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April 6, 2022

Grande Prairie Invisalign Alternative – SureSmile Clear Aligners

Gone are the days when we had to use metal brackets to fix crooked teeth. You can now get beautiful smiles by choosing clear aligners. Most people think of Invisalign when they’re looking at an alternative to braces.  Invisalign is just one brand of clear aligners. SureSmile clear aligners are just as effective as Invisalign, but at a lower cost.

This article is dedicated to a relatively newer, but extremely popular, clear aligner due to lower cost and excellent results. We’ll be discussing SureSmile clear aligners.

To help you decide, there’s also a section comparing SureSmile clear aligners with other options.

What are SureSmile clear aligners?

SureSmile clear aligners are an advanced and aesthetic solution for treating misaligned teeth. They are a type of invisible braces that consist of a series of customized, removable trays. These trays help you skip the pain of traditional metal braces and get a beautiful smile in a less obvious way.

What are the steps of SureSmile orthodontic treatment?

Step 1: Make an appointment

Not all dentists offer clear aligner treatment. You’ll have to look for a SureSmile provider in your area and book an appointment.

If you are looking for a SureSmile provider in Grand Prairie, Alberta, you can reach out to Dr. Sarah Piepgrass-Gander at Wapiti Dental.  Book your appointment here at wapitidental.ca or reach out by phone at 780-293-4075.

Step 2: Consultation with the SureSmile dentist provider

You’ll meet your dentist for an initial assessment. Your dentist will check if you are an eligible candidate for SureSmile. If yes, dental scans will be completed for treatment planning. Your dentist will be happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding SureSmiles so you can make an informed decision about your treatment.

Step 3: Receiving your first set of aligners

You will visit your dentist on the scheduled day to get your first set of customized SureSmile aligners. You will also be briefed on what to expect, how to take care of your aligners, and the monthly appointment schedule.

Step 4: Follow-up appointments

You’ll visit your dentist at a decided frequency and continue to receive new sets of trays on the dentist’s recommendation. Each tray is customized to move your teeth from their new position to the desired position.

Step 5: Retention

Once the treatment is complete and you are satisfied with your new smile, your dentist would recommend retainers to keep your teeth from going back to their previous position.

Learn more about retention after clear aligners in this article.

What are the advantages of SureSmile Clear Aligners?

1. Patient comfort:

SureSmile aligners have variable trimlines for patient comfort and optimal tooth movement. They allow you to easily maintain oral hygiene throughout treatment. No flossing between wires.

2. Fewer trips to the dental office:

SureSmile can take less time to improve your smile compared to traditional braces. A shorter treatment duration means fewer dental visits.

3. Aesthetically pleasing:

SureSmile clear aligners are transparent making them less noticeable than traditional braces.

4. Easily removable:

The clear aligners are quite easy to remove before eating, drinking, and cleaning.

5. Improved oral hygiene:

Maintaining good oral hygiene is easier with SureSmile as compared with braces.

6. Durable material:

SureSmile is developed using a strong and clear plastic material (Essix Ace) that keeps its shape and helps move your teeth in the desired position with high accuracy and in less time.

7. Technology backed by decades of expertise:

SureSmile technology is designed by orthodontists and backed by more than two decades of digital expertise. Moreover, all cases are analyzed by digital lab specialists at SureSmile. They partner with your doctor to devise customized treatment plans for each patient.

Is there a downside to SureSmile?

The limitations with SureSmile clear aligners are the same as with any other clear aligners. For example,

  • Clear aligners are removable and can be lost.
  • SureSmile may not be a good fit for more complex orthodontic issues.
  • You’ll need to brush and floss your teeth more often. But that’s the case with all orthodontic treatments.

Maintenance of SureSmile aligners

One of the best things about SureSmile clear aligners is that they are low maintenance. Follow these simple tips for optimal care:

  • Brush and floss after each meal.
  • Rinse your aligners with water after removal.
  • Remove aligners before you eat or drink.
  • Use Retainer Brite products to clean clear aligners.

Frequently asked questions

1. How many hours a day do I have to wear SureSmile aligners?

It is recommended to wear these aligners for 20-22 hours each day. The longer you wear your aligners the more effective they are and the less chance you’ll lose them.

2. How long do I use a pair of aligners before moving on to the next one?

The length of time that you need to wear one set of aligners is dependent on compliance and type of forces being applied to your teeth. Typically between 1-2 weeks.

3. What is the cost of SureSmile aligners?

One of the reasons for the high popularity of SureSmile clear aligners is that they cost less than Invisalign (another popular brand of clear aligners). We will be happy to discuss your treatment cost when you come in for an orthodontic assessment.

Remember that the final cost depends on the pre-orthodontic treatment needs of the patients, type and extent of dental malocclusion, and duration of orthodontic treatment. Only your dentist can confirm the final cost.

4. Does it hurt to wear SureSmile aligners?

It doesn’t hurt like traditional braces. There will be some soreness and discomfort at first, but that typically improves in a few days. Having a mild pain or soreness is a sign that your aligners are working and your teeth are all set to move in their desired location.

Remember that it is normal to feel slight discomfort while wearing clear aligners, but they are a total win if you compare them to the pain of wearing metal braces.


SureSmile clear aligners are a cheaper yet equally effective alternative to traditional braces and Invisalign.

Book your appointment for SureSmile today. Let’s work on fixing those teeth ?

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