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Lady Doctor providing RETAINERs to a boy

The whole purpose of getting your teeth straightened is to enhance how you look and feel. It allows you to flash a beaming smile whenever you feel like it. But if you have to wear a retainer over those newly straightened teeth, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of what can be an expensive and, at times, uncomfortable exercise?

Of course, but in the world of tooth straightening, retainers are a necessary evil.

Will you have to wear retainers forever?

No. Most people don’t have to wear a retainer forever.

Typically you wear a retainer full time for the first three to six months. But the day will eventually come when you need to wear your retainers only when sleeping. And then maybe not at all. But for that day to arrive sooner rather than later, you must be diligent with your retainer wearing for the best part of a year.

Your dentist will instruct you to practice removing them when:

  • Eating
  • Flossing

You will eventually reduce their use gradually over a number of months.
After your first year of wearing retainers, you will be fitted with a new set, adjusted to the shape your teeth have taken on. You can expect this new set to be your forever retainers, the pair that will last you for the duration of your life.

However, accidents with your teeth will mean starting the process all over again, so you need to see your retainer as protection against any mishaps.

Why wear a retainer?

To put it simply, because your dentist says so. After you have a brace, your teeth are at risk of moving back towards their original positions. Wearing a retainer is vital to ensure your smile remains straight.

You must trust your dentist as the expert to mend those offensive teeth. And having invested time and skill into giving you the best smile possible, your orthodontist won’t allow you to undo all the work put into those teeth.

Consider for a moment how your orthodontist has worked on improving your smile.

  • They have taken molds of your teeth and seen which ones are causing unsightly gaps or an irritating overbite.
  • They have configured the best placement for your teeth
  • They have fitted braces or aligners to encourage them to remain in that position. And you may at times have felt discomfort as the teeth were adjusting themselves.

But with the removal of braces and aligners, you can see that it was all worth it. You were ready to beam at the world with your new smile. But your dentist said. “No.” Instead, you had to wear a retainer 24/7 for at least three months, and you were to see your retainer as a replacement for your braces! And that was if you were given removable retainers!

If, on the other hand, you had complex work done involving, for example, jaw realignment, you more than likely got permanent retainers. And these, being bonded to your teeth with wires, are likely to be in your mouth for a long time, perhaps even for life.

But why replace one type of tooth covering with another?

Your dentist will have explained that the teeth are now in position, but when free of the restrictions may decide to return to their original position. And you spent time and money encouraging them to leave that position.

The retainer is your guarantee they will not give in to that temptation and, using gentle encouragement, urges them to stay in the place the orthodontist chose for them.

Do I have to wear retainers all day every day?

Lady Doctor showing RETAINERs

This depends on the extent of your treatment. Patients who have had minor adjustments made to their teeth may not need to wear retainers for as long as those who have had complex treatment.

Patients who are fitted with permanent retainers may have to wear them forever. But again, your orthodontist will be able to advise on your specific case.
A lot will also depend on how disciplined you are about caring for your teeth.

How long will I have to wear my retainers in public?

The length of time you have to wear retainers all day every day depends on a number of factors.

  1. First three months: For the first three months after having your braces removed, you will have to wear them at all times.
  2. After three months: After the three months have expired, you can expect your orthodontist to call you in for a check-up. This is to ensure your teeth have stayed in the position they have been aligned to. If they have, your dentist may allow you to reduce the amount of time you spend wearing your retainers a little.
  3. After assessment: However, you are not retainer free yet. Teeth have a nasty habit of slipping back into their original position, so you will have to wear a retainer until that danger has passed.

Why does it take so long?

Why does this expensive and time-consuming process take so long?

Essentially, your teeth can move and they need time to stabilize in their new positions.
A peek from time to time at before and after photographs of your teeth will answer that question. This will convince you of the value of maintaining the new smile your dentist gave you. A glance at those once crooked teeth will give you the impetus you need to continue using the retainers.

An even more compelling reason to continue wearing them might be to ask your dentist to show you the original model he took of your teeth before starting work. Then you will be able to see what happened below the gum line in the course of your treatment.

You will be able to see:

  1. How the teeth moved in the fleshy part of the gum
  2. How once crooked teeth were encouraged to stand straight and firm
  3. How teeth moved to fill gaps
  4. How an unsightly overbite has disappeared

Then you will understand how much has been happening in your mouth for over a year or two. You will also recognize the skill required to align those teeth and to give you a beaming smile that you can greet the world with.

Having viewed the before and after shots of your mouth, wearing retainers will become less of a chore and more of a continuation of necessary treatment.

What about check-ups?

Committing to wearing your retainers by night will guarantee that smile. And if there is slippage, if a stubborn tooth decides not to stay in place, the retainers and regular check-ups will ensure that it is encouraged to return to the place where it should be.

At each check-up, the orthodontist will monitor the progress you are making. If your orthodontist feels you are making good progress, you may be encouraged to lessen your time wearing your retainer.

However, if the specialist detects a dis improvement in your teeth and your smile, you can expect to be told to wear your retainer more regularly.

How long should this routine continue for?

To give a simple answer, forever.

You have invested time and money in your teeth. To see a return on your investment, you need to take care of that smile. Like other body parts, your teeth keep changing. To ensure your smile doesn’t change, you need the retainer to continue the work your dentist once did.


Which retainer is right for you?



Do you have teeth that need straightening or an over-bite that stops your teeth from closing fully when eating?

Don’t be afraid to give an honest answer. In reality, most of us have a tooth or three that prevent us from smiling or laughing in the attractive way that makes us a photographer’s dream subject. Some of us even have crooked teeth that prevent us from smiling at all. And some of us, quite simply, have misaligned teeth from early childhood.

If you have any of the above, you are probably searching for the teeth aligners that will solve the problem.

But the big question when you embark on your journey to an amazing smile is which aligners to choose. The market is flooded with options, but the two that come most readily to mind are Invisalign and Candid.

In this article, we aim to make choosing one brand above the other easier for you.

Invisalign Versus Candid at a Glance

If you don’t have time to read the full article, the following points will give you an idea of the advantages and disadvantages of the products.

Invisalign advantages:

  • They deal with more complex dental issues
  • Invisalign aligners are comfortable to wear due to the SmartTrack material used
  • Invisalign has more experience
  • All treatment is 100% face to face

Invisalign disadvantages:

  • Inconvenient due to regular visits to the doctor’s office
  • Dentists, not orthodontists, are responsible for the treatment
  • Can be more expensive, and a payment plan has to be arranged with your dentist

Candid advantages:

  • Less expensive and an easy payment plan
  • More convenient: Candid offer remote treatment to monitor your progress
  • Treatment designed and monitored by an experienced orthodontist
  • A whitening foam provided with aligners

Candid Disadvantages:

  • Lack of in-person monitoring during treatment
  • Reliance on technology can be challenging for some patients
  • Less experience in producing aligners

WinnerIf you don’t have time to read the full article, the editor’s verdict is CANDID.

Having your teeth aligned is something you generally do once in a lifetime and the results obtained last for many years. This into means that the inconvenience you endure while getting treatment and the expenses you incur are essentially short-lived problems.

However, the results of the treatment you are given, will stay with you for a lifetime. It means that you need to trust your care to an expert in the area. As they ensure your treatment is given by an orthodontist, the winner is Candid.

What’s the difference between the products?


Both products have a common goal, straightening your teeth and giving you a beaming smile. However, the differences in their treatment methods, and the price you pay for your smile, are what may make you choose one above the other.

Cost of treatment

Like all medical treatments, teeth straightening can be expensive. The vast majority of us tend to opt for the treatment that best suits our financial means.

The following outline will give you an idea of how much you will have to pay for your treatment.

Candid offers “Expert care that’s affordable.” A survey of Candid users shows a price range of $3500 to $7000, with the cost depending on the extent of treatment you need and the average cost being $3500. Your health insurance will cover some of this. The balance can be paid in monthly installments ranging from $73-$222 per month over 24 months.

Invisalign state that clear aligners should cost no more than regular braces and that the cost depends on the complexity of treatment. People who have used Invisalign list costs in the range of $3000 to $8000. Consultations with your Invisalign doctor range from $100 to $200 per visit and more if you require x-rays.

However, if you need to use a payment plan, you need to discuss that with your Invisalign doctor as there is no stated payment plan. If you are a person who likes to have a clear idea of the amount of cash that has to be paid out every month and likes to know if you are getting a good deal before making a decision, Candid is the clear winner here.

On the other hand, Invisalign could leave you wondering what the final payment might amount to.

Verdict: Candid wins

Range of treatments

Candid offers treatments for mild to severe teeth alignment problems that can be rectified in a shorter length of time. However, your suitability for Candid aligners will depend on the current state of your oral health.

If you have cavities, gum issues, or have had bridge work carried out previously, you may not be able to use Candid aligners. Other factors that will make you unable to use Candid aligners include jaw misalignment and dental implants.

Invisalign, on the other hand, deal with a wider range of issues. As well as realigning your teeth, they can deal with bite issues such as overbite, underbite, and open bite. They also use a set of attachments to move the jaw and shift the teeth into the correct position.

Verdict: Invisalign is the winner if you have more complex tooth issues.

Time needed for treatment

It can be more challenging for some people to fit treatments into their schedule than for others. Both producers of clear aligners offer their own distinct treatment options.

Candid promises to provide you with a CandidPro doctor close to where you live. Following an initial visit to the doctor, an appropriate course of treatment is agreed upon. Your full set of aligners, Candid monitoring materials, and tooth whitening foam are delivered to your address.

The progress of your treatment is checked every 14 days, but you don’t have to worry about getting to the CandidPro doctor’s office. You simply send the doctor scans of your teeth every 14 days using the monitoring kit, and the doctor checks if your treatment stays on track. Candid treatment lasts between 4 to 12 months, depending on the complexity of the work.

Invisalign doctors are also available in many localities. On your first visit to your Invisalign doctor, a 3D scan is taken of your teeth, and a custom-designed treatment plan is worked out for you. On your next visit, the doctor ensures your aligners are the right fit for you and examines your smile to judge if everything is as it should be.

Following on this, you have face-to-face checkups every 6-8 weeks and are fitted with a new set of aligners whenever necessary. In between face-to-face checkups, the doctor can check on your progress via the My Invisalign App.

Invisalign treatment takes from 12 to 18 months. Your decision about which treatment you opt for depends largely on your availability to attend regular appointments. A busy patient may find attending surgery every six or so weeks difficult to fit into their routine.

Verdict: Life is busy and whatever can cut down on meetings and trips to a doctor’s office makes Candid the winner.

Face-to-face or remote treatment

Again you need to decide which works best for you.

– If using Candid, your checkups, even though more regular, will be remote.

– With Invisalign, checkups will be in person. The doctor can also assess your progress on an app if you have cause for concern between visits.

A person opting for remote checkups needs to exercise more discipline than the person opting for face-to-face meetings. Generally, people who have to attend in-person checkups are more likely to follow the doctor’s advice. Being comfortable with using technology is another factor to take into consideration. Some people will happily scan their teeth, and others may feel less confident doing this.

Verdict: If you are a person who prefers human interaction with a doctor and who is not confident when using technology, Invisalign is the winner here.

What experience do the providers have?

Both treatments are FDA-approved.

– Invisalign has over twenty years of experience developing their aligners and has treated over 12 million people.

– Candid is recommended by 4.9 clients out of 5 in past patient reviews and are recommended by dentists. Their area of specialty is telehealth, and their orthodontists have 20 years of work experience. But they are relatively new producers of dental materials.

Verdict: In terms of company experience, Invisalign is the winner.

Who will be treating you?

When looking at the merits of a treatment plan, it is also wise to look at the people who carry out the treatment.

– With Candid, you are treated by licensed dentists who are known as CandidPro providers. Your initial consultation is with a dentist who sends your details to a Candid orthodontist who has a minimum of 20 years of experience in orthodontics. The same orthodontist will design your treatment plan and aligners and monitor the progress of your treatment.

– Invisalign treatment is prescribed and overseen by a dentist rather than an orthodontist.

Verdict: Treatment of misaligned teeth is the specialty of an orthodontist who has specific training in dealing with issues with bite and the alignment of teeth. For that reason, Candid is the winner.

Time wearing your aligners

You can expect to be wearing your aligners a lot. Both companies advise wearing their aligners for at least 22 hours per day. This means you need to feel both comfortable and confident wearing them.

Invisalign uses SmartTrack, a patented thermoplastic material, in their aligners to make wearing them more comfortable. The material used allows the aligners to fit snugly in your mouth and makes removing and replacing them easier.

Aligners are trimmed to your gum line to give a natural appearance. The result you will get from using the aligners is predicted at your first consultation with the Invisalign doctor giving you an idea of the appearance you will have after treatment. When you finish using your Invisalign aligners, you buy a Vivera retainer to hold the teeth in the position they have been adjusted to.

Both Candid and Invisalign supply clear aligners. Candid, however, supplies a whitening foam that ensures the aligners remain clean and without the staining that food and drink would normally cause and ensures your breath remains fresh.

You will, of course, feel a degree of physical discomfort as all aligners work at readjusting the setting of your teeth.

Verdict: The SmartTrack material used by Invisalign makes Invisalign the winner.


Invisalign and Candid both have a lot to offer if you need to adjust your teeth and improve your smile. Each has advantages in the fields of cost, convenience, and comfort of use. Deciding on which service to use will, of course, depend on your personal preferences.

However, Candid’s use of experienced orthodontists to design your aligners and oversee your treatment makes them stand out in what is a very specialized dental field. Also, their use of a modern telehealth system in a busy world makes them a very attractive option.