You've decided that you want to straighten your teeth with invisible braces. Congratulations on making it this far! It's an important decision and a tough one, given the myriad options out there for people looking to straighten their teeth. For better or for worse, now it's time for another big decision: Candid vs Invisalign.
They both have their benefits and they both have their disadvantages, and there's really no one-size-fits-all answer here. But, don't panic! We are here to help you make the best decision for you personally. In this article we'll go over the following:
- Candid and Invisalign similarities
- Differences in cost
- Differences in treatment time
- Who can be treated by each method
And if you don't have time to read a detailed guide right now, here's our honest take:
We like both options. That being said, the affordability and convenience of Candid make it much more accessible to a much broader range of people. And we are all about making oral health care accessible to all! We also appreciate that they work exclusively with orthodontists to make sure you're getting the absolute best care. So if that sounds like something you would like to try, you can take the Candid Smile Assessment now, and find out if you're a Candid candidate. Then if you find out you're eligible, we recommend you order your impression kit online or book a free appointment at a Candid Studio.
Otherwise, take a deep breath because you're about to take the next step on your journey to a beautiful smile (we think your smile is already beautiful, but we understand that you want straighter teeth!)
Table of contents
- 1 How does Invisalign work?
- 2 How does Candid Work?
- 3 Candid vs Invisalign: Similarities
- 4 Candid vs Invisalign: Differences
- 5 Should I choose Candid or Invisalign
- 6 Conclusion
- 7 FAQs
How does Invisalign work?
First things first, we've got to talk about how these braces actually work. If you're familiar with how traditional braces go, Invisalign has a pretty similar process:
- Molds: Your dentist or orthodontist will take a mold or digital scan of your teeth (scans are generally more accurate).
- Treatment planning: Your scans or molds are used to plan your treatment with advanced computer technology.
- Before and after: You can see before and after views of your teeth before beginning treatment.
- Teeth filing: You might have to have your teeth filed to create space for them to move.
- Begin treatment: You'll begin your aligner treatment!
- In-office visits: Every two weeks or so you'll have an appointment with your dentist or orthodontist to check on the progress of your treatment and move on to your next set of aligners.
- Retainers: After Invisalign treatment, you'll need to wear Vivera retainers at night for the rest of your life to make sure your teeth don't go back to their original position.
How does Candid Work?
The Candid process is quite a bit different from the Invisalign process. Here's a general outline:
- Scans or impressions: You can either book a free appointment to go to a Candid Studio where a trained representative will take 3D scans of your teeth, or you can order an impression kit to be delivered to your home. You then send your molds back into Candid.
- Approval: A licensed orthodontist will review your scans or molds and decide if treatment with Candid is a good option for you.
- Receive your aligners: If you are approved, you'll receive all of your aligners in the mail at once, along with a detailed treatment plan, clear instructions, tooth whitening and a remote monitoring system.
- Remote care: You'll have regular check-ins with your orthodontist remotely. They will monitor your treatment and let you know when you are ready to continue on to the next set of aligners.
- Teeth whitening: During your straightening journey, you can use Candid's tooth whitening foam so you can have both straighter and whiter teeth.
- Retainers: Just like with Invisalign (or any other braces for that matter) you'll need to wear a retainer every night for the rest of your life to make sure your teeth stay in place.
You can watch this short video below that describes Candid's process and what it's like to visit a Candid Studio.
Candid vs Invisalign: Similarities
Obviously there are some important similarities between Candid Co and Invisalign, otherwise, you wouldn't be here, trying to figure out which one to choose! So let's have a look at the main similarities between Invisalign and Candid treatment.
Invisibility! Yes, both Candid and Invisalign are a kind of clear aligner that is now widely accepted and promoted by professionals as a discreet way to straighten your teeth. They are made from different materials, so there may be a bit of a difference in transparency, texture and general appearance, but it's likely only a difference that you will notice. If anyone else gets close enough to notice the difference, tell them to back off!
But, we at Dentaly are nothing if we aren't thorough, so let's go over how each brand describes the material of their aligners.
Material used by Invisalign
According to the Invisalign website, these aligners are made from SmartTrack material. They describe them as being gentle, effective and efficient.
Material used by Candid
Candid's braces are made from a BPA-free plastic material called Zendura. Zendura is said to be durable, strong and effective. Invisalign used to use Zendura before switching to SmartTrack.
The aligners offered by both of these brands are removable, which is a big selling point for both of them. Although, keep in mind that removable doesn't mean that you can simply take them out as you please.
Candid says that you must wear your aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day in order to move your teeth safely and effectively.
Invisalign says that you need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, so there is a bit more flexibility there.
That being said, both brands encourage you to only take your aligners out when you are eating and to keep them in the rest of the time.
Candid vs Invisalign: Differences
We know that these two brands have two very important similarities: Visibility (or lack thereof) and removability (although limited).
So now let's have a look at some of the most important differences that you'll find between straightening teeth with Invisalign vs Candid.
This is potentially one of the most important differences between Candid treatment and Invisalign.
Invisalign requires regular in-office visits with your dentist or orthodontist to supervise your treatment. From beginning to end, they are the ones who take molds or scans of your teeth, and you must go in for a check-up in order to receive each new set of aligners.
Candid is an at-home aligner brand, meaning that 100% of your treatment can be completed at home. That being said, they also offer the option of getting in-person help when needed at one of their Candid Studio locations.
Which is better?
Regular in-person check-ups (or lack thereof) can either be seen as an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on the individual. Some people may feel better with in-person supervision from their dentists, while others are perfectly fine with the remote, yet thorough supervision provided by Candid.
Orthodontists vs dentists
This is another of the big differences between these two brands.
That's because any dentist can offer treatment with Invisalign. Now, don't get us wrong, we love dentists, after all, they are educated in the arts of oral health. However, dentists don't have to attend extra years of training in order to learn about teeth straightening.
Orthodontists on the other hand first become dentists, and then they go on to study full-time in an accredited program specifically to learn about straightening teeth.
Candid only uses orthodontists in their treatment, meaning your treatment is supervised by someone who has exclusive knowledge about the teeth-straightening process.
Invisalign treatment time
Treatment with Invisalign Full can take from nine months to 18 months, but on average lasts over a year. Although Invisalign does offer Express options for milder cases of malocclusion that can cut treatment time considerably.
Candid treatment time
Treatment with Candid takes an average of six months, and very few cases exceed 11 months. And now, with their AI remote monitoring system, treatment time can be decreased by 20 to 30%.
Invisalign Full costs anywhere from $3,500 to $8,500, depending on the number of aligners you need and treatment time.
One of the major benefits of Candid is that it can potentially cost thousands of dollars less than Invisalign. Costs for this option are as follows:
- In-studio scans: You can get your 3D scans done in-studio by a trained representative for free!
- At-home impressions: If you don't want to go to a studio, you can purchase an impression kit online for $95, but most of the time you can find a promotion on Candid's website making the kit a lot cheaper. Also, if you take your impressions and send them in, and it turns out you aren't eligible, you get a full refund.
- Treatment: Treatment with Candid costs $2,400, but you can also opt for a payment plan of $99 per month.
- Retainer: After treatment, you'll need to purchase a set of retainers. Your retainer set costs $99, but if you take good care of them, they can last you for the rest of your life.
When you get your Candid braces in the mail, you'll also receive a free tube of their whitening foam. You simply put the foam in your aligners, and it's gentle enough to be worn overnight. It can also be used to clean your aligners up to four times a day, and it has the added benefit of freshening your breath.
If you want whiter teeth with Invisalign, you'll have to purchase a separate whitening system.
With Invisalign, your dentist or orthodontist may see it fit to add buttons or attachments to certain teeth. These will help your aligners work more efficiently, applying extra force needed for tooth rotation or movement. These attachments are one of the reasons why Invisalign can treat more severe cases of malocclusion.
With Candid, there are no attachments needed. On their website, Candid says that attachments and buttons are only for when dramatic tooth movement is needed, and require in-office treatment and supervision. If your teeth require attachments for proper treatment, then your case qualifies as more than mild to moderate malocclusion, and beyond the scope of what can be treated by Candid.
As we mentioned above, with Invisalign retainers, you may need to have your teeth filed in order to make room for your teeth to move, but with Candid there is no filing of your teeth.
Candid has a network of physical stores all around the country, where you can get in-person help if you need it. Many people find they are more comfortable beginning the process by making an appointment for a free consultation at a Candid Studio to get their 3D scans done by a trained representative. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, take the Smile Assessment now to find out if you're a candidate and then you can schedule your free appointment by clicking the button below. But if you prefer to do everything at home, or you can't get to a Studio, remember that you can order your impression kit online as well.
It's essential that a teledentistry company like Candid have customer service that goes above and beyond, and Candid's service is known for just that. One facet of their customer service includes online video chat, so you can talk to someone in real-time, face to face, about any issue that you may have. If you want to learn more about what people think about Candid's service, you can read our Candid reviews article here.
AI remote monitoring
Here's where Candid really goes above and beyond any other braces company, in-office and at-home alike.
Candid is now partners with a medical tech company called Dental Monitoring. Dental Monitoring offers an AI remote monitoring system, one of the latest technological advances in the teledentistry world, made for doctors to use with their patients to elevate patient care.
How does Candid's AI technology work?
Every seven to ten days, you have to check in with your orthodontist. To do this, you first download the Dental Monitoring app on your smartphone, and then you slide your phone into the slot at the back of your ScanBox. You then follow the instructions to take pictures of your teeth. The AI technology analyzes the scans and sends the information onto your orthodontist.
Your orthodontist will look at the scans and decide whether or not you can move onto the next aligner tray.
Why is this important?
The usual frequency for adjustments and aligner changes for all braces is around two weeks. Since with Candid, you are checking in every seven to ten days, if your orthodontist decides that at the seven-day mark you are ready for your next set of aligners, you can be onto your next trays a whole week before you would if you had to wait the traditional two weeks. Typically this reduces treatment time between 20 to 30%, but you can see how it has the potential to reduce treatment time up to 50%.
Who can have them
- Candid: Treatment with Candid is for those who have mild to moderate malocclusion.
- Invisalign: Treatment for Invisalign can be for anyone who has mild to some severe types of malocclusion.
Anything beyond that will most likely need to be handled with traditional braces and involve other forms of treatment as well.
Should I choose Candid or Invisalign
So, how do you know which option is best for you? Here's a summary of why you might want to choose one over the other. We've also thrown in Smile Direct because it's another popular at-home brand. (And if you want to know more about the differences between Smile Direct and Invisalign, read our article here.)
Choose Candid if:
- You want to straighten your teeth discreetly
- You want to do it from home
- You want to pay less than you would for Invisalign
- You want to work exclusively with an orthodontist
- Don't want to compromise on the quality of care for a lower cost
- You have mild to moderate malocclusion
Choose Invisalign if:
- You want to straighten your teeth discreetly
- You don't care if you work with an orthodontist or a dentist
- You want in-office monitoring
- You don't mind higher costs for direct care
- You have mild to severe malocclusion
Choose Smile Direct Club if:
- You want to straighten your teeth discreetly
- You want to do it from home
- You want the cheapest price
- You don't care if you work with an orthodontist or dentist
- You have mild to moderate malocclusion
If you're still not sure which is best for you, have a look at the following table which sums up the comparison between Candid and Invisalign:
It can be difficult to choose which path to choose when it comes to straightening your teeth, but that's only because in this modern age, we are fortunate enough to have such an embarrassment of options. Both Invisalign and Candid have been shown to be effective, and a search online will yield positive and negative reviews.
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, we slightly prefer Candid over Invisalign and other options, due to the fact that they work exclusively with orthodontists, they have great customer service and they are affordable and convenient. So if you would like to find out if Candid is right for you, get started now and take their Smile Assessment, and order your impression kit online if it turns out that you are eligible. Alternatively, you can book a free appointment at a Candid Studio. Just click the button below to get started!
Is Invisalign better than Candid?
Both Invisalign and Candid have their pros and cons. We prefer Candid overall for their affordable price and convenience, making them accessible to a wider range of people. We also love the fact that they only work with orthodontists (who have special training in straightening teeth), whereas Invisalign works with dentists or orthodontists. Candid is for those with mild to moderate malocclusion, so if you have severe malocclusion you may have to go with Invisalign or even traditional options.
Is Candid cheaper than Invisalign?
Candid is cheaper than Invisalign! Candid costs $2,400 and Invisalign can cost anywhere from $3,500 to $8,500.
How expensive is Candid?
The costs of Candid includes:
- 3D scans at a Candid Studio: Free, or…
- Purchasing a kit online to do your own impression at home: $95
- Treatment: $2,400
- Whitening foam: Free!
- Retainers after treatment: $99