How much do braces cost in Vancouver?

How Much Do Braces Cost In Vancouver?

The cost of braces in Vancouver can vary widely depending on the types of braces a patient is looking for, the complexity of the case as well as the amount of work and time that needs to be done to achieve their desired smile goals. The cost of braces can range from ~$4000 – $13,000 in Vancouver (as of Dec 2019). Every case is different and therefore, the cost of braces in Vancouver is largely dependant on your specific orthodontic case. 

Teeth alignment is done by both orthodontists (dentists who only do braces) as well as general dentists who have done additional studies, and have training and experience in the field. In my experience, general dentist fees are usually lower compared to an orthodontist. But because every case is unique, you may wish to seek more than one opinion before proceeding.


Braces are an orthodontic treatment and are highly effective to fix tooth alignment issues. Braces can be made from a variety of materials. Metal braces, also known as traditional braces, are still the most common and can be the most cost-effective. Ceramic braces are made from ceramic composites that are tooth-colored so the brackets tend to blend in with the teeth making them less visible. They fall in the mid-range as far as costs go. 

Lastly, lingual braces are a less common form of braces that sit in behind the teeth, rather than at the front. Lingual braces can be the most costly, but they are virtually invisible when a patient smiles. 

young girl smiling with braces in Vancouver, BC

Traditional Braces

In Vancouver, the cost of a full mouth of traditional metal braces can vary from between $7000-$12000 dollars. The average price comes in at around $8000-9000. This number is not set and can vary, depending on the level of tooth alignment needed. 

Traditional braces are made up of stainless steel brackets and wires that can range from nickel, titanium or stainless steel. Brackets sit on the front of the teeth, fused to your enamel with dental bonding. Traditional braces are easily manufactured and they provide the strength needed to steadily shift your teeth into place. This makes them a cost-effective option for those looking to straighten their teeth. 

Traditional braces are often not as aesthetically appealing, due to the visible metal wires and brackets. Some patients look to spend slightly more on subtle tooth alignment options like clear or lingual braces. 

Clear Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are tooth-colored braces that blend in well with your smile. The brackets are made of a ceramic material that can be color-matched to your teeth. Ceramic braces still have a metal wire connecting the brackets. 

However, the tooth-colored ceramic certainly makes this type of braces less visible. Ceramic braces are slightly more expensive than regular metal braces. In Vancouver, they can range in cost from between $4000-$8000 dollars. 

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are unique in the sense that they are virtually invisible to most people. They are placed at the back of the teeth, whereas traditional braces sit at the front of the teeth. 

Lingual braces are, therefore, a popular choice for those looking for a subtle way to align their smiles. They are at the higher end of the price range and can cost between $5000-$10,000 in Vancouver. Lingual braces cost significantly more because they have to be custom made to fit your bite and your teeth.

Payment Options

Although the total cost of orthodontics may seem daunting, the cost is typically spread out over the course of treatment which can be one to two or sometimes even three years. Additionally, braces are an orthodontic procedure that is often partially or fully covered by dental plans. If you are a student, you can check your student health plan to determine whether or not orthodontic work is listed. 

The Canadian Association of Orthodontics also has useful resources to help you manage the cost of braces. There is a program in Canada called Smiles 4 Canada that can help eligible children under the age of 14 with orthodontic work and braces. This program is hosted by the Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Orthodontics, as well as the Canadian Association of Orthodontics. 

Additional Costs To Consider 

There are also some additional costs as this price of braces does not include the potential cost of other procedures that are often done with braces. 

Additional services that can be required may include tooth removal (in the case of overcrowding), palate expanders, and retainers. The best way to determine the cost of traditional braces for your circumstance is to meet with your dentist or orthodontist. 

Book An Orthodontics Consultation

The best way to determine the cost of braces for your specific case is to book an appointment with your dentist. In Vancouver, the cost of braces can range widely. It’s always a good idea to visit different dentists and get quotes so that you can make an informed decision about the next steps in transforming your smile. 

At VCCID our team of dedicated professionals can help to answer your questions about braces, and give you an accurate assessment of your oral and orthodontic health. We are conveniently located in Metrotown, Greater Vancouver and are easily accessible by transit.  Contact us today and get ready to transform your smile.

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Covid Phase II:  Dental offices reopening


We are “OPEN”


UPDATE May 22 2020


Dear patients:


The BC provincial health officer has given dental offices in BC the green light to reopen under “Phase II” regulations.  These regulations are dictated by WorksafeBC, the provicnical licencing body, the ongoing progression or diminishing of viral cases and current understanding of transmission, particularly in the dental office setting. 


The  greatest risk/concern re further spread of this virus is with those that are currently ill or who may have come into contact with someone who has been ill within the past 14 days. In the dental clinic the  concern is the generation of any aerosols that may contain virus particles.


Therefore when booking appointments  we will ask a series of questions to determine your risk. For those at risk of being Covid positive, treatment will be deferred until  the 14 day risk of transmission has passed. If treatment is of an urgent nature, we have  additional safety measures in place to provide emergency care, assuming it will not create a greater health risk. Alternatively referrals to a hospital may be  recommended for anyone with severe health risks who cannot be treated in office.


For those without contact or risk of Covid, we will be able to book your appointments. Upon arrival to the office you are required to complete a COVID screening  and consent form prior to being seen in the clinic area. The clinical staff will also do an assessment to determine if there is any risk. 


Similarly our staff will also be assessed daily to ensure none are ill or have had contact with a potential case of COVID within the previous 14 days.


We are required to modify our scheduling to allow for continued distancing and other measures to minimize potential spread. Therefore we anticipate a slightly longer waiting period for available appointments until this Phase II is complete.


Our primary concern is your overall health, consequently we have incorporated  additional protocols and precautions during this time to ensure the safety of patients as well as staff from this viral infection.  It involves additional barrier protection, modifying how procedures are done to avoid generating aerosols and sterilization protocols to decontaminate any surfaces that may have come in contact with aerosols. 


The good news is that over the past 50+ years the dental industry has learned to manage and control in-office transmission of many viruses, bacteria and outbreaks of  illnesses, and we anticipate these same protocols  will continue to protect yourselves as well as the staff. As we move through Phase II and  see this pandemic lose its “foothold” we expect we will slowly return to a more normal routine and scheduling of appointments. 


Of course your dental health is also paramount and therefore finding appointments for your care is also essential. Rest assured that we will be following up and contacting anyone who has missed appointments and those that are currently booked in the weeks ahead. 




Dr Peter Balogh and all of us at VCCID