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Here are the main differences between Candid and Invisalign:
Candid uses a hybrid treatment model. You have to visit a qualified CandidPro provider to begin your treatment. These licensed dentists will take digital scans and impressions of your teeth.
Once you and your dentist approve your custom treatment plan, you will receive your aligners. Your dentist will track your progress through the CandidMonitoring app to ensure your teeth are moving correctly and safely.
Invisalign uses a 100% in-office treatment model. You have to visit a certified Invisalign doctor to begin treatment and also see them for routine checkups every 6 to 8 weeks. Like Candid, you can't order an impression kit online.
Candid treatment is monitored remotely through the CandidApp. As mentioned above, the same orthodontist who makes your treatment plan will track your progress in this app.
You’ll send in detailed progress photos every two weeks using the CandidScan included in your treatment package. The box connects to your smartphone and is used to take images of tooth movement.
With Invisalign, you’ll set up office visits with an Invisalign doctor every few weeks so they can track your progress. Invisalign treatment is monitored more closely than Candid aligner treatment.
"Patients following at-home aligner treatment need to be proactive about wearing their aligners for the recommended 20-22 hours per day. For patients who may not be as disciplined with their aligner wear, having the accountability of in-office visits may be needed."Dr. Elvi Barcoma, Smile Doctors Orthodontist
Keep in mind that orthodontic treatment is less predictable without regular, in-person office visits. However, when monitored closely by an experienced orthodontist, remote invisible aligner treatment is generally safe and effective.
Candid aligners cost $3,300 (on average, depending on the provider). Some providers may offer a payment plan. You can also use an HSA or FSA to pay for Candid treatment.
Invisalign aligners cost anywhere between $3,000 and $8,000. The higher cost is attributed to a longer treatment time, especially for complicated cases of teeth misalignment.
Talk with your dentist about a monthly payment plan. You can also use an HSA or FSA to pay for Invisalign treatment.
The average treatment time for Candid is 4 to 12 months. Candid can treat most minor to severe cases of teeth misalignment.
Attachments allow for more precise teeth/jaw alignment. Candid aligners don't come with attachments.
Candid aligners can treat most minor to severe teeth alignment issues. This includes:
Invisalign can treat complex misalignment cases, including:
Invisalign uses special attachments (buttons) or elastics to help shift the jaw and teeth into the correct position.
Candid provides a free whitening foam with every purchase. This premium whitening foam is safe to use in your aligners up to six times a day. It also disinfects the aligners and freshens your breath.
Invisalign does not include teeth whitening in its treatment plan.
Candid aligners are a transparent and removable alternative to traditional braces. The aligners are:
Candid shifted its business focus, no longer offering at-home impression kits. It’s now a hybrid option for those who want some of the convenience of at-home teeth straightening without sacrificing the quality of care.
Candid works with licensed orthodontists who have at least 20 years of experience in the teeth straightening industry. These experts design the treatment plans.
Candid aligners can treat most cases of minor to severe cases of teeth misalignment, including:
There are a few reasons why you wouldn’t be a candidate for Candid aligners, including:
"Patients with mild cases make excellent candidates for at-home aligner treatment. Patients who have demanding work schedules, or are worried about making the time for office visits, appreciate the independence that comes with this option. Additionally, patients who are very committed to their treatment timeline, and will be able to keep themselves on track, see the most success with these treatment plans."Dr. Elvi Barcoma, Smile Doctors Orthodontist
Candid treatment takes between 4 and 12 months. The specific duration of your treatment depends on your level of teeth misalignment and other factors.
Invisalign is the most well-known and established clear aligner brand. Invisalign clear aligners are:
Invisalign aligners are made of a patented thermoplastic material, called SmartTrack®. They claim to be more comfortable and are easier to put on and remove.
Treatment includes wearing a series of removable, invisible aligners that straighten your teeth over time. Invisalign treatment is monitored in person by a general dentist or orthodontist.
Invisalign can treat more malocclusion types and bite issues than Candid. These include:
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for Invisalign treatment. You may require alternative treatment if you have:
With Invisalign, you’ll probably start seeing results in a few weeks. However, the entire treatment can take anywhere between 6 and 24 months.
Treatment times depend on the severity of your condition. The average treatment time is 12 to 18 months.
If you can't or don't want to get Candid or Invisalign treatment, there are other options you can consider:
Braces are another form of treatment to fix crooked and misaligned teeth. Unlike Candid and Invisalign, they can treat a greater number of cases, including jaw misalignment.
They can cost anywhere between $1,500 and $10,000. The total cost will depend on the type of braces your get, your insurance, and other factors.
As the name suggests, at-home clear aligners allow you to begin the teeth-straightening process from the comfort of your home. They are more affordable treatment options compared to Candid and Invisalign.
At-home clear aligners can cost anywhere between $870 and $2,400. It depends on the brand you get, the kind of treatment you need, and other factors.
Some of the most popular at-home clear aligner brands include:
To determine whether Invisalign or Candid treatment is right for you, speak with your dentist or orthodontist. If you are a candidate for both Candid and Invisalign, the one you choose may depend on your lifestyle.
For example, if you want flexible treatment and remote monitoring, Candid is the ideal option. If you prefer more intensive (in-person) treatment and do not mind the cost, Invisalign is for you.
"Patients with more complex cases, untreated underlying conditions, or an active periodontal disease with lack of bone or unhealthy gum tissue should consider traditional, in-clinic treatment to ensure these conditions are monitored closely. Prior to moving teeth, an examination and radiograph are important to ensure the best treatment approach is taken to achieve a healthy and confident smile."Dr. Ryan Hurley, Smile Doctors Orthodontist
If a CandidPro provider believes you’d be better served by close monitoring with in-office orthodontic treatment (Invisalign or metal braces), they will let you know upfront. This ensures you get the best possible care for your needs.
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