How Much Do Candid Teeth Aligners Really Cost?

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How Candid Works & Acceptable Cases

Candid Co is a brand of direct-to-consumer aligners, meaning each treatment plan is created and monitored remotely. To begin treatment, you’ll get a 3D scan at a Candid Studio near you or order an at-home starter kit online. 

After the impressions are made, your diagnostic records are submitted to a state-licensed orthodontist in your network. These teeth straightening experts review your records and decide whether you are a good candidate or not. Candid only accepts minor teeth alignment issues, such as gapped or crooked teeth. More severe cases of misalignment will be denied treatment and you will require traditional orthodontics in a dental office. 

candid starter kit and impressions

If approved, the orthodontist will design your interactive 3D treatment plan. This preview shows how your teeth will move into place over time. From there, you can approve the treatment plan and order the aligners. Candid also provides patients with a free premium whitening foam and a phone device you’ll need for remote check-ups throughout treatment.  

Candid aligners are designed to be worn 22 hours a day to work effectively and should be removed only for eating and brushing. It is recommended to rotate your new aligners every two weeks. You should insert a new set of aligners at nighttime for less discomfort. 

Candid aligners are made of a BPA-free and phthalate-free plastic called Zendura. This material claims to offer more transparent and comfortable aligners. These aligners also have higher impact strength and keep the teeth more stable than other at-home aligners. You can have straighter teeth in as little as six months. 

How Much Do Candid Teeth Aligners Really Cost?

Candid treatment costs $2,400. This price includes all of the aligners, remote monitoring (check-ins), and the premium whitening treatment. No office visits are necessary. Candid aligners are relatively affordable, especially compared to traditional braces or Invisalign (up to $8,000).

Additional Costs for Candid Clear Aligners

Additional costs include:

  • The impression kit — a remote aligner kit, which you can order online, costs $95 with free shipping. Sometimes they offer discounts on these kits (up to 50% off). 
  • A set of retainers — after treatment, you will order a retainer that keeps your teeth straight. These retainers will need to be replaced every six months to a year. They cost $99. 

With the starter kit and retainers included, the actual cost of Candid aligner treatment is about $2,600. However, Candid often has promotional sales going on, where you can save a couple of hundred dollars on treatment. The starter kit may also be included in the treatment cost, depending on the sale. 

Candid Payment Plan Details

Candid offers a monthly payment plan. You will pay a $399 down payment and as low as $99/month for 24 months.

Can I Get a Refund on Treatment?

When you order the starter kit, you’ll also sign a consent form. Once you sign that form, your purchase is non-refundable unless the orthodontist determines that you are not a good candidate. If this is the case, you qualify for a full refund on the starter kit. 

If you approve the treatment plan, you cannot get a refund on the aligners for any reason. There is also no money-back guarantee. However, if your results do not match the 3D treatment plan, you may qualify for refinements. Refinements are additional aligners added at the end of treatment.

Is Candid Treatment Covered By Insurance? 

Maybe. Whether Candid treatment is covered by insurance or not depends on your specific plan. Some insurance companies will reimburse patients up to $1,300 on the aligners. This all depends on your policy and insurer. 

Does Candid Have Any In-Network Insurance Providers? 

In-network Candid patients can save up to $1,300 upfront. This discount will get taken off before you begin treatment. 

Currently, Candid is in-network with Aetna (nationwide). Other insurance groups Candid is in-network with include:

  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Empire BlueCross
  • Empire BlueCross BlueShield

How to File an Insurance Claim With Candid 

Candid will submit the insurance claim for you (with the procedure code D8090), so you don’t have to worry about this step in the process. However, you will have to follow-up with your insurance company about the claim’s status after filing it. 

You will submit the insurance information directly through the Candid portal. Insurance providers can take a few months to process claims and submit payments for the aligners. 

Can I Use an HSA or FSA to Pay for Candid Aligners?

Candid Co accepts both HSA and FSA. Your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of the aligner cost. However, they recommend checking with your insurance company about coverage eligibility before beginning treatment. 

Resources

Britt, Aaron. “Candid Is Now in-Network with Insurers.” Candid, Candid™, 27 May 2020, www.candidco.com/theimpression/article/candid-is-now-in-network-with-insurers.

Candid. “Candid Clear Aligners.” Candid, www.candidco.com/faq/q/insurance-process.

Candid. “Candid Clear Aligners.” Candid, www.candidco.com/faq/p/pricing-and-policies.

Candid. “Clear Aligners with Remote Monitoring.” Candid, www.candidco.com/products/clear-aligners.

Candid. “Clear Aligners for Thousands Less than Braces.” Candid, www.candidco.com/pricing.

Candid. “Cost of Clear Aligners: Invisible Aligners.” Candid, www.candidco.com/faq/q/how-much-does-candid-cost.

Candid. “Different Ways to Pay for Clear Aligners and Straight Teeth.” Candid, www.candidco.com/faq/q/different-ways-to-pay.

Candid. “Do You Take Insurance: Candid FAQ.” Candid, www.candidco.com/faq/q/do-you-take-insurance.

Candid. “How Does Candid Work?” Candid, www.candidco.com/how-it-works.

Candid. “Money Back Guarantee: Overview.” Candid, www.candidco.com/faq/q/money-back-guarantee.

Candid. “Remote Monitoring.” Candid, www.candidco.com/remote-monitoring.

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Updated on: November 18, 2020
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