Do Braces Cost Less than Invisalign?

With so many orthodontic treatment methods, it can be challenging to determine which treatment plan will be best for you. When looking at types of treatment, many patients weigh options based on the cost, and rightfully so. You might be asking yourself, how much do braces cost?

How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment Cost?

For many patients deciding on traditional braces treatment vs. Invisalign aligner treatment, one frequently asked question is which option is cheaper. To simply put it; it depends. Both methods of orthodontic treatment can vary in cost based on the length of treatment and what kinds of issues need to be addressed during treatment. 

For example, if a patient has multiple severe issues such as teeth crowding, cross bites, and gapping, treatment will last a bit longer and cost more than a patient who only needs to realign one or two teeth. Most orthodontists offer free consultations, where you will learn how much treatment is needed and get a ballpark estimate of the length of treatment and the cost. 

Which Costs Less: Braces or Invisalign?

Every orthodontist sets their own pricing for orthodontic treatment, so this answer varies depending on where you are seeking treatment. At Milnor, the cost of braces and Invisalign are actually equivalent. Why is that?

At Milnor, we utilize all the latest advancements in orthodontic technology, including digital dental monitoring. With fewer in-person office visits for adjustments, the cost is the same since we are able to see more patients and pass on the savings of having more patients with the same amount of staff. 

Our practice frequently uses Invisalign, putting us in the top 1% of Invisalign providers. Our knowledge and experience make providing Invisalign treatment easy and as affordable as braces.

Paying for Orthodontic Treatment

There are many ways to pay for either of these orthodontic treatments.

While some insurance providers don’t cover orthodontic work, and others only cover part of the cost, if you have a flexible spending account (FSA) or a health savings account (HSA), those funds can generally be used to pay for Invisalign treatment. 

Milnor offers other ways to make orthodontic treatment affordable as well, like flexible payment plans with OrthoFi, offering a range of monthly payment options, and financing with CareCredit for interest-free, short-term financing. A whole family of healthy smiles shouldn’t come at a great cost or with great stress. For family care, a special multi-family member discount is also available. If you have any questions, or just want to discuss your options, the staff at Milnor Orthodontics will be happy to help you choose the right way to pay for Invisalign. Our team is here to help you navigate the best treatment plan for your budget and for your smile. 

At Milnor Orthodontics, our experts are here to help you achieve a priceless smile. Call our office at (970) 230-3187 or visit to learn more. We're located at 1103 S. Shields St. in Fort Collins, Colorado.