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Byte Aligners For Less Than Invisalign 

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). 

Byte Aligner Treatment Plan

There are three steps in the Byte aligners process:

1. Byte Impression Kit

The first step: 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.

byte impression kit

Then, send the impressions back to the orthodontist using the return shipping box provided. Shipping is completely free. 

Byte Manufacturing Process

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.

2. Aligners & Remote Monitoring

Byte uses the Smile Science system. It was created by Dr. Jon Marashi, a cosmetic dentist in Hollywood.

Smile Science incorporates aesthetic precision using five points of analysis, which helps determine the best tooth placement for your unique facial structure. 

byte aligners

After reviewing your teeth impressions, the 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.

After you approve the 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, you’ll move onto the next set. This cycle continues until your new smile is achieved. 

You’ll also have remote check-ins with your orthodontist throughout treatment to ensure your teeth are moving correctly.

3. HyperByte® Technology

As a Byte customer, you’ll also 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).

hyperbyte

When used daily, the HyperByte helps reduce discomfort, improves teeth movement accuracy, and cuts treatment time in half.

How Often Can I Use The HyperByte?

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.

4. BrightByte Whitening Treatment

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.

brightbyte whitening treatment

To use the BrightByte whitening treatment, follow these steps:

  1. Brush your teeth to make sure they are clean
  2. Apply a pump of BrightByte foam into your aligner or retainer trays
  3. Spread the foam evenly to cover the inside of the aligners
  4. Put the aligners over your teeth and go about your day

5. Retainers & Aftercare

After treatment, you will receive a custom-made retainer that ensures your teeth stay in place.

byte retainers

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.

Inivisalign braces or invisible orthodontic aligner

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How Long Do You Wear Byte?

Braces can take up to 24 months to straighten your teeth. Byte aligners can straighten your teeth in 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:

  • All-Day Aligners — these aligners are worn for 22 hours a day. The average treatment length for Byte All-Day Aligners is three months, which is about 2x faster than other clear aligners. 
  • At-Night Aligners — these aligners straighten your teeth while you sleep, and are worn for 10+ hours a day. The average treatment length for Byte’s At-Night Aligners is 5 to 6 months. At-night aligners are only approved for very mild cases of misalignment. 

How Often Do You Change Byte Aligners?

With daily HyperByte use, you'll change your Byte aligners every week (with direction from your orthodontist). Remote checkups will occur every two weeks.

Does Byte Really Work?

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:

  • Jaw issues or severely misaligned teeth
  • Gum disease, cavities, or other oral health conditions that need to be treated first
  • A permanent retainer from previous orthodontic treatment
  • Dental restorations, such as dentures, dental implants, or a dental bridge

Are Byte Aligners Safe?

Yes, Byte treatment 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. 

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. However, when monitored closely by a specialist, at-home aligner treatment is effective and safe. 

Is Byte or Smile Direct Better?

Byte “All-Day Aligners” and Smile Direct Club aligners cost the same ($1895). However, Byte aligners are more affordable than other aligner companies, such as Invisalign (which requires in-office treatment) and Candid aligners ($2400). 

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 aligners may be the better choice over Smile Direct. 

PROS OF BYTE ALIGNERS
  • No in-office visits
  • Remote treatment
  • Impression kit refunds to ineligible candidates
  • Support, seven days a week
  • Free online assessment
  • Payment plans available
  • Aligner-safe whitening gel (BrightByte) included 
  • Average treatment time is 2x faster than competitors
  • Hyperbyte technology is provided to speed up dental movement
  • Day or night aligners available
  • Free retainer included
  • Lifetime guarantee
CONS OF BYTE ALIGNERS
  • Can only treat minor cases of teeth misalignment
  • Higher risk for complications than braces
  • Less teeth contact accuracy than braces
  • Easier to misplace 
  • A lisp can develop when the aligners are in your mouth

How Much Does Byte Really Cost?

Byte All-Day Aligners cost $1895, and the At-Night Aligners cost $2245. 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: 

All-Day Aligners

Total cost: $1895

$83/mo for 29 months
$349 down payment
100% approval with no credit impact

At-Night Aligners

Total cost: $2245

$99/mo for 29 months
$415 down payment
100% approval with no credit impact

Does Insurance Cover Byte Aligners?

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.

Byte Aligners: Common Questions and Answers

Is Byte better than Invisalign?

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.

How often do you change Byte aligners?

With daily HyperByte use, you'll change your Byte aligners every week (with direction from your orthodontist). Remote checkups will occur every two weeks.

Can you use HyperByte more than once a day?

You should only use your HyperByte for 5 minutes a day or 10 minutes a day for night aligners. 

Read more about Clear Aligners 

Resources

FAQs About Invisible Aligners. (n.d.). Retrieved August 13, 2020, from https://www.byteme.com/pages/faq

Hyperbyte: The Technology Behind Faster Invisible aligner results. (n.d.). Retrieved August 13, 2020, from https://www.byteme.com/pages/hyperbyte

Insurance Coverage for Our Invisible Aligners. (n.d.). Retrieved August 13, 2020, from https://www.byteme.com/pages/insurance

Ke, Y., Zhu, Y., & Zhu, M. (2019, January 23). A comparison of treatment effectiveness between clear aligner and fixed appliance therapies. Retrieved August 13, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6343314/

Plans. (n.d.). Retrieved August 13, 2020, from https://www.byteme.com/pages/plans

The Importance of a Perfect Smile (& How to Get it). (n.d.). Retrieved August 13, 2020, from https://www.byteme.com/pages/smile-science

Weir, T. “Clear Aligners in Orthodontic Treatment.” Wiley Online Library, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 14 Mar. 2017, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/adj.12480.

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Updated on: November 16, 2020
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