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Byte and Invisalign are both well-known aligner brands, but there are important differences between them.
Byte costs much less and is known for its fast treatment times (but not always better results). The aligners work best for mild cases of teeth misalignment. Moderate to severe cases require more intensive treatment with Invisalign or a similar brand.
Invisalign is a well-known aligner brand that monitors all treatments in-person. And, it can treat a variety of conditions.
|Treatment Time||All-Day: 3 to 4 monthsAt-Night: 5 to 6 months||12 to 18 months|
|Cost||All-Day: $1,895At-Night: $2,295||$3,000-$8,000|
|Finance Options||All-Day: $349 down, $83/month for 29 monthsAt-Night: $449 down, $99/month for 29 months||Varies depending on the provider|
|Ways to begin treatment||Impression kit||Digital scan at in-person studio (some providers still use impressions)|
|Night aligners (unsafe option)||Yes||No|
Byte is an at-home aligner company known for its affordable cost ($1,895 for the All-Day Aligners) and fast treatment times. At 3 to 4 months on average, Byte’s treatment time is among the quickest of any aligner brand.
Key to this fast turnaround is the HyperByte, a device that uses high-frequency vibrations. Byte claims that using this device for 5 minutes per day helps move your teeth faster. The HyperByte is included in all Byte treatment plans.
It’s important to note that there is currently no scientific backing the safety and efficacy of moving teeth too quickly. Teeth realignment requires precise and accurate movement.
Besides fast treatment and affordable cost, Byte is known for its strong customer service. Customers have access to Byte’s customer service team seven days a week to ask questions.
Of the over 1,300 Byte reviews on ConsumerAffairs.com, the overwhelming majority are positive. Reviews praise Byte’s customer service, affordability, and convenient treatment.
Here’s how to get started with Byte aligner treatment:
Invisalign is a favorite of dental professionals and customers alike. It’s treated nearly 11 million people since its introduction by Align Technology in 1998. Invisalign currently leads the clear aligner market.
Invisalign clear aligners are made from special, medical-grade plastic. This plastic, known as SmartTrack, is a polyurethane resin. It’s FDA-approved for medical devices and free of toxins like BPA and BPS.
In addition to being medically safe, they’re also comfortable. Invisalign clear aligners are trimmed to contour snugly along your gum line, which makes them less irritating than other aligners.
Average treatment time with Invisalign is between 12 to 18 months. However, it can be as short as 6 months or as long as 24 months, depending on the severity of the teeth alignment issues.
The price also varies, ranging anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000. It will depend on the provider’s location, your treatment length, and other factors.
Invisalign treatment works a little bit differently than Byte.
This is the treatment process:
Part of the reason for this is that Byte treats less severe or less complicated teeth alignment issues than Invisalign.
Because it’s an in-office aligner, your dentist or orthodontist will monitor Invisalign treatment in person. This means more visits to the dentist or orthodontist, which may be inconvenient to some people. But regular visits also reduce the chance for errors.
With Byte, on the other hand, treatment is monitored remotely.
Note: While less predictable without regular in-person office visits, remote treatment is generally safe and effective.
Invisalign can be expensive, which is why many consumers look to alternatives such as Byte.
Byte daytime aligners cost $1,895, and there are financing options available as well. There are also payment plans available with Invisalign.
Part of the reason clear aligner treatment with Invisalign is more expensive is that it can treat more teeth alignment issues than Byte. Invisalign can fix minor-to-severe bite issues (in some cases, it’s even a better option than braces).
Byte is more limited in what it can address. This is because Byte aligners only move your top six and bottom six teeth.
These teeth are known as the “Social 6” or “Social 12” because they’re the teeth most people see.
For those who find daytime aligners inconvenient, Byte offers a nighttime aligner option. Rather than 22 hours per day with Invisalign, you wear them for 10 hours per night.
This depends on a several factors:
If you only have a minor level of malocclusion (such as crowded teeth) or have a busy schedule, Byte may be a good option for you. Byte’s relatively low cost also makes it attractive for those who don’t want to spend a lot of money on treatment.
If you have more severe issues (such as a crossbite) or simply want more personalized and precise care, Invisalign could be a better choice.
You should speak to a dental professional about which treatment option is right for you.