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Crooked or gapped teeth can affect your appearance, causing you to cover your smile when you laugh or chat with friends.

Invisalign® is an invisible orthodontic treatment that allows orthodontists and dentists to straighten your teeth without bulky braces.

Find out why so many patients choose to undergo Invisalign treatment with our Boston, MA, Invisalign Elite providers...

FAQs about Invisalign Costs

Many of the first questions we hear from patients about Invisalign treatment relate to its cost.

How Much Is Invisalign?

The cost of Invisalign is about the same as the price of braces. Both treatment plans cost anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000, with the average cost being about $5,600. The cost depends on the complexity of your case and the number of clear aligner sets needed.

Will Insurance Cover Any Costs?

Certain dental insurance providers will cover a portion of the cost of orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign and traditional braces. We can assist you in checking the terms of your plan to find out if you are eligible for any coverage.

Do You Offer Financing Options?

Financing works like a credit card, allowing you to divide the total cost of treatment into affordable monthly payments. It is possible to qualify for no-interest and low-interest plans when payments are made according to the terms of the contract. Contact our practice to learn more about financing.

Can I Use an FSA or HSA to Pay for Invisalign?

Yes, the funds in flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) can be used on Invisalign. You can make tax-free deposits (up to a certain amount) into these accounts. The funds can be used to pay for qualifying medical and dental expenses. This is just one more way that patients, with forward-thinking and planning, can make the cost of Invisalign more affordable.

Contact our practices in Boston and Waltham to ask a question or request a consultation to get an Invisalign quote. You can also reach us by phone.

A Happy Invisalign Patient Watch Brooke's Testimonial

Brooke's teeth shifted out of place after having her wisdom teeth removed as an adult. She came to the team at Dental Associates of New England in Boston for orthodontics. After discussing her options with us, she decided to straighten her teeth with clear aligners.

Invisalign Attachments How We Treat Mild, Moderate, and Complex Cases

We are able to treat mild, moderate, and even complex misalignment issues with the use of Invisalign attachments—small tooth-colored shapes that are attached to your teeth. This advanced form of treatment can achieve more precise and predictable tooth movement than ever before because the attachments allow the trays to get a better grip on the teeth. This is especially beneficial for rotated or angled teeth.

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How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?

Before committing to treatment, patients usually want to know how many aligners they will need and how long treatment will take.

During your initial consultation at our Boston, MA, dental office, we will determine approximately how many trays are needed and how long treatment will take. Since most aligner sets are worn for a total of two weeks each (for 20-22 hours each day), the length of your treatment will depend on the number of aligner sets recommended.

# of Aligner Sets Weeks Months
10 20 4+
20 40 9+
30 60 13+ 
40 80 18+
50 100 23+

According to Invisalign, the average treatment time is 12 to 18 months.

How Does Invisalign Work?

In this video, we explain how clear aligners like Invisalign straighten the teeth. Like braces, pressure is placed on the teeth to move them into alignment. But instead, patients wear clear aligners that are much more discreet and comfortable.

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"Friendly atmosphere starting from the moment you walk through the door. Staff is very helpful, technicians and doctors are extremely professional. I felt safe throughout my visit." Anthony Hopf

Invisalign Treatment Timeline

The average treatment time is 12 to 18 months.
The average treatment time is 12 to 18 months.


The first step you should take to find out if this effective treatment is right for you is to schedule an appointment at our Boston practice.


If you are a good candidate for treatment, we will take digital impressions of your smile. These will guide us in designing your treatment plan and crafting your aligners.


The digital impressions will be sent to the Invisalign lab so your full set of clear aligners can be fabricated.

Starting Treatment

When your trays arrive at our practice, we will have you try on the first set and provide you with instructions.

Progressing Through Treatment

It is critical that you wear your aligner trays for 20 to 22 hours each day. We will also instruct you to switch out your aligner sets every week or two weeks, depending on your treatment plan.

Final Results

When you are finished with your last set of trays, we will evaluate your new smile. If we are happy with the results, treatment is complete and you may wish to consider additional treatments such as teeth whitening. In rare cases, further improvement may be possible. We can refine your treatment plan and use more aligners to perfect your smile.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Invisalign aligners are considered much more comfortable than traditional braces. Because the trays are made of a smooth, plastic material, they are far less likely to irritate or cut the soft tissues of your mouth the way metal brackets and wires do.

However, the system is designed to move your teeth into proper alignment. This can result in some discomfort for a day or two each time you switch to a new set of aligner trays. To reduce pain, follow these tips:

  • Start wearing your new aligners before going to bed at night so you can sleep through some of the discomfort
  • Use over-the-counter pain medication
  • Eat soft foods for a day or two after switching to a new set of trays

Maintaining Your Results

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To maintain the results of any type of orthodontic treatment, you will need to wear a retainer at night. Failing to routinely wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment will result in the teeth starting to shift out of place.

Patients can either wear their final set of Invisalign aligner trays as their final retainer set or we can have a new one fabricated. Be sure to clean your retainer on a regular basis and have it replaced as needed by our dentists.

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Dental Associates of New England

At Dental Associates of New England, we have a team of talented experts in restorative and cosmetic dental care who can give you the dazzling and healthy smile you deserve. We are affiliated with many prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • The American Academy of Periodontology

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (781) 890-4900 today.

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