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What are Nighttime Clear Aligners? 

Nighttime clear aligners, also called night aligners, are clear aligner trays that you only wear while you are asleep. These aligners are created specifically for customers who have mild teeth crowding or minor gaps between their teeth. However, night aligners move your teeth slower than regular invisible aligners. 

invisalign aligners

There are a few direct-to-consumer clear aligner brands that sell night aligners, including: 

  • byte®
  • SmileDirectClub
  • AlignerCo 

Other brands, including Invisalign, Candid Co, and ClearCorrect, only sell traditional clear aligners. These aligners are worn for most of the day and while you are sleeping.  

Clear Aligners vs. Nighttime Aligners

The main difference between traditional aligners and nighttime aligners is how long they are worn each day and the length of treatment. 

Traditional aligners are worn for 22+ hours a day and are only removed for eating and cleaning. Night aligners are worn for 10+ hours a day, and treatment is typically longer. On average, traditional aligners take between 4 and 6 months to straighten your teeth. Night aligners take 8 to 12 months. 

If you have mild to moderate spacing issues and are seeking faster treatment, traditional clear aligners are the ideal option. If you have minor spacing issues and prefer to wear the aligners while you sleep, you may be a night aligner candidate. 

Nighttime aligners are great for people looking for a super discreet way to correct some minor orthodontic issues. You are able to easily eat and drink without removing trays and there will be no day-time adjustment. You can also incorporate your nighttime aligners into your daily evening routine as opposed to worrying about wearing them all day. 

It is essential to speak with a clear aligner specialist and orthodontist to determine the best choice. 

How Do Nighttime Clear Aligners Work?

To determine candidacy for night aligners, you can take a quiz online and order an impression kit. If you are approved for treatment, you have the option to order the aligners or skip treatment altogether. You can take the quiz for free on byte.com.  

If you decide to order the aligners, you will receive them in the mail within 2 to 4 weeks (depending on the brand). Each set of aligners slowly moves your teeth. If you wear the aligners every day and for the right amount of time (10+ continuous hours), you will have a new smile in as little as four months. 

Throughout the treatment process, you’ll also set up virtual check-ups with a qualified dentist or orthodontist to ensure your teeth are moving correctly. One of these specialists oversees your treatment plan from start to finish. They will also show you virtual models of your teeth reset in small increments before moving onto the next set of aligners. 

Just like traditional teeth aligners, night aligners are made of thin, BPA-free plastic. The aligners are comfortable for nighttime wear. 

What Brands Offer Night Clear Aligners?

byte®

Byte® is a direct-to-consumer clear aligner brand, which means treatment is monitored remotely. The company works with over 200 licensed dentists, orthodontists, and doctors throughout the United States.

byte aligners

Byte is one of the few brands that offer “At-Night Aligners.” They also sell “All-Day Aligners.” The night aligners cost $2295, and the traditional aligners cost $1895. 

Byte only accepts qualified patients with minor cases of teeth misalignment. They also provide every patient with a HyperByte® device, which can accelerate dental movement up to 2x faster than competitors. Free teeth whitening gel is also included with every purchase.

NewMouth recommends byte® because they work with an extensive network of board-certified dentists and orthodontists. Read our full review of byte aligners.

SmileDirectClub

SmileDirectClub is the most well-established remote clear aligner brand. You can either get impressions made in-person or visit a SmileShop for a 3D image scan. SmileDirect offers Nighttime Clear Aligners® and traditional clear aligners. They both cost $1950. 

smile direct club aligners

SmileDirect doesn’t work exclusively with orthodontists. This may affect the quality of treatment you receive. Read our article comparing Candid Co. and SmileDirect.

Are Nighttime Clear Aligners Safe & Effective?

When monitored correctly, remote clear aligner treatment is safe and effective. Throughout treatment, you are overseen by a licensed and experienced dentist or orthodontist. However, since treatment is monitored remotely rather than in-person (like Invisalign), there is a slightly higher risk of complications. 

Direct-to-consumer aligners can only treat minor teeth spacing issues. Some examples of this include some crooked teeth or small gaps between the teeth. You may not be eligible for treatment if you have moderate to severe teeth misalignment, such as an overbite, underbite, or jaw issues. 

Pros and Cons of Night Aligners

Pros

  • Flexible and discreet 
  • Only have to be worn at night, rather than during the day
  • 10+ hours of continuous wear (vs. 22+ hours for traditional aligners)
  • Affordable and convenient

Cons

  • Treatment takes longer than traditional aligners
  • Only minor cases of teeth misalignment are eligible
  • May cause more discomfort because your teeth are constantly being shifted
  • Accountability without the supervision of a direct dentist

How much do night aligners cost?

Depending on the brand, night aligners cost anywhere between $1950 and $2295 (one-time payment). Monthly payment plans are also available. 

Does Candid Co offer night aligners?

Candid Co. is another brand of direct-to-consumer aligners. They only sell traditional aligners. However, Candid works exclusively with licensed orthodontists who have at least 20 years of experience in the teeth straightening industry. This ensures you receive high-quality care throughout the treatment process.

If you are interested in Candid aligners, you can take a free candidacy quiz

What happens if you wear Invisalign only at night? 

Invisalign aligners are meant for daywear and nightwear (22+ hours a day). Wearing them only at night will interfere with tooth movement, resulting in delayed treatment time and likely require additional aligners to shift your teeth into the proper position.

Resources

Candid. “Candid Clear Aligners.” Candid, www.candidco.com/faq/p/treatment.

FAQs About Invisible Aligners. (n.d.), https://www.byteme.com/pages/faq.

Pricing, byte. (n.d.), https://www.byteme.com/pages/pricing.

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

“4 Reasons to Choose Our Clear Aligners.” Smile Direct Club, smiledirectclub.com/nighttime-clear-aligners-blog-post/.

“What to Expect with Invisalign® Treatment.” Invisalign, https://www.invisalign.com/how-invisalign-works.

SmileDirectClub. “Pricing.” https://smiledirectclub.com/pricing/.

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Updated on: October 30, 2020
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