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Clear aligners (invisible aligners) are removable, clear trays that fix misaligned or crooked teeth.
Treatment times vary depending on individual needs and the type of aligner chosen. Aligner treatment typically takes 12 months or less (6 months average).
There are two types of aligners available, including direct-to-consumer aligners and in-office aligners:
At-home aligner treatment is completed remotely. No orthodontic office visits are required for teeth scans, x-rays, and check-ups. You can also order online impression kits, and the aligners will be sent straight to your door.
You’ll then send a licensed dentist or orthodontist scans of your teeth throughout the treatment process to ensure everything is going smoothly. Popular at-home aligners include Candid (not completely remote), SmileDirectClub, and Byte.
In-office aligner treatment is completed and monitored in person. You have to visit a dentist or orthodontist to get impressions made. In-office check-ups are also required every few weeks. Popular in-office clear aligners include Invisalign and ClearCorrect.
SmileDirectClub (SDC) allows you to begin treatment in two ways: order an at-home impression kit or visit a SmileShop for a 3D scan. Unlike Candid, the in-person scans are not performed by licensed dental professionals.
With Candid, you have to visit a qualified CandidPro provider (dental professional) for a thorough scan. Then, a Candid orthodontist designs your treatment plan. Progress is monitored remotely via an app by the same orthodontist. SDC does not have this type of monitoring service.
SmileDirectClub can fix minor to moderate bite issues, while Candid can treat more severe issues, including:
Another difference between Candid and SmileDirect is that Candid only works with licensed orthodontists. SmileDirect doesn’t work exclusively with orthodontists; they also work with dentists and doctors. This may affect the quality of treatment you receive.
|Cost||$3,300 (on average)||$2,050|
|How to Start||Visit a certified CandidPro provider||Order an at-home impression kit|
|Financing Options||Depends on provider||$250 down, $89/month for 26 months|
|Treatment Time||4 to 12 months||4 to 6 months|
|Treatable Cases||Most mild to severe||Mild, some moderate|
|Progress Monitoring||Remote with a licensed orthodontist||100% remote (hands-off care)|
Five professionals founded Candid. They are partnered with a highly praised orthodontist, Dr. Lynn Hurst, who has over 30 years in practice.
Candid only works with licensed orthodontists who are experts in the teeth straightening industry. This ensures patients get the highest quality care from a professional with years of experience in orthodontics.
Also, Candid only accepts cases that they are confident will benefit from clear aligner treatment. Doing so helps protect customer safety.
If your case falls out of Candid's treatment eligibility requirements, traditional braces are the better option.
How Candid works:
SmileDirectClub is a 6-year-old company that offers at-home teeth-straightening for 60% less than braces.
The aligners are made of comfortable, smooth, BPA-free plastic. SmileDirect only works with registered doctors, dentists, and orthodontists to ensure each treatment case runs smoothly and effectively.
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Candid aligners cost $3,300 (on average, depending on your provider and location). Payment plans also depend on the provider.
SmileDirectClub aligners cost $2,050. You can also choose a payment plan.
Depending on preference, you can get a free 3D scan at a SmileShop or spend $59 on a mail-in starter kit.
Candid and SmileDirect also accept HSA and FSA. Some insurance policies will reimburse you for part of the treatment cost. Coverage depends on your current policy, and there are no guarantees.
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