Byte® is a brand of “at-home” clear aligners, also called invisible braces, which are a removable and transparent alternative to traditional braces. At-home clear aligners are monitored remotely by qualified orthodontists.
Patients do not have to visit their orthodontist in person for check-ups and progress scans throughout the treatment process. Instead, they connect with an orthodontist via teledentistry services (online).
Clear aligners can also be removed at any time, making it easier to brush and floss between your teeth. Unlike metal braces with wires, the aligners are barely visible when they are in your mouth.
Byte aligners can treat minor overbites, underbites, crowded teeth, and gapped teeth. Severely misaligned teeth will require braces, headgear (children only), or surgery (for jaw issues).
There are three steps in the Byte aligner process:
The first step is to order an impression kit on the Byte website.
After receiving the aligner kit in the mail, you will take your teeth impressions using the impression tray, smile stretcher, and putty.
Then, send the impressions back to the orthodontist using the return shipping box provided. Shipping is completely free.
If you are not a candidate for Byte aligners, you will get a full refund for the impression kit. If you are a candidate, there is no obligation to purchase the aligners.
After you receive your impression kit in the mail, make sure you follow the directions carefully. Byte provides you with a detailed pamphlet with step-by-step instructions.
The process is relatively simple and takes about 20 minutes. It consists of the following steps:
After you take the first impression, repeat these steps four times. There are two top and two bottom impressions total. After you're done, place all impressions back into the impression tray box. Seal the box in the pre-paid envelope and mail it back.
Side note: refrain from touching the impression putty when removing and afterward. This can alter the impressions. Also, you may experience some palate discomfort while using the impression trays.
If you don't have time to mail back your impressions, schedule an at-home USPS pick up.
After reviewing your teeth impressions, an orthodontist will create a customized treatment plan using a fully interactive 3D model and the Smile Science system. This appointment is 100% remote, which means you do not have to visit them in person.
The Smile Science system was created by Dr. Jon Marashi, a cosmetic dentist in Hollywood. It incorporates aesthetic precision using five points of analysis, which helps determine the best tooth placement for your unique facial structure.
After you approve the personalized treatment plan, Byte will deliver the aligners (with step-by-step instructions) straight to your door. The custom set of invisible aligners move your teeth safely, a little at a time. After one set of aligners is worn for a week or two, you’ll move onto the next set. This cycle continues until your new smile is achieved.
You’ll also have remote check-ins throughout treatment to ensure your teeth are moving correctly.
As a Byte customer, you’ll receive the HyperByte®, an FDA-cleared dental movement acceleration device.
This device safely straightens teeth 2x faster than other aligners with HFV (high-frequency vibration).
When used daily, the HyperByte helps reduce discomfort, improves teeth movement accuracy, and cuts treatment time in half.
You only have to wear it for 5 minutes per day (10 minutes per day for night aligners).
If your new smile moves out of alignment during treatment, Byte will help get it back for free.
If you're going to be wearing aligners for 20+ hours a day, why not whiten your teeth as well? Byte includes a BrightByte system with every treatment plan. It is a 3-in-1 foam cleanser, whitener, and breath freshener.
To use the BrightByte whitening treatment, follow these steps:
After treatment, you will receive a custom-made retainer that ensures your teeth stay in place.
Unlike many other aligner companies, Byte provides retainers at no additional cost. The retainers are made for comfortable overnight wear. They also include a teeth whitening foam (BrightByte) and carrying case.
Braces can take up to 24 months to straighten your teeth. Byte treatment typically takes 3 to 6 months with daily Hyperbyte use (a teeth movement acceleration device).
The treatment length will vary depending on the type of Byte aligner you choose:
Byte recommends that you send in photo updates at least once per month. How long you wear each set of aligners depends on your unique treatment plan.
Clear aligners have been around for more than 20 years. With advancements in 3D modeling, video conferencing technology, and digital cameras, creating an at-home clear aligner treatment plan is safer and more effective than ever.
However, it is important to remember that not everyone is eligible for clear aligners. For example, if you have:
Aligner treatment with Byte is safe and effective. They have an extensive network of board-certified doctors and orthodontists who oversee each treatment plan.
The same doctor or orthodontist who creates your aligner plan also tracks your teeth straightening progress from start to finish. This ensures you get high quality, personalized care throughout the treatment process.
While at-home aligner treatment comes with risks, current research shows that they are generally low for mild and moderate malocclusions.
More specifically, at-home aligner treatment is generally considered safe and effective if you follow instructions very carefully throughout treatment.
According to one study, 87.5% of respondents were satisfied with their at-home aligner treatment, while 6.6% had to visit their dentist after treatment due to adverse effects.8
Since at-home aligner treatment is still relatively new, more research is still being done on the risks and benefits of treatment. But most patients are satisfied with the results and prefer these aligners over traditional treatment due to cost and convenience.8
Keep in mind that direct-to-consumer clear aligners are monitored remotely. There is a slightly higher risk for complications to occur. Orthodontic treatment is less predictable without in-person office visits.
Byte aligners are more affordable than other aligner companies, such as Invisalign (which requires in-office treatment) and Candid aligners ($2,400).
Byte also provides every patient with a “Hyperbyte,” which can straighten teeth 2x faster using HFV (high-frequency vibration). If you are looking to straighten your teeth quickly, Byte is the better choice over SmileDirectClub, Candid, and ALIGNERCO.
If you're not sure which at-home aligner brand is best for you, read the comparisons below:
Byte “All-Day Aligners” and SmileDirectClub aligners cost the same ($1,950). Byte's "At-Night Aligners" cost $2,245, which is more than Smile Direct's night aligners.
The average treatment time for Smile Direct is 4 to 6 months, while Byte typically takes between 3 and 6 months.
ALIGNERCO is the most affordable at-home aligner on the market ($1,145 vs. $1,895 to $2,245 for Byte). Although cost-effective, ALIGNERCO treatment takes longer than Byte. The average treatment time is between 8 and 12 months vs. 3 to 6 months for Byte.
ALIGNERCO also provides a night aligner option.
Candid Co is the most expensive at-home aligner brand ($2,400). However, they have excellent customer service and a detailed onboarding process. Byte also has responsive customer service, but the onboarding process is not as detailed.
Candid treatment takes between 6 and 12 months, and they do not offer a night aligner option.
|Best Remote Monitoring||Quickest Treatment||Best Budget Aligner||First-Ever Remote Aligner|
|Cost||$2,400||$1,895 to $2,245||$1,145||$1,950|
|Treatment Length||6 to 12 months||3 to 6 months||8 to 12 months||4 to 6 months|
|In-Office Consultation Option||✓||✕||✕||✓|
|Premium Whitening Treatment||✓||✓||✕||✓|
Invisalign is the most established in-office aligner brand. These FDA-approved aligners stand out in the industry because they are made of a patented thermoplastic material (called SmartTrack®). Invisalign claims this material is more comfortable, accurate, and discreet.
Invisalign treatment is monitored in person. Your dental office acts as the ‘middleman,’ which means you’ll receive a higher standard of care. However, this also means the aligners will be more expensive than at-home options.
With Byte, a licensed dentist or orthodontist tracks your progress via virtual scans. These appointments are completely remote and flexible. You will never visit a specialist in person.
In-office aligners like Invisalign are recommended for patients who have complex cases of teeth misalignment. Byte is only recommended for minor to moderate cases.
Invisalign typically costs anywhere between $3,000 and $8,000. This does not include the cost of the retainers that keep your teeth straight after treatment. Byte costs significantly less (under $2,000).
Byte All-Day Aligners cost $1,895, and the At-Night Aligners cost $2,245. The impression kit costs an additional $95. This covers all of the clear aligners, retainers, remote monitoring, and the Smile Protection Program. The retainer you'll receive to keep your teeth straight after treatment is free.
There are other ways to pay for treatment with affirm or a bytepay™ monthly payment plan:
Total cost: $1,895
$83/mo for 29 months
$349 down payment
100% approval with no credit impact
Total cost: $2,245
$99/mo for 29 months
$415 down payment
100% approval with no credit impact
Byte aligners may be covered by insurance if your plan provides orthodontic benefits. You will be reimbursed directly from your insurance company.
Byte can provide you with the forms you need to file the claim with your insurance company. However, they will not accept direct payments from your provider. Visit byteme.com to see if you qualify.
You can also use your HSA or FSA to pay for the impression kit, aligner system, HyperByte, and retainers.
One of our writers at NewMouth ordered byte's teeth impression kit online. The process for receiving the kit was quick and easy and the package arrived intact.
Everything in the impression kit box was clearly labeled and it came with step-by-step instructions. From opening the kit to taking the impressions, the process took about 20 minutes.
The NewMouth team compiled reviews about byte from three websites. We found over 6,000 customer reviews in total. Most of the reviews are positive, while a small percentage of them are negative or somewhere in the middle.
Most of the positive reviews about byte revolve around ease of use, quick treatment time, and overall value for the money.
I love Byte! Any questions I have are a quick text or email away. I don’t have to check in with a doctor every week, just online or in a message. There’s an assistant if you need it anytime. Retainers are really easy to switch out as long as you are wearing them 24/7.
- ConsumerAffairs reviewer
It works. 11 weeks in and exceeding my expectations. I would recommend to anyone wanting to address teeth and smile without the inconvenience of braces.
- byte reviewer
Most of the negative reviews about byte pertain to the refund policy, insurance coverage, and problems with shipping.
Order not shipped by the promised date. No updates on processing.
- BBB complaint
Byte guarantee not being honored because my box was missing some informational paperwork that said to save my aligners.
- BBB complaint
Invisalign is the most well-known clear aligner brand. Treatment is monitored in-person by a dentist or orthodontist, which means it is safer than at-home clear aligner treatment. Byte aligners are safe and effective but treatment is monitored remotely.
With daily HyperByte use, you'll change your Byte aligners every week (with direction from your orthodontist). Remote checkups will occur every two weeks.
You should only use your HyperByte for 5 minutes a day or 10 minutes a day for night aligners.
Yes, Byte offers a premium aligner system that allows you to straighten your teeth while you sleep. You'll wear the aligners for a minimum of 10 hours a day (paired with 10 minutes of the HyperByte).
If you have mild to moderate teeth misalignment (like crowding, spacing, or tooth rotation), Byte may be an excellent option for you.
Byte treatment is quicker than most competitors. With daily HyperByte use, the average treatment time is between two and four months.
Byte's aligners treat patients who are 12 and older. If you are under 18, you'll need your parent's consent.
It’s possible. A licensed dentist at Byte will take a look at your impressions to know for sure. If you’re not a candidate, you'll get a refund for the impression kit.
Byte recommends waiting until you're not pregnant to begin treatment. Aligner treatment can be uncomfortable.
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(5) Plans, byte.
(7) Weir, T. “Clear Aligners in Orthodontic Treatment.” Wiley Online Library, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 14 Mar. 2017
(8) Wexler, Anna, et al. “Direct-to-Consumer Orthodontics: Surveying the User Experience.” The Journal of the American Dental Association