Invisalign aligners are renowned for their transformative power in straightening teeth and enhancing smiles. These custom-made, nearly invisible aligners are designed to address a wide range of orthodontic issues, from mild to complex cases. Retainers, on the other hand, play a crucial role in preserving the results achieved through orthodontic treatment, whether it’s with Invisalign aligners or traditional braces. 


Here’s what sets aligners and retainers apart:


  1. Active Orthodontic Treatment: Invisalign aligners actively move teeth into their desired positions. Each set of aligners is worn for a specified duration, typically one to two weeks, before progressing to the next set. This gradual adjustment process ensures a comfortable and effective treatment experience.
  1. Corrective and Aesthetic: Invisalign is an excellent choice for individuals seeking to correct misaligned teeth and achieve a more aesthetically pleasing smile. It can address issues such as crowding, spacing, overbites, underbites, and crossbites while offering a discreet appearance.
  1. Temporary, Not Permanent: Invisalign treatment is temporary, aimed at achieving specific orthodontic goals. Once your treatment is complete, you’ll transition to a different orthodontic appliance designed to maintain the results. You also have the flexibility to remove them as needed (although for best results, you must wear the aligners 20-22 hours a day).


  1. Post-Treatment Stability: Retainers are typically introduced once the active phase of orthodontic treatment is complete. Their primary function is to maintain the newly achieved alignment of teeth and prevent them from shifting back to their original positions.
  1. Customized to Your Smile: Similar to Invisalign aligners, retainers are custom-made to fit your teeth precisely. They, too, are removable.
  1. Long-Term Commitment: Retention is a long-term commitment. You’ll be advised to wear your retainer consistently for an extended period, usually during the day and night initially and eventually transitioning to nighttime wear only.


Invisalign aligners and retainers share a symbiotic relationship in your orthodontic journey. Invisalign aligners correct misalignments and create your dream smile, while retainers ensure that your smile stays precisely as you desire it.

To learn more or schedule a consultation, please contact:

Ashley M
Officer Manager/Invisalign Consult


Unbraced is proud to be one of ten national providers tabbed as an Invisalign Studio, and is the closest elite provider in your neighborhood. Walk-in, get your scan and have a consultation with ease with Dr. Ron Maddox and his experienced team of Invisalign specialists. All ages welcome. Affordable financing offered and insurance accepted, too.