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Does Byte Accept Insurance?

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Written by
Pierce Willans
Medically Reviewed by 
Dr. Erica Anand
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Is Byte Covered By Insurance?

Pre-insurance, Byte aligner treatment costs $1,895 (not including the impression kit). If your dental plan provides orthodontic benefits, you may be eligible to have some or all of this cost reduced. 

After submitting your insurance information, Byte’s reimbursement specialists will verify your coverage.

If your provider is partnered with Byte, you may be eligible for discounts off the price before you pay. 

Byte’s insurance partners include:

  • Aetna
  • Guardian
  • Anthem (including Blue Cross and Blue Shield)

If your insurance carrier isn’t partnered with Byte, you’ll have to get reimbursed after paying.  

Byte doesn’t work directly with insurance companies on this — you’ll have to submit the claim yourself. 

Byte will provide you with the forms you need to do this.

Byte Aligners Overview

Byte aligners take 3 to 4 months on average to straighten teeth. This is faster than any other at-home aligner brand. 

In order to achieve this rapid turnaround time, you need to use an instrument called the Hyperbyte. This is a device that vibrates at extremely high frequencies. Byte recommends using it for 5 minutes per day. It’s included with every purchase of Byte aligners.

Evidence for the safety and efficacy of the Hyperbyte is inconclusive at this time. There are some concerns regarding moving teeth quickly.

What Insurance Plans Cover Orthodontics?

Orthodontic care is usually covered for children but less commonly for adults. 

Some insurance companies that offer plans with adult orthodontic care include:

  • Delta Dental
  • Humana
  • Guardian Direct
  • Aflac
  • Cigna
  • USAA

Your reimbursement rate depends upon which health plan you choose. A provider may cover your treatment either as a percentage of the total or as a flat dollar amount. 

There are often lifetime limits on coverage as well.

Is Byte Covered Differently Than Invisalign and Braces? 

In some cases, it can be. 

Insurers are more likely to pay for adult orthodontic care when it’s for moderate-to-severe cases of malocclusion (bite issues). This is because these issues are arguably “medically necessary.”

On the other hand, byte treatment is generally best only for minor cases of teeth misalignment. This may prompt some carriers to consider it a cosmetic procedure and decline coverage.6

In addition, some insurers consider at-home brands to be “Do-It-Yourself” treatments and refuse to pay. 

DIY orthodontics involves using rubber bands and other makeshift methods to straighten teeth at home without professional involvement.

Although Byte employs a team of licensed dentists and orthodontists, some insurers may choose not to cover it because the treatment process is completely remote. 

For example, Delta Dental, the largest dental insurance company in the United States, has stated publicly that it will not pay for at-home aligner treatment.3

Can Byte Guarantee Reimbursement?  

Byte doesn't guarantee you'll get reimbursed. You’ll need to check if your insurance policy covers clear aligner treatment for adults.

How to Check Your Coverage 

There are a couple of ways to check if your insurance covers clear treatment. 

First, you can speak with Byte’s team of specialists, who can help you check your coverage.

You can also check coverage yourself. Some insurance companies let you review your policy details online.

If you're still unsure if your plan covers Byte treatment, you have the option to call. You can usually find your insurer’s phone number on the reverse side of your health insurance card.

Most states also offer consumer assistance programs (CAPs), which provide free counseling services to consumers trying to understand their health care choices.

Your state’s CAP can help determine what options your plan gives you if you're eligible.

What to Do if You’re Denied Coverage

If your claim is denied, you'll have to reach out to your insurance carrier directly for clarification. If you disagree with their reasoning, you can submit an appeal. 

There are two steps to this:

  1. First, the insurance company will review the denial internally
  2. If they come back with the same decision, you can then submit the appeal to an independent government body (this can be state or federal). This is called an external review

If this body finds the denial invalid, it can reverse the decision.

Other Ways to Pay for Byte Aligners

There are several additional options available to reduce the cost of Byte treatment:

FSA/HSA

Employer-sponsored insurance plans often include FSA/HSAs for their employees. Both of these can be used to pay for Byte treatment.

Payment Plans

If you can’t afford the initial one-time payment of $1,895, Byte does offer a payment plan. With this plan, you pay $249 down and then $82 a month for 32 months. 


However, this will make your overall cost more expensive in the long run, bringing your total to $2,869. This is because you're required to pay $649 for the protection plan, as well as up to 9.99% in annual interest.

Summary

  • Pre-insurance, Byte aligners cost $1,895
  • You're more likely to save on the cost if your insurance carrier is partnered with Byte
  • If your insurance carrier isn’t partnered with Byte, you’ll have to get reimbursed after paying
  • Reimbursement is not guaranteed
  • Byte aligners straighten teeth faster than other at-home aligner brands
  • There are questions regarding the Hyperbyte
  • Some insurers won’t pay for at-home aligners
  • Byte’s team of specialists will help you check your coverage
  • If your claim is denied, you can appeal it
  • Byte accepts both FSA and HSA
  • You can pay in installments, but you’ll pay more in the long run

Last updated on May 2, 2022
7 Sources Cited
Last updated on May 2, 2022
All NewMouth content is medically reviewed and fact-checked by a licensed dentist or orthodontist to ensure the information is factual, current, and relevant.

We have strict sourcing guidelines and only cite from current scientific research, such as scholarly articles, dentistry textbooks, government agencies, and medical journals. This also includes information provided by the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
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