Invisalign Costs In Singapore: An Orthodontist Tells All (2020)
Written by Dr. Priscilla Lu
Original link: https://www.doctorxdentist.com/invisalign-cost-singapore
One of the most common inquiries I receive is about the cost of Invisalign treatment in Singapore.
This post contains the most up-to-date information you are looking for with regards to the price of Invisalign treatment in 2019, and what factors affect the price.
1. How much does Invisalign cost in Singapore?
In Singapore, Invisalign costs range from about $7000 - $9500 in total for treatment by an orthodontist (braces specialist).
Some dental clinics are able to quote lower prices (i.e. in the $4500 to $6000 range) because they do not include pre-treatment, mid-treatment and aftercare expenses, for example:
- Dental X-Rays
- Bite adjustments
- Sectional braces or auxiliaries to achieve a better bite at the back teeth
Most importantly: If you were quoted a lower price, do ask your dentist if it includes refinement costs to achieve a better treatment result. This may involve changing of attachments and a re-scan or re-impression, followed by a new series of aligners at the end of your original course of treatment.
Ultimately, the actual cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend primarily on your individual case needs.
Simpler cases require fewer aligners, while more complex cases require more aligners, so it may be helpful to get a personalised cost estimate from a few different dentists. In general, Invisalign treatment that takes 1 year will be far less costly than treatment that takes 2 or more years.
2. What accounts for the difference in Invisalign costs?
Your Invisalign treatment options are broadly divided into 4 categories:
These categories demarcate the number of aligners manufactured for you, and by extension, the laboratory fees that your dentist has to pay to Invisalign. More details can be seen in the table below.
As explained, the main differences in cost are due to the complexity and your case requirements.
If your case requires a lot of tooth movement (ie. more aligners), a Comprehensive treatment package is advisable. If your case requires tooth extractions to create space to correct crowding or protrusion, this will usually result in a longer treatment time and require a comprehensive treatment option.
On the other hand, you may be suitable for a Lite package if you only have minor crowding (Eg. if you had previous braces treatment but your teeth have relapsed). You should definitely consult an orthodontist to see which one is more suitable for you.
Invisalign treatment options comparison
|Comprehensive Package||Moderate Package||Lite Package||Express Package|
|Aligners (per arch)||As many aligners as needed to reach clinical goal.||Up to 26 aligners||Up to 14 aligners||Up to 7 aligners|
|Treatment and clinical parameters||Moderate to severe crowding/spacing, vertical and AP discrepancies, pre-restorative.||Mild to moderate skeletal discrepancies, crowding, spacing, vertical discrepancies, pre-restorative treatment.||Class I, mild crowding/spacing, non-extraction, pre-restorative.||Treatment of relapse and minor movement.|
|Additional Aligners||Unlimited sets of Additional Aligners can be ordered prior to treatment expiration date.||Unlimited sets of Additional Aligner included in the first 2 years after shipment date of primary orders.||Two Additional Aligner sets included, available prior to treatment expiration date.||One Additional Aligner set included, available prior to treatment expiration date.|
|Treatment expiration||5 years||3 years||2 years||1 year|
Other Invisalign cost factors
Other factors that may increase costs include:
- Complexity of treatment: Number of refinement adjustments needed. Whenever a dentist/orthodontist has to do a refinement, they may need to remove some or all the attachments bonded to the teeth, and replace these with new attachments. This adds to the cost of the treatment.
- Pre-treatment and aftercare expenses
- Overhead costs of the dentist
- Invisalign lab fees: Clinics who do less cases of Invisalign per year pay more lab fees to Invisalign.
3. Invisalign lab fees that dentists pay are variable
One of the strengths of Align technology (the owner of Invisalign) is its marketing. You may have heard of Invisalign through a radio ad or a Facebook ad. Its product name is almost ubiquitous.
As part of their marketing strategy, Invisalign assigns dentist to 1 of 10 tiers:
Bronze (performs least number of Invisalign cases a year)
Red Diamond (performs most number of Invisalign cases a year)
Dentists who are in the higher tier are offered a higher discount on the lab fees. This is the company’s strategy to encourage dentists to take up more Invisalign cases per year.
Having said that, Align technology does monitor the price to the consumer. Hence, the overall price range in Singapore remains in the $7,000 - $9,500 range despite the difference in lab fees. If you are thinking of getting Invisalign, you can get a few quotes from different clinics to compare the prices!
Align technology also tends to increase their lab fees every year for research and development purposes. However, most clinics absorb these price hikes and do not vary their treatment fee from year to year.
4. Express, Lite, Moderate or Full Invisalign treatment?
As a general guide, each aligner is able to achieve about 0.25mm of tooth movement.
Your dentist/orthodontist will determine which treatment option is best suited to you based on the amount of tooth movement required.
However, virtual planning and actual outcomes are 2 different realms. What happens on the computer screen vs what happens in my patient’s mouth can be quite different.
Occasionally, your teeth do not follow the virtual plan, and more aligners are needed to achieve a better result.
Consequently, most dentists prefer to choose a treatment option that allows for a reasonable degree of error, rather than having to get their patients to pay more for additional aligners down the road.
6. If Invisalign manufactures my retainers in a lab, why does the dentist I choose make a difference?
Invisalign is a laboratory that harnesses 3D technology, as well as their own proprietary software (Clincheck) to manufacture aligners. Invisalign does not diagnose or treat individual cases. How and what to manufacture still comes from your dentist's prescription.
The process begins with a proper diagnosis of your case and customized treatment plan which is the most crucial part of this whole treatment. Your dentist’s treatment plan will then guide the Invisalign technician as to how to virtually position your teeth.
Once the technician has completed the virtual setup of your teeth, he will send the file back to your dentist.
Your dentist will then assess the setup and make the necessary amendments based on his knowledge and understanding of achievable tooth movements with aligners.
On a computer software, you can move teeth anywhere you like. However, only your dentist will be able to know what are the biological limits, and what is feasible.
Invisalign treatment relies heavily on your dentist’s input on how to position the teeth. This is why it important to find a dentist/orthodontist that you are comfortable with!
Your dentist's work doesn’t end there. Close monitoring of your treatment is required to ensure your teeth are following the virtual plan.
If at any point some teeth are not following the plan, your dentist will have to decide on the course of action needed to get back on track. Hence, it's not unusual for dentists to perform refinement adjustments during Invisalign treatment.
7. Are there any subsidies or discounts for Invisalign treatment in Singapore?
Unfortunately, you can't make use of Medisave to pay for Invisalign treatment as it's not considered a surgical procedure. 
There are also NO subsidies from the Ministry of Health for braces treatment in government hospitals, tertiary institutions or in private clinics.
The main rationale for this is that Invisalign treatment is considered to be "elective", meaning that treatment can often be delayed until a more opportune time.
Hence, it will be hard to justify tax payers' money for a procedure that doesn't require immediate attention as compared to e.g. a dental infection.
What about dental insurance for Invisalign?
Dental cover for braces is usually an additional benefit that does not come as standard on most health insurance plans.
Furthermore, Invisalign treatment is considered an aesthetic orthodontic treatment and is usually not covered even with a dental cover in your insurance plan.
8. How much do Invisalign alternatives and other clear aligner brands cost?
|Invisalign (Orthodontist)||All types of malocclusion||$7,000 - $9,500|
|Metal Braces||$4,000 - $5,500|
|Ceramic/tooth coloured braces||$5,000 - $6,500|
|Zenyum||Only for front teeth alignment, non-extraction treatment||$2,200|
|Mbrace||Mild-moderate complexity, non extraction treatment||$4,500 - $6,800|
|Ecligner||Mild- moderate complexity, simple extraction cases can be attempted||$5,000 - $7,000|
|Some clinics offer in-house aligners||Mild crowding, mild spacing||$150-$250 per aligner, some clinics offer treatment packages of $1,500|
9. How much does the Invisalign consultation cost?
Most Invisalign consultations cost $50-$100 on average. This excludes the records that may be taken on the consultation visit should you decide to go ahead with Invisalign treatment.
Ask the front staff on the phone about the consultation fees before you make an appointment, or get price quotes from different dentists.
I hope this post was helpful in your search for a good Invisalign provider in Singapore!
Dr Priscilla Lu is an orthodontist at The Orthodontic Clinic at Pacific Plaza in Singapore. She obtained her Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours from the University of Melbourne. Passionate about orthodontics, after graduation she pursued further education and achieved a Master of Dental Surgery in Orthodontics from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Dr Lu's orthodontic treatments include early interceptive treatment for young children, comprehensive treatment from tweens to adults using fixed braces, Invisalign and lingual braces.
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