Invisalign has quickly grown in popularity over the last two decades. So why does it seem so hard to get simple answers as to the Invisalign cost in Vancouver and what is actually included in your treatment?
There are some good reasons why orthodontic and dental websites rarely give you an exact price for Invisalign treatment on their website, but that doesn’t help you out very much. We’re here to demystify the costs of Invisalign and give you the answers you need to make the best decision when it comes to improving your smile and getting straight teeth.
You’ll get direct information about the price of Invisalign in Vancouver, how it compares to other orthodontic treatment methods – like braces – and answers to what you can expect your dental insurance (if you have it) to cover for you. Plus, we’ll share some pro tips with you and highlight the secret costs you should watch out for before, during, and after treatment.
So let’s get to the bottom of it:
How much does Invisalign cost?
What is Invisalign?
First – a little background on what Invisalign actually is. There are multiple methods that orthodontic professionals can use to get teeth to move and improve your smile. One such method is the use of clear aligners.
Invisalign is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world. The brand name ‘Invisalign’ is often used interchangeably with what are truly clear aligners – much like Kleenex is used when people talk about tissues. Though there are other brands of clear aligners you could use for your treatment, Invisalign is the most advanced and the most popular.
What does Invisalign cost?
In Canada, most orthodontic treatment methods for straightening teeth generally cost between $5,000 – $10,000 CAD, based on the length of treatment and complexity involved. You might be surprised to hear that Invisalign fits into this range, too.
When Invisalign first burst on the scene, it did tend to be more expensive. But don’t be fooled, that’s no longer true today. In reality, Invisalign in Vancouver is comparable in price to other orthodontic treatment methods.
Most of our patient cases range between $5,500 – $8,900. There are complex cases that require more, but you can expect that you’d always know your total treatment cost in advance. More on that later.
Bottom line: you can expect the cost of Invisalign to be very similar to what you would pay for other orthodontic treatment methods – ranging between $5,000 – $10,000.
Why is it so hard to find a clear price online?
There are actually very good reasons for this, and it is with your best interest in mind.
Your teeth and smile are completely unique to you – so any good treatment plan for you should be the same. At Dr. Peter Brawn, we build each patient a customized treatment plan that fits their unique smile and needs. The doctor you choose should do the same for you. That’s a big reason why it’s challenging to find an exact price for Invisalign on websites – good Invisalign treatment varies to fit your situation.
All doctors charge based on complexity – this isn’t unique to Invisalign or even orthodontics. Beware of any orthodontic practice that gives you a generic price for treatment before they’ve seen your teeth and given you a plan. It might sound great, but it will be hard to know if it will deliver the results you’re looking for. And you may end up paying far more in the long run.
Now, there are orthodontic practices out there that use this as a way to hide secret costs and additional fees from you. So keep reading. We’ll get to that shortly.
Bottom line: any good Invisalign treatment plan should be customized to your unique situation. Trust the plan and price from the doctor who’s seen your teeth.
p.s. Some places charge for your initial consult and plan – but you can get your consultation for free with us. Your consult comes with a 3D-simulation of your new smile and a customized treatment plan, at no charge to you.
How does the Invisalign cost compare to other treatment methods?
Today, the cost of braces and the cost of Invisalign are generally comparable. Long ago, when Invisalign first came on the scene in 1999, Invisalign was more expensive than braces. That’s no longer the case. In Canada today, there is essentially no financial consideration you need to make when choosing between braces and Invisalign. (Read this post for a comparison between braces and Invisalign.)
Braces and the other most common orthodontic treatment methods fit into the same price range that we shared above: $5,000 – $10,000 CAD. The same as Invisalign. Similarly, most other clear aligner treatments you would do through an orthodontic practice would be comparable to the cost of Invisalign, too.
Bottom line: the cost of Invisalign in Canada today is essentially the same as other popular orthodontic treatment methods – like braces.
What about DIY aligners and services?
You may have seen ads online for SmileDirectClub or other DIY clear aligner success stories. There are some wild ones out there – one college student even 3D-printed his own aligners! The price probably seems very appealing, but the small price tag comes with some big risks:
- Like Amos, the college student, all of the research, work, and effort is yours to do.
- More importantly, you become fully responsible for your own treatment.
- Even with SmileDirectClub and other services, all you get if something goes wrong is a 1-800 number. You don’t have the care of a dentist.
- MOST teeth movements and corrections are simply not possible.
- Recontouring is not possible. Attachments are not possible. Auxiliary helpers, like elastics, are not possible.
- It is completely unsupervised DIY orthodontics.
- 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 a pro would do to improve your treatment, progress, and results – these don’t happen with DIY services. They’re up to you. Unless you’re comfortable with all of that, DIY aligners may not be for you. (For more on DIY aligners and the risks, read this.)
If you’re considering DIY clear aligner services, we’d love to talk with you before you make the leap. We’ll give you a completely free consultation. We’ll even run a simulation of what your smile could look like after Invisalign treatment and show you a customized treatment plan – all at no cost to you.
Bottom line: if you want great results, the care of a professional, and your best smile possible, go to a dental professional.
What will my insurance cover?
If your dental plan offers orthodontic coverage, it will likely cover a portion of your Invisalign treatment costs – Invisalign is considered orthodontics. But not all dental insurance carriers provide orthodontic coverage. Some plans only cover adults, some only cover children, and some don’t cover anything at all.
When there is 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 – insurances have not changed your coverage since then.
About half of our patients have orthodontic treatment coverage and half do not. At Dr. Peter Brawn, we will contact your insurance provider on your behalf to confirm your coverage. If you do have coverage, and we submit a treatment pre-authorization, we may collect their portion directly.
Bottom line: orthodontic insurance coverage varies – if your plan has coverage, you can plan on about $2,000 – $3,000 in savings.
What about secret Invisalign costs and additional fees?
Different practices have different approaches to fees and costs. There are positives and negatives to each approach, but the key thing is for you to be aware that practices do not all approach fees in the same way. It’s important for you to be aware of how practices differ in approach so that you can ask the right questions and get clear on what you’re actually paying for.
Here are some common areas to look out for:
Initial Consultation + Records – ‘records’ being things like models of your teeth, photos, and exams. Many places still charge for this – not all. Usually it’s between $200 – $500.
Custom Re-Shaping + Slenderizing – these are examples of two common services, especially in adult cases, that can make huge impacts for you. They lead to significant functional and cosmetic improvements with your smile. Often practices charge $200 – $500 for a service like this.
Retainers – most offices charge for retainers. It can range from $200 – $800 for 1-4 sets retainers.
Add-On Services – an example of this would be teeth whitening post-treatment. Many practices might charge for an add-on like this.
Treatment Equipment + Monitoring Tools – this has become especially prevalent in the world of COVID-19. Some practices may charge you for the use of a remote monitoring tool, service, or equipment.
Many practices will charge you for these. It’s a mixed bag, and there are a variety of approaches. Every office is different. The important thing is for you to know what the fee includes.
We have a different approach to fees. Our goal is to make the Invisalign process simple and clear for you. Here’s how it looks with us…
Fees at Dr. Peter Brawn
We don’t believe in hidden fees, so we don’t have them. With us, you’ll get an all-in-one price. The price we give you for treatment is what you’ll pay for treatment. Period.
We believe that you deserve to know exactly what you’re paying for and how much you’re going to pay. It’s so important to us that we don’t charge you anything for your initial consultation.
Here’s what you get when you
schedule your free consult:
- A free consult directly with Dr. Brawn – some places charge up to $500.
- A 3D-simulation of what your smile can look like with Invisalign.
- A customized treatment plan unique to you.
- We’ll walk you through all the costs and interface directly with your insurance for you.
What about those other secret costs? Here’s a quick summary:
- Re-Shaping – included in your Invisalign treatment at no extra cost.
- Slenderizing – included in your Invisalign treatment at no extra cost.
- Retainers – many places charge up to $800 for 2-4 sets. We include four sets of retainers in your treatment – no extra cost.
- Teeth Whitening – we include this for free at the end of your treatment.
- Treatment Equipment – we include a light therapy device to accelerate your teeth movement at no extra cost or device fee.
- Monitoring Tools – we include the Dental Monitoring app and ScanBox to remotely track your progress and minimize your office visits at no extra cost or service fee.
- Follow-Up Appointments while wearing retainers – we include these as a part of your treatment fee at no extra cost.
- Office Visits – you guessed it, we don’t charge extra for any of the necessary office visits to complete your Invisalign treatment either.
We also offer you flexible and affordable payment plans. Following your consultation, when we explain all the costs associated with your recommended treatment plan, we will also work with you to develop a payment plan you feel good about. If you’re interested in reducing your treatment costs, talk to us about paying up front or for more information on our $200 referral bonus.
Plus: At Dr. Peter Brawn you may be able to finish your treatment in half the time it will take you somewhere else – maybe even faster. Most of our patients finish their treatment in a year or less. At other places, standard treatment takes between 18-24 months – almost two years on average!
If you want a great smile and you don’t want it to take years or include all the headaches and hassle of standard treatment, our Invisalign treatment is for you.