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).
It’s important to remember that every case is different and, therefore, the cost of braces in Vancouver is largely dependent on your specific orthodontic case. That’s true whether you’re getting braces as an adult, a teenager, or a child.
Teeth alignment is done by both orthodontists (dentists who only provide orthodontic treatment) 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.
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 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.
The Cost Compared to Invisalign
A lot of people are surprised to learn that braces aren’t significantly less expensive than Invisalign.
I think that comes from a view that some people have of braces as an older, less desirable treatment option, but the reality is that braces are still very effective and can solve certain orthodontic issues that clear aligners can’t.
So, while there are plenty of differences between Invisalign and braces, pricing isn’t one of them – you can expect to pay roughly the same regardless of which treatment option you select.
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.