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The average treatment time for Candid aligners is 6 months. In some cases, treatment can extend up to 12 months or take as little as 4 months.
Treatment with Candid is faster than Invisalign, which typically takes 12 to 18 months or longer. And braces, which take anywhere from 12 to 24 months.
Candid treatment time depends on your level of malocclusion or teeth misalignment. Minor issues may take 6 months (or less); severe cases will take longer.
Candid can treat most minor-to-severe teeth alignment issues, including:
For minor teeth gaps, treatment may take no more than 4 months. In the case of moderate-to-severe crowding, treatment may take up to a year.
A CandidPro provider will be able to tell you more during an in-person consultation.
Candid's treatment timeline is as follows:
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 make sure your teeth are aligned properly.
The CandidPro provider then has a licensed orthodontist from Candid's team personally design your treatment plan. Then your progress is monitored remotely through CandidMonitoring™, a telehealth platform (mobile app).
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 a day, only being removed for eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. Anything less will jeopardize treatment effectiveness.
Every 2 weeks, you’ll use the CandidApp to scan your teeth so they can be evaluated remotely by your assigned orthodontist. This is the same Candid orthodontist who designed your treatment plan.
Once evaluated, you will be told whether or not it’s time to switch to new aligners.
You can also use the app for CandidMonitoring to consult with your orthodontist or 24/7 customer support team on any questions you may have.
After treatment is complete, your final set of aligners will double as retainers. They’ll be worn for 4 weeks (rather than the usual 2).
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 aligners cost $3,300 (on average) pre-insurance. This is significantly less expensive than Invisalign or traditional braces, which cost up to $10,000.6, 7
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 other clear aligner products.
Also, CandidPro providers typically accept HSA and FSA and may offer the ability to pay in monthly installments.
Candid treatment is:
For more information about Candid aligners, read our full review here.