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Aug 30, 2010
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Braces

My parents never took me to a dentist. Im in my mid 20s now and want to get my teeth checked + get braces.

Just wondering:

How much is the average cost of braces now?
How long does it take to have them removed?
Do they allow financing? (If so, how much down payment is normal? monthly payments?)
Can someone recommend me good places within the GTA that are affordable with great service?

Thanks in advance.
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Deal Addict
Nov 16, 2008
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For my 13 year old, tops and bottoms 6K

On for 24 months usually

Most allow some sort of payment plan, no interest. Negotiate it

Where in the GTA are you?
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redsfan wrote:
Nov 6th, 2015 11:19 pm
For my 13 year old, tops and bottoms 6K

On for 24 months usually

Most allow some sort of payment plan, no interest. Negotiate it

Where in the GTA are you?
Im in Scarborough but I can travel anywhere. Can you let me know which one you go to? You can pm me if you want to keep it private. 6K sounds pretty good!
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Dec 3, 2014
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Several thousand for braces sounds right. $6,000 sounds expensive especially if you are talking about the traditional metal and wire. The traditional metal and wire still is the most cost effective, effective, and fastest way to straighten out your teeth.

If you want the Invasalign, the clear braces, those are more expensive likely twice as much as the metal braces. The way the clear braces work is that a clear mould is made and worn on top of your teeth. They have to make a new mould each time until your teeth are perfect. This is one reason for such the high costs. The only reason people even go for them is that they aren't as noticeable as traditional metal and wire.

Length of time is entirely up to the person. How bad your teeth are and how mobile your teeth are. Average is 1-2 years. For the metal and wire, you have to visit your dentist every month to have the elastics replaced. The first month is the most painful for your teeth as your teeth are doing the most movement. If you are serious about braces, stock up on a TON of dental wax. The dental wax is placed over your braces to prevent them from scraping the inside of your mouth. You will go through a lot. The alternative to dental wax is to let your mouth callous over.

Financing is entirely up to your dentist or the business your dentist works for. If it's a one man show and your dentist is cool, then they can decide whatever price is reasonable. Financing, discounts, hanky panky, etc.
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Jul 26, 2004
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$6000 is pretty much market price I would say. Over here in Alberta its anywhere between $6-9000+ for comprehensive orthodontics treatment by a certified orthodontist. My only suggestion is make sure you're going to a certified orthodontist, not just a general dentist that has an interest in orthodontics. They have the experience to deal with any complications that arises. I am a dentist myself, and I wouldn't trust a general dentist to do a comprehensive ortho treatment.

Prices can also go up with your malocclusion is not just teeth issue, if it is a skeletal issue, it is harder to correct and may require jaw surgery to correct, and obviously it'll add at least a couple thousand to the bill.

Invisalign is not twice as expensive as traditional, maybe a thousand or two depending on the level of invisalign that suits your treatment. It's computer assisted /designed treatment where they'll produce all the aligners for you at one time and you change from one set to the next set every 2-3 weeks. Not every case is eligible for invisalign, and it takes a lot of discipline to make invisalign succesful as in wear it 24/7 except when you eat. If you slack off from wearing it more than an hr or two a day the treatment won't work or will take super long with bad results.
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-Skyline- wrote:
Nov 7th, 2015 11:24 am
Im in Scarborough but I can travel anywhere. Can you let me know which one you go to? You can pm me if you want to keep it private. 6K sounds pretty good!
sorry just read this. We are in York Region and have used Davis Orthodontics. They have a few offices, but talk to family/friends get suggestions. 6K should be about right, but that was for my 13 year old, not sure if prices go up as the mouth is bigger? LOL
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Braces cost around 2000 grand.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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If you get them, do your research on the dentist first. Mine rushed mine and as a result (so I am told it was as a result) had to get 2 gum graphs.
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Feb 5, 2013
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I'd say average cost is between 5-6k, from a specialist in orthodontics. I'd avoid the dentists who have taken courses in orthodontics...have heard horror stories
Average time of wear is anywhere from 12-24 months, based on what you need to correct and how dedicated you are to the treatment (wearing elastics, going to appointments, brushing, FLOSSING etc.)
Most orthodontic offices allow financing, with no interest and lump sum monthly payments each visit.
This is a repeat of what I posted elsewhere, but my orthodontist is (currently in retainer phase) Dr. Carcao at Bloor and Dovercourt (2 min walk from Ossington Station) Free consultation, takes time to answer questions and does all the work himself. The staff are super friendly and patient with you too

Another option as mentioned above is Invisalign, which are these clear plastic trays you wear and the ortho monitors your progress to make adjustments, like braces.
One thing I can't stress is enough is GO TO CONSULTATIONS, so you can get a feel for the office, the orthodontist, ask questions and understand what their treatment is like.
Get your teeth checked out before going to the orthodontist, as it'll be a pain to get a cavity filled etc when you have them on.
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Apr 11, 2004
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6K is standard- stick to a certified orthodontist.
Why is nobody on RFD accountable for their actions???
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Nov 19, 2017
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How much did Dr. CARCAO near Ossington station charge you for a 2 year treatment ? Did u have any dental protrusion that require 4 first prermolars extraction at all? What was included in the treatment fees? Did u get metal or clear braces?

I have heard that he is good for adults braces
I am looking for some positive reviews about him and also the previous patients experience in his office.
Newbie
Nov 26, 2016
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i got invisalign for about 7500 and was quoted for lingual braces at 8-9k.

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