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Both are trusted at-home aligner brands that provide teeth straightening treatments for thousands less than braces and Invisalign.
Unlike braces or Invisalign, you don’t have to visit an orthodontist throughout treatment. Byte offers fully remote treatment; Candid follows a hybrid setup, where you visit a CandidPro provider for your initial consultation, followed by remote monitoring through their app.
|Candid (hybrid option)||Byte (at-home option)|
|Known For||Comprehensive Care||Convenient Treatment|
|Cost||$3,300 (on average, depends on provider)||$1,999-$2,399|
|Payment Plan||Depends on Provider||All-Day: $249 down, $74/month for 32 months At-Night: $299 down, $88/month for 32 months|
|Treatment Cases||Mild to Severe||Mild to Moderate|
|Social 6/12 or Full Arch*||Full Arch (Moves All Teeth)||Social 6/12 (Moves Front Teeth)|
|At-Home Impressions||No — In-Person Only||Yes|
|In-Person Scan Option||Yes — CandidPro Locations||No — Impressions Only|
|Mobile App Scans/Ortho-|
|Night Aligner Option||No — For Safety Reasons||Yes|
In this article, we’ll compare Byte and Candid in-depth to ensure you pick the best aligner for your needs.
Here are the main differences between Byte and Candid:
Byte treatment costs $1,999 (all-day aligners). The night aligners cost $2,399 and treatment takes longer. The impression kit is an additional $95. Byte does not have an in-person consultation option.
We recommend regular aligners over night aligners. Learn why.
Candid treatment costs $3,300 (on average, depending on the provider). The only way to begin treatment is by visiting a qualified CandidPro provider in your area. The rest of your treatment will be monitored remotely by a Candid orthodontist.
With Byte, you’ll get free replacement retainers biannually. They’ll also replace two stolen or lost retainers free of charge.
With Candid, your first set of retainers is free. They recommend replacing them every six months ($99 per set).
Byte and Candid are trusted at-home aligner brands. Both companies have good track records when it comes to quality at-home aligner treatments.
Candid, having been around since 2017, is the second-largest at-home aligner company. They offer the most hands-on remote monitoring and provide comprehensive care.
Despite being a younger company than Candid, Byte's popularity has grown. Customers praise the company for their high-quality treatment and great customer service.
Byte currently offers the best deals on refinements and has a Lifetime Guarantee. Both Byte and Candid work with licensed dentists and orthodontists to create treatment plans for their customers.
Based on our research, Candid and Byte are both safe and effective at-home aligner options.
However, Candid is better in terms of overall treatment quality because they use the ‘full arch’ straightening method. In other words, Candid aligners move all of your teeth, rather than just the front teeth.
Candid also doesn’t have a ‘night aligner’ option. There is no proof that night aligners are safe or effective.
Byte aligners only move your top six and bottom six teeth. This form of treatment is referred to as 'social 6' or 'social 12.' It consists of flaring the front teeth out without moving the molars.
Both Byte and Candid have monitoring apps that help dentists monitor people's treatment progress.
Candid treatment is monitored remotely through the CandidMonitoring™app, available on iOS and Android. It allows you to connect to your virtual orthodontist office at any time.
You’ll send in progress photos every 2 weeks using the scan box, which connects to your phone and takes detailed images of tooth movement. You can also set up push notifications to ensure you don’t miss a scan.
Byte uses the My Byte app, available on both iOS and Android. Every month, you answer a few questions regarding your treatment and send progress photos. The app also notifies you once it's time to switch out your aligners.
If you have questions about your treatment plan, the My Byte app has up-to-date information about it. You can also use it if you have any questions or concerns about your treatment.
Candid treatment takes between 4 and 12 months. Byte treatment takes between 4 and 6 months.
Moving teeth too fast can result in an improper bite, more pain, and/or root resorption. This is why we recommend Byte for minor cases of teeth misalignment. Candid is a better choice for complex cases.
Candid and Byte aligners are cut straight across the top and slightly overlap the gums to increase tooth movement effectiveness. Both aligners are stain-resistant, durable, and BPA- and phthalate-free. In addition,
Byte aligners are made of shiny, smooth, clear plastic. This can make your teeth look abnormally shiny. Despite this, many reviews say the aligners are still very natural-looking.
Candid aligners are a textured, frosted plastic that looks similar to your tooth surfaces.
Candid and Byte both have good customer service. You can expect a reply within 24 hours, although they usually respond within a few minutes.
Candid's app allows you to connect to a customer service representative very easily. Byte is available via app, phone, email, and social media channels.
If you aren’t a candidate for treatment, Byte offers refunds on impression kits. But you can't get a refund once you accept the treatment plan and pay for the aligners.
If you are unhappy with your results after treatment, Byte offers refinements (additional aligners). They also offers a 5-year Smile Protection Plan and a Lifetime Guarantee. If your smile moves out of alignment, they’ll help get it back at no additional cost.
The in-person consultations with Candid are usually free. But this depends entirely on your provider. Candid may or may not offer refinements, depending on your provider.
To begin treatment with Byte, take a candidacy quiz online before ordering an impression kit. The kits cost under $100.
With Candid, you must visit a qualified CandidPro provider to begin treatment, which can be inconvenient for some people. CandidPro providers are licensed dentists who take digital scans and impressions of your teeth.
After this consultation, the provider will send your scans to a Candid orthodontist, who designs your custom treatment plan.
Byte treatment is 100% remote, while Candid treatment starts in person and is monitored remotely. This means Byte is slightly more convenient, but not everyone is a candidate for treatment.
For example, since Byte treatment is fully remote, we only recommend them for minor alignment issues. Candid treatment is starts with an in-person consultation. For this reason, we recommend Candid for minor to moderate misalignment cases.
Byte is known for its fast treatment time (between 3 and 6 months). Every customer receives a HyperByte® with their aligners. This is a dental movement acceleration device that claims to reduce treatment time by about 50 percent.
Byte offers two treatment options:
Byte aligners can treat most minor to moderate cases of teeth misalignment. We recommend them for minor cases. More complicated cases typically require longer treatment times.
Although 'quick treatment' is convenient, NewMouth is concerned about the safety of straightening teeth too fast. We also recommend regular aligners over night aligners. Learn why.
Candid treatment outcomes are similar to Invisalign but the aligners might cost less ($3,300 on average vs. up to $8,000). They address function first and cosmetics second.
Candid treatments are designed to move all of your teeth, rather than just the front teeth. This is known as a full arch orthodontic treatment.
You’ll receive high-quality care from a dental professional with years of experience in the industry. The same orthodontist who creates your treatment plan will track your progress via the CandidApp.
Byte and Candid are both good options for at-home aligner treatment. Here are the main differences:
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