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Note: Some of the information on this page is outdated. Candid discontinued at-home impression kits in 2022. The only way to begin treatment is by visiting a qualified CandidPro provider in your area. They are licensed dental professionals. The rest of your treatment will be monitored remotely by a Candid orthodontist.
Candid is a brand of at-home clear aligners. They offer a convenient and affordable way to straighten your teeth from the comfort of home.
Candid is the only at-home aligner brand that works exclusively with orthodontists. The same orthodontist who designs your treatment plan oversees your treatment from start to finish.
I began my Candid aligner journey in June 2021. My treatment is expected to end in February 2022.
Before treatment, I had moderately crooked teeth. My lower front teeth overlapped, and I had some minor crowding in my top front teeth.
From the beginning, the process has been straightforward, and I haven’t had any issues. I ordered an at-home kit and took the photos and teeth impressions myself (Candid no longer offers at-home kits).
Candid provides you with detailed instructions for taking the impressions. I followed these precisely and mailed them back within 2 days. A Candid specialist began to review my impressions within a week to ensure I was a good candidate.
After a few days, I received an email that my treatment plan was being created. This meant I was approved for treatment. My digital treatment plan (pictured below) was ready in a week.
I approved the plan, paid for treatment, and received all of my aligners in about 2 weeks. The treatment box also came with:
The process of ordering an impression kit to receiving my aligners took about 1 month.
Set up a consultation with a qualified CandidPro provider to begin treatment.
The first few sets of aligners were the most uncomfortable. I wouldn’t say they were painful, but I did experience discomfort during the first 2 months. After this time, wearing the aligners became second nature.
Now I only experience some discomfort during the first 2 to 3 days of starting a new aligner set. The sensations are only noticeable when I take the aligners out or eat something crunchy.
Going out to eat was also annoying at first. I had to remember to bring my carrying case and toothbrush everywhere I went. Candid recommends brushing after each meal before putting your aligners back in.
Cleaning your aligners multiple times a day can also be inconvenient. You have to treat the trays like a second set of teeth. But this becomes easier over time. The good news is that your oral hygiene will be in excellent shape.
The average treatment time for Candid is 6 months but can extend up to a year. My treatment time is an estimated 8 months. I have 16 sets of aligners.
The photo above shows my teeth on the first day of treatment vs. about 5 months in. I also included screenshots of the 3D model of my teeth on step 0 vs. step 14.
One important thing to note is that my front teeth didn’t move until about 4 months into treatment. Candid aligners focus on moving your molars first to make room for the front teeth.
This straightening method is known as full arch tooth movement. It’s a safe and effective way to fix the bite as a whole.
So far, my treatment has been progressing as expected. I haven’t received any ‘no-gos’ over the last 5 months. This means the orthodontist overseeing my case has approved my scans since my first set of aligners.
Treatment has been going smoothly because I wear the aligners for 22+ hours a day. I also use the chewies provided at least twice a day for 5 minutes at a time. These chewies help set the aligners to ensure your teeth move into the correct position.
I’ll update my before and after results once I finish treatment in February 2022.
My 6 biggest takeaways from Candid aligner treatment:
Candid aligners move your molars first. Once enough space is created, the front teeth will start to move. This means you won’t see instant results. But the wait is worth it.
Full arch tooth movement is safer and more comprehensive than just moving your front 6 teeth. Only moving the front teeth can result in further bite issues and poor results.
At first, I was worried the aligners would always be uncomfortable and inconvenient. I also felt like I developed a lisp — but only I could hear the difference.
I got used to the aligners within weeks. The only discomfort I feel is during the first few days of starting a new set.
It’s essential to wear your aligners for 22+ hours a day. Also, use the chewies a few times a day (for 5 minutes) to help set your aligners.
I haven’t received any ‘no-gos’ because I follow these guidelines closely.
A gentle whitening foam is also included in every purchase. The foam disinfects the aligners, freshens your breath, and whitens your aligners and teeth. You can use it up to 6 times a day.
My teeth are noticeably whiter from using this foam. I get a ton of compliments on my smile now.
Candid has the only true telehealth system in the industry (CandidMonitoring).
You’ll use the app (4.9/5 stars in the App Store) to scan your teeth every 14 days, communicate with your orthodontist, and connect to their 7/365 virtual practice.
Since you should brush and floss your teeth after each meal, your teeth will be incredibly clean throughout treatment.
I recommend Candid if you have mild to moderate teeth misalignment. Candid can also work for some severely crooked teeth. Eligibility depends on your unique case.
Here’s 10 reasons why I recommend Candid for at-home teeth straightening:
For more information about Candid, read our full review here.