But thanks to technological advances, clear aligners are now usually less expensive than traditional metal braces—not to mention a whole lot less conspicuous. Plus, the cost of your invisible aligner treatment may be covered by your health or dental insurance (depending on your coverage and insurance provider, of course). 

Here we’ll break down how much clear aligners cost, how you can pay for ‘em, and how insurance may be able to help. For detailed information about your insurance policy and what it covers, you should speak to your insurance provider. We’re the experts when it comes to straightening your teeth—they’re the experts on whether you’re covered.

How Much Do Clear Aligners Cost?

Straightening your teeth isn’t like replacing your worn-out Ikea furniture or splurging on a new outfit or two. Teeth are complex, sensitive, and personal. Moving them around is a big deal, and to do it right, you’ll need to invest a lot of time and effort—and yes, some cash.

Unless you’re rolling in it, you’re probably going to have to do some serious research before you commit to clear aligners. But you also shouldn’t have to spend hours on the phone or flip through mountains of paperwork to figure out how much your aligner treatment will cost. That’s why we offer simple, transparent pricing.

At Dandy, the cost of your clear aligner treatment depends on two factors:

  1. The complexity of your treatment. Simple treatments cost less than complex ones. This one is up to us—your dentist will determine what kind of treatment you need at your initial in-person consultation.
  2. The payment model. This one is up to you. If you want to save a little moolah, you can pay for your entire treatment upfront. Or if it works better for your budget, you can spread it out over 24 months (approval required).

Here’s how it breaks down:

Dandy pricing is clear and transparent.

Some clear aligner providers have a higher price tag than others. Here’s a peek at what other popular clear aligners cost:

Competitor brands' pricing.

Clear aligners are typically easier on your pocketbook—and your lifestyle—than traditional braces. But we know you want all the facts, so here’s how traditional braces stack up:

Metal Braces:

  • Between $3,000 and $7,000, typically around $5,000

Ceramic Braces:

  • Between $4,000 and $8,000

Lingual Braces:

  • Between $8,000 and $10,000

What Does the Cost Include?

Some clear aligner providers charge extra for necessary basic dental work and post-treatment retainers. At Dandy, we don’t like to nickel-and-dime our patients. That’s why the cost of your treatment covers the entire process, including:

  • All of your aligner trays
  • Monthly progress reviews and in-person dental appointments as needed
  • Full access to the Dandy mobile app (this is how we keep tabs on your progress)
  • Some basic dental procedures prior to treatment, including fillings and cleanings (if required)
  • In-person procedures during your clear aligner treatment like IPR and attachments
  • Refinement trays (if required)

Will Insurance Cover My Aligners?

If you have an FSA or HSA card, you’re good to go—many clear aligner providers accept FSA and HSA cards, including Dandy.

Some third-party insurance providers cover clear aligner treatments the same way they cover traditional braces. Typically, this means they’ll pay for a percentage of the total cost or a certain dollar amount, often with a lifetime cap on orthodontic treatments. Orthodontic treatments may also be covered by health (not dental) insurance. 

Ask your benefits manager at work, call your insurance provider’s customer service line, or review your benefits package for more information about your coverage. Keep a lookout for information about “orthodontic treatments”.

Conclusion

Clear aligners used to be pricey, but thanks to advances in clear aligner technology, invisible braces don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. The cost of your treatment depends on two factors:

  1. Complexity. Your orthodontist will figure this one out for you. 
  2. Payment plan. Want to pay monthly or take care of it all upfront? It’s up to you.

Dandy has removed the waste from the treatment process, and we’re passing the savings on to you.