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Candid Aligners: Cost, Materials and Efficacy of Clear Teeth Braces

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Show off your beautiful smile with Candid

What are Candid aligners and are they the best teeth straightening option for you? This brand has made a name for themselves as one of the best at-home teeth straightening options available. But even knowing that, it's good to do your due diligence and thoroughly research any big decision you make about your oral health before you commit.

That's why in this article, we'll fill you in on all you need to know about Candid teeth aligners including some basic but super important information like:

  • How do they work?
  • How much do they cost?
  • How do I begin the process?

Our goal is for you to have all of the information you need in order to make the best decision for your situation.

How does Candid teeth straightening work?

The Candid clear aligners company was founded in 2017, with the aim of giving patients a way to straighten teeth without going to the orthodontist, and without having to pay as much as you would for in-office clear aligners like Invisalign.

If you're thinking that this sounds like a service that multiple companies already offer, you'd be right, except that Candid is a bit different. They put more of a focus on quality and effective treatment than do other similar companies.

The main areas in which this extra quality treatment is apparent is in the fact that with Candid, you will only be working with a certified orthodontist, not a dentist, and they have an online video chat as well as a contact option. But more on that later.

Their diagnostic process is also more thorough than a lot of brands out there. Where some companies only ask for three photos of your teeth, Candid requires eight, and they also ask for more details of medical and dental history than many of their competitors.

The Candid process

Candid clear aligners
Straighten your teeth from home

Your teeth straightening process with Candid involves many of the same steps as other at-home aligner brands. The general process is as follows:

  • Eligibility: Take the Smile Assessment to see if you're eligible for treatment.
  • Molds or scans: You can go to a Candid Studio to get free 3D scans from one of their trained representatives, or you can order an impression kit online and take the molds of your teeth at home.
  • Get your aligners: An orthodontist will plan your treatment and you'll receive all of your aligners in the mail at once.
  • Remote care: You'll be in contact with your orthodontist remotely. And with Candid, as part of your treatment, you also get their exclusive Remote Monitoring feature which allows you to check-in with your orthodontist with scans you can take from your smartphone, every 10 days.
  • Whiten your teeth: Candid treatment includes a free bottle of Candid's whitening foam, so you can get whiter and straighter teeth.
  • Follow-up care with retainers: Just like with regular braces, you'll have to wear a retainer for the rest of your life after your treatment with Candid aligners.

Candid orthodontics technology

Candid is currently the only at-home braces company that lets you virtually check-in with an orthodontist using AI, your smartphone and a special scanner through a partnership with Dental Monitoring. This technology is easy to use, and it also makes treatment more accurate and reduces treatment time. You used to have to purchase it separately, but now it's included with everyone's treatment. Check out the video below to see how it works!

For more Candid reviews, you can read our full Candid reviews article.

Candid braces treatment time

According to their website, treatment with Candid takes an average of six months, and rarely exceeds 11 months. Also with the Candid Remote Monitoring program, you do virtual check-ins with your assigned orthodontist every seven to 10 days, as opposed to the standard check-in frequency which is every two weeks. By checking in more frequently with your orthodontist, they will be able to see if you are ready to move on to your next aligner trays without having to wait until the full two weeks is up. That's a 20 to 30% reduction rate in treatment time. Remote Monitoring also helps reduce treatment time because it keeps you accountable and wearing your retainers during all of the time you're supposed to. When patients don't wear their aligners for all of the hours they are supposed to, treatment time oftentimes needs to be extended.

Who can have Candid Co aligners?

Patients interested in treatment with Candid must be at least 16 years of age and have all of their permanent teeth fully in. If you meet those criteria, you can book an appointment at a Candid Studio. Candid Studios are physical locations where you can go for a one-on-one consultation and get 3D scans taken of your teeth. 3D scans are the most accurate way for your orthodontist to plan your treatment, plus, it's completely free. Check where your nearest Candid Studio is to book your appointment.

If there isn't a Candid Studio near you, or you'd rather make your own teeth molds at home, you can order your impression kit online.

How much do Candid braces cost?

The Candid teeth cost is generally a much more affordable option than in-office braces, but a bit more expensive than some of the other at-home clear aligners. So how much does Candid cost?

  • In-studio scans: In studio scans with Candid are free.
  • Impressions kits: To take your own impressions at home, you must purchase one online for $95. However, there are often promotions available for considerable discounts. Additionally, if it turns out you don't qualify for treatment with Candid, you get a full refund.
  • Treatment: Treatment with Candid costs $2,400 for the basic package, but you also have the option to pay $99 per month.
  • Retainer: After your braces, you should continue to wear retainers for the rest of your life (this is the same as with any at-home or in-office braces). A set of Candid retainers costs $99.

How Candid dental care is different

With so many at-home and in-office clear aligner options out there, your first impression may be that Candid is one of many. But it's really not. Candid is one of the better options for clear aligner treatment for a variety of reasons. Let's have a look at what most stands out about Candid:

The care

With many clear aligner brands, even Invisalign, both dentists, and orthodontists can plan and supervise your treatment. But Candid works exclusively with orthodontists.

Why is this important?

Because while dentists are totally awesome and are absolutely essential to oral health, orthodontists are dentists who have additional training in how to correct cases of teeth misalignment and malocclusion. Both dentists and orthodontists are in fact dentists and licensed to provide general care. However, orthodontists are dental specialists who go on to study full-time in an accredited program in their specialty area, in this case, straightening teeth. Another brand that we like that works only with orthodontists is Byte, which you can read more about here.

The diagnostic process

In general, Candid invisible aligners have a more thorough diagnostic process than other clear aligner brands. While some require as few as three photos of your teeth, Candid requires eight, and these are accompanied by either your PVS impressions or intraoral 3D scans. They also do a thorough dental and medical history check so they know better how to tailor your treatment to you.

In-studio locations

Candid has a growing network of physical Candid Studios, where you can go for an in-person consultation and have trained representatives and technicians take your 3D scans. You can book your Candid Studio appointment online, but ordering your impression kit online is also a great option!

Customer service

Candid's customer service consistently receives positive reviews from their patients. One of the reasons is that they offer online video chat so you can actually talk to someone in real-time about your issue.

The Candid patient in the following video describes her experience with Candid customer service and clear aligners overall. Her journey begins with an initial problem with her address and the shipment of her kit, but customer service got it figured it out really quickly. She says that Candid's customer service reputation is actually one of the reasons why she was interested in trying.

You can watch her full journey below, where she talks about the bumps along the way, but that she is ultimately very happy with the results and would recommend treatment with Candid.

The technology

Candid has partnered with Dental Monitoring, a multinational medical tech company that is elevating patient care and results for orthodontists around the world. Dental Monitoring has created AI-based remote monitoring technology, specifically for doctors to use with their patients.

One of the reasons that this technology is so important and places Candid on its own level in the at-home braces department has to do with patient compliance.

One of the biggest barriers to fast and successful treatment with at-home braces is that many patients don't wear their aligners as often as they should. This ends up slowing down treatment and can even have harmful effects on your teeth. This new partnership with Dental Monitoring is aimed at providing a solution to this problem, as it sends reminders to patients to follow their program. Not to mention that with more frequent check-ins with your orthodontist (every 10 days) you're held more accountable.

Dental monitoring candid
Dental Monitoring can shorten treatment time

So how does it work?

Every 10 days, you open the Dental Monitoring app and slide your phone into the slot at the back of the ScanBox (this will have come with your treatment plan). You then follow the instructions to take pictures of your teeth (as outlined in the video earlier on in the article). The AI technology then analyzes the images of your teeth and sends that information to your orthodontist, who will at that point be able to tell you if you're ready to move on to your next aligner trays.

As you can see, there are some important differences between Candid and other teeth straightening options. Have a look at the table below for a summary of some of the greatest differences between Candid and other types of braces like Smile Direct Club, Invisalign and traditional braces.

Candid Smile Direct Club AlignerCo Invisalign Traditional braces
Average treatment time 6 months 6 months 6 months 12–18 months 18–24 months
Cost $2,400 $1,895 $1,145 $3,500–$8,500 $2,500–$7,500
Orthodontist or dentists Orthodontists Either Orthodontists Either Orthodontists
For... Mild to moderate malocclusion Mild to moderate malocclusion Mild to moderate malocclusion Mild to severe malocclusion Mild to severe and beyond
AI tech? Yes No No Depends on your dentist No
All prices correct at time of writing but subject to change

How do I get started?

Getting started with Candid is a relatively simple and fast process. You can book an appointment at a Candid Studio, where friendly trained reps will take 3D scans of your teeth for free. 3D scans are the most accurate way to plan your treatment. If there are no locations near you, you can also take their quick online Smile Assessment, which will let you know if you're a candidate to pursue treatment. If you are, you can then order your impression kit online to take your impressions at home for treatment that is 100% remote.

Conclusion

Candid braces
Safe and effective treatment

Candid offers a safe and effective way to straighten your teeth from the comfort of your home, and for less than you would pay for other in-office brands. They have great customer service, a thorough diagnostic process and advanced technology that makes treatment faster and more effective. If you are ready to start your journey with Candid, check your nearest Candid Studio location, or order your impression kit online.

FAQs

How much is Candid?

Candid aligners cost $2,400, but you can also pay in installments of $99 per month.

How are Candid and Invisalign different?

There are three main differences between Candid and Invisalign:

  • Candid works exclusively with orthodontists, whereas Invisalign works with dentists and orthodontists.
  • Candid is cheaper! It costs $2,400 and Invisalign costs between $3,500 and $8,500.
  • Invisalign requires in-office appointments with your orthodontist and Candid can be completed entirely remotely.
  • Invisalign can treat mild to severe cases of malocclusion, while Candid is for mild to moderate cases.

Are Candid aligners better?

Candid aligners are the best option for people who want the convenience and lower price of remote treatment, without sacrificing the quality of care. It should be noted that at-home aligner treatment is meant for cases of mild to moderate malocclusion. If you have a severe case of teeth or jaw misalignment, you will most likely have to opt for treatment with in-office braces like Invisalign or even more traditional methods.

Is Candid legit?

Candid is definitely a legitimate at-home braces brand. They've helped many people achieve a straighter smile without breaking the bank. We especially love that they work exclusively with orthodontists for treatment planning and monitoring.

Candid Aligners: Cost, Materials and Efficacy of Clear Teeth Braces
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Natalie Asmussen
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Natalie used to work as a Community Health Worker and Health Insurance Navigator. She continues to follow her passion for connecting people with the healthcare they need by writing informative content about dentistry and medicine.
Sources
American Association of Orthodontists: Is My Dentist Also An Orthodontist? Consulted 18th March 2020.
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