offer various payment plan options that make it easier to cover your costs.

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Traditional Metal Braces Cost vs. Invisalign

Invisalign is cutting-edge technology that uses a series of clear, custom-made aligner trays to shift your teeth into position. The trays are removable, so you can eat what you want and brush with ease. Invisalign is ideal for mild to moderate cases, including crowded, crooked, and gapped teeth. The aligners can break or get lost, potentially increasing the treatment cost.

On average, Invisalign treatment ranges from $4,000-$8,000.

Metal braces use brackets, wires, and elastic bands to align your teeth. Dr. Koen will make minor adjustments to the braces during treatment to help guide your teeth into position. Maintaining proper dental hygiene to clear food particles and debris is essential. Braces are suitable for all cases, including severe conditions.

On average, traditional metal braces treatment ranges from $2,000-$7,500.

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Clear Braces Cost vs. Invisalign

Clear braces provide a great alternative to Invisalign. Clear braces use brackets made with ceramic that blends in with your teeth. Like metal braces, an archwire threads through each bracket, but the metal is light and discreet. 

On average, clear braces treatment ranges from $3,000-$7,500. 

Which Option is Right for Me?

Moving forward with orthodontic treatment requires an investment — not just a financial one, but time and energy as well. 

Whether you get fitted for braces or Invisalign, it’s important to keep your eyes on the prize and remember that at the end, you’ll have a new, healthy smile to share with the world. An aligned smile can help you look great and ensure your teeth are healthy for years to come.

 Schedule an appointment today to discuss your treatment options. We’re excited to help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted!