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Your Top-Rated Orthodontist in
Charleston, SC, For Braces & Invisalign

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Most new orthodontic patients are aware that Invisalign is a more expensive treatment option than braces. The cost comes from the materials used, the number of visits required, and even the cost of creating the appliances. Dental insurance can help patients pay for Invisalign if they decide that the added expense is worth it for the conveniences that Invisalign offers.

However, not all insurances cover Invisalign and many only do so partially. Invisalign remains an expensive treatment option compared to conventional metal braces, though the cost disparity may be smaller than you think, depending on your provider and your situation. Continue reading to learn which insurances cover Invisalign treatments and how much you can still expect to pay.

Want to find out if you or your child needs braces? Visit Reese Orthodontics in Charleston, SC for leading orthodontic care.

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What is the Average Cost of Invisalign Without Insurance?

With no insurance coverage, Invisalign is much more expensive than conventional metal braces. Your situation will change the amount you pay, but the average Invisalign treatment costs anywhere between $3,000 to $8,000. For comparison, braces usually cost around $5,000 to $6,000. Your individual treatment needs will heavily factor into how these costs compare.

To figure out which side of the spectrum you may be closer to, consider the range of treatment you may need. Some factors that can increase the cost of Invisalign include:

  • The severity of the gaps or crowding in your teeth
  • The presence or severity of bite issues, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite
  • Your oral hygiene habits, including how healthy your teeth and gums are before treatment as well as how well you brush and floss during treatment
  • The amount of time you wear your appliance per day
  • Your age

These factors can impact how long you have to wear your Invisalign appliance and how effective the treatment ends up being. This then impacts the price you will pay.

Which Companies Cover Invisalign Treatments?

Many orthodontic plans partially cover Invisalign, but it is not a guarantee. Basic plans usually offer coverage for other treatments while pricier plans are more likely to include Invisalign. This means that even if you have a plan with one of the companies listed below, you should still talk with your provider to learn if your specific coverage includes Invisalign.

These insurance companies have at least one plan that covers Invisalign:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Delta Dental
  • Cigna
  • MetLife
  • Aetna
  • United Concordia
  • Guardian

How Much Will Your Insurance Cover?

All the companies listed above offer at least one plan that partially covers Invisalign. However, this coverage often goes up to 50%, not 100%. You cannot expect to have your Invisalign treatment completely paid for.

Also, keep in mind whether your orthodontist is in-network with your insurance company. Many insurance plans offer some form of coverage for patients visiting doctors out of network, but this coverage is often much less.

Restrictions on Orthodontic Benefits

In addition to in-network vs out-of-network differences, some restrictions may apply when you try to receive coverage for Invisalign:

Age limit – Many orthodontic benefits, including coverage for Invisalign treatment, have an age limit. They offer coverage for patients under the age of 20 but not for adults. Check with your insurance provider to find out if your plan has an age restriction.

Maximum coverage – To avoid paying tens of thousands of dollars for extensive orthodontic procedures, many insurance companies set a maximum coverage limit for patients. These limits may be a few thousand dollars and apply to the patient’s lifetime, meaning if your treatment exceeds this amount (with Invisalign, it will be likely), you will still have out-of-pocket costs.

Delays – Sometimes, insurance plans set delays between when their benefits are claimed and when they can be used. These waiting periods may cause you to delay treatment until you receive your coverage.

Choose Reese Orthodontics

If you’re an adult who is considering Invisalign or braces, you need professional advice on your treatment and payment options. For orthodontic treatments in Charleston, SC, Reese Orthodontics offers the latest technology and treatment plans. Our advanced and comfortable orthodontic treatments can be customized to suit your needs. A consultation with Reese Orthodontics includes scans, a comprehensive exam, and a conversation with the orthodontist to discover which treatment options are right for you. 

Schedule an appointment with us today to stay ahead of your oral health and receive the best possible treatment in your area.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
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Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).