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How Much is Invisalign in Vancouver BC?

How Much is Invisalign in Vancouver, BC? The cost of Invisalign braces is comparable to the cost of traditional wire braces.

The cost will of course depend on the type of treatment required, how long the treatment will take, as well as your orthodontic insurance coverage.

Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign and payment plan options with your dentist are often available.

How Much is Invisalign in Vancouver BC?

Traditional braces average a cost of about $5,000 – $7,000 and on average take about 1.5 – 2 years to complete treatment.

The simplest treatments can start at about $3,500. More complex treatments can land in the average range of $5,000 – $7,000 and some treatments can cost more than that.

Invisalign costs run about the same as those and treatment time does as well.

Of course each patient is unique and must be professionally assessed to come up with the specific cost and specific Invisalign treatment plan for them. But this blog post should give you a general idea of what it would cost to get Invisalign in Vancouver BC. Sometimes a ballpark figure or range are really what people are looking for as an initial starting point. So hopefully this will be of help to you.

Invisalign is a proven technology that hundreds of thousands of people have already utilized. We are proud to offer Invisalign in our Kitsilano, Vancouver dental office.

We have a page in our Products section devoted to what invisalign is and how it works. Please have a look there if you’re new to invisible braces or just want to have a bit more information on the process.

For more information about invisalign or to book a consultation please contact our practice.

About Us

The dentists at this Kitsilano dentist office are Dr. Robin Mak, Dr. Sakura Iwagami, Dr. Courtney Butler and Dr. Ann Lu. We are a family focused office that works with children of all ages and also the entire family. We have weekend and evening hours available to accommodate various schedules.

More Posts on How Much Dental Services Cost in Vancouver BC

We are happy to bring you this blog post on How Much is Invisalign in Vancouver BC. See more of our recent blog posts on other costs of dental care in Vancouver such as How much does a dental crown cost in Vancouver BC, How much does a dental cleaning cost in Vancouver BC or How much are custom mouth guards in Vancouver BC.

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A 2-Year-Old’s Dental Visit – Video

Watch this video of a 2-Year-Old’s Dental Visit at Kits Family Dental, it’s our most popular YouTube video ever.

Dr. Robin Mak sees a 2 year-old child for her dental visit. Dr. Mak completes a full pediatric examination, shows  parents how to brush and floss, and cleans and polishes the child’s teeth.

This video currently has over 51,000 views on our YouTube channel. We thought this was something we should highlight for our patients!

We hope that you find this video informative and useful, especially for parents and children for early dental visits. We think that parents are probably watching the video to get an idea of what to expect from a young child’s dental visit, maybe even the first dental visit. Also, we think maybe parents are showing their toddlers and young children the video so the child themselves can have an idea of what to expect. Please let us know!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful for Dr. Mak’s young patients to see a video that actually features Dr. Mak!

Videos on Toddler Fillings, Cleanings and More

Want more? All of our videos can be found on our website, or hop on over to our YouTube Channel for more kids dentist videos.

We have a Toddler Getting a Filling / Kids Fillings video that is also very popular. Our most recent video is on Removing Tartar From Toddlers Teeth – A Child’s Cleaning at the Dentist is already the third most popular of our videos.

Kits Family Dental – A Dentist for Children in Kitsilano, Vancouver

If you are looking for a dentist for your toddler in Vancouver BC, please consider Kits Family Dental. We are kind, gentle, highly skilled, experienced with children and professional. As you can see in some of our videos, we manage to distract and keep the attention of children by singing with them, explaining the basics of what is coming and reassuring them along the way. We find that even with very young children our techniques work a great majority of the time, even for fillings! View a toddler getting a filling in the the video we mentioned above. Contact Us!

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Here is a picture of Dr. Mak with one of our youngest (and cutest!) patients.

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Treatments to Remineralize Teeth

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How to Remineralize Teeth

There are things that you can do to strengthen up your (or your kids) teeth.

We all know that sugar is bad for teeth because it dissolves the tooth enamel.

Many of us also know that the frequency and duration that the sugar is on the teeth matters more than the overall amount eaten, at least from a tooth enamel perspective.

Less known for many of us are the ways to build up and strengthen the tooth enamel.

This is also known as how to ‘remineralize’ teeth.

We all have sweet treats now and again, even regularly for many of us. As well as the bigger celebrations that involve sweets such as Halloween, Christmas, Easter, birthdays and so on, there’s also various parties at school, and “treats” with some kids sports teams. Many of us have at least one little treat daily.

We recognize that for most people, teeth are getting exposure to sugar pretty regularly.

A good question to ask is, what are the treatments that are available to remineralize teeth?

Xylitol

Xylitol, which can be found in some sugar free gum and lozenges, promotes remineralization of the teeth.

Research has shown that the use of gum containing xylitol reduces plaque and gum inflammation and helps the remineralization process.

As a bonus, this one definitely won’t be a hard sell to the under twelve aged crowd.

MI Paste

MI Paste is another great option. It comes in a tube like toothpaste and is available in a variety of flavors.

We carry it here at our office.

MI Paste helps to remineralize surface decalicification and white-spot lesions.

It can deliver calcium and phosphate directly to the tooth surface. Calcium and phosphate are known to strengthen tooth enamel. All good. Get MI Paste here>>

Flouride

And of course, fluoride. We’ve discussed fluoride at length in the past as well as seen it for ourselves how children that come from provinces or cities with fluoridated water have few to no cavities. These kids eat pretty much the same diets as kids from cities without fluoride, who often have multiple cavities and at a young age. Fluoride toothpaste is a must as far as we are concerned. In addition to fluoride toothpaste, there is fluoride treatment available at the dentist office. There are fluoride tablets as well and kids fluoride rinse which can be the easiest since it comes in fun colors, flavors that appeal to kids and often has beloved children’s’ characters on the label.

Let’s Switch the Mindset from “Guilt” to “Prevention”

These all sound like easy, inexpensive and well proven methods to strengthen and remineralize the teeth.

So, in a proactive way, it may be nice to shift the mindset from ‘sugar is bad, avoid sugar as much as possible and then feel concerned/guilty when we eat it’ to ‘yes, sugar is part of modern life, what can we do to counteract some of the damage’.

Pop in to Kits Family Dental for a flouride treatment, to pick up some MI Paste or to have a chat with us about any of your dental-related concerns.

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We are now a team of Four Female Dentists in Vancouver BC

Kits Family Dental now has FOUR female dentists in Vancouver BC

Dr. Robin Mak

Female dentist Vancouver BCOne of the female dentists at this Vancouver/Kitsilano practice, Dr. Robin Mak has been providing quality, gentle dental care since 2006 and is the principal at Kits Family Dental. Born and raised in Vancouver BC, Robin Mak followed in her father’s footsteps and graduated from UBC’s Faculty of Dentistry in 2006.

Robin’s professional associations and memberships include the Canadian Dental Association, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC, the British Columbia Dental Association, and the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies.

Dr. Sakura Iwagami

dr sakura iwagami, female dentist vancouver bcAlso at Kits Family Dental is Dr. Sakura Iwagami, another female dentist. Dr. Iwagami has been working in the Lower Mainland since 2003 as a general dentist. She grew up in Burnaby, BC, and is a second generation Japanese-Canadian. Dr. Iwagami completed her dental degree in 2003 at UBC. She has worked in various family dental practice settings and even participated in a volunteer dental mission to Guatemala.

Dr. Courtney Butler

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Dr. Butler was born and raised in Vancouver. She obtained her Bachelor of Science with distinction degree from the University of Victoria and completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at UBC.

Dr. Butler comes from a family of health care professionals and is dedicated to healing and caring for others. Her father is an eye surgeon and her mother is a registered nurse. Also, she has had extensive volunteer experience in dentistry both here in Canada and abroad, including East Vancouver, Chemainus, Vietnam and Guatemala!

Her patients best interests always come first and her philosophy is to provide the highest quality treatment for patients in a comprehensive, conservative and comfortable manner.

Dr. Ann Lu

Dr. Ann Lu Kitsilano Female Dentist, Female dentists in Kitsilano VancouverOur newest dentist, Dr. Lu is committed to ongoing education and training.  She searches through scientific literature to find the latest studies and articles on dental materials, techniques, and research.  In this way, she can provide evidence-based dentistry and the best possible care to her patients based on the current evidence available.

Not only does Dr. Lu believe that a patient’s dental care should be collaborative and comprehensive, but it is also of the utmost importance that her patients are comfortable as dentistry is a very personal experience. She recognizes that patients come from different backgrounds and have different needs. There are multiple paths to finding solutions to patients’ limitations to dental care and Dr. Lu enjoys working with patients to create personal plans to reach their dental goals. Her compassion and pleasant demeanor coupled with her enthusiasm for her work provides for a positive patient environment.

Welcome to Kits Family Dental Dr. Lu!

Read more about on our Team page. We’re pleased to have available four female dentists in Vancouver BC to provide quality, gentle dental care for your whole family.

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New Video: Removing Tartar from Toddler’s Teeth

Our latest video shows Dr. Robin Mak doing a dental cleaning on 3 year old Avery, including removing tartar from her teeth.

Regular brushing and flossing at home won’t remove all the tartar. It’s important to get even the youngest kids in for professional cleanings. No worries though, most toddlers are able to tolerate tartar removal will little to no fuss.

Watch the Video

See how our adorable patient Avery sits nicely while Dr. Mak uses a regular scaler to remove the tartar on her teeth.

More Videos From Kits Family Dental

We have more videos on our YouTube Channel. The most popular video is A Two Year Old’s Visit to the Dentist.

Another popular one is the video of a Four Year Old Getting a Filling. This one minute video shows how the dentist and hygienist distract the young patient by singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star as the freezing is given. The hygienist is even holding her hands during the song and moving them in time with the song, how nice. The dental dam is called a Raincoat by Dr. Mak and the child is allowed to touch it and hold it while Dr. Mak explains it’s purpose. Some parents really appreciate seeing how it is possible to get cooperation from such a young child for a dental treatment. As with most parenting, distraction and explaining what is going on, (to the degree appropriate to a child’s age), can really work wonders.

About Kits Family Dental – A Dentist Office for the Whole Family

We love children at Kits Family Dental. Please bring your child in for their next dental cleaning and check up, we’ll be sure to make them (and you!) feel welcome. We’re very kid-friendly and are experienced with singing to our youngest patients. We find it can be great for comforting and distracting the little ones. We also treat adults and seniors!

Make an appointment by Phone 604-738-1816, Email: info@kitsfamilydental.com or Book Online

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Buy Plaque HD in Vancouver – Plaque Coloring Toothpaste

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Plaque HD toothpaste is a great product because it shows people where the plaque is by coloring it green/blue so they have to brush it off. This product is great for orthodontic patients or anyone older than 6 years old that is not doing a good job brushing.

Plaque HD toothpaste is $18.00 a tube and comes in two flavours: mint or berry bubblegum.

Find out more on the Plaque HD Toothpaste Website

Buy Plaque HD in Vancouver BC at Kits Family Dental.

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Silver Diamine Fluoride Can Stop Cavities!

For young children it is useful it delay treatment to when they are older or even until the tooth naturally falls out on its own.

Silver Diamine Flouride Vancouver – finally!

We wanted to blog about an exciting new treatment we have in our office: Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), a topical application known to slow down/arrest cavities.

About Silver Diamine Fluoride

Silver Diamine Floride (SDF) is a topical, non-invasive procedure. Dentists apply it to affected areas 2 times a year for at least 2 years. It has been shown in studies to potentially arrest/stop cavities up to 70%.

The main drawback is that it causes the affected tooth structure to turn black, therefore it is indicated for situations where you cannot do a filling due to age, or behavior. Also for health concerns for baby teeth or teeth that are not an aesthetic concern. For young children, it is sometimes advised to delay treatment to when they are older or even until the tooth naturally falls out on its own. Speak to your dentist about what is best. 

The American Dental Association says that Silver Diamine Flouride is a useful treatment for small children, and it can also be used as management for root caries in elderly people.

The SDF (Silver Diamine Fluoride) treatment is $32.80 CAD and is covered by some dental plans. Check to see if your plan covers it! 

Here is the consent form – Silver Diamine Fluoride in Vancouver – Consent Form. This form offers more info on the treatment.

About Kits Family Dental in Vancouver, BC

Our goal is to provide high-quality, preventive dentistry to all our patients. Our focus and commitment is towards patient education. From teaching parents how to care for their babies’ and young children’s teeth, to giving adolescents and adults the special care they may need to restore their oral health, we are here to help and guide you every step of the way.
Our dedicated and friendly staff provide an easy-going office environment where we value your health, dental concerns, and personal choices. Together, we can give you the tools to prevent decay and maintain your optimal oral health.

We are located in Kitsilano at 209-2223 West Broadway, one block west of Arbutus. See more contact details >>

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Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth - Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth

 

Sensitive Teeth can be a real problem, considering most people use their teeth several times a day to eat. Drinking can also be a problem. For some of our patients, anything other than a body temperature drink can cause tooth discomfort.

As you can see in the infographic, there are many common causes of sensitive teeth and we often see these concerns in our dental clinic. As outlined above, the most common causes that we encounter are:

  • Pressure on teeth from grinding or clenching
  • A cracked tooth
  • Tooth whitening
  • Dental treatment such as deep fillings, crown placement and tooth cleanings
  • Thinning of the tooth enamel due to over-brushing or erosion
  • Dental decay
  • Poor oral hygiene that leads to plaque or tartar build up
  • Gum disease with possible recession and root exposure.

Managing Sensitive Teeth

Preventative care is of course the best first defense against developing sensitive teeth. Practicing good oral care habits and visiting the dentist regularly are very important. But, for those of us who have tooth sensitivity already, MI Paste can help in some situations. MI Paste helps remineralize calcium and phosphate directly to the areas that need it. Read more about MI Paste or purchase MI Paste at our Vancouver BC dental office in Kitsilano.

Using a soft bristled toothbrush and not brushing with too much force can help to protect tooth enamel.

To make the home dental care routine as easy as possible, some of our patients love the Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush. It has a Sensitive Mode for people with sensitive teeth and gums. These toothbrushes are available for purchase here at Kits Family Dental. Read more about the different Toothbrush Modes.

Find out about Home Remedies For Sensitive Teeth in our previous blog post. Our recent post on understanding the many toothpaste options available may also be of interest, especially the Abrasiveness Index of Common Toothpastes.

The wonderful infographic is from DentalCareMatters.com. Read their full post here.

Contact us at Kits Family Dental. Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy and pain-free teeth and gums.

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So Many Toothpaste Options! How to Choose?

Toothpaste options galore! Sometimes our patients tell us they just want to buy plain, old, regular fluoride toothpaste. When they are out shopping, there are just too many different types of toothpaste to choose from.

We get it!

Decision fatigue is a real thing. Having a basic toothpaste available to grab quickly would sometimes be better than having to choose from so many different types, each tailored to specific needs.

However, some toothpaste options are great.

In this post, we will try to weed through the many options of toothpaste that are available. Here is a wonderful infographic to help you work through at least some of the choices out there. 

In the meantime, if you are lucky enough to find some basic fluoride toothpaste, we appreciate that your life will be a little bit easier for that moment!

Toothpaste Options - Choosing a Toothpaste, toothpaste differences


Here’s a bullet list that sums up the infographic. Sometimes seeing information presented in more than one way makes it easier to consume.

  • ADA Accepted – well it is an American infographic, but next time you’re shopping in the states for toothpaste at least you’ll know what it means. Basically it has met the American Dental Association’s criteria for safety and effectiveness. Also, that the claims made on the package have been verified.
  • Fluoride – pretty self explanatory. The toothpaste either contains fluoride or not. Fluoride has been proven to be an amazing cavity fighter. There have been many scientific studies as well as what we see in our clinic as to children who grow up in cities with fluoridated water have far fewer cavities. Consider fluoride rinse or tablets for yourself or your child.
  • Tartar-control – this toothpaste will minimize the build up of hardened plaque which is also known as tartar. It won’t remove existing tartar though. Sometimes tartar-control toothpaste can cause increased tooth sensitivity.
  • Whitening – don’t expect much in the way of results from these. Whitening toothpaste may remove surface stains but don’t change the color of the teeth.
  • Abrasives – all toothpastes contain abrasives to help clean the teeth. Too much abrasiveness can be bad, ADA-accepted toothpastes lie within reasonable limits. Here is a list of many common toothpastes with their level of abrasiveness. Low abrasive is 0 and regarded as harmful is 150-250. Interesting to see some common toothpastes in that harmful area. Abrasiveness Index of Common Toothpastes.
  • Antimicrobial toothpastes contain Triclosan which can help to reduce dental plaque, gingivitis and bad breath. There are some safety concerns about this compound and both Canada and the USA are researching it more.
  • SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) is a foaming agent that may increase canker sore frequency. Look for SLS-free if that is a concern for you.

Not to confuse the issue but we do sell MI Paste in our office. This paste helps to remineralize the surface of the teeth and can be applied directly where it’s needed. It is excellent for strengthening tooth enamel and reducing sensitivity.

As well as Plaque HD toothpaste (it colours plaque so you can more easily brush it off), we have take-home whitening kits available and we also sell Sonicare electric toothbrushes.

Book your appointment today with Kits Family Dental, a professional and friendly family dentist in Kitsilano.

The infographic is from animated-teeth.com.

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How to Get Rid of Bad Breath – According to a Dentist

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We love this video featuring Dr. Ada Cooper on how to get rid of bad breath. Dr. Cooper uses language that everyone, not just dentists, can understand. She is pleasant, speaks clearly, moves things along and delivers lots of facts in a non-boring fashion.

The ad is short at the beginning of the YouTube video. And, if you watch the video on Business Insider, there is no ad at the beginning. Check out: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-cure-bad-breath-dentist-tips-2016-12

In the video, you’ll find lots of info on how to get rid of bad breath in the video, including tips such as:

  • Brush your teeth at night
  • Brush your tongue
  • Drink a lot of water
  • See your dentist if bad breath persists, there may be something else going on!

Come see us at Kits Family Dental in Vancouver, BC for all your dental needs – including if you are wondering about underlying issues causing bad breath.

Our dentists look children and adults of all ages. We have dental appointments on Saturdays as well as  evening hours.

Thank you to our existing patients who have given us rave reviews, we’ve even won several awards, such as best dentist in Vancouver several years running!

Contact Kits Family Dental today!

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