On the surface, Candid and AlignerCo have a lot in common. Both companies offer convenient clear aligner treatment, and both are more affordable than traditional options like Invisalign and braces. But when you dig a bit deeper, there are actually some major differences between them.
We’re here to help you decipher these differences and determine the features you value most. In this comparison review, we’ll take you on an in-depth tour of Candid’s hybrid in-person/at-home care and AlignerCo’s completely remote service, providing all the information you need to choose the best clear aligner treatment for you.
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Overview and Recommendation
Two Great Companies, but Candid Gets Our Vote
AlignerCo is the most affordable option out there, but price is just one aspect of home aligner treatment. By incorporating in-person care and intensive remote oversight, Candid goes above and beyond to ensure personalized, top-quality care.
Why do we rank Candid higher than AlignerCo? Two reasons:
- Premium Treatment: Unlike AlignerCo, Candid treatment is administered by a local dentist who stays involved from start to finish. Although the process typically only requires two dental office visits, your dentist can track your progress virtually thanks to Candid’s remote monitoring system (CandidMonitoring) and request additional appointments with you if any issues arise. AlignerCo requires that you submit photos of your teeth every two weeks, but they don’t give you special equipment or involve a local dentist in the review process.
- Excellent Support: Between your local dentist and Candid’s support team (accessible seven days a week via the Candid app), Candid treatment comes with an abundance of support all along the way. By all accounts, AlignerCo’s support team is helpful and responsive, but it’s tough to deliver a truly personalized experience without ever meeting your patient. During Candid treatment, you’ll have access to a dentist who has personally examined your teeth, plus a remote team who has reviewed your regular check-ins.
All that said, there’s a lot to like about AlignerCo too, especially when it comes to cost. Their standard price of $1,145 makes them the industry’s most affordable brand.
But this decision isn’t just about money. It’s also about your safety and well-being, and in-person care makes for a more intensive, comprehensive treatment.
If you’re a good candidate for treatment, both Candid and AlignerCo are generally effective at treating mild-to-moderate cases of crowding and spacing. They both use high-quality materials and provide oversight throughout treatment. Neither one can correct severe misalignments like Invisalign and ClearCorrect can, but they’ve both taken measures to facilitate high-quality treatment.
Yet the hands-on care you’ll receive from your dentist and the potential to return for additional office visits makes Candid more effective than AlignerCo and every other at-home service available.
- Involves a local dentist in the entire treatment process, including at least one in-person appointment.
- Provides in-depth clinical oversight with their team via CandidMonitoring.
- Manufactures their aligners from Zendura FLX plastic.
- Can move all of your teeth, including the molars, rather than just the front teeth.
- Cuts their aligners straight across the top for extra power.
- Can incorporate additional office visits if any serious issues arise.
- Uses a remote team of orthodontists and dentists to create treatment plans.
- Requires you to send photos of your teeth every two weeks.
- Manufactures their aligners from Raintree Essix plastic.
- Focuses primarily on moving the front teeth and premolars.
- Trims aligners to match your gum line, potentially sacrificing effectiveness.
If you want Candid treatment, you’ll need to schedule an onboarding appointment with one of their 300+ providers, much like you would with Invisalign or other fully in-office aligners. These dentists are located across the U.S. and they stay involved for your entire treatment, collaborating with Candid to review your photo check-ins and bringing you in for additional visits if anything seems off.
By comparison, you won’t ever meet the team of dentists and orthodontists responsible for designing and overseeing your AlignerCo treatment, since their service is 100% remote. They’re all licensed dental experts and absolutely qualified to develop your aligner plan, but knowing there’s a local dentist in the mix who has evaluated your smile in person can give you additional confidence and reassurance.
Treatment Plan Comprehensiveness
Candid aligners have the power to move all of your teeth, including the molars. In doing so, your dentist can create space in your dental arches, laying the groundwork to move your front six teeth without negatively impacting your bite. It’s a more holistic approach like you’d receive from Invisalign or ClearCorrect.
AlignerCo, on the other hand, focuses primarily on the front teeth and sometimes the premolars. Their aligners will cover your molars, but they aren’t designed to move them. Not every case requires molar movement, so this isn’t always an issue.
After your initial office visit, Candid requires you to submit photos of your teeth every 14 days so they can collaborate with your dentist to keep you on track. This remote monitoring system (called CandidMonitoring) uses a ScanBox device that attaches to your phone and helps take accurate photos, which you’ll upload to the CandidApp. They’ve streamlined Invisalign’s model of office visits every 4–6 weeks by replacing it with more frequent virtual check-ins.
AlignerCo also requires photo updates every 14 days, so you’ll have consistent oversight from their experts. But unlike Candid, they don’t provide special equipment or a mobile app to make the process easier. You’ll have to take your photos in a mirror and send them via email.
The construction, design, and materials in your aligners can have a huge impact on your treatment’s effectiveness.
A high-quality aligner is the beginning of an effective treatment. Candid used to partner with ClearCorrect, Invisalign’s closest competitor and a trusted partner to thousands of dentists nationwide. They’ve since brought their production in-house, giving them full control over the manufacturing process. Their aligners are crafted from a premium tri-layer plastic called Zendura FLX and 3D printed to ensure precision and a perfect aligner fit.
AlignerCo crafts their aligners with plastic from Raintree Essix, an established, respected dental supplies producer. Even though Raintree Essix is a respectable company, according to our research, they may not offer quite the same level of quality.
The way that your aligners are cut can influence their effectiveness as well. AlignerCo trims their aligners to match your gum line, while Candid cuts theirs straight across so that they overlap the gums.
A straight cut might make your aligners slightly more visible, but it also makes them more effective. How? The gums help to anchor your aligners in place, giving them a point of leverage they can use to exert up to 4X more force to move your teeth. When AlignerCo says that their scalloped aligners are less visible, they aren’t lying, but know that it may also make them slightly less effective.
The first thing many adults check when considering clear aligner treatment is their budget. This is where AlignerCo shines, offering the lowest prices of all the companies we reviewed.
Considering the quality of their treatment and the hands-on care you’ll receive, Candid is often a great value, but AlignerCo is a consistent favorite for anyone on a tight budget. However, affordability isn’t one-dimensional. Make sure to also look beyond price tags to consider financing options and other perks.
- $3,500+ price, depending on your dentist’s location.
- Price includes office visits, plus the CandidMonitoring service and equipment.
- Aftercare retainers cost $99.
- You can typically enroll in a financing plan through your dentist’s office or third-party companies.
- $1,145 sticker price
- Initial payment includes one set of aftercare retainers.
- The sticker price also includes your impression kit.
- Multiple financing options — one requires a soft credit check, the other requires a down payment.
AlignerCo’s standard pricing beats the rest of the field by a long shot. Their listed price is $1,145 (or $1,345 for their NightOnly aligners), which is several hundred dollars cheaper than the industry average. This upfront cost includes your aligners, impression kit, and one set of aftercare retainers.
Each individual dentist can set their own rates for Candid, so there’s not an overarching sticker price. And since you’ll be paying for your dentist’s time in the office and via remote monitoring, that price is usually $3,500 or more. It can vary based on your dentist’s location, and it’s still usually cheaper than Invisalign, but it’s almost always going to be pricier than AlignerCo and every other at-home aligner service.
There’s no impression kit necessary because your dentist will take teeth scans to start your Candid treatment, but you’ll still need to pay $99 for aftercare retainers.
Initial cost isn’t everything, though. Most people don’t have $1,200–$3,500 of cash in their pocket, so financing is an important part of aligner treatment affordability. You should be able to enroll in a payment plan for either option, but they have very different procedures.
AlignerCo has two different in-house financing options. Their SmileFlex plan requires a soft credit check and if you qualify, it’s twelve monthly payments of $110. If you’re not as confident in your credit score, you can enroll in their SmileFlex Easy plan, since there’s no credit check and everyone qualifies. It includes a $275 down payment followed by six monthly payments of $175.
You won’t be paying Candid directly for your treatment — you’ll be paying your dentist. The good news is that some dental offices offer payment plans, and even if yours doesn’t, they can probably point you toward a good third-party financing company. If you’re interested in financing your Candid aligners, discuss your options with your dentist.
With either option, you can break the total cost into manageable chunks, although AlignerCo might be better if you’re not confident in your credit score. Either way, most payment plans include interest, so it’s worth it to pay upfront anyway if you can make the finances work!
When you receive your Candid aligner package, it will include free whitening foam, plus the ScanBox device and their remote monitoring service.
AlignerCo throws in a free whitening kit as well, plus they include one set of aftercare retainers in your sticker price, which normally costs $199.
Just the elimination of office visits makes AlignerCo an inherently convenient treatment. And while their convenience is just average compared to other at-home services, they’ve taken steps to help make your treatment simpler and easier. Candid is more streamlined than other treatments that incorporate in-person care, like Invisalign, but AlignerCo’s efficiency and nighttime-only plan are tough to beat.
- Has a network of 300+ dentist partners who will kick off your treatment during an office visit.
- Takes 3–4 weeks to design, produce, and ship your aligners.
- Does not offer a nighttime-only option, only the full-time, 22+ hour/day schedule.
- Allows you to use aligners and whitening products simultaneously.
- Average treatment time is 6–9 months.
- Does not offer in-person teeth scans, so customers will need to use the impression kit.
- Takes 7–8 weeks to design, produce, and ship your aligners.
- Offers a nighttime-only option that requires aligner use for only ten hours per day.
- Also allows you to use aligners and whitening at the same time.
- Average treatment time is around 4–6 months.
To get started with any clear aligner treatment, you need to submit images of your teeth. But how you get those images can vary significantly.
Choose AlignerCo and you’ll need to purchase an impression kit and use it to create molds of your teeth. You can complete this kit entirely from home, but you need to make perfect impressions to create effective aligners, and that’s not always easy. If you nail them on the first try, it’s a pretty convenient process. If you don’t, it can be a bit frustrating, and you might need to order additional kits.
The first step for Candid is scheduling an office visit with one of their network providers, who will determine if you’re a good candidate, scan your teeth, and take X-rays. While it might mean taking a couple of hours off work, this in-person appointment ensures that Candid gets accurate dental images and lets you meet face-to-face with the dentist who will be involved throughout the process.
After that, you’ll upload photos of your teeth to the CandidApp every 14 days. That gives you another task to remember, but it also allows your dentist and Candid’s team to address complications before they become serious, which could save time and money in the long run. It provides clinical oversight that’s similar to Invisalign in a more streamlined package.
The only potential issue with Candid’s model is that it’s only available to people who live near one of their 300+ dentist partners. They’re working to expand that network, but for now, if you can’t find one of their dentists nearby, you’ll need to look into other options.
You might be thinking: if I’m going to straighten my teeth, why not whiten them too? This is why most home aligner companies offer whitening products to go with their aligners.
Candid even throws free whitening foam in with your aligner package. You can straighten and whiten your teeth simultaneously — just pump the foam into your aligners, put them on, and go about your day. They can also send you a Philips Zoom whitening right after you sign on, so you can whiten your teeth before treatment while they spend a few weeks designing your aligners. However, this premium option costs an extra $299.
AlignerCo also includes a free whitening kit with your aligner purchase, and you can buy additional kits from their website for $49 each.
After submitting impressions or visiting your dentist, it’s time to play the waiting game. Creating a full treatment plan isn’t necessarily a quick process. It requires the dentist or orthodontist to examine your teeth, decide the best course of action, then craft an entire series of aligners that will achieve your desired outcome.
So, don’t expect to find aligners waiting in your mailbox two days later. On average, Candid takes 72 hours to develop a treatment plan for your dentist and 3–4 more to manufacture and ship your aligners. That’s similar to most in-office aligners and faster than many at-home ones. AlignerCo takes around double the time—three weeks to create your treatment plan, then 4–5 more to manufacture and ship your aligners, which is slower than many competitors.
A brand new smile is exciting, but it also takes time. How much time? That depends on your specific condition and the treatment you choose. Candid’s aligner plans typically last 6–9 months, although your dentist will give you a more accurate timeframe. AlignerCo says their standard treatment often takes 4–6 months, while their NightOnly plan takes 6–8 months on average. Both are significantly faster than Invisalign and other fully in-office treatments, which typically take at least one year.
Of course, either option will have certain cases that may take longer or shorter. You won’t know for sure until your Candid provider or AlignerCo’s team has a chance to analyze your smile.
Nighttime-Only Treatment Option?
Think about your life with aligners, wearing them 22+ hours per day, only removing them to eat and drink, switching to a new set every week. Sound reasonable? Great! But if you don’t think you could work this commitment into your schedule, a nighttime-only like AlignerCo’s NightOnly plan could be the right move for you.
On this plan, you’ll wear each set of aligners for ten hours per day instead of the usual 22, and switch to the next set after two weeks instead of one. Of course, this extends AlignerCo’s overall timeline from 4–6 to 6–8 months (on average) but it’s nice to have a flexible option if you don’t think an all-day schedule will work for you.
Like comprehensive in-office options, Candid doesn’t currently offer a nighttime-only plan. Your dentist will determine your wear schedule, but they’ll most likely advise you to wear your aligners for 22+ hours per day.
Glance over the websites of various clear aligner companies and you’ll find some claiming to have the “best looking” or “most invisible” aligners, and each for different reasons. This is because aligner aesthetics is a largely subjective category and every customer has their own preferences. As you examine Candid and AlignerCo aligners, consider your own preferences to help you decide which brand you’ll find better looking.
- Uses a frosted, textured plastic that matches your tooth surfaces.
- Uses straight-cut aligners that slightly overlap your gums.
- Doesn’t incorporate attachments.
- Reasonably stain-resistant.
- Uses a smooth, translucent, shiny plastic.
- Scallops their aligners to match your gum line.
- Doesn’t incorporate attachments.
- Reasonably stain-resistant.
Examine Candid and AlignerCo aligners side-by-side and the first thing you’ll notice is a difference in material. Candid aligners have a frosted, textured appearance while AlignerCo’s are smooth and translucent.
AlignerCo’s website claims that their aligners are clearer than the competition, and they’re certainly translucent. You might think that this would make them less noticeable, but we’re not so sure. Your teeth are porous, so their surfaces are naturally matte. Therefore, aligners with a matte appearance (like Candid’s) look more natural, while translucent, smooth aligners can make your teeth look artificially shiny.
That said, aesthetic preferences vary from person to person, and some customers actually prefer translucent aligners, which they say make their smile “gleam.”
We mentioned this in the “Effectiveness” section, but it’s also worth noting here. Candid’s straight-cut aligners are more effective, but they’re also slightly more visible. In close quarters, someone could potentially see where the aligner overlaps your gums. Aligners cut to match your gum line, like AlignerCo’s, are less visible, but it’s up to you whether this advantage is worth the slightly reduced effectiveness.
Both companies make aligners that are resistant to staining, but we would not recommend drinking colored beverages while wearing them.
In some cases, fully in-person treatments like Invisalign and ClearCorrect will include small attachments affixed to the surfaces of the teeth, which help their aligners exert more force. While these attachments can increase effectiveness, they also make the aligners more noticeable.
Candid and AlignerCo don’t include attachments on any of their aligners. And Candid even claims that they don’t need attachments since their aligner cut and precise 3D-printed manufacturing can replicate similar force.
Patient Experience Comparison
Effectiveness, affordability, convenience, appearance — they don’t mean much if the company or dentist behind your treatment doesn’t take care of you. And when it comes to patient experience, in-person care is king.
The combination of face-to-face and remote oversight you’ll receive with Candid puts its patient experience much closer to what you’d get from traditional orthodontic treatments than at-home services. AlignerCo’s support team appears to be responsive and friendly. Even so, it’s difficult for a remote support team to deliver the same personalization and intensive oversight.
Candid Patient Experience
AlignerCo Patient Experience
- Offers numerous support platforms, including video chat and their mobile app, in addition to your dentist’s office.
- Provides check-ins every 14 days via CandidMonitoring.
- Has received excellent customer reviews.
- Your dentist can potentially provide assistance if you’re not satisfied with your results.
- Provides standard support options, including email, phone, and webchat.
- Requires you to send photos of your teeth via email every 14 days.
- Many customers praise their customer support, but they’ve received some negative feedback too.
- You can request a refinement if you’re not happy with your results, but you might need to pay extra.
Candid’s patient support is two-fold. Your dentist will provide treatment, and you’ll also have near-constant access to the Candid remote care team, who can answer your questions and bring your dentist into the loop if necessary.
CandidMonitoring gives your dentist and Candid’s team the chance to review photos of your teeth every 14 days and address any issues as they arise. If anything comes up between check-ins, the most convenient way to contact their team is via live chat on the CandidApp. However, service representatives are also available by phone, chat, and email every day (including weekends) from 9am to 7pm.
AlignerCo doesn’t have the same broad array of support channels, but their representatives are available via email, phone, and webchat from 9am to 6pm EST, seven days a week. They also require you to submit photos every 14 days, but you’ll do it via email, so there’s no opportunity to speak with their team through a designated mobile app.
Responsiveness & Helpfulness
To gain a more comprehensive view of the customer experience, we dug into online reviews for both companies, and both appear to have very satisfied customers.
Many AlignerCo reviewers have had only good things to say about their customer support team. We tested out their webchat and received a response almost immediately. Plus, they’ll respond to all email inquiries within 24 hours. However, some customers have reported frustration with having to go back and forth with their representatives to get helpful answers.
Yet even the best remote support can’t match the level of personalization and in-depth care you’ll receive from a dentist’s office. Not only does Candid include the personal touch of a dentist, but their support team also appears extremely responsive to customer requests for help or support, and we’ve encountered very few complaints in this department.
Additionally, Candid has cultivated a large amount of helpful information on their website, from an extensive FAQ section to a blog with tips and guides about home aligner treatment. So, if you have a basic question, there’s a good chance that you can find an answer online and won’t even need to contact their support team.
Let’s say you get to the end of your treatment and aren’t 100% satisfied with what you see. Then what? First, know that if you follow your wear schedule and treatment plan exactly, there’s an extremely good chance that you’ll get the results you want. But occasionally teeth simply don’t move as expected.
If you followed your treatment plan but aren’t completely satisfied, AlignerCo lets you request refinement aligners, which cost an extra $200.
If you’re deemed ineligible for Candid treatment, you might receive a refund for what you’ve paid so far, but it’s ultimately up to your dentist. If you aren’t satisfied with the way your teeth are progressing, contact your dentist. The benefit of having a local professional in the loop is that they can potentially bring you back to the office for another examination and come up with an appropriate solution.
AlignerCo provides a full refund for any expenses incurred if you’re not approved as a candidate for treatment. And if your dentist determines you’re not eligible for Candid treatment, they may give a refund as well, but it depends on the individual dentist.
Candid Company Background
AlignerCo Company Background
- Founded in 2017.
- Has grown to become one of the industry’s largest clear aligner producers.
- Made a name for themselves through high-quality products and excellent customer service.
- Founded in 2019.
- Found their niche as the most affordable home aligner option.
- Still small, but has a growing customer base.
Even though they just hit the market in 2017, Candid has experienced a rapid ascent in the home aligner industry. They’re currently one of the largest clear aligner providers and they’re still growing.
They began by developing an at-home treatment similar to AlignerCo’s current model, and they showed a dedication to top-quality products and support. Their treatment took off, transforming thousands of smiles over a few years, and they’ve kept up that quality-focused mindset with their hybrid CandidPro model. By having local dentists administer every treatment plan and implementing a robust remote monitoring system, Candid continues to innovate and deliver safe, satisfactory results.
AlignerCo entered the scene in 2019 but counters their inexperience with incredibly affordable prices — the lowest in the industry. Most impressively, they haven’t sacrificed product quality to achieve these low prices. Customers flocking to AlignerCo for their cost-effectiveness are finding highly effective treatment and excellent support as well.
Saving money is great, but we’re not convinced that AlignerCo’s lower costs surpass Candid’s dedication to quality, effectiveness, and safety. As AlignerCo continues to grow, we’ve seen them making moves to compete in these other categories, but Candid has the edge for now.
What Are Candid Patients Saying?
When we review a company like AlignerCo or Candid, we start by digging through online user reviews to understand the common issues customers face, and how the company handles them. Here’s how these two treatments stack up.
The “CandidPro” model is so new that online reviews are virtually non-existent, so it’s tough to get a fully formed view of their patient experience. That said, Candid’s fully remote option long inspired rave customer reviews, which speaks to the quality of their results and patient support.
Candid has numerous honest and straightforward online reviewers who don’t appear to be sponsored by the company. The general sentiment from these reviews is that patients feel satisfied and valued.
Most patients had very few issues with their clear aligners and expressed excitement about starting and continuing their treatment. In cases where something went wrong, Candid took care of it efficiently and inspired satisfaction in the outcome.
In addition to the unbiased Candid reviews we’ve collected from our readers, we encourage you to check out the video reviews below to get an unbiased look at what real patients have to say. (Keep in mind that these are reviews of Candid’s old fully remote service, not the new CandidPro hybrid model).
As we mentioned earlier, AlignerCo is a relatively new company. They don’t yet have a ton of customer reviews and testimonials, so it’s tough to develop a fully-formed view. But through diligent research, we were able to find a handful of reviews that feel honest and authentic, not sponsored by the company.
Based on these reviews, AlignerCo customers generally feel good about their experience. Many customers initially considered AlignerCo for the price, but ended up loving their results. Some reviewers reported delays in their treatment process and frustrating customer support experiences, but most of the company’s reviews are positive.
But again, this is based on a small sample size of reviews. As they continue to grow, they’ll accumulate more and we’ll get a more complete picture of their customer experience.
Take a look at these video reviews submitted by our readers for an unbiased look at what real customers have to say about AlignerCo.
Which Home Teeth Aligner Should You Use?
Candid and AlignerCo have a lot in common, but their differences are where you want to focus when making a final decision. If you’re still not sure which clear aligner treatment to choose, let’s look at a couple of scenarios that might help you choose the best option for your teeth.
Choose Candid if You Are:
Seeking the reassurance and effectiveness that comes from in-person care, paired with the ease of at-home treatment.
Choose AlignerCo if You Are:
Searching for the lowest prices available along with reliable products and excellent customer service, and don’t mind working with a newer company.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I choose Candid or AlignerCo?
Each one is ideal for different circumstances, but in general, we give the Candid the edge. Their hybrid treatment gives you the hands-on touch of a local dentist and comprehensive remote oversight.
How do I get started with Candid or AlignerCo?
To begin your AlignerCo treatment, you need to first submit molds of your teeth using an impression kit. Their dental team will use these molds to determine your candidacy and design your aligners. Every Candid patient begins their treatment by visiting one of their 300+ network dentists, who will provide an initial consultation and teeth scans. This dentist remains involved throughout the entire process.
What are patients saying about Candid and AlignerCo?
The new CandidPro model has next to no reviews online, but Candid’s old at-home aligner treatment has a ton of online reviews from real patients, and a large majority of them are positive. Many appreciate Candid’s consistent clinical oversight and support. As a newer company, AlignerCo has a lot fewer reviews, but customers generally love their low prices and personalized customer service.
What is the most effective clear aligner option?
It’s tough to contend with Invisalign. As a comprehensive in-office treatment that can incorporate orthodontic attachments, their aligners can handle just about any condition, no matter how severe. Other in-office options — like ClearCorrect, SureSmile, and 3M Clarity Aligners — are just as effective, and Candid, a hybrid clear aligner treatment that’s administered by local dentists, is a great option too. Check out other effective treatments on our Top Five Most Effective Home Aligners guide.
What is the cheapest clear aligner option?
AlignerCo. At just $1,145, their price beats every competitor by a few hundred dollars, and sometimes they run promotions that drop it even lower. And if you can’t pay that up front, you can jump on a financing plan, regardless of your credit score. Check out our complete AlignerCo review for more info, or find other great-value options in our guide to the most affordable home aligners.
How do I know which option is right for me?
We recommend looking at five things: effectiveness, affordability, convenience, appearance, and customer friendliness. It’s all about finding the one that fits with your priorities, timeline, and budget.
Will home aligners work for me?
It depends on your condition. Since home aligners don’t require office visits and in-person oversight, they can’t treat severe conditions like most jaw misalignments. If you have a mild or moderate case of crowding or spacing, you’re probably a good fit, though.
How do Candid and AlignerCo compare to Invisalign?
Both treatments use a series of clear aligners to shift your teeth. Invisalign is capable of treating almost any misalignment over the course of 12–18 months and requires office visits every 4–6 weeks. Candid is also administered in person by a dentist, but part of your treatment will take place at home, where you’ll complete virtual check-ins.
AlignerCo is a completely at-home service, so a team of dentists and orthodontists will develop your aligner plan remotely, then ship them to you. Both Candid and AlignerCo have a smaller range of treatable cases than Invisalign. Take a look at our Candid vs. Invisalign and AlignerCo vs. Invisalign guides for a deeper analysis.
How long does clear aligner treatment take?
If you choose a fully in-office treatment like Invisalign or ClearCorrect, it typically takes 12–18 months, although that’s often because those aligners are used for more complex dental and jaw shifts. As a hybrid model that incorporates both in-office and at-home components, Candid usually takes 6–9 months, while services that don’t require any in-person care like AlignerCo and SmileDirectClub take around six months on average. Your timeline could be shorter or longer, though, depending on your condition’s severity and how consistently you wear your aligners.
What other companies should I consider?
If you want the hands-on touch of a local dentist — or you’re worried about the severity of your misalignment — go with Invisalign or ClearCorrect. For at-home options, Byte, SmileDirectClub, and NewSmile are all worth a look. Each one has its own advantages. Byte uses cutting edge technology to make their treatment highly efficient, SmileDirectClub has the most experience and brand power, and NewSmile is an up-and-coming company with affordable prices and quality aligners. Read through our guide to the top five home aligner companies for more on each option.
How much do at-home clear aligners cost?
They go for $1,200–$2,000, depending on which company you choose. AlignerCo, for example, has cut out the bells and whistles to provide effective treatment at just $1,145, while the industry average is around $1,900. Candid’s hybrid model often costs $3,500+, which is still slightly less than the average costs of Invisalign or braces.
Does insurance cover home aligners?
Sometimes, but not often. Many insurance providers don’t cover cosmetic treatments, which can include home aligners. If your plan includes orthodontic benefits, though, you might receive partial reimbursement. The only way to know for sure is to contact your provider directly.
Are home aligners safe?
Yes! While administering treatment from home might seem daunting, the process is very safe. Home aligner companies use state-licensed dentists and orthodontists to create your treatment plan and design your aligners. Even though you won’t meet with them in-person, each company offers robust customer support services if something doesn’t feel quite right.
Do clear aligners hurt?
When you switch to a new aligner set every two weeks, you might experience some discomfort for the first day or two, but after that, you’ll hardly notice them.