The cost of Invisalign treatment has changed a lot since the 1990s when clear aligners from Align Technology first launched.
Conflicting answers and sources of information online can make it seem pretty challenging to get the facts about Invisalign cost.
It ought to be simple for you to get the answers you need to make the decision that’s best for your smile.
We want to help. Here’s your 2023 guide to Invisalign treatment costs in Vancouver.
Invisalign Cost in Vancouver – Quick Summary
Average Costs of Invisalign Cases: $5,500 – $10,000 (Minor correction may be available for less, but is very limited in its scope.)
Average Costs of Traditional Braces: $5,500 – $10,000 (Yes, Invisalign treatment is essentially the same price as braces today!)
Cost of Invisalign Aligners at Dr. Peter Brawn: $5,500 – $7,900 (You also finish 2x faster than average.)
Average Cost of Invisalign in Canada
The cost of Invisalign treatment in Canada today really is similar to braces: about $5,500 – $10,000.
Even better, there are many ways to make Invisalign treatment fit virtually any budget (just like it is virtually invisible):
- Flexible payment options
- Discounts for upfront payment
- Many orthodontic insurance plans offer coverage (check that your age group qualifies)
- Can qualify for Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account (FSA account) expense
- It’s a tax-deductible medical expense
For more info on the cost of Invisalign in Vancouver, BC and ways to save, get a free consultation today.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign works by using clear aligners – and often small button attachments – to put tiny amounts of pressure on misaligned teeth to straighten teeth and perfect your smile.
The short answer is it works a lot like braces, but better.
- Virtually invisible (even at normal conversation distances)
- Completely removable
- No eating restrictions
- Much easier to maintain oral health and a strong gum line
- Effective in any orthodontic case, regardless of complexity
And with us, you finish up to 2x faster with as much as 75% less discomfort (clinical research).
How Much is Invisalign?
The cost of Invisalign treatment is always dependent on your specific teeth and needs but typically ranges between $5,500 – $10,000 for most clear aligner cases in Vancouver. Today, that’s competitive with the price of braces.
Generally, most patients at Dr. Peter Brawn pay between $5,500 – $7,900 for treatment costs – which is less than many dentists and orthodontists charge for braces or Invisalign in Vancouver.
Some people today choose traditional metal braces for orthodontic treatment believing that Invisalign treatment would be much more expensive or that dental insurance plans don’t cover the medical expense.
Sadly, they’re missing out for no reason.
Today, Invisalign treatment and traditional braces are essentially the same price with both having average costs of $5,500 – $10,000 in Canada.
And if you have adult orthodontic coverage in your insurance plan that cover braces, you can rest assured that you’ve got coverage for clear aligners too.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost vs. Other Orthodontic Treatment:
What Determines Your Invisalign Cost?
The cost of Invisalign for you can vary depending on many factors, but these two factors influence price the most: the complexity of your case, and the experience & quality of the Invisalign provider you choose.
Unfortunately, asking your friend “How much does Invisalign cost?” may or may not tell you much about what your price estimate will be. It all depends on the complexity of your case (and theirs), and the individual doctors you choose for Invisalign clear aligners.
1. The Complexity of Your Invisalign Aligners Case
The complexity of your case is the main determining factor in the price of your clear aligners case.
When your payment plan is based on the length of your treatment, you lose. Here’s why: the doctor is incentivized to make your treatment plan take longer.
Make sure you are choosing an Invisalign-trained doctor who offers payment options based on results, not time. The best Invisalign dentist in Vancouver will do just that.
2. The Experience & Quality of Your Invisalign-Trained Doctor
Invisalign experience with Align Technology and a commitment to excellent quality can lead to many benefits for you, including competively-priced payment options and better, straighter teeth.
Here’s an example:
At Dr. Peter Brawn, we have over 20 years of experience delivering great smiles to patients all over Vancouver.
For many of those years, we’ve been exclusively offering accelerated Invisalign treatment. It’s the only thing we do. We’ve got a lot more expertise and experience than most other orthodontist or dentist in Vancouver, and our prices reflect that.
Most of our patients pay between $5,500 – $7,900 for their Invisalign treatment. Which is less than many orthodontists and dentists in Vancouver charge.
They also finish about 2x faster than average for typical patients wearing clear aligners. It’s our experience and dedication to quality that allows us to deliver better results and keep your monthly payment plan more affordable than other options in Vancouver.
Is Invisalign Covered by Insurance?
If your dental insurance plan offers ‘orthodontic coverage’, your Invisalign treatment medical expenses will be covered by your insurance plan. Your amount of dental insurance coverage can be applied to your Invisalign clear aligners.
Many dental insurance plans only cover adults, some only cover children, and some don’t cover anything at all. When there is insurance coverage, typically the plan covers a percentage of the total fee up to a maximum.
Usually, that adds up to about $2,000 – $3,000 in savings for you. (Humorously, that’s the same amount of savings you would’ve received in 1975 – your insurance company has not changed its coverage since then.)
About half of our patients have insurance plans with coverage, and half don’t. At Dr. Peter Brawn, we will contact your insurance provider on your behalf to confirm coverage.
If you do have insurance coverage and submit a treatment pre-authorization, we are able to collect their portion of medical expenses directly so you only have to cover the remaining balance.
How to Make Sure You’re Paying for Great Invisalign Treatment
It’s possible that you’ve found an amazing discount, but for your own benefit, we strongly encourage you to dig deeper first.
Check their website for clues about how they’re able to charge less. Maybe they have lots of experience, but you also might be getting less for your money (more likely).
Make sure you ask about additional fees or extras to your basic treatment cost.
And always, always make sure to read their reviews. Google them. Doctors can’t control who reviews them on Google and what they say, so it’s a better way to get the full, real picture.
What About DIY Aligners?
You may have seen ads online for SmileDirectClub or other DIY clear aligner services. The price probably seems very appealing, but the small price tag comes with some big risks.
Risks of DIY Aligners:
- All of the research, work, and effort is yours to do.
- You are fully responsible for your own treatment.
- Even with SmileDirectClub and other services, all you get is limited advice, not dedicated care.
- MOST teeth movements and corrections are simply not possible. Your smile will suffer.
- Perfecting your smile is not possible. No fine-tuning. No attachments. No better-fitting aligner.
- Auxiliary helpers, like elastics, are not possible.
- It is completely unsupervised DIY orthodontics.
On top of all the risks: the price might not be as low as it seems. If something goes wrong, or you need new sets of aligners, all of that adds up to more costs for you.
All the things an Invisalign-trained doctor would do to improve your results – none of them happen with DIY services. They’re up to you.
If you’re considering DIY clear aligner services, we’d love to talk with you before you make the leap. Get a completely free consultation, a 3D simulation of your straight teeth, and an Invisalign cost estimate without paying a penny.
The Most Important Thing to Know About the Cost of Invisalign Treatment
Here is the most important thing to know, as we promised: every practice has its own approach to fees and costs.
Common Additional Charges & Extra Fees Include:
- Initial Consultation + Records – some places charge up to $500.
- Custom Re-Shaping + Slenderizing – these are two common services that are key to perfecting your straighter smile at the end of Invisalign treatment, especially for adults. It’s still common for an Invisalign-trained doctor to charge for these.
- Retainers – most offices charge for retainers.
- Add-On Services – like teeth whitening after treatment. Many practices charge (we don’t).
- Equipment + Monitoring Tools – many charge for remote monitoring and other equipment.
- Emergency visits – some doctors charge extra if you need an appointment at the last minute to fix broken wires, traditional brackets, discomfort in your gum line, or other issues.
At Dr. Peter Brawn, we have a different approach to fees. Our goal is to make the price, dental insurance plans, and everything else as simple and clear for you as possible.
Here’s how it looks…
Orthodontic Treatment Fees at Dr. Peter Brawn
We believe that a good experience and straight teeth are the baseline, but you ought to get more. Unfortunately, many orthodontic practices go the other way, and you get less.
At Dr. Peter Brawn, we don’t believe in hidden fees – so we don’t have them. Everything is included upfront in your payment terms.
You’ll get an all-in-one Invisalign price. The price you see is the one you pay. It’s that simple.
Transparent pricing is so important to us that we don’t charge you anything for your initial consultation.
Here’s what you get during your free consultation (some places charge $500):
- Details on how most of our patients finish treatment 2x faster than average.
- A 3D simulation of what your smile can look like with clear aligners.
- A personalized plan unique to you with custom-made aligners.
We’ll walk you through all the costs of Invisalign upfront, flexible payment plants, and interface directly with your insurance provider for you.
How Much is Invisalign Monthly?
Everyone deserves to own their best smile. At Dr. Peter Brawn, monthly payment plans for Invisalign treatment start as low as $200 per month.
We try to make your best smile accessible and affordable for you, and will work hard to develop a flexible monthly payment plan for your Invisalign treatment that fits your budget.
Get a free consultation today to get your personal Invisalign price estimate.
Conclusion – Cost of Invisalign
Most patients at Dr. Peter Brawn pay between $5,500 – $7,900, which is less than you’ll pay for clear aligners at a lot of dentists and orthodontists in Vancouver.
But that’s only part of the story.
At Dr. Peter Brawn, patients also finish about 2x faster than average treatment times at other dentists & orthodontists in Vancouver, and elsewhere in BC.
At other places, average treatment times for Invisalign aligners are at least 17 months and can be closer to 2 full years! For traditional metal braces, it’s even longer.
Avoid years at a general dentist or orthodontist by choosing Dr. Peter Brawn. You’ll get more results faster at a competitive Invisalign treatment cost to those other places where it takes much longer to see progress.
We offer unlimited aligners and affordable monthly payment plans, too. Talk to us about even more ways to save on your remaining balance in your initial consultation.
If you want straighter teeth and to love your smile with competitive treatment costs, we made accelerated Invisalign treatment for you.