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Last Updated on February 21, 2023
Invisalign Vs. Candid
Do you have teeth that need straightening or an over-bite that stops your teeth from closing fully when eating?
Don’t be afraid to give an honest answer. In reality, most of us have a tooth or three that prevent us from smiling or laughing in the attractive way that makes us a photographer’s dream subject. Some of us even have crooked teeth that prevent us from smiling at all. And some of us, quite simply, have misaligned teeth from early childhood.
If you have any of the above, you are probably searching for the teeth aligners that will solve the problem.
But the big question when you embark on your journey to an amazing smile is which aligners to choose. The market is flooded with options, but the two that come most readily to mind are Invisalign and Candid.
In this article, we aim to make choosing one brand above the other easier for you.
Invisalign Versus Candid at a Glance
If you don’t have time to read the full article, the following points will give you an idea of the advantages and disadvantages of the products.
- They deal with more complex dental issues
- Invisalign aligners are comfortable to wear due to the SmartTrack material used
- Invisalign has more experience
- All treatment is 100% face to face
- Inconvenient due to regular visits to the doctor’s office
- Dentists, not orthodontists, are responsible for the treatment
- Can be more expensive, and a payment plan has to be arranged with your dentist
- Less expensive and an easy payment plan
- More convenient: Candid offer remote treatment to monitor your progress
- Treatment designed and monitored by an experienced orthodontist
- A whitening foam provided with aligners
- Lack of in-person monitoring during treatment
- Reliance on technology can be challenging for some patients
- Less experience in producing aligners
Winner: If you don’t have time to read the full article, the editor’s verdict is CANDID.
We take into account that having your teeth aligned is something you generally do once in a lifetime and the results obtained last for many years. Taking this into account means that the inconvenience you endure while getting treatment and the expenses you incur are essentially short-lived problems.
However, the results of the treatment you are given, will stay with you for a lifetime. It means that you need to trust your care to an expert in the area. As they ensure your treatment is given by an orthodontist, the winner is Candid.
What’s the difference between the products?
Both products have a common goal, straightening your teeth and giving you a beaming smile. However, the differences in their treatment methods, and the price you pay for your smile, are what may make you choose one above the other.
Cost of treatment
Like all medical treatments, teeth straightening can be expensive. The vast majority of us tend to opt for the treatment that best suits our financial means.
The following outline will give you an idea of how much you will have to pay for your treatment.
Candid offers “Expert care that’s affordable.” A survey of Candid users shows a price range of $3500 to $7000, with the cost depending on the extent of treatment you need and the average cost being $3500. Your health insurance will cover some of this. The balance can be paid in monthly installments ranging from $73-$222 per month over 24 months.
Invisalign state that clear aligners should cost no more than regular braces and that the cost depends on the complexity of treatment. People who have used Invisalign list costs in the range of $3000 to $8000. Consultations with your Invisalign doctor range from $100 to $200 per visit and more if you require x-rays.
However, if you need to use a payment plan, you need to discuss that with your Invisalign doctor as there is no stated payment plan. If you are a person who likes to have a clear idea of the amount of cash that has to be paid out every month and likes to know if you are getting a good deal before making a decision, Candid is the clear winner here.
On the other hand, Invisalign could leave you wondering what the final payment might amount to.
Verdict: Candid wins
Range of treatments
Candid offers treatments for mild to severe teeth alignment problems that can be rectified in a shorter length of time. However, your suitability for Candid aligners will depend on the current state of your oral health.
If you have cavities, gum issues, or have had bridge work carried out previously, you may not be able to use Candid aligners. Other factors that will make you unable to use Candid aligners include jaw misalignment and dental implants.
Invisalign, on the other hand, deal with a wider range of issues. As well as realigning your teeth, they can deal with bite issues such as overbite, underbite, and open bite. They also use a set of attachments to move the jaw and shift the teeth into the correct position.
Verdict: Invisalign is the winner if you have more complex tooth issues.
Time needed for treatment
It can be more challenging for some people to fit treatments into their schedule than for others. Both producers of clear aligners offer their own distinct treatment options.
Candid promises to provide you with a CandidPro doctor close to where you live. Following an initial visit to the doctor, an appropriate course of treatment is agreed upon. Your full set of aligners, Candid monitoring materials, and tooth whitening foam are delivered to your address.
The progress of your treatment is checked every 14 days, but you don’t have to worry about getting to the CandidPro doctor’s office. You simply send the doctor scans of your teeth every 14 days using the monitoring kit, and the doctor checks if your treatment stays on track. Candid treatment lasts between 4 to 12 months, depending on the complexity of the work.
Invisalign doctors are also available in many localities. On your first visit to your Invisalign doctor, a 3D scan is taken of your teeth, and a custom-designed treatment plan is worked out for you. On your next visit, the doctor ensures your aligners are the right fit for you and examines your smile to judge if everything is as it should be.
Following this, you have face-to-face checkups every 6-8 weeks and are fitted with a new set of aligners whenever necessary. In between face-to-face checkups, the doctor can check on your progress via the My Invisalign App. Invisalign treatment takes from 12 to 18 months. Your decision about which treatment you opt for depends largely on your availability to attend regular appointments. A busy patient may find attending surgery every six or so weeks difficult to fit into their routine.
Verdict: Life is busy and whatever can cut down on meetings and trips to a doctor’s office makes Candid the winner.
Face-to-face or remote treatment
Again you need to decide which works best for you.
– If using Candid, your checkups, even though more regular, will be remote.
– With Invisalign, checkups will be in person. The doctor can also assess your progress on an app if you have cause for concern between visits.
A person opting for remote checkups needs to exercise more discipline than the person opting for face-to-face meetings. Generally, people who have to attend in-person checkups are more likely to follow the doctor’s advice. Being comfortable with using technology is another factor to take into consideration. Some people will happily scan their teeth, and others may feel less confident doing this.
Verdict: If you are a person who prefers human interaction with a doctor and who is not confident when using technology, Invisalign is the winner here.
The experience of both providers
Both treatments are FDA-approved.
– Invisalign has over twenty years of experience developing their aligners and has treated over 12 million people.
– Candid is recommended by 4.9 clients out of 5 in past patient reviews and are recommended by dentists. Their area of specialty is telehealth, and their orthodontists have 20 years of work experience. But they are relatively new producers of dental materials.
Verdict: In terms of company experience, Invisalign is the winner.
Who will be treating you?
When looking at the merits of a treatment plan, it is also wise to look at the people who carry out the treatment.
– With Candid, you are treated by licensed dentists who are known as CandidPro providers. Your initial consultation is with a dentist who sends your details to a Candid orthodontist who has a minimum of 20 years of experience in orthodontics. The same orthodontist will design your treatment plan and aligners and monitor the progress of your treatment.
– Invisalign treatment is prescribed and overseen by a dentist rather than an orthodontist.
Verdict: Treatment of misaligned teeth is the specialty of an orthodontist who has specific training in dealing with issues with bite and the alignment of teeth. For that reason, Candid is the winner.
Time wearing your aligners
You can expect to be wearing your aligners a lot. Both companies advise wearing their aligners for at least 22 hours per day. This means you need to feel both comfortable and confident wearing them.
Invisalign uses SmartTrack, a patented thermoplastic material, in their aligners to make wearing them more comfortable. The material used allows the aligners to fit snugly in your mouth and makes removing and replacing them easier.
Aligners are trimmed to your gum line to give a natural appearance. The result you will get from using the aligners is predicted at your first consultation with the Invisalign doctor giving you an idea of the appearance you will have after treatment. When you finish using your Invisalign aligners, you buy a Vivera retainer to hold the teeth in the position they have been adjusted to.
Both Candid and Invisalign supply clear aligners. Candid, however, supplies a whitening foam that ensures the aligners remain clean and without the staining that food and drink would normally cause and ensures your breath remains fresh.
You will, of course, feel a degree of physical discomfort as all aligners work at readjusting the setting of your teeth.
Verdict: The SmartTrack material used by Invisalign makes Invisalign the winner.
Invisalign and Candid both have a lot to offer if you need to adjust your teeth and improve your smile. Each has advantages in the fields of cost, convenience, and comfort of use. Deciding on which service to use will, of course, depend on your personal preferences.
However, Candid’s use of experienced orthodontists to design your aligners and oversee your treatment makes them stand out in what is a very specialized dental field. Also, their use of a modern telehealth system in a busy world makes them a very attractive option.