Is Invisalign Cheaper than Braces UK?

Deep Dive into Invisalign Prices

Is Invisalign cheaper than braces in the UK? Does it work out cheaper to get Invisalign? Let’s find out…

Cost of Invisalign

See the full breakdown of Invisalign prices and what’s included.

Cost of braces

Comparing the costs – what’s cheaper?

Judging by the cost of the two treatments, Invisalign can work out cheaper than metal braces if you suffer from a mild or moderate smile problem (typically class I malocclusions). As you’ll be using fewer aligners over a shorter treatment time (typically 7 weeks to 3 months), the cost of treatment is far less than getting traditional braces.

However, if you suffer from severe overcrowding, crooked teeth or bite conditions like overbites and underbites, you’ll likely require Invisalign Full, which will cost upwards of £4,000.

Depending on which private dental practice you seek treatment from and the extent of your bite problem, metal braces, at the same time, can cost up to £4,000, which means they are neither cheaper nor more expensive than Invisalign.

Braces on the NHS

  • Metal braces and NHS orthodontic treatment are free for people under 18 with a clear oral need for braces. However, high demand often leads to long waiting lists.
  • The NHS does not offer Invisalign.

Invisalign packages – what the price typically covers

  • All of your dental visits
  • The total number of aligners required
  • iTero and 3D scans
  • Digital smile simulations
  • Free refinements and adjustments
  • Vivera Retainers (dependent on practice)
  • Free whitening or bonding (dependent on practice)

Hidden metal braces cost

Buyer beware: getting metal braces can work out more expensive when you end your treatment. When all the costs have been calculated, patients might find additional costs like pre-treatment x-rays, dental office visits and final retainers.

With Invisalign, typical packages tend to cover the cost of retainers after your treatment – however, these are not always covered. Ensure to check with the dental practice beforehand, as Invisalign retainers typically cost between £125 and £200.

What affects the cost?

The price of Invisalign can differ from private practice to private practice. Here are some factors that affect the cost:

  • The location of the practice.
  • The level of provider status.
  • If the practice is running an offer or deal.
  • If the practice offers student discounts.
  • What’s included in the overall package.
  • There are any other smile enhancements included, like whitening.
  • What smile problem Invisalign aims to fix.
  • How long is your treatment, and how many aligners you’ll need.
  • If any pre-treatment work is required.

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Paying for adult braces monthly

Patients can spread the cost of their treatment over 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60 months – with the first 24 months being interest-free.

So, patients wishing to pay for Invisalign monthly in the UK can pay £125 per month over 12 with no deposit or additional interest applied on treatments costing £1,500.

Conventional, fixed metal braces are also available on finance. Browse cosmetic braces instead.

Metal braces vs. Invisalign