How Much Do Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Cost?

If you have been exploring the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, then you certainly want to know how much the procedures cost before making any final decisions. While cosmetic dentistry has long been considered a luxury and often entirely elective, many times cosmetic dentistry can also be medically beneficial, in addition to being an improvement cosmetically. There are even circumstances that your insurance may cover if the treatment is medically necessary. 

Cosmetic dentistry procedures range from simple operations that can cost just a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands. These prices depend on the extent of the work that needs to be done. To assist you, here are the costs of some of the most commonly selected cosmetic dentistry treatments.  

Do keep in mind that costs can vary significantly from one province, state and/or country to another. Even with the same city, different offices may bill slightly differently for the exact same treatment. There can be many reasons for these differences such as variabilities in office overhead, local market differences in staff wages, rent, experience and qualifications of the providing dentist, etc.

At VCCID we specialize in cosmetic dental procedures in Vancouver, BC. Whether it is tooth whitening, veneers, dental bonding, crowns or dental implants, our team is devoted to creating a natural and authentic look you can smile about. 

Tooth Whitening

Professional tooth whitening in the dental office is one of the quickest and affordable ways to improve the look of your teeth. On average, it costs $650 for an in-office treatment. In our office, this also includes take-home trays that can be used for future touch-ups to the teeth. 

Alternatively one could simply have take-home trays only and this cost is around $400. The least expensive option may be over-the-counter whitening strips you would find at the grocery store, which typically cost  $100 per kit. Although, you may need more than one kit to reach the desired results. Each method utilizes essentially the same whitening ingredients. 

The main difference is the concentration of whitening product, it’s certainly possible to achieve a whiter smile with over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, however, it’s best to leave this to the professionals if you want a whiter smile in a shorter period of time. 

porcelain veneers


Porcelain veneers deliver premium results for patients who want to correct gaps, chips, and severe stains on their teeth. The before and after pictures for veneers are like night and day, bringing a significant transformation in the patient’s appearance and inner confidence.

Veneers usually require 2 dental visits. Each tooth must be prepared slightly so that the ceramist can create a normal contour and transition from the natural tooth to the porcelain and create the most esthetic result. 

In Canada, prices per tooth range between $1,100 to $2,000. Naturally, the total price of your veneer application will depend on how many you need. However, when veneers are well-maintained, they can last up to 15 to 20 years.

The team at VCCID has transformed thousands of smiles with veneers. Learn more about this popular cosmetic dental treatment by visiting our veneers page.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is the fastest and more affordable alternative to veneers. This cosmetic dental procedure involves covering the front of the tooth with a filling material instead of porcelain. Dental bonding is excellent for filling gaps in teeth, whitening the appearance of teeth and even rebuilding severely chipped or cracked teeth. Though it only takes one office visit to complete, dental bonding isn’t as durable or resistant to stains as veneers. 

However, this procedure also delivers fantastic results and can be the cosmetic solution to anyone on a budget. The average cost of dental bonding is between $300 to $600 per tooth. Your dental insurance provider may cover some of the costs of bonding in special cases where a filling is being placed on the same tooth or part of the tooth has broken.  

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are often done for reasons other than cosmetics, although the end result is typically a tooth that is improved cosmetically. If your crown is needed because part of the tooth is broken or heavily filled then your insurance will typically cover part of the costs. Costs vary between $500 to $1,500 per tooth. It’s always a good idea to check with your insurance to see if they can help with the cost of a crown, especially if the treatment is resolving a dental issue!

Dental Implants

Dental implants allow patients to have new teeth that are as strong and natural feeling as their original teeth. Each implant involves a minor surgery whereby the implant is inserted into the jaw. Thereafter some time is required for healing and for the bone to fuse with the implant – essentially “the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum.” As stated by the Canadian Dental Association. The implant essentially is like having a brand new tooth. After the osseointegration (bone fusion) is complete, the prosthetic tooth can be attached. 

The basic cost for dental implants is even more variable among dental offices as compared to other procedures, and also depends on the pre-existing volume of bone. 

The costs typically involve three parts: the implant and surgery, the final post or abutment and the final crown. This may be done by one dentist, however, sometimes the surgery and final teeth are each done by different dentists. A the time of writing this article (2019) the total cost for all three phases/parts (Vancouver area)  typically varies from ~$3,800-$6,500 per tooth

Titanium dental implant inserted in gums

Though this treatment requires some healing time, the long term results are far more comfortable than their traditional dentures and they may be more conservative than bridges that require support and preparation of adjacent teeth. Learn more about the cost of dental implants in Vancouver, BC. 

Dental implants are certainly a more invasive cosmetic dental treatment. They are often not covered by regular dental insurance, however, despite these setbacks, dental implants are often used in conjunction with dental bridges, to fully restore your smile after major tooth loss. 

Reap the Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

The investment one makes toward their outward appearance has lasting effects on the function of their teeth and self-esteem. To learn more about all the cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer at the Vancouver Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry (VCCID)  and to get a personalized quote for your unique needs, contact us at (604) 434-0248.

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There are many ways cosmetic dentistry can improve a person’s life. If you’re interested in seeing what these procedures can do for you,

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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