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Candid aligners are a transparent and removable alternative to traditional braces. The aligners are:
Candid no longer offers 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.
Here is an overview of the treatment process:
Invisalign is #1 in the aligner brand industry. These aligners are proven to be effective and safe teeth-straightening devices.
To start Invisalign treatment, you have to visit a licensed Invisalign doctor to undergo scans and have a treatment plan created. You also have to visit an orthodontist every few weeks to track progress, making treatment less convenient.
On the other hand, Candid is an effective teeth-straightening alternative offering superior care and added convenience. Candid treatment outcomes are similar to Invisalign, but the aligners typically cost less.
What makes Candid different from other aligners? Here are the standout features:
To begin treatment, you’ll visit a qualified CandidPro provider (dentist or orthodontist) for an initial consultation. Your bite is digitally scanned, and impressions are taken. You’ll also see them at the end of treatment to ensure your teeth are aligned correctly and you’re satisfied with the results.
The CandidPro provider then has a licensed orthodontist from Candid's team personally design your treatment plan. After that, your treatment progress is monitored remotely through CandidMonitoring™, the company’s telehealth platform (mobile app).
The same Candid orthodontist who creates your treatment plan will oversee your treatment from start to finish. Treatment takes between 4 and 12 months, depending on how severe your bite issues are.
* Candid discontinued at-home impression kits in 2023.
Candid treatment is monitored 100% remotely through the CandidApp (4.9/5 stars). This app is a complete teledentistry service platform, providing various services to Candid customers, including:
Remote monitoring involves using the CandidScan, which is included in your treatment package. It holds your phone to help you take detailed images of tooth movement.
The CandidApp will walk you through the entire process during each scan. You can also set up notifications on your phone to ensure you don’t miss a scan date.
This is the process of Candid's remote monitoring:
If your teeth aren’t tracking correctly, the orthodontist will provide you with screenshots of your teeth highlighting what went wrong and how to get your treatment back on track.
Candid doesn’t sacrifice clinical oversight for quick results. Unlike many remote aligner brands, Candid doesn’t have a ‘night aligner’ option due to its risks and 'unknowns.'
There is no proof that night aligners are effective. They may actually do more harm to your teeth than good.
According to Dr. C Lynn Hurst, Chief Dental Officer at Candid, “because the protocols around nighttime aligner therapy generally specify only 10 hours of wear time per day, I am concerned that you may never experience the light continuous force necessary for effective healthy tooth movement.”
“Without a longer and more consistent wear schedule, your teeth can be left in a limbo state of inflammation. And it would take your teeth much longer to reach the healing phase, if at all. It’s kind of like breaking your arm and having the physician reset the fracture, but only wearing the cast at night, preventing proper healing,” says Hurst.
Many patients seek aligner treatment with the desire to straighten their front and/or bottom teeth. But to effectively do this, you have to make room for them. In other words, the molars and dental arch must be adjusted too.
Unfortunately, some aligner brands only move your top six and bottom six teeth. This form of treatment is referred to as 'social 6' or 'social 12.' It consists of flaring the front teeth out without moving the molars or expanding the dental arch.
Social 6/12 treatment only addresses a patient's cosmetic concerns (i.e., straightening the front teeth). It does not fix their entire bite, resulting in poor results, including:
Candid provides a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses function first and cosmetics second. The aligners move all of your teeth, rather than just the front teeth. This form of treatment is called 'full arch' tooth movement.
The first step is to move the molars and expand the dental arch, creating room for the front teeth. The 'social 12' part of treatment (front tooth movement) is not addressed until later. This ensures the teeth move safely and the entire bite lines up by the end of treatment.
According to Dr. Lynn Hurst, Chief Clinical Officer at Candid, some patients may only care about the cosmetic side of aligner treatment. But if you don’t treat the bite as a whole, the results won’t last. The teeth will also not align properly when the patient bites down.
"We're not just correcting the social six, we're preparing both arches for what's going to be the social six correction. As we expand and create space for the necessary movements, we’re able to then address all the issues a patient has with their bite as we tackle their chief complaint. At the end of the day, there’s no shortcut to doing it right."- Dr. Lynn Hurst, Chief Clinical Officer at Candid
Candid aligners are fabricated in Silicon Valley. They are made of Zendura FLX, a tri-layer material that provides a great mixture of comfort and force. This material is very similar to Invisalign’s SmartTrack in terms of comfortability.
Candid aligners are stain-resistant, durable, and BPA- and phthalate-free. A gentle whitening foam is also included in every purchase. The foam disinfects the aligners, freshens your breath, and whitens your aligners and teeth (use up to six times a day).
Candid treatment time depends on your level of malocclusion or teeth misalignment. Minor issues may take 6 months (or less), while severe cases will take longer.
In general, Candid's treatment timeline consists of the following:
To begin treatment, you’ll visit a qualified CandidPro provider (dentist or orthodontist) for an initial consultation. You’ll also see them at the end of treatment to ensure your teeth are properly aligned.
The CandidPro provider then has a licensed orthodontist from Candid's team personally design your treatment plan. This can take up to 3 weeks.
If you’re approved as a candidate, a treatment plan will be created for you. You’ll receive all of the aligners within a few weeks of approval.
The aligners should be worn for 22 to 24 hours daily, and only removed for eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. Anything less will jeopardize treatment effectiveness. The average treatment time is 4 to 12 months.
After complete treatment, your final set of aligners will double as retainers. They’ll be worn for 4 weeks (rather than the usual 2 weeks).
After that, they’ll be worn nightly to keep your teeth from reverting to their original state. We recommend replacing them every 6 to 9 months (for $99).
Your CandidPro provider might offer refinements if your smile doesn't match the projected results. These are additional aligners added on at the end of treatment.
Candid can treat most minor-to-severe teeth alignment issues, including:
Not everyone is eligible for Candid aligner treatment. There are four main reasons for ineligibility, including:
Candid aligners cost $3,300 (on average, depending on the provider). This covers your entire set of clear aligners and remote monitoring.
If you can’t afford to pay for treatment right away, your CandidPro provider might offer a payment plan.
Some dental insurance plans cover clear aligner treatment for adults. While coverage varies, it’s possible to have up to 50% of the cost covered.
Whether or not the treatment is in-network will depend on your dentist (CandidPro provider). Candid treatment falls under insurance code D8090, just like all clear aligner products.
Also, CandidPro providers typically accept HSA and FSA and may offer the ability to pay in monthly installments.
At-home aligner treatment is generally considered safe if you follow instructions carefully throughout treatment. According to one study, 87.5% of respondents were happy with their at-home aligner treatment, while 6.6% had to visit their dentist after treatment to fix adverse effects.5
Direct-to-consumer clear aligner treatment is monitored remotely, so there is always a slightly higher risk for complications. This is because orthodontic treatment is less predictable without in-person visits.
Candid only works with highly qualified orthodontists with at least 20 years of experience in the teeth straightening industry. After dental school, orthodontists must complete 2 to 3 years of tooth movement residency.
Our research shows Candid is an excellent choice for safe, effective, affordable, and expert-led at-home aligner treatment.
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To begin treatment, you’ll visit a qualified CandidPro provider (dentist or orthodontist) for an initial consultation. The provider then has a licensed orthodontist from Candid's team personally design your treatment plan.
Your treatment progress is monitored remotely through CandidMonitoring™, the company’s telehealth platform. The same Candid orthodontist who creates your treatment plan will oversee your treatment.
Clear aligners have been around for over 20 years. With advancements in digital cameras, teledentistry, and 3D printing, creating an aligner treatment plan is more effective and safe than ever.
Yes, you can eat and drink with Candid aligners. However, you should not drink hot liquids with the aligners in your mouth. Warm liquids are okay. It is also crucial to rinse the aligners off after eating to prevent bacteria buildup and discoloration.
Most CandidPro providers have payment plans and accept FSA/HSA. Some insurance plans also reimburse patients for part of treatment, but this depends on your specific policy, and there are no guarantees.
Candid aligners are more expensive than SmileDirect and offer better overall care/remote monitoring.
Invisalign is the most well-known clear aligner brand. Treatment is monitored in person by a dentist or orthodontist, which means it may be safer than at-home aligner treatment.
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