At-home aligners, also called direct-to-consumer aligners, are discreet orthodontic treatment options monitored 100% remotely.
Unlike braces and Invisalign, at-home aligners do not require in-person consultations or appointments.
Candid is a popular brand of at-home clear aligners. Treatment results are comparable to Invisalign but with considerably more convenience.
No monthly office visits are required. Instead, you’ll have access to the CandidApp for remote monitoring. The scans only take a few minutes and are required every two weeks (in most cases).
Direct-to-consumer aligners like Candid are also thousands cheaper than braces and Invisalign. This is because they can only treat minor to moderate teeth spacing issues. Treatment is also not monitored as closely as braces or Invisalign.
NewMouth recommends Candid because they are the only at-home aligner company that offers the best of both worlds. The brand provides exceptional patient outcomes with industry-leading clinical oversight (CandidMonitoring) at an affordable price point.
There are two ways to begin aligner treatment with Candid. Here are the main differences:
The first option is ordering an impression kit online and taking the teeth impressions at home. If you choose this option, Candid will send you detailed, step-by-step video instructions to ensure you take them correctly.
Impression kits are convenient and affordable. However, they have a higher risk for error than in-person scans. This is because you take the impressions yourself using the putty and trays provided.
However, if at-home impressions are convenient for you, the process takes about 30 minutes. It consists of the following steps:
The second option is visiting a Candid Studio for a 3D scan and an in-depth consultation. Scheduling an appointment is 100% risk-free and only takes a couple of minutes to set up. You’ll also have to answer a few questions about your general and oral health status.
Candid currently has 30+ studio locations in 10 different U.S. states:
A Candid Care Specialist will take eight diagnostic photos of your face, teeth, and mouth during the studio visit. This minimizes the risk for error and ensures you get the best results possible.
At the end of the appointment, the Care Specialist will take you through the entire treatment process, including treatment steps and payment options. They will also answer any questions you have regarding treatment.
The main difference between a Candid Studio visit and a remote starter kit is the impression/scanning process.
With at-home kits, you’ll use trays and putty to make physical molds of your teeth. Then you’ll send them back to Candid within three days using the prepaid package.
During a studio visit, a Care Specialist will take 3D scans of your teeth, which is a feature that is not possible with at-home impression kits. Detailed x-rays are also taken to evaluate your mouth structure and check for any dental issues. They are completed within a few minutes.
The scanner takes thousands of photos of your mouth per second. The process takes less than 10 minutes and the end result is a detailed digital model of your mouth, teeth, and gums.
These scans allow Candid to take robust diagnostic records for patients. All of the studios also have panoramic x-ray machines, which give a detailed look into each patient’s mouths.
The orthodontist creating the treatment plan is able to see what’s going on above and below the gumline, providing more precise tooth movement and results.
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