When it comes to your smile, you shouldn’t have to settle. With hundreds of Invisalign dentists in Vancouver and the surrounding area, you have plenty of options to choose from. But how can you be sure that you’re not settling? Who’s to say the best fit for you came up in your initial Google search? And how do you know you’ve accounted for everything?
With so many options to choose from, finding the Invisalign dentist who is right for you can feel daunting. We get it. If you want the inside track on how to pick an Invisalign dentist in Vancouver, we wrote this for you.
Keep reading, and you’ll get clear answers for finding the best fit for your smile straight from the pros. Get a step-by-step guide to each part of the process – from the initial search to narrowing down your list to what to ask during your consultation, we’ve got you covered. We give away industry trade secrets that will get you ahead of the game and in pole position to own an A+ smile.
(p.s. If you’re still trying to decide if Invisalign is right for you and/or weighing the pros and cons between Braces or Invisalign, check out our Braces vs. Invisalign post to weigh the differences yourself.)
The 2021 Guide to picking an Invisalign dentist in Vancouver, BC:
- Know your priority
- Cast a wide net, but don’t spend a lot of time digging.
- Pay attention to their websites – they tell you a lot (We’ll show you how).
- Narrow it down to your shortlist.
- Look at their Google Reviews!
- Still have a big list? It’s time to get rigorous.
- Get your initial Invisalign consult (And what questions to ask).
If you follow these steps and pay attention to our pro tips along the way, it will greatly increase your confidence going into treatment and also increase your likelihood of being fully satisfied with your choice (and your smile!) when your treatment is complete.
Start Here: Know Your Priority
We’ve been a practicing dentist for over 30 years and a verified Invisalign dentist for the better part of the last 2 decades. On the way, we’ve become the first and only practice in all of Vancouver (and Canada, too) that is exclusively dedicated to accelerated Invisalign treatment.
We’ve seen more than a few (thousand) patients during that time and learned firsthand the tricks for setting yourself up for success.
One of the very biggest things you can do before you even start Invisalign treatment. It might even be #1. Here it is: decide which factor matters to you most before you start your search for an Invisalign doctor.
There might not be anything more helpful you can do to feel the best about your final smile.
For you, your priority could be any number of things.
Some common priorities we hear often from patients are:
- The best smile possible
- Total cost of Invisalign treatment
- Length of treatment/How fast Invisalign treatment is
- The amount of pain
- Convenience of appointments and location
- How often are appointments/Number of appointments needed
- The amount of visibility/invisibility of treatment (we hear this especially from actresses and actors)
- How comfortable you feel with the doctor and your experience
All of these are completely reasonable priorities. With the best Invisalign dentists, you can achieve all of these objectives or nearly all of them. The priority that is #1 for you can make a world of difference for which doctor is the best fit.
If the amount of pain you feel is your #1 priority, you may be willing to sacrifice speed in order to feel less pain. So, an Invisalign dentist who takes more time but can promise less pain might be a great fit for you. At the same time, they could be a bad fit for your friend who wants to finish as fast as possible.
You’ll help yourself a lot if you are clear on your top priority.
Pro Tip: Invisalign cost might surprise you
A lot of people start their search with Price as their top 1 or 2 factors. Sadly, many never learn that Invisalign can be far more affordable than they first thought. They end up settling for inferior alternatives, more pain, longer treatments, and far riskier options (like DIY Invisalign). Many times, the price for all this extra hardship is hardly different from what they would’ve paid for Invisalign.
Price matters, and for some, it is absolutely critical. But Invisalign may be far more accessible to you than it may seem at first.
In Canada, the price between braces and Invisalign is now very comparable. And the best Invisalign Dentists will work with you on payment, too. For example, we often work directly with insurance companies on behalf of our patients to make sure they’re getting the very most coverage possible. We also offer flexible payment plans.
We believe everyone deserves a great smile that lasts. Before you sacrifice on your smile in the name of price, read our post about Invisalign cost and reach out to us for a free Invisalign consultation. We’ll give you honest and direct answers to all your cost questions.
Your Initial Search
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already started gathering a list of Vancouver Invisalign dentists. Our recommendation at this stage: cast the net wide but don’t spend a lot of time digging.
Head over to Google or your favorite search engine and do a few simple searches to get a variety of results. This is one of many places where determining your #1 priority ahead of time can pay off. Start with some general searches, but also try a few searches that incorporate your top priority somehow.
Care most about speed? You might try invisalign fast or accelerated invisalign. Or maybe quality and ratings is your top priority, so search best invisalign vancouver (that’s going to trigger mostly results with reviews or rankings for you). If price is #1, go with invisalign cost, what does invisalign cost, or even invisalign free consultation to narrow down to places who offer some kind of free consult for potential patients.
Usually, Invisalign dentists rank higher in searches for the factors they prioritize most highly in their practice. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it is a useful way to start building your list of options. You can whittle it down from there, and skip any sites that really don’t feel like a match for you.
Pro Tip: A trick to save you time
One way to save yourself a lot of time in your searching is to add vancouver to the end of your searches on Google. It will help push the results from the Vancouver area for Invisalign Dentists up in the rankings – and remove many results from other places (Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, etc.).
For most people in this area, using Vancouver as your city is the best choice because you’ll get the largest amount of results. The sites that Google deems have the highest domain authority are more likely to display on page 1 or 2 of your search results.
If location is the factor that you really, really care about, maybe for you searching by the name of your specific area makes sense – Kitsilano, East Vancouver, Richmond, etc. If you care most about the quality of dentist, though, watch out. Isolating your search down this far may have the opposite effect of what you’re looking for.
You can always filter out options that are too far away in the next step, so it’s not too critical that you get it super narrowed in for your initial search.
Reviewing Invisalign Dentist Websites
Now that you’ve got your initial list of options, here are a few key things to look for on the website.
Pay attention to the messaging – The website is your first glimpse of what it might be like to be a patient at this practice. What kind of impression do you get? Do they talk about the things that matter to you? Does it make you feel more at ease or more uncertain?
Look for answers to your main questions – While a good website design or a bad website design can tell you something about the practice, it’s not the whole story. And while how the text makes you feel matters too, what the text is actually talking about matters a lot. Invisalign Dentists tell you what they care about by what they talk about on their website. If they value helping their patients finish treatment quickly, they’ll tell you. If they care about reducing the discomfort and hassle you experience, they’ll tell you. Pay attention to what they’re saying to you on the website (and what they aren’t saying). It can tell you a lot.
Look for reviews – It’s true, dentists are only going to typically put great reviews on their website. (We’re going to give you a secret for finding the bad reviews a little later.) But these reviews can still tell you something about what it’s actually like to be a patient here. They’re still useful. And if you can’t find any reviews, that’s meaningful, too.
Is the consult free? – If it is, they’re going to tell you so somewhere on their website. Whether you want to use this as a criteria for ruling options out or not is totally up to you, but either way, it’s good to know before you show up for a consult. Some orthodontic practices charge up to $500 for your initial consult and records.
Picking Your Shortlist
Now it’s time to narrow down your big list to one or a few options you actually want to move forward with. We call it picking your shortlist.
Here is a simple rule of thumb for who makes your initial shortlist: You should feel comfortable and optimistic about everyone on your shortlist. You may not have all your answers from every Invisalign dentist still on your list, but you should be able to find 1-2 things that you really like that keep them on the list for you.
Our recommendation: if there’s one option that stands out to you after all your searching – trust that. If they clearly have the most of what you’re looking for, skip the next few steps and start by moving forward with just them. You can always come back to them if you need.
Look at Invisalign Reviews
If you’re still here, do this next: go find the Google reviews for every Invisalign Dentist still on your list. They should be easy to find by searching the name of each practice in Google.
Remember earlier when we told you there’s a trick for finding all the reviews – even the bad ones? Well, here it is. Orthodontic practices don’t get to pick who fills out a Google Review, and they can’t delete them if they don’t like what it says either. Doctors can certainly incentivize patients to go fill out a Google Review, but that’s about as far as their control goes. Anyone who wants to leave a review can, and that can be very valuable to you as you try to narrow down your list.
It’s a good way to surface any red flags that may exist, and also give you perspective on what it’s actually like to be a patient at each place. It can be another factor you use to help create separation between your top options left on the table. It’s a simple step that can help you avoid any surprises.
Big List? Get Rigorous
By now, you might have just 1 Invisalign Dentist left. Even if it is 2-3, depending on how you feel, maybe move forward with scheduling consults with each. If it’s more than a small handful, though, it’s time to get rigorous with your selection process. Here’s how to do it:
- Make a spreadsheet (or download our template) of the 5 or so factors that matter most to you. Remember your priority, and give this special focus.
- Narrow down to the 1, 2, or 3 best overall – depending on how close the results are.
- Now you’ve got a final shortlist and you’re ready to move forward!
With your new top 1, 2, or 3 in hand, you can get down to the business of scheduling initial consults. For many people, they start with a consult at their top option and go from there. You might prefer to schedule several consults and see who you are most comfortable with. It’s really up to you and how much time you want to invest in your search. Whether you have one consult or several, we’ve got you covered with what you need to ask to know if they’re the Invisalign Dentist for you.
Initial Invisalign Consult
Ok, you made it to your consult – very exciting. By now, hopefully, you’re feeling pretty good about the doctor you’re seeing for your consult. We wouldn’t blame you if you went in pretty ready to move forward already. But take it from us, the consult is a very key piece of information in your decision-making process. It just happens to come near the end of your decision.
Below are five questions about Invisalign you can ask to make the most of your consult and be confident you’ve found the Invisalign dentist who is right for you:
How long does Invisalign take? There’s a wide range of timelines that doctors might give and it’s good for you to have a clear expectation of how long your Invisalign treatment is going to take for you to see results. Also, only a doctor who has actually seen your teeth will be able to give you a specific answer to this question. And a specific answer is possible. We give all of our patients a clear plan and specific timeline for their Invisalign treatment before they even start.
How much does Invisalign cost? You deserve to know exactly how much you’re paying to get straight teeth and a great smile. It shouldn’t be confusing or ambiguous to figure out what Invisalign costs. We know all too well that medical estimates can be vague, hard to follow, and not very specific. With Invisalign, you don’t need to settle for that terrible runaround. Invisalign fees and pricing ought to be simple and clear. Look for an Invisalign dentist who will give you a clear price – not a range or partial fee.
How often will I need to come in for appointments? This might be the most underrated factor when it comes to great Invisalign treatment. Many people assume all doctors handle appointment visits basically the same, but that’s far from the case. If you choose your Invisalign doctor well, you can save yourself from days-worth of appointments. You can go from appointments as often as monthly to appointments every few months – with the same exact results!
How many days do your patients normally wear a set of aligners? Ok, why does this matter? There are two big reasons that fewer days in a set of Invisalign aligners benefits you. It’s an absolute must-ask question during your Invisalign consultation. Get the full breakdown here. It basically comes down to this: 1) The more days you wear a set of aligners, the longer your treatment will take 2) The more days you wear a set of aligners, the dirtier and more discolored they’ll get. Some people report their Invisalign aligners end up staining and getting gross – that’s all completely avoidable with the right Invisalign dentist.
What kind of results will you deliver for me? It’s a complete and total myth that it’s impossible to know what your final smile will look like before you start treatment. That’s why we believe everyone should ask this question of their doctor before starting any kind of orthodontic treatment – including Invisalign. With the technology we have today, and advancements in the effectiveness of orthodontic appliances like Invisalign, it’s entirely possible to predict what your smile will look like after treatment before you even begin. Look for a doctor who will give you a clear plan and direct answer about results for your smile.
Invisalign in Half the Time
If you don’t want to wait years for a smile you love, and spend hours in long orthodontist appointments, we have an Invisalign solution for you: Invisalign in Half the Time.
Most of our patients finish their Invisalign treatment in about 1 year – that’s nearly 2x faster than the typical average treatment time of 18-24 months. The best part: you’ll experience less pain and discomfort, too. Get your free consultation today and we’ll show you a 3D Invisalign Before + After of your smile so you can see what it’ll look like when you’ve finished treatment.