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Updated on August 23, 2022

Clear Braces Costs

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What are Clear Braces (Clear Aligners)?

Clear braces — also called clear aligners, invisible aligners, or invisible braces — are a clear and removable alternative to traditional braces.

Traditional braces consist of metal brackets and archwires. On the other hand, clear aligners look similar to retainers and are made of thin, BPA-free plastic. 

Depending on your treatment plan, you will replace each set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks. You must wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day. You’ll remove them before eating and cleaning.

Invisible aligners work by moving your teeth in small increments. After 4 to 18 months, you will have straighter teeth and a more confident smile.

smiling woman holding clear aligner

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Types of Clear Braces

There are two different types of clear braces available, including in-office aligners and at-home aligners.

In-office aligners include Invisalign and ClearCorrect. These aligners can only be obtained by visiting an orthodontist. The treatment process will be monitored more closely than at-home clear aligner treatment. 

Byte, Candid (not completely remote), and ALIGNERCO are some popular examples of at-home clear aligners. Candid lets you begin treatment at a dental professional's office and then remotely monitor your progress.

At-home aligners are only recommended for minor to moderate cases of teeth misalignment (malocclusion). This could mean a few crooked teeth or small gaps between teeth.

At-home aligners won’t be recommended if you have more severe misalignment or a bite problem (malocclusion) such as an overbite or underbite.  

Pros of Clear Aligners

  • Virtually invisible, no metal brackets or wires
  • Convenient, easy to clean, and removable
  • Easier to floss your teeth than with braces
  • Completely remote orthodontic treatment
  • In-office visits are not necessary for at-home aligners
  • Impression kit refunds to ineligible candidates
  • Payment plans available 
  • No diet restrictions are necessary
  • Quicker treatment time than braces
  • Cheaper than braces

Cons of Clear Aligners

  • Easy to misplace 
  • Can only correct mild to moderate cases of teeth misalignment
  • A lisp can develop when the aligners are in your mouth

How Much Do Clear Braces Cost?

At-home clear aligners or invisible braces are less expensive than Invisalign, ceramic braces, and metal braces. Although more affordable, not everyone is a candidate for aligner treatment.

Braces are the most effective and safest option for severe cases of teeth and/or jaw misalignment. 

Byte Invisalign Braces
Cost All-Day Aligners:
$3,000 to $8,000 $3,000 to $12,000
Treatment Time 4 to 6 months 12 to 18 months 12 to 24 months
Best For Mild misalignment, some moderate may qualify (take the candidacy quiz) Mild to severe misalignment, excluding skeletal issues Mild to severe misalignment, including skeletal issues (jaw)
Monitoring/Care 100% remote monitoring via an app In-person, every 6 to 8 weeks In-person, every 4 to 8 weeks

Read below to compare the costs of five top aligner brands:

1. Invisalign

Invisalign is the most popular in-office clear aligner. Treatment is monitored in person by a licensed dentist or orthodontist.


Invisalign is often the ideal solution for patients with mild to moderate teeth misalignment. However, more severe cases of misalignment may be treatable with Invisalign.

It is essential to talk with your orthodontist to determine whether Invisalign is the best option for you. In some cases, traditional metal or ceramic braces may be more effective.  

Invisalign costs between $3,000 and $8,000. Some dental insurance plans cover up to $3,500 of the cost of treatment. Payment plans are also available. 

2. Byte®

Byte only works with licensed and experienced dentists and orthodontists, ensuring you receive high-quality remote treatment. They also provide each patient with a HyperByte device, which Byte claims can speed up the treatment for some patients.

Read our article comparing the positives and negatives of the HyperByte and similar vibration-based aligner therapies.

Byte also only accepts patients with minor cases of teeth misalignment. You also have to be a good candidate for teledentistry appointments. 

NewMouth does not recommend night aligners because there is no scientific proof that they are safe.  

byte impression kit

Byte® Aligners

Convenient treatment

The “all-day” aligners cost $1,895. You can also choose a payment plan, which costs $82/month for 32 months with a $249 deposit.

The “at-night” aligners cost $2,295. The payment plan costs $99/month for 32 months with a $299 deposit.

3. SmileDirectClub

SmileDirectClub offers traditional Clear Aligners or Nighttime Clear Aligners® for the same price: $1,950. The impression kit costs $59, or you can visit a SmileShop and get a free scan of your teeth.

Traditional clear aligner treatment takes approximately 4 to 6 months, while Nighttime Clear Aligners take about 10 months. A retainer for aftercare will cost $99.

We do not recommend night aligners because there is no scientific proof that they are safe.

smile direct kit


The biggest company

SmileDirectClub is the largest and longest-standing clear aligner manufacturer. The aligners cost $1,950.

With hundreds of physical locations, you can choose an in-person consultation or order a mail-in impression kit.

4. NewSmile

NewSmile is one of the most affordable at-home aligners, but they are also one of the newest companies. They claim to make the most discreet and comfortable at-home aligner available.

NewSmile clear aligners are available in the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong. You can order an impression kit directly from their website and should receive it within a week.  

Once you receive the kit, you will get an email to book a time with an Impression Specialist. During this video call, they will walk you through the process to ensure accuracy. You can ask the specialist any questions during this call.

newsmile impression kit


Budget option

NewSmile’s Fast Track Aligners are worn for 22+ hours a day. They cost $1,245.

The Night Aligners require less daily wear time (10+ hours a day). They cost $1,345.

NewMouth does not recommend night aligners because there is no scientific proof that they are safe.

Use code NewMouthDeal for $100 off Aligners and code NewMouthKit for $20 off impression kit.


ALIGNERCO aligners are typically a great option if you are on a budget, only have minor teeth misalignment, and do not require intensive remote monitoring. 

Keep in mind: Although the price point of ALIGNERCO is appealing, it’s not always the best idea to go with the cheapest option. For example, if you are looking for more hands-on care and remote monitoring, ALIGNERCO may not be right for you. 

aligner co kit


Another budget option

ALIGNERCO’s most popular treatment is the SmileAdvantage Clear Aligner. They cost $1,145.

ALIGNERCO also offers NightAdvantage Clear Aligners. They cost $1,345.

6. Candid

Candid only works with highly qualified orthodontists when designing and monitoring your treatment. Apart from one initial consultation with a qualified CandidPro provider and one end-of-treatment check-up, no office visits are required.

The brand protects customer safety by only accepting cases they are confident will benefit from clear aligner treatment.

Candid is a more expensive at-home aligner brand. However, they provide excellent remote monitoring and care to every patient. You can message them with any questions or concerns you may have (and they respond quickly).

Candid requires you to upload photos every two weeks during your treatment. These photos are then reviewed by the same orthodontist that designed your treatment.

candid aligner kit


Comprehensive care

Candid treatment costs $3,300 (price may change depending on various factors). 

You can begin treatment by visiting a CandidPro location:

What’s Next?

The most popular at-home clear aligner kits can be found right here:

Learn about the different brands and what they offer.

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Last updated on August 23, 2022
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