Traditional Metal Braces Cost
Standard bracket-and-wire traditional braces tend to be the most affordable on the market. However, as time goes by and technologies change, more specialized types of orthodontic systems have become more competitively priced. But if price is the primary factor, you can nearly always expect conventional orthodontics to cost less than others.
On average, traditional braces tend to cost between $5,000-$8,000 in Canada, depending on exactly where you live (cost of living influences dental fees) and how long the treatment will take. Shorter, more straight-forward cases will obviously cost less than those that might need 2+ years of treatment or multiple phases of therapy.
If you have insurance that covers orthodontic therapy, traditional braces are typically included in those benefits. Our financial coordinators can get a breakdown of your benefit schedule so that you can see exactly how much it’s estimated to come out to.
Ceramic Braces Cost
If you’re hoping to slightly enhance the aesthetics of your orthodontic appliances, you have the option to upgrade to ceramic braces. This design uses tooth-coloured ceramic brackets instead of metal ones. Some lines of ceramic braces will also include a special type of arch wire that’s also translucent or tooth-coloured. People usually can’t see these braces from several feet away, but if they’re looking up close they’ll be able to tell that there’s something on your teeth.
You can expect to spend about $500 more on ceramic braces than you would traditional ones. So overall, you’re looking at about $5,500-$8,500 in total, before you take advantage of any available insurance benefits or tap into the funds sitting in your health spending account.
Probably the most popular type of adult braces in Canada is Invisalign. When it was first developed over 20 years ago, the cost of Invisalign was significantly higher than traditional bracket and wire orthodontics. Fortunately, that’s not the case anymore. As technology has become streamlined and more efficient, Invisalign prices have dropped in proportion to conventional braces. Yes, they even cost less than lingual braces do!
The cost of Invisalign is most dependent upon the number of trays needed during your treatment. Since each pair of trays is swapped out at regular intervals to move your teeth, requiring more aligners than someone else means you will probably pay more out of pocket.
Invisalign pricing typically ranges somewhere between $5,500-$8,500. That’s only about $500 more than traditional braces. So, if you’re on the fence about whether you want to go for the transparent orthodontic system, the price will hopefully not be as big of a barrier as you thought it would. Especially since most people tend to make low monthly payments on their treatment throughout the duration of their orthodontic therapy.
Lingual Braces Cost
So called “hidden braces” or “lingual” braces are almost identical to traditional bracket and wire systems, except they’re tucked away on the other side of your teeth. In dentistry we call the tongue-side surfaces the “lingual” area, so in this case, it’s “lingual” braces. There are no appliances on the sides of your teeth that are visible when you’re smiling. In essence, lingual braces are invisible to everyone else unless you open your mouth up wide to let them peek inside.
Since lingual braces have to be specifically made to each of your individual teeth (for comfort’s sake) they require more time and resources to manufacture. If you’re willing to pay more, the trade-off is that no one can see them. The price for lingual braces is higher than other types of braces. On average, you’re looking at about $9,000-$10,000 in total for your treatment, making them the most expensive type of braces on the market. Aside from the higher cost there are a number of reasons lingual braces are not more mainstream: added discomfort, lengthier appointments, lower candidate rates.
What do braces cost in Canada:
|Traditional Metal Braces Cost
|$5,000 – $8,000
|Ceramic Braces Cost
|$5,500 – $8,500
|$5,500 – $8,500
|Lingual Braces Cost
|$9,000 – $10,000
- Often times at Braces Haven the added cost for
Ceramic Braces and Invisalign is waived.
Average Dental Braces Cost in Canada
Depending on which type of braces you want and the length of your orthodontic process, you can expect to spend anywhere between $5,000-$10,000 in total. More budget-savvy options are usually not going to cost more than around $7,500 for a complex case.
Since most people make monthly payments on their treatment — or may even choose to make a down payment — the overall cost of your braces can usually be broken up into much smaller amounts. For example, if you put $1,500 down and make monthly instalments on the remaining of a $5,500 Invisalign case over the course of 20 months, you’re looking at around $200 a month. Or if you’re putting $1,000 down on a $6,500 24-month traditional orthodontic system, it will be around $230 a month. That’s assuming you’re not using any insurance benefits and that you’re paying for the total treatment out of your own pocket.
Dental Braces Cost in Canada, on Average
Remember – the cost of braces will vary from person to person. Depending on the type of braces that you choose and the length of your treatment, the fee can vary by several hundred dollars. In order to get a specific price quote on your exact cost of getting braces, you’ll need to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a licensed Orthodontist.
During your evaluation we’ll curate a unique care plan that tabulates all of the time, materials, and other factors required in your treatment. Once the plan is printed out, you’ll be able to see the specific prices involved.
Are you ready to enjoy the straighter smile you deserve? Contact Braces Haven in Barrhaven today to reserve an orthodontic assessment appointment.