Candid sells home appliances or direct-to-consumer appliances, that straighten teeth in the comfort of your own home. The brand provides the “best of both worlds” service, providing patients with Invisalign level care (at a reasonable price) without having to go to the orthodontic dentist in person.
Candid is also the only direct-to-consumer brand that works exclusively with certified orthodontists. The orthodontist who develops your treatment plan will oversee your treatment from start to finish.
1.Candid and Invisalign: what is the difference?
Invisalign is the number one in the aligner industry. These aligners have proven to be effective and safe orthodontic equipment. For a treatment plan and scan, you need to see a licensed Invisalign doctor. You must also see an orthodontist every few weeks to track the progress of the condition, which makes treatment less convenient.
On the other hand, Candid is an effective alternative to orthodontics, providing better care and additional convenience. The frank treatment results are similar to Invisalign, but the cost of the aligner is thousands of dollars lower.
- The treatment is more affordable (the price of Philips Zoom whitening plug-in is US$2400 to US$2699)
- You can visit Candid Studio to start this process for free. In this appointment, we did not promise to continue the treatment.
- No need to go to the office every month. Instead, you can access candiapp for remote monitoring. The scan only takes a few minutes, and every two weeks (in most cases).
- Candid specializes in working with a team of orthodontists with an average of 20 years of experience.
- The average treatment time is 6 to 11 months.
- Conform to minor to severe tooth pitch problems. However, Candid cannot treat severe skeletal problems such as a misaligned jaw.
- The treatment is expensive ($3,000 to $8,000).
- The diagnosis fee is as high as US$200 (if you need an x-ray, the cost will be higher).
- Need to visit in person every six weeks.
- In some cases, Invisalign is prescribed by a general dentist rather than an orthodontic dentist.
- Treatment takes an average of 12 months.
- Invisalign can treat more complex interdental problems (so the treatment time is longer).
2.Outstanding features of Candid aligner
What makes Candid different from other aligners? Here are the outstanding features:
1) Two ways to start treatment: Candid Studio or Impression Kit
You can start Candid aligner treatment in two different ways:
- Order an impression kit online and make impressions yourself. If you choose to shoot at home, Candid will provide you with a step-by-step video to ensure that you are shooting correctly. These instructions are very in-depth and easy to follow.
- Visit Candid Studio for professional 3D scanning. If you go to the Candid studio, a professional will do a 3D impression scan for you. This feature is not provided by other leading home-aligned brands. If you have an honest studio in your area, use it to ensure you get the best care and results possible.
How candid studios work
Robust recommends going to Candid Studio for face-to-face scanning and consultation (if you have a studio by your side). Appointment is simple and 100% risk-free. First, you have to make sure that there is a restaurant in your area. If so, you can arrange a consultation on Candid’s website after answering a few questions about your oral cavity and general health.
After you complete the appointment, you will receive a confirmation SMS from Candid. They will also send you an email with additional information, including directions and agreements.
During the studio tour, Candid professionals will take eight diagnostic photos of your face, teeth and mouth. This will minimize the risk of errors and ensure you get the best possible results.
Then they will perform a 3D scan of your teeth, which is not possible with home impression tools. 3D scanning can take thousands of pictures of mouths per second. It takes no longer than 10 minutes to complete the process. The final result is a detailed digital model of the mouth, teeth and gums (example photos are below).
After the 3D model is made, the full scan and photos will be sent to the Candid orthodontist in your area. There, they will create a fully customized treatment plan and email it to you within two to three weeks.
At the end of your studio visit, you can choose to pay for the treatment and start the process. If you decide to cancel the treatment before your alignment, you will receive a full refund. If you have already started your alignment treatment, you cannot get a refund.
Candid currently has studios in the following locations:
- New Jersey
- New York
How the Family Impression Toolkit works
If you decide to order a set of home impression tools, be sure to follow the instructions very carefully. There is a higher risk of making mistakes in the use of household toolboxes. In fact, it’s not uncommon for patients to take photos and impressions repeatedly. This is why if you have a candid studio by your side, we recommend that you go to a candid studio.
However, if the impression you make at home is more convenient for you, this process will take about 30 minutes. It includes the following steps:
- Open the Candid starter toolbox and remove all items. There are three steps in total.
- Read the card labeled “1” for detailed instructions on how to access the tutorial video.
- The online portal is very comprehensive and provides step-by-step guidance. You need to submit photos to take your impression before using the smile stretcher provided.
- After the photo is taken, you will receive instructions on how to make a dental impression. The tutorial videos are detailed and short. It is important to watch these videos.
- Once the putty is formed (follow the instructions carefully), you place each tray in your mouth for 3 and a half minutes. There are a total of five impressions (three times on the top, two times on the bottom).
- After you have taken the photos and impressions, you will use the prepaid package provided by Candid to send the impressions back. You will want to complete it within three days of receiving the tool.
- If you are approved for treatment, you will receive a customized treatment plan within three weeks. You can choose to approve or reject the treatment. If you decide not to receive treatment, Candid will return your initial kit.
2) Remote monitoring (candiapp™)
100% remote monitoring through candiapp. This app is a complete “remote dental service” that allows you to connect to the Candid orthodontist at any time.
You will use the ScanBox in your Candid treatment kit to send photos in progress every two weeks. This box is connected to your mobile phone to take detailed images of tooth movement.
The application will guide you through the entire process during each scan. You can also set up notifications on your phone to ensure that you will not miss the scan date.
Once you submit the photo, you will receive a reply from your orthodontist within a few hours. They will tell you if you can enter the next group.
If your tooth trajectory is incorrect, the orthodontist will give you a screenshot of your tooth, highlighting what went wrong and how to get your treatment back on track.
**No other brand has a deep remote dental platform like Candid.
The main interface between patients and Candid is through candiapp, which is one of the highest rated remote dental applications in the App Store (4.9/5 stars). Patients use candiapp to scan their teeth, communicate with their orthodontist, and ask the 7/365 customer support team any questions they may have.
3) Patient care and satisfaction are at the forefront
Frankly will not sacrifice clinical supervision and ignore quick results. Unlike many remote aligner brands, Candid does not have a “night aligner” option. This is because there is no evidence that night owls are effective; they may actually do more harm to your teeth than good.
According to Dr. C Lynn Hurst, Chief Dental Officer of Candid, “Because night orthodontic treatment protocols generally only stipulate a wear time of 10 hours per day, I am worried that you may never feel the continuous light force necessary for effective and healthy tooth movement. ”
“If there is no longer-term, more stable wear plan, your teeth may be on the verge of inflammation. It will take longer for your teeth to recover. It’s a bit like breaking your arm and asking the doctor to reset the fracture, but only Wearing a plaster at night prevents proper healing,” Hirst said.
Due to the risks and “unknown” of night correction, Candid has only one regular correction option to ensure your teeth move safely.
Compared with brands such as byte or SmileDirectClub, being open usually takes longer. This is because moving teeth too fast increases the risk of tooth loss, future bite problems and poor results.
Rapid orthodontic treatment is not accepted by most orthodontists. Stephen Belli, an orthodontist who has treated more than 15,000 patients, said: “If you move a tooth too fast, it will actually cause damage to the bones and gums.” If you don’t put your teeth in the right place Location, you may lose your teeth, causing additional damage and wear,” (Washington Post).
4) Function first-cosmetics second (safe moving teeth)
Many patients seek orthodontic treatment to correct the front and/or lower teeth. But in order to do this effectively, all teeth must be considered.
You cannot safely correct the front teeth without first making room for the front teeth. In other words, the molars must be repositioned and the dental arches must be enlarged.
Unfortunately, some brands only move your first six and back six teeth. This form of treatment is called “social” or “social”. It involves opening the front teeth without moving the molars or expanding the dental arch.
Social 6/12 treatment only solves the patient’s appearance problems (for example, correcting incisors). It cannot repair the entire bite mark, leading to undesirable results, bites and other oral health problems. The chances of the teeth being bent again are also higher.
However, Candid provides a comprehensive treatment plan that puts function first and beauty first. The braces will move all your teeth, not just the front teeth. This treatment is called “full arch” tooth movement.
The first step is to move the molars, expand the arches, and create space for the incisors. The “social” part of the treatment (anterior tooth movement) will be mentioned later. This ensures the safe movement of the teeth and the entire bite line at the end of the treatment.
According to Dr. Lynn Hurst, Candid’s chief clinical officer, some patients may only care about the cosmetic aspect of corrective treatment. But if you don’t treat the bite as a whole, the effect will not last. When the patient chews, the teeth will not align.
“We are not just correcting society 6, we are preparing for the social 6 correction that will happen. When we expand and create space for necessary activities, we will be able to solve the patient’s complaint and all the problems of the patient’s bite . At the end of the day, there is no shortcut to do it well.”
-Dr. Lynn Hirst, candid chief clinical officer
5) High-quality regulator materials
The frank ally was made up in Silicon Valley. They are made of Zendura FLX, a three-layer material that provides a great mix of comfort and strength. This material is very similar to Invisalign’s SmartTrack in terms of comfort.
The candid camera aligner is stain resistant, long-lasting, and bisphenol a and phthalates. A mild whitening foam is also included in every purchase. Foam can disinfect teeth, freshen breath, and whiten teeth (up to six times a day).
6) Philips zoom whitening plug-in
Before you start your alignment treatment, Candid allows you to choose to activate your new smile with Philips Zoom whitening. This is the #1 professional whitening brand requested by patients.
For the first time ever, you will get 50% professional whitening at home. In dental clinics, Philips professional whitening treatment costs more than US$500.
Customized molds are specially made for your teeth, and no surface is immobile. You will see results in three days while protecting your enamel. This additional feature is priced at $299.
3.How long does it take to correct a sneak shot?
Fair treatment takes an average of 6 months. However, if you just have a small problem such as the gap between the teeth, the treatment may only take about 4 months. If you have moderate to severe crowding, treatment may take up to a year. At the end of the process, improvement is also necessary.
The secret shot will send all your allies at the same time. You must wear the aligner for 18 to 22 hours a day. With each new pair of braces, your teeth will slowly move to the correct position. Multiple aligners are used because a single aligner can only move your teeth about 1 mm at a time.
After the treatment is completed, your last set of aligners will serve as your retainers. The last set can be worn continuously for four weeks (instead of two weeks). This way you only need to wear them at night to keep your new, straight smile.
It is important to wear a retainer every night to prevent the teeth from returning to their original positions. You should also replace it every six months to a year. They cost 99 dollars.
4.Who are the candidates for the Justice League?
Frankly can treat most of the teeth misalignment from mild to severe, including
- Gap between teeth
- crooked/crowded teeth
- such as bite and overbite
- Not everyone is eligible for candid targeting treatment. There are four main reasons for not being eligible:
- Jaw misalignment and bone problems. If your condition is not a mild to severe malocclusion, you need to explore other orthodontic options, such as invisible correction or braces.
- Untreated dental conditions. If you have untreated dental problems (such as tooth decay or gum disease), or are about to start dental work, resolve these problems before starting orthodontic treatment.
- Existing dental restorations. Certain dental restorations (such as dental implants) cannot be treated with Candid alignment.
- You had a permanent retainer in the previous corrective treatment.
5.Is it honest and reliable? Is the home aligner safe?
If you follow the instructions strictly throughout the treatment process, it is generally considered safe to perform alignment treatment at home. According to a study, 87.5% of respondents were satisfied with their home correction treatment, while 6.6% had to go to the dentist after treatment to eliminate adverse reactions
Philips Zoom Whitening Treatment-Before you start treatment, Candid allows you to choose to activate your new smile with Philips Zoom Whitening. This brand is the #1 professional whitening brand requested by patients. The cost of treatment is $299
Unlike other direct-to-consumer orthodontics companies, Candid only works with high-quality orthodontists, not ordinary dentists. Ordinary dentists can also provide orthodontic treatment, but orthodontists are orthodontists. Specially cooperate with orthodontists to provide patients with higher quality care.
Candid is a more expensive home aligner brand. However, they provide excellent remote monitoring and care for every patient. You can send them a message and tell them any questions or concerns you have (they will respond quickly).
“Candid shooting” requires you to upload photos on your personal website before taking photos. Before treatment begins, these photos must be approved by a licensed orthodontist. To make the process easier, tutorial videos and step-by-step instructions are provided.
Candid also provides detailed remote monitoring via candiapp (available on iOS and Android).
|Best Remote Monitoring||Quickest Treatment||Best Budget Aligner||First-Ever Remote Aligner|
|Cost||$2,400||$1,895 to $2,245||$1,145||$1,950|
|Treatment Length||6 to 12 months||3 to 6 months||8 to 12 months||4 to 6 months|
|In-Office Consultation Option||✓||✕||✕||✓|
|Premium Whitening Treatment||✓||✓||✕||✓|
Honest and SmileDirectClub
SmileDirectClub is the most well-known remote aligner company. The price of this aligner is $1950 (including ordinary aligner and night aligner). The frank ally is more expensive, but the treatment is more hands-on. In addition, Smile Direct also cooperates with doctors, dentists and orthodontists. Candid can only work with licensed and experienced orthodontists (orthodontists).
Candid takes between 6 and 12 months, while Smile Direct usually takes four to six months.
Honest and ALIGNERCO
ALIGNERCO is the most affordable home calibration on the market ($1,145 vs. Candid for $2,400). Although cost-effective, ALIGNERCO treatment usually takes longer than Candid. The average treatment time is 8-12 months, while the sneak shot group is 6-12 months. ALIGNERCO and Candid do not provide night alignment options.
Candor and byte
Candid is the most expensive household cosmetics brand ($2400). However, they have a detailed onboarding process and excellent customer service. Byte also has responsive customer service, but the onboarding process for new employees is not so detailed. Frank processing takes longer than bytes, but processing is more intensive.
6.FAQs for Candid Aligners
If you have any other questions about the Candid aligner, please visit the website for more details.
Is remote treatment as effective as on-site corrective treatment?
Clear aligners have been in existence for more than 20 years. With advances in digital cameras, remote dentistry, and 3D printing, creating alignment treatment plans is more effective and safer than ever.
Can you eat with the sneak shots?
Yes, you can eat and drink with the sneak shots. However, you should not drink hot drinks with orthotics. Warm liquids are also fine. It is also important to wash your teeth after eating to prevent bacterial growth and discoloration.
Are there other ways to pay for treatment?
Candid provides a payment plan. They also accept FSA and HSA. Some insurance plans will also reimburse part of the patient’s treatment costs, but this depends on your specific policy and there is no guarantee.
Does Candid offer a money-back guarantee?
Candid does not provide a refund of treatment guarantee. If your teeth do not meet the 3D treatment plan you initially received, they may offer improvements. This means that you will receive an additional aligner at the end of the treatment.
Is it better to be honest or to smile directly?
Both Candid and Smile Direct provide clear routes directly to consumers. However, both companies also have studios, where you can get an impression for yourself.
In contrast to Smile Direct, only licensed orthodontists work with Candid. Smile Direct is not only effective for orthodontists; they also work with dentists and doctors.
Is Invisalign better than Candid?
Invisalign is the most well-known brand of transparent aligners. The treatment process is personally supervised by the dentist or orthodontist, which means it is safer than clear correction treatment at home. Candor is considered effective, but due to the distance, treatment is not closely monitored.
How much is the monthly sneak shot?
If you choose the payment plan, you will pay as low as US$399 upfront and US$99 for a period of 24 months.
Does dental insurance cover voyeurism?
Adults may receive orthodontic treatment, including Candid aligners, under some dental insurance policies. Although the coverage varies, many plans reimburse 50% of the cost of treatment, with reimbursements of up to $1,000. You can pay Candid aligners as low as $950 out of pocket if your insurance covers it.