I’m sharing my Candid Co Review from the first month of using clear aligners!
I just switched out my second set of clear aligners for my third set, which means I have completed my first month of Candid Co! I am officially 1/6th of the way done!
Because I scoured the internet before purchasing my clear aligners and couldn’t find many reviews of Candid Co, I wanted to share my experience for anyone who is considering getting clear aligners.
Just hearing about Candid Co? Check out my Candid Co Impression Kit Review.
Candid Co Review: 10 Takeaways from my 1st Month
Your teeth will noticeably shift within days of starting Candid Co
I have a crowding issue, but overall, I didn’t think my teeth needed to move much. But those tiny movements feel huge when it’s happening! I could also notice a big difference in how my teeth looked in the mirror.
The Candid Co expert who chatted with me when I first got my aligners said the tongue is the most curious muscle in the body, and it just feels strange to feel your teeth in different positions.
You will see noticeable changes within the first few days every time you switch out your aligners.
The First Tray is the Hardest
I’m not going to lie – the first tray suucks. My teeth hurt. My jaw hurt. And my mouth was fatigued, and it all made me grumpy for a couple of weeks. I remember wondering if I was going to be able to stick with this for 6 months.
After the first week, the pain was much less. I read that there is renewed pain each time you swap the aligners, so I was apprehensive about switching to the second set, but it was much less painful than the first one.
You Will Get Used to the Trays
I also remember thinking I would never get used to having trays in my mouth, but I was wrong again. After the second week, I was very used to the trays. They are super annoying at first, and you think about them almost constantly, but you do get used them after a couple weeks. Then it’s no big deal.
Ibuprofen and Ice Packs Help
Every time you swap out your retainers, you will feel discomfort for the first few days. Taking an oral pain medication will help.
If your jaw gets achy and tired, holding an ice pack up to your jaw will help quite a bit.
You will have Impeccable Oral Hygiene
My teeth have never been this clean. Since you have to brush and floss after every meal, before you put the retainers back in, you will have impeccable oral hygiene.
You know that super clean feeling you have after you get your teeth cleaned at the dentist? Your teeth will feel like that all the time. I’m also pretty sure I will never go back to not flossing after every meal, because my teeth just feel so much better when I do.
The Teeth Whitening is Legit
Candid Co sends a free whitening treatment with your aligners that you can use 2 – 4 times per day. And let me tell you, it rocks! My teeth were noticeably brighter after the first day. Their whitener is legit.
They also mentioned that if I run out before my 6 month treatment, just send them an email and they’ll send another bottle to me, free of charge.
Swap out your Aligners Right Before Bed
I found this tip on a lot of sites for Invisalign – when you put in your first set of retainers, and every time you swap them out, do it right before bed.
The biggest adjustments to your teeth will happen during those first several hours, so you may as well sleep during the pain!
You can Drink Coffee with Aligners in!
When I was on my initial call with the Candid Co expert, to my delight, she said I could drink coffee with my aligners in. Hallelujah! And I can say, I have had 1 – 2 cups of coffee every day with my aligners in, and they haven’t stained the aligners.
My expert also said I could eat with the aligners in, but I haven’t wanted to. Since you get 2 hours a day without the aligners, I pop them out to eat.
She also said I can drink almost anything with the aligners in, but red wine is a no go — it will stain the aligners. So, if you want a glass of red, I recommend drinking it with dinner while your aligners are out. Or, you can switch to white wine, if you’re into that sort of thing.
The Chewies Help!
You get two chewies with your aligners and they help set your aligners in place, and ease discomfort. The Candid Co expert recommended using them 2 – 3 times every day to help with the whole process.
The Customer Service is Awesome
I have mentioned a few times that at the start of your treatment, a representative from Candid Co will call you. They’ll give you the 411 on all the important details. And you have the opportunity to talk to a real person about any questions or concerns that you may have.
I found the representative was very knowledgeable. She gave me a lot of great tips (hello, coffee), and she was really nice. They also are responsive to emails every day of the week.
Before Candid Co & One Month After
One of the things I had a hard time finding on the internet, outside of Candid Co’s website, was before and after pictures. So, I am sharing photos through the whole process so you can see for yourself how it works.
Here is a photo of my teeth the first day of Candid Co, and another picture, one month into treatment, before I switched to my third aligner.
The pictures were taken with my cell phone and are not edited in any way.
I had a lot of questions before I decided to buy my impression kit. I also had a hard time finding many answers! If you have any questions about the clear aligners, drop me a comment below. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to answer them!
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