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Do Invisalign® Refinements Cost Extra?

Do Invisalign® Refinements Cost Extra?

Although Invisalign® treatment can be just as effective as traditional braces, some patients may require Invisalign® refinement or additional treatment. Many patients wonder if they must pay for this added treatment, and the answer varies depending on the individual.

Let’s dive into some factors that could determine your total Invisalign® cost.

What Are Invisalign® Refinements?

Invisalign® refinements are minor adjustments to your treatment plan. They are sometimes required during treatment or afterward if you are not achieving the desired results.

Refinements may include adjusting aligners, adding new aligners to your treatment, or more frequent visits to your orthodontist.

Will I Have to Pay Extra for Invisalign® Refinement?

Depending on the required refinement, your Invisalign® treatment plan may include the cost.

However, if additional visits with an orthodontist are needed, or if you require new aligners, you may pay extra. In addition, the cost can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the treatment. Therefore, it’s always best to speak with your orthodontist to determine any additional fees ahead of time.

Factors Leading to Invisalign® Refinement

Unfortunately, additional treatment is not always preventable. Teeth can shift differently than anticipated during your Invisalign® treatment. And in some cases, it’s unavoidable.

Other factors can also lead to Invisalign® refinement and additional costs, including:

  • Not wearing aligners as instructed
  • Skipping orthodontic appointments
  • Not following home care instructions

Ways to Avoid Invisalign® Refinement

If you follow your orthodontist’s instructions, your chances of needing extra visits drop significantly.

Once you start treatment, it’s imperative to wear your prescribed aligners for a minimum of 22 hours daily. Only take them out when you’re eating and brushing your teeth. In addition, caring for your teeth will help prevent the need for additional treatment. Brush your teeth regularly, floss daily, and visit your dentist twice a year.

Make sure to attend all your orthodontic appointments as scheduled and follow any other home care instructions. Doing so will help ensure you have a successful treatment and achieve the desired results.

How Will My Orthodontist Know If I Need Additional Treatment?

During appointments, your orthodontist will monitor how well your teeth respond to Invisalign® treatment. Then, if you need additional treatment, they will work with you to create a plan based on your progress.

Some key indicators that additional treatment is necessary include:

  • Teeth not moving as expected
  • Changes in the alignment of your teeth
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Minimal progress

In addition, your orthodontist may use an advanced dental scan with an iTero Scanner. Using this equipment, they can identify any possible changes that may be necessary to achieve the desired results.


Invisalign® refinements may be necessary to achieve your ideal treatment outcome. In some cases, your existing Invisalign® cost includes these adjustments. However, other ones may involve an additional fee. Make sure to follow your orthodontist’s instructions and maintain proper home care of your aligners. Doing so will help minimize the chances of needing added treatment.

At Dr. Yazji’s office, we can answer your questions about your Invisalign® cost or treatment. Reach out today if you’re interested in Invisalign® and want to learn more.