Want to know Invisalign cost UK? Invisalign treatment can cost between £2000 and £6000. The large variation in price is because Invisalign is case specific, and cost depends largely on complexity. Generally, the more difficult the treatment, and the more aligners required to straighten your teeth, the more expensive the treatment. To get an accurate quote, you should consult an Invisalign provider.
Invisalign is typically more expensive than traditional fixed braces. Despite the higher cost, many patients still prefer Invisalign because of its low visibility and the ability to remove the aligners for eating and cleaning.
As a dentist who provides both fixed and removable braces, I often see patients who are interested in Invisalign but are put off by the cost. I’ve also noticed that prices can vary greatly between different practices. In this article I discuss why Invisalign prices vary so much, and whether the extra cost is worth it.
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How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign is a popular and well-known clear aligner system that has successfully treated over 11 million patients worldwide. The treatment involves wearing a series of custom-made aligners that are changed every 1-2 weeks. These aligners apply gentle pressure to gradually shift teeth in to position. Read about the full process and how long Invisalign treatment takes.
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are removable and almost invisible, making the straightening teeth process much more discreet and aesthetic. Invisalign aligners are also more comfortable to wear, and because they are removable, they are easier to clean with no restrictions on what you eat.
Compare to metal braces, there are are more limitations to Invisalign, and it may not be suitable for every complex case. For more information, you can read about the different types of braces available.
It’s important to remember that Invisalign aligners only work when they are being worn. Patients need to wear their aligners for at least 22 hours a day to see the desired results. Compliance is key to the success of the treatment, and failure to wear the aligners as directed can prolong the treatment time or even compromise the results.
How much does Invisalign cost UK?
The cost of an Invisalign package depends on how complex a case is, and hence the number of aligners required to achieve the desired outcome.
Very simple cases may be treated with Invisalign Lite or Invisalign Express, which are the cheapest packages and start from £2000. They are useful for mild misalignment or relapse cases, where patients have had braces in the past but haven’t worn their retainers.
Most complex cases are treated with Invisalign Comprehensive, which can close gaps, relieve crowding, and fix some overbite or overjet issues . These corrections require more aligners, and so treatment takes longer, and is more expensive.
Below is a table giving you an indication of Invisalign cost UK according to treatment need.
|Invisalign Package||Who is Suitable||Invisalign Cost UK||Number of Aligners||Treatment Time|
|Invisalign First||Children aged 6-10 who could benefit from early orthodontic intervention ||Around £3500||Varies||18 months|
|Invisalign Express||Very mild alignment needed||£2000-£3000||Up to 7 aligners||14 weeks|
|Invisalign Lite||Mild to moderate cases, previous treatment relapse||£2500-£4000||Up to 14 aligners and 1 refinement||20-28 weeks|
|Invisalign Comprehensive||Most common Moderate-complex cases||£3500-£6000||30+ aligners (no limit) and 1 refinement||11-18 months|
It is difficult to provide an exact price for Invisalign treatment as each case is unique and requires a tailored approach. The cost of treatment may vary based on factors such as the location, dentist’s experience, and the specific treatment plan recommended for each individual case. Find an Invisalign provider near you for an accurate quote.
What is included in Invisalign cost UK?
The cost of Invisalign treatment typically includes several components. Invisalign packages vary from practice to practice, and it is important to understand which components are included in your quote. Generally, the price of Invisalign includes:
- Initial consultation and examination, which may include x-rays and photos of your teeth
- A 3D virtual representation of your teeth, created using ClinCheck software, which allows you to see what your smile may look like after treatment.
- A series of clear aligners to be worn full-time.
- Any necessary adjustments or space creation with interproximal reduction (IPR).
- Refinement aligners needed to fine-tune your results after the initial treatment.
- Final passive aligners, such as Vivera retainers, which are used to maintain your new smile after treatment is complete.
- Emergency appointments, in case you experience any issues or discomfort during treatment.
Why does Invisalign cost UK vary so much?
The cost of Invisalign treatment generally depends on treatment needs. Mild corrections usually take less time, and need less retainers to achieve a successful result. This is then reflected in a lower price, compared to more difficult treatments which are more expensive.
However, you may also notice the cost for your individual treatment varies depending on which Invisalign provider you visit. It is important to understand exactly what is offered in your package, as this may explain the price difference.
The price of Invisalign treatment can vary depending on:
- Location: Invisalign providers in London tend to be more expensive than other areas in the UK
- Finance options:
- Some practices may offer financing options, which could increase the overall cost of treatment.
- Some practices may offer a discount if paying in full.
- Seasonal offers may mean reduced prices for treatment.
- Experience of the dentist:
- Some specialist orthodontists may charge more than dentists that offer invisalign treatment.
- Invisalign providers are tiered depending on the number of treatments they have done. A diamond provider, which means they have carried out 200+ cases, may charge more than a bronze provider that does fewer than 10 cases a year.
- Refinement aligners: If you still require minor corrections after the initial set of aligners, you may need some refinement aligners. Some practices may include 1 set of refinement aligners in their package price, whereas other may charge extra for this.
- Smile guarantee: Check to see if the invisalign provider offers a smile guarantee. This is usually a 5 year “unlimited aligners” guarantee, which means that If you experience any relapse within 5 years of your start date, additional aligners are provided at no extra cost. This guarantee isn’t offered by every provider, and a ‘smile guarantee’ inclusion in a package is likely to be more expensive.
- Retainers: Vivera retainers are passive aligners that keep your teeth in position after treatment. Some Invisalign providers include this in the price, whilst others don’t.
- After care: A 1 year aftercare review may be include or charged as an extra. This review is to ensure no relapse and no problems following Invisalign treatment
- Additional treatments: Some practices offer teeth whitening or contouring of teeth in their package price.
Is Invisalign worth the cost?
Invisalign can be a worthwhile investment for those looking to straighten their teeth. Here are some factors to consider when weighing the cost of Invisalign treatment:
- Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, making them a popular choice for adults who want to straighten their teeth discreetly.
- Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable, with no brackets or wires that can cause irritation or pain to the cheeks or tongue.
- Invisalign aligners are less prone to breakage than traditional braces.
- There are no food restrictions with Invisalign, as the aligners can be removed for eating and drinking.
- In some cases, Invisalign treatment may require fewer and shorter appointments than traditional braces.
- Invisalign aligners are removable, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene and reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Invisalign can achieve results in as little as 3 months for some cases.
Ultimately, the decision to pursue Invisalign treatment will depend on your individual needs and budget. Speak to an Invisalign provider to determine if this treatment is right for you and to discuss the cost and financing options available.
What is the cheapest Invisalign and are there cheaper alternatives?
Invisalign cost UK varies depending on the complexity of each individual case. An Invisalign provider will discuss the most appropriate package to create the smile you want. If you have very mild corrections needed, Invisalign Lite is the cheapest option. Invisalign Comprehensive is for more complex cases, and is usually the most expensive.
While Invisalign is a well-known brand of aligners, not all orthodontists provide them. There are other options available in some practices, such as Impress and Reveal clear aligners.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Invisalign, there are many different companies offering direct-to-consumer/at-home aligners, such as Smile Direct Club and New Smile. It is important to be cautious of any aligner system that does not involve a dentist, as they may not be suitable for all cases.
Remember that the cost of treatment should not be the only consideration when choosing an aligner system. It’s important that your treatment is provided by a qualified dental professional to support the process.
Is Invisalign covered under insurance?
Invisalign treatment is not always covered under a dental insurance plan. It’s important to read your specific insurance policy to determine if it covers orthodontic treatment and if so, what types of treatment are covered.
Many dental insurance policies do not cover cosmetic procedures, and Invisalign treatment may be considered a cosmetic procedure rather than a medically necessary one. Denplan, a popular dental insurance provider in the UK, does not cover Invisalign .
If you’re unsure if your dental insurance covers Invisalign treatment, you can contact your insurance provider directly or consult with your dentist for guidance. They may be able to help you understand your insurance policy and explore alternative financing options if needed.
Some dental practices offer payment plans that allow you to pay for your Invisalign treatment in instalments. However, there may be a charge for this service or a small discount offered if you pay in up-front in full.
Is invisalign available on the NHS?
Clear aligners like Invisalign are not currently available on the NHS.
Children who meet certain criteria for treatment need may be eligible for fixed metal braces under the NHS. Some adult patients may also be eligible for NHS treatment in certain circumstances, such as if they require jaw surgery.
There are many private orthodontic practices that offer Invisalign treatment. While private treatment can be more expensive, it may provide additional benefits such as more flexible appointments.
How long does Invisalign take to work?
The length of time it takes to complete Invisalign treatment depends on how complicated the case, and how many aligners are needed to straighten the teeth. On average, treatment takes 12-24 months, but your Invisalign provider can give you a more accurate estimate. Remember to follow your provider’s instructions carefully and attend all scheduled appointments to achieve the best possible results.
Once your treatment is complete, you will be given a set of passive aligners to wear to help to hold your teeth in their new position. These retainers are designed to be worn at night while you sleep. In some cases, your orthodontist may also place a metal chain, or a fixed bonded retainer, behind your teeth to help prevent relapse.
Read our article How long does Invisalign take? and find out what you can do to speed up treatment time.
Find an Invisalign provider near you
Although more expensive than at home aligner systems, I would always recommend having a dentist or orthodontist oversee your treatment. Dentists will make sure you have no dental issues such as tooth decay or gum disease, that would make treatment unsuitable. A dentist can also provide you with personalised advice and support throughout your treatment.