Are you a parent looking for Invisalign for your child or teen? Or are you looking to improve your own smile and bite? You may be curious about the cost of Invisalign in Calgary. Most people will Google “Invisalign cost Calgary” when they begin their search.
Some of the most commonly asked questions about Invisalign are, “How much does it cost?” and “Does Invisalign cost more than traditional metal braces?”
The true and honest answer is that it depends!
The cost of Invisalign in Calgary depends on what needs to be done to the teeth and bite and who is doing the orthodontic treatment for you.
Both general dentists and orthodontic specialists move teeth with Invisalign (and other clear aligners). The cost of that treatment is based on a combination of:
- The materials being used
- The doctor’s expertise and experience
- The amount of time in treatment
- The difficulty of the correction
The Alberta Dental Fee Guide
The Alberta Dental Fee Guide lists orthodontic treatment to range from $ 5,000 to $20,000.
This is why figuring out the cost of your Invisalign is difficult unless you see an orthodontist in person. That is quite the range, and the expertise of the doctor providing the care is required to determine the cost of your Invisalign trays.
Simply googling “Invisalign cost Calgary” will not show you accurate fees, as context is required. We need to see the adult teeth or baby teeth to determine what will be required for proper alignment and to create your future smile.
Not All Orthodontic Problems Are Created Equal
Sometimes, only an individual tooth needs slight adjustments, and sometimes, every tooth in the mouth and the jaw bones need to be moved in order to complete treatment.
The best way to find out how much it will cost to fix your teeth or your child’s teeth is to see your local orthodontist for a treatment fee for your specific treatment. This is often a free consultation. Your orthodontist will discuss the orthodontic treatment plan, Invisalign treatment, traditional braces, payment options (including payment plans), risks and benefits, and answer any questions.
You don’t have to worry about these consultations; they are to provide accurate information on your child’s (or your) orthodontic issues and explain the straightening process, your treatment options, your insurance plan (if you have one) and anything else you are curious about.
Free Invisalign Consultation | Seeking Multiple Opinions
If you are concerned about your Invisalign cost in Calgary, you should seek multiple opinions.
Every orthodontic office will do things differently and feel different to you. It is important to find a practice that will give you everything you need and want. You do get what you pay for.
Invisalign treatment costs as much as braces (in most cases) for getting straight teeth and a new smile. It is a long-term relationship with your provider and you want to make sure you find a good fit.
At Impact Orthodontics, we offer free consultations for our Invisalign patients who are under the age of 20. A consultation fee does apply for those 20 and up (this fee is applied towards treatment if treatment is recommended and you choose to proceed)
Invisalign aligners (also called Invisalign clear aligners, Invisalign braces, and Invisalign trays) are unlike traditional braces. They are a removable set of aligners that are worn for 22 hours a day, and they move the teeth gradually into the desired position, resulting in straighter teeth and better bites. They put a gentle force on crooked teeth to create a healthy smile.
We often see improved oral hygiene with the wearing of clear aligners (when compared to metal brackets) because traditional brushing and flossing habits remain the same as they are now.
Adults and children also appreciate their discreet appearance (they are virtually invisible) and fewer dietary restrictions. It is easy to maintain your usual diet with Invisalign because you can remove them at any time.
Invisalign even works with permanent teeth emerging. The Invisalign child and Invisalign teen products were created so that people of all ages and all stages of dental development can choose Invisalign.
Invisalign Cost in Calgary | General Dentist vs. Orthodontist
We hear all the time about how Invisalign is cheaper in a general dental practice than it is at an orthodontic specialist’s office. Sometimes this is true, and sometimes it is not.
The most important thing to know about Invisalign clear braces and the person providing treatment is their experience and if you feel comfortable with them.
Each dental or orthodontic practice sets its fees. I have seen family dentists who charge less than, the same as, and more than we (orthodontic specialists) charge for orthodontic assessment and treatment.
How Is An Orthodontist Different ?| Orthodontic Treatment
All Orthodontists are dentists, but not vice versa.
Orthodontists are dentists who went to school for an additional 2-3 years after dental school to specialize in the movement of teeth and jaws. You can think of it like a medical specialty…internal medicine doctors are not the same as family doctors. The training is different, as is the experience.
The teeth straightening process is complicated, and some complications can arise during treatment. Orthodontists are not only well-trained in the movement of teeth and bones but can also recognize complications and treat them accordingly.
Orthodontists also have many tools in the toolbox. Most general dentists that do Invisalign do not do other types of orthodontic treatment plans. Meaning, they can only offer the one thing that they know how to do. This also means that if Invisalign is not working for you or your child, they do not have an alternative.
Orthodontists, on the other hand, can use a variety of appliances and tools to make sure that the solution that is best for your child is available.
Whether you are in custom-made Invisalign aligners that you wear 22 hours a day, other removable aligners, clear braces, metal braces or appliances, your orthodontist can take you through your treatment plan from start to finish!
Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign Aligners
- Attached to the teeth
- Food restrictions
- More complicated oral hygiene routine
- More in-office visits
- Emergency appointments will happen
- Very visible in the mouth
- Can be used for all types of orthodontic problems
- Removable aligners
- No food restrictions
- Same oral health routines as before Invisalign
- Fewer office visits meaning less school and work missed
- No emergency appointments
- Clear plastic trays so not obvious in the mouth
- Can be used for all types of orthodontic problems
Google “Invisalign cost Calgary” | Find The Best Fit For You
The Canadian dental association recommends that all children see an orthodontist around the age of 7. This is the perfect age for us to determine if your child will need orthodontic care and when the best timing will be.
It also allows us to help with all the frequently asked questions around your insurance company, insurance coverage and payment plan options.
If your child is curious about the Invisalign process and how Invisalign works to straighten their teeth, we are happy to talk about how plastic can place gentle force on the teeth to move them into a healthy smile.
Dr. Jen and Dr. Dena (here at Impact Orthodontics) would love to meet you and your child to discuss all of your options. You can book online or by calling or texting 403-256-7797