Akavan Orthodontics

Dr. Nooshi Akavan

(818) 345-9601

18919 Ventura Blvd., Suite B | Tarzana, California 91356

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Is Invisalign Expensive?

Invisalign Northridge, CA

Invisalign is becoming an increasingly popular method of orthodontic treatment, and many prospective patients are unaware of the price and commitment that factors into a decision to be treated with Invisalign. Dr. Nooshi Akavan is a specialist, treating patients with Invisalign in the Northridge, CA area. Dr. Akavan and the team at Akavan Orthodontics know that cost is more than just money paid. Orthodontic treatment is also an investment in time, effort, and commitment.

The Cost of Invisalign

Braces and Invisalign can be very similar in cost. Invisalign can be a more economical alternative for some patients. Only a certified Invisalign provider like Dr. Akavan can truly determine what the cost of your Invisalign treatment will be, but you can check out this Invisalign Cost Calculator to get a good idea.

Insurance and Invisalign

Your dental or health insurance may cover part of the cost of your orthodontic treatment.

Some insurance plans may cover a large portion of an Invisalign treatment. For more information about the costs of treatment and insurance coverage, speak with your insurer.

Payment Options  

Many orthodontists, like Dr. Akavan will offer affordable financing options. Schedule a free consultation with Akavan Orthodontics to see what can be done for you and your treatment with Invisalign.

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a handy, tax-free way to save toward treatment costs. Dr. Nooshi Akavan and her team can discuss with you the possibility of spreading your payments out over the course of treatment. They’ll be happy to work with you to make your health care affordable.Cost of treatment should not be a barrier for anyone looking to fix their smiles and improve their oral health care.

Don't hesitate to get started with your Invisalign treatment. For more information, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Nooshi Akavan, contact Akavan Orthodontics in the Northridge, CA area at: 818.345.9601


Dr. Akavan and the team at Akavan Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Tarzana, CA, Encino, CA, Woodland Hills, CA, Studio City, Calabassas, CA or Los Angeles County, CA, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Akavan contact Akavan Orthodontics at: (818) 345-9601

Can I Get Just a Retainer Instead of Braces?

Dr. Nooshi Akavan of Akavan Orthodontics knows that treating serious orthodontic issues with a retainer instead of braces or Invisalign clear aligners is ill advised. Braces or Invisalign work over a defined course of treatment to optimally re-adjust your teeth.

A retainer would have to be worn consistently to work at keeping teeth straight. Getting a retainer instead of braces for patients who live near or work in Woodland Hills, CA may work in some situations. Dr. Akavan does not recommend patients try to substitute one orthodontic treatment for another.

Orthodontic treatment with braces is a commitment of money, effort, and time for patients. The reward of these commitments is a straight set of teeth, a more functional mouth and jaw, and a beautiful smile.

Some patients may attempt ways to avoid the commitments that braces require and still get perfect teeth. One way people try to do this is by wearing only a retainer instead of braces to straighten their teeth.

When Is a Retainer Indicated Instead of Braces?

There are specific instances where retainers may be used instead of braces near Woodland  Hills, CA. Retainers are a good substitute for braces when the issue is extremely minor; that is, if the problem concerns only one or two teeth.

If there is a slight gap between two teeth or if one of the teeth is out of place, a retainer can be used effectively. However, the retainer might have to be worn for a few years for the treatment to be permanent.

When Is a Retainer NOT Indicated Instead of Braces?

There are instances when a retainer should not be used as a substitute for traditional metal braces. Patients who have orthodontic issues involving more than one tooth (such as overbites or underbites, crossbites, gaps between multiple teeth, or many crooked teeth) should consider orthodontic treatment with braces. All of these orthodontic issues are treated by Dr. Akavan using braces.

Why Are Braces More Effective Than a Retainer?

The material retainers are made of is not strong enough to shift and move the teeth like Invisalign clear aligners or traditional metal braces can. Retainers, as their name implies, are usually worn after treatment with either Invisalign or braces to retain the newly aligned position of the teeth. Retainers are used to maintain straight teeth, not to make them straight.

Is Invisalign an Option for Me?

Traditional metal braces are not the only option for orthodontic patients near Woodland Hills, CA. Dr. Akavan offers Invisalign clear aligners to his patients who want to avoid wearing traditional braces. Invisalign is clear and removable, just like a retainer is.

Invisalign offers the best of both approaches to orthodontic treatment (braces and retainers). It’s used by many patients who do not want the bulkiness of traditional braces, but who need the permanent results that a retainer alone cannot deliver.

After patients complete their course of treatment with Invisalign, they are often fitted with a clear retainer to keep their results intact.

Braces are only one option for patients near Woodland Hills, CA with severe orthodontic treatment needs. Invisalign clear aligners may be the perfect solution that will correct a variety of orthodontic issues while being more comfortable and discreet for the patient.

Both effectively treat severe orthodontic issues like overbites or underbites, crossbites, gaps between multiple teeth, or many crooked teeth.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Akavan and Akavan Orthodontics at (818) 345-9601.

How Do Clear Braces Differ From Traditional Braces?

Changes in appearance may be a contributing factor that cause adults near Encino, CA to choose NOT to get braces. Dr. Nooshi Akavan and the team at Akavan Orthodontics know that adults who delay necessary orthodontic treatment may be damaging their mouth and negatively affecting their overall health.

Traditional metal braces are very visible and may cause problems when talking, laughing, and when “saying ‘Cheese!’”. Dr. Akavan has a solution; get fitted for clear braces! Invisalign brand clear aligners are a new and improved way for adults to treat their misaligned teeth and jaws.

What are clear braces?

Clear braces are made of clear ceramic materials, and they attach to the teeth in the same way that traditional metal braces do. Clear braces do require a bit more care due to their more fragile nature.

But the low-visibility nature of this treatment option appeals to adults who are avoiding orthodontic care because of the appearance of metal braces.

What are the advantages of clear braces?

Clear braces offer many advantages over other orthodontic treatment systems such as Invisalign clear plastic tray aligners. Clear braces provide an invisible way to correct several different types of severe or complex orthodontic issues.

Patients being treated with clear braces will be guaranteed to complete their treatment on time and with exceptional results. Clear braces are also a great alternative to traditional metal braces because they have fewer metal parts, so they are less likely to cause painful poking or irritation.

How much do clear braces cost?

Clear braces can range in price. The cost of orthodontic treatment with clear braces near Encino, CA is often comparable to treatment with traditional metal braces. Dr. Akavan works with his patients to customize orthodontic treatment plans that address price, length of treatment, and insurance coverage options. The team at Akavan Orthodontics participate with several popular insurance plans and can offer their patients different payment options.

How can I get clear braces?

Are you interested in learning more about clear braces? If you think clear braces may be the right option for you, Akavan Orthodontics is a trusted provider of clear braces near Encino, CA. Contact Dr. Akavan and the team at Akavan Orthodontics near Encino, CA at: (818) 345-9601

Our Tarzana Orthodontic office caters to patients in the San Fernando Valley, Encino, Woodland Hills, and Reseda neighborhoods.