What is the difference between an orthodontist and non-orthodontic provider of Invisalign treatment?
Orthodontists and non-orthodontic providers have key differences. An orthodontist is a dentist, who after graduating from dental school, completes a 3 year full-time university based education in an accredited orthodontic residency program. Orthodontists receive the highest level of education in dentistry to understand the biology of tooth movement and how a patient’s jaw position affects the bite. Orthodontists are the most well equipped professionals to answer your questions on the staging of aligner movement and how best to treat your case. Many dentists can do Invisalign after taking a one day course or braces after a weekend course. Most do not have the knowledge or ability to offer you all of the treatment options that may be available to you. By using an orthodontist you can be assured that you have chosen someone with the experience and comprehensive orthodontic training to achieve the most favorable result.
How much does Invisalign Cost in Orange County?
Your individual treatment plan cost will depend on the complexity of your case. The longer one needs Invisalign, the more straightening teeth will cost. Additionally, one’s orthodontic insurance will play a factor. On average, people pay between $5,000 and $8,000 for treatment. Many insurance plans cover a portion of the costs which tends to average about $500. Most Invisalign providers also offer payment plans. There are also excellent third party payer plans such as Springstone and Care Credit, which do not involve a down payment or interest. On average, about one-third of patients seek out some sort of financing or payment plan for Invisalign treatment.
You will find that Orange County Invisalign prices are very competitive, which is good for consumers. However, there is a large supply of dentists without adequate experience offering Invisalign treatment at lower than average pricing. The results of poorly administered Invisalign treatment can be detrimental to your health. Remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for.”
Why do Invisalign prices in Orange County vary so much from doctor to doctor?
A good quality Invisalign Provider will customize the treatment plan for each patient and charge accordingly. Consequently, there are times when estimates will fluctuate from doctor to doctor. This is because basic vs. complicated treatment plans will differ in price. The longer and more advanced a person’s treatment is, the more expensive it will be. Additionally, an experienced orthodontist or Invisalign provider may charge more due to their vast knowledge, advanced technologies, and treatment efficiencies. Also, make sure that you have full disclosure about what your costs will include so that there are no surprises later.
Are there payment plans, discounts, and orthodontic financing options for Invisalign?
There are many Invisalign payment plans to make treatment more affordable and easier. This is a chance to really work with an Invisalign provider so that one can align their teeth without going broke. Many will offer discounts when treatment is paid in full. There are also flexible payment plans so that people can pay a certain amount for treatment each month. Many providers offer in-house financing at 0% interest when a conservative down payment is made. There are also third party financing options offered that require no down payment and some of them offer no interest for 24 months!!! Those who have Flex Plans with their employers can work out payment arrangements that work with the payouts and plans. Additionally, Invisalign providers accept major credit cards.
What are the advantages of Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign treatment can treat a very wide variety of adult and teen cases. When comparing to braces, you can eat whatever foods you want, enhanced esthetics, no emergency visits for broken appliances, easier to brush and floss normally, and on average appointment visits are fewer and shorter.
Dr Todd Walkow has been an Elite Preferred Provider since 2007 and is the highest submitting orthodontist practicing solely in Orange County. His practice, Walkow Orthodontics, is a leader in Orange County in Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Walkow Orthodontics blog is an insightful forum on a variety of orthodontic topics and one of the most widely read in the field today.