This should not be your most important factor when choosing your Invisalign doctor. The cost of Invisalign depends on several factors, such as the amount of crowding or spacing, severity of the malocclusion (bite), the length of treatment, the experience of the doctor, and what is included in your treatment plan. In Toronto and in the rest of North America, you will find a huge range of Invisalign costs, anywhere from $1899-$15,000, with most being $6000-$8500 CAD.
Why the huge discrepancy? You are not buying Invisalign. You are buying an orthodontic treatment and experience using Invisalign from a specific provider. There is a very large range of skill with using Invisalign, just like any other medical or dental procedure. Many of the lower figures are from general dentists who wish to enroll you as their patients. They are loss leaders to get you to have a dental exam, cleaning, x-rays, and fillings before Invisalign, and possibly cosmetic dentistry and more cleanings afterwards. Many offices also drop their fees in order to increase their volume (not necessarily their quality) to improve their Invisalign status. Find out also what is included in your treatment, including any examination, photos, x-rays, care package, and retainers.
Unlike what you may have heard, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen do not have to cost more than braces. Some offices charge the same amount for Invisalign as ceramic braces and others change the same as metal, so you do not have to make your treatment choice based upon finances. Interest-free payment plans may also be available to keep things affordable. Most offices may require a large down-payment to cover the lab bill from Align, while others will allow you to spread payment into monthly payments only. This is an important point to consider, because even lower cost treatments might actually be less “affordable” and more difficult to budget because of initial cost outlays.
Keep in mind that if your insurance covers braces, Invisalign is also covered. Most orthodontic specialty offices will not accept assignment of insurance directly. If you are able to find one that does, this will help lower initial costs and monthly payments.
Remember that cost comparison is only valuable if you are comparing equal things. You'll find a lot of Invisalign "deals" online, but what good is it if you don't get the results you are looking for afterwards or do not enjoy the experience? The experience of MCO Orthodontics makes them one of the most sought out Invisalign orthodontic teams in Canada and the USA. Unfortunately, it means we also retreat a significant number of people who started Invisalign treatment with other dentists and orthodontists in the Toronto area, including other Top 1% providers. Our advice is to not waste time and money on treatment with inexperienced orthodontists and dentists so that you can have the best Invisalign experience possible.