This post describes the typical costs of Invisalign in Vancouver, BC for 2020 and the benefits of using a certified orthodontist specialist.
You’ve probably heard about this new treatment that everyone has been raving about that is supposedly able to move teeth faster, straighter and more comfortably than traditional braces. Invisalign has been growing in popularity more than ever before, with over 8 million people having gone through treatment according to Align Technology, the company behind Invisalign aligners. It’s clear that both teens and adults love this new technology (as described in the New York Times).
All that sounds good, but how much will Invisalign actually cost, especially here in Vancouver, Canada?
And is it worth it?
This guide will walk you through the benefits of Invisalign, the average cost of treatment in Vancouver, and things to watch out for when you’re choosing a care provider.
First off, it’s important to understand the benefits of Invisalign. These invisible braces offer many advantages that traditional braces don’t.
1. Invisalign is able to move teeth faster than traditional braces, potentially saving months on your treatment.
Orthodontists use the Invisalign 3D ClinCheck software to plan the movements of your teeth during treatment. Unlike with braces where the teeth move uncontrolled, orthodontists can eliminate unnecessary tooth movements and move the teeth more efficiently into their desired final position using clear aligners.
As a result, your treatment can potentially be finished much faster with Invisalign compared to traditional braces!
2. Invisalign can straighten your teeth more precisely.
The ClinCheck software is a powerful tool for designing and visualizing your final smile. Your orthodontist can use the software to precisely design your dream smile, just the way you want it.
3. Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces.
Braces have a history of being accompanied by many inconveniences – wires poking out, brackets scratching your mouth, and food stuck in random places. Invisalign means you don’t have to worry about any of these things – the removable clear aligners make it look like you’re not even wearing anything at all!
This is how much Invisalign in Vancouver, BC, Canada typically costs.
A certified orthodontist in Vancouver will generally charge between $7,000-$12,000 for Invisalign, depending on how complex the case is and how long treatment will take.
A certified orthodontist has completed 4 years of dental school PLUS an additional 3 years of advanced residency training in orthodontics.
At Orthologie, our certified orthodontist offers treatment for mild to moderate cases starting at $5,000 which is a savings of at least $2,000.
This flat fee that starts at $5,000 at Orthologie includes: Invisalign Full Case with unlimited aligners, unlimited refinements, and retainers. Also included is the Propel Vpro acceleration vibration device ($600 value) to speed up treatment and reduce tooth soreness.
A general dentist in Vancouver will generally charge between $6,000-$10,000 for clear aligners.
A general dentist has gone through 4 years of dental school but has not completed residency for orthodontics.
Some offices may charge an additional fee for more refinement aligners (if you want to keep making improvements to your smile) or charge extra for retainers (if you want to hold your smile in place after treatment).
An alternative option, where you generally don’t see an orthodontist or a dentist in person, such as Smile Direct Club, will usually charge less than $3,000.
They generally do not use Invisalign aligners, which is what certified orthodontists and dentists use. Instead, they usually use their own type of aligners.
How much do braces cost in BC in comparison?
Braces in Vancouver generally costs between $6,500-10,000.
Why should you see a certified orthodontist for your Invisalign treatment?
A certified orthodontist has spent an additional 3 years in residency only focusing on orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign.
A certified orthodontist specializes in making teeth straighter and improving bites. They are overseeing braces and Invisalign treatment for hundreds of patients every week. Moving teeth using Invisalign aligners is their specialty.
Why should you go to Orthologie for your Invisalign treatment in Vancouver, Canada?
Orthologie offers extremely competitive Invisalign prices in Vancouver, BC, with a certified orthodontist monitoring your treatment every step of the way.
Dr. Derek Hou earned his Doctorate in Dental Medicine at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA and completed his additional 3 years of orthodontic residency training at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He has practiced as an orthodontist in Seattle and Vancouver, has taught at the University of Washington, and has been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and Progress in Orthodontics. He continually attends Invisalign training courses to keep up-to-date on the latest technology advancements.
As described above, treatment at Orthologie for mild to moderate cases starts at $5,000, which is significantly cheaper than many orthodontists and general dentists in Vancouver.
Orthologie uses the latest technology for Invisalign, including the iTero digital scanner. We also offer convenient and flexible appointment times, virtual consultations, mobile communications (text, email, or Zoom at your preference), and less waiting time than a traditional office.
What are the different payment options for Invisalign at Orthologie’s Vancouver office?
At Orthologie, there are several different payment options to make the Invisalign treatment more affordable.
Up to 50% or more of the Invisalign treatment may be covered by your dental insurance. You will need to check your dental plan details to see if it covers orthodontic treatment. Orthologie is happy to assist with preparing the insurance paperwork so that you can claim insurance coverage for your orthodontic treatment.
Orthologie also offers an interest-free payment plan with a $1,000 deposit to start and monthly payments of $250 per month for 16 months.
In addition, Orthologie offers a pay in full discount if you wish to pay for the entire cost of treatment all at once.
Finally, you can use money from your HSA or FSA account to pay for your treatment which can provide some cost savings.
How can I get an Invisalign quote in Vancouver?
The team at Orthologie is happy to answer any questions that you have about Invisalign treatment and the cost of Invisalign in Vancouver. Please reach out to our office if you would like to book a free consultation with Dr. Derek Hou.