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Byte Reviews: Do Byte Aligners Live up to the Hype?

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If you're wondering what other people are saying about Byte, we're going to take a look at some Byte reviews.

Braces can be unsightly, expensive and treatment can last a long time. That's where Byte comes in. They claim to offer the fastest way to straighten your teeth from home, and for a much lower price than traditional braces.

Those are bold claims! To determine if there's any weight behind them, we'll go over the following:

  • Cost
  • Treatment time
  • Safety
  • Alternatives
  • Byte aligners reviews from customers

So you'll have all the information you need to make the best decision for your smile.

What are Byte invisible braces?

Before we talk about Byte reviews specifically, let's do a quick refresher on clear aligners AKA invisible braces. Clear aligners are clear plastic devices that are made to fit your teeth, based on scans or impressions of your mouth. These aligners work to gradually move your teeth into an aligned position.

The general treatment process for all clear aligners is as follows:

  • Impressions or scans of your teeth are taken
  • A dentist or orthodontist creates a treatment plan based on those impressions
  • Your clear aligners are made in a lab
  • You begin treatment with your first pair of clear aligners
  • You wear each set until you're ready to move on to the next set in the treatment plan, eventually working your way through all of the aligner sets
  • Post-treatment maintenance with retainers

Clear aligners can be divided into two general categories, in-office and at home, and Byte is a type of at-home aligner, meaning that treatment can be completed 100% remotely.

Dr. Jon Marashi

The Byte aligners company was founded in 2017 by celebrity and cosmetic dentist Dr. Jon Marashi. The notable cosmetic dentist is best known for his clinic in Brentwood, Los Angeles, where he is a star favorite, with clients like Justin Timberlake, Cher, and Tom Hanks.

No stranger to treating clients with virtually unlimited resources, he wanted to extend his reach to a wider audience. His goal was to provide star-worthy treatment for a fraction of the cost. With lower costs and greater convenience, his hope is to make orthodontics more accessible.

How does Byte work?

Byte works very similarly to other at-home clear aligners:

Online assessment

Your first step to getting Byte aligners is to take the assessment on Byte's website. This will give you an initial answer as to whether or not you could be a candidate for this type of treatment. In general, you are a good candidate if:

  • You have mild to moderate malocclusion
  • You are over the age of 12
  • You have all of your adult teeth

Order your impression kit

If, when you submit the Byte assessment, you receive the message that you are a Byte candidate, you can go ahead and order your impression kit online. Once you receive your impression kit in the mail, it's time to make your impressions. Your impression kit will include gloves, a cheek stretcher, molding trays (two for the top and two for the bottom in case you mess up the first time), four white containers of putty, four red containers of putty, and an instruction manual.

If you are concerned about taking your impressions on your own, you can sign up for an ‘Impression Session', where you get help from a member of the Byte aligners patient care team via video chat. Also, you get two chances in the impression kit to do your top and bottom impressions, plus they'll send you another kit for free (you pay for shipping) if you need to try again.

You can also watch this YouTube tutorial, provided by Byte, for how to take impressions.

Create a plan

Once you send your impression kit in, a team of Byte orthodontists will review your impression and photos, and using their ‘Smile Science' technology, will develop a plan that takes into consideration the ideal placement of your teeth in relation to your facial features.

Start your treatment

About four weeks after your plan is approved, you'll receive your aligner kit in the mail. Each kit includes:

  • All of the Byte aligners in your treatment plan
  • HyperByte vibration therapy
  • BrightByte whitener
  • Carrying case

You will wear each aligner for a week before moving onto the next one. At the end of your treatment, you'll begin wearing your retainers (first set free with your Byte aligners). As with any form of orthodontic treatment, you'll want to wear your retainers every night for the rest of your life to make sure your teeth don't move back out of line.

Byte treatment plan

There are two options for treatment with Byte, and ‘All-Day' option and an ‘At-Night' option. That means you can choose the best plan to fit your lifestyle.

Byte All-Day

The primary treatment plan that Byte offers is the Byte All-Day plan, although it would be more aptly named the ‘All-the-Time' plan. That's because with this plan you have to wear your Byte aligners for 22 hours per day, and use your HyperByte for five minutes per day.

If you follow your treatment plan, your treatment time will be half as long as it would have been with any other aligner brand. That means that, if all goes well, in theory, you could have straight teeth in as little as two or three months.

Byte At-Night

If you have a job that requires you to take lots of photos, or give speeches, or you simply don't want to have to wear your Byte invisible aligners during the day, you may want to consider the At-Night plan. You only have to wear your nighttime aligners for a minimum of 10 hours per day. They are made of thicker material that is designed to move your teeth while you sleep.

In addition to wear time, you also must use your HyperByte for a minimum of 10 minutes per day. Since you're only wearing your Byte aligners for 10 hours per day, treatment time is slightly extended to an average of five to six months.

What is HyperByte?

Byte invisible braces
Straight teeth even faster with Byte invisible aligners

Let's talk about HyperByte. Is it a gimmick or does it actually work?

We've mentioned it in passing a couple of times above, but it deserves much more attention considering this is one of the main components of Byte that sets it apart from other clear aligner brands.

HyperByte is a High Frequency Vibrations (HFV) device. An HFV uses vibration-based therapy in the form of gentle micro-pulses that can reduce discomfort and encourage a better fit with your Byte invisible aligners, resulting in better traction and more efficient and accurate movement of teeth. The ultimate result? Faster treatment time.

The dentists at Byte aren't the first to use HFV to speed up treatment, in fact, orthodontists have been including vibration therapy for years as part of the braces treatment they offer to their patients, and studies do show that HyperByte can speed up treatment. This particular study examined the results for 30 orthodontic patients using HFV compared to a group that didn't use HFV as part of their orthodontic treatment. The results showed that the groups using the HFV was able to change aligners in 5.2 days on average, while the control group took 8.7 days on average to change aligners.

According to Byte, the benefits of HyperByte are:

  • Up to 64% faster tooth movement
  • Cleared by the FDA as a Class II medical device
  • Eases discomfort

Your HyperByte comes with your Byte aligners, accompanied by a soft mouthpiece, LED light notifications, and a fast-charging USB cord. To use your HyperByte, just slip it in your mouth, with your aligners in, and gently hold it in your mouth between your teeth.

BrightByte

BrightByte is Byte's signature tooth whitening treatment, and it comes included with your Byte teeth aligners. To whiten your teeth with BrightByte, you just apply it inside your Byte invisible aligners and then put your aligners in. This whitening formula also kills 99.9% of bad bacteria and freshens your breath.

How much do Byte dental braces cost?

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Braces priced with you in mind

At-home invisible braces can cost anywhere from $1,200 to $2,500, and the cost for Byte braces falls somewhere in between, and also depends on which plan you choose.

All-Day cost

The ticket price of All-Day Byte is $1,895, but you also have the options to pay in instalments of $83 per month for 25 months with a $349 deposit. Apart from that you also have to purchase an impression kit which costs $95. Your first set of post-treatment retainers are free, but after that when you need a new set of retainers, you'll have to pay $99 for each set.

At-Night cost

The All-Night cost is a one-time payment of $2,245 or a payment plan of $98 per month for 25 months with a $415 deposit. With this plan, you'll also have to pay $95 for the impression kit and you'll get your first set of retainers free.

Does Byte accept insurance?

Byte does accept insurance, and you can also pay using your FSA or HSA accounts. If you're not sure if your dental insurance will cover treatment with Byte, you can send Byte your insurance details and they'll let you know.

The following table shows a summary of the cost of Byte depending on the plan you choose.

Product Price
All-Day $1,895
All-Day payment plan $83/month for 25 months, $395 deposit
All-Night $2,245
All-Night payment plan $98/month for 25 months, $415 deposit
Impression kit $95
Retainer First set free, 99$ for each additional set

Byte aligners reviews

LindaElaine's Byte review

“Byte has been great!”

In this first of our Byte reviews, we meet LindaElaine with just a few weeks left of her Byte invisible aligners journey. While she definitely feel like there have been some changes to the structure of her mouth, she hasn't had any trouble eating. She now has straight teeth, and overall, she says Byte has been great. Plus, her treatment time was only three months. That was one of the main reasons she initially chose Byte. She also says that customer service has been amazing, always prompt to respond whenever she had a question.

In the video below you can see some before and after images of her teeth and they do indeed look straighter.

Watch her full Byte review to see everything she has to say about her Byte experience.

BrandsLove2Tone's Byte review

This United States Veteran started his YouTube channel after his second tour and decided that he wanted to straighten and whiten his teeth a bit because he was planning on having more visibility on social media, doing some advertisements, and trying to get endorsements for his work.

He's also a musician and has a lot of photos taken, so he thought he could improve his outward image a bit.

He chose Byte aligners primarily because of the price. As he was still on tour when he first considered straightening his teeth, he didn't have a whole lot of money to spend on treatment. He was also attracted by the fact that it worked so much faster than traditional braces.

He says he would definitely recommend using Byte teeth aligners if you want to straighten your teeth at a reasonable time and for a reasonable price.

He shows pictures of his before and after and the difference is extreme!

You can watch his whole Byte reviews video below, where he shows you how to make impressions and gives lots of helpful tips and tricks.

Alternative aligner companies

If you're not completely convinced by these Byte aligner reviews, there are plenty of other ways to get a straighter smile. Check out the table below for a brief summary of some of the top brands, after which we will take a more in-depth look at each.

Byte Candid Smile Direct Club Invisalign Traditional braces
Remote or in-office? Remote Remote Remote In-office In-office
Cost $1,895 with payment plans available $2,400 $1,895 $3,500–$8,500 $2,500–$7,500
Cost of impression kit $95 $95 $49 N/A N/A
Average treatment time 2–4 months 6 months 6 months 12–18 months 18–24 months
Orthodontist or dentists Orthodontists Orthodontists Either Either Orthodontists
For... Mild to moderate malocclusion Mild to moderate malocclusion Mild to moderate malocclusion Mild to severe malocclusion Mild to severe and beyond
Contoured or straight edges Straight Straight Straight Countoured N/A
Live video chat option? Yes Yes No No N/A
Retainers included in cost? Yes Yes No No No
Extra features
  • HyperByte
  • BrightByte whitener
  • Dental Monitoring
  • Whitening foam
  • Physical locations
  • Physical locations
  • N/A N/A

    Byte vs Candid

    One alternative to Byte invisible aligners that we also like is Candid. Candid is another at-home clear aligners brand with a couple of components that set them apart from the rest:

    • Orthodontists: Candid works exclusively with orthodontists, who are teeth-straightening specialists, to monitor your treatment.
    • AI technology: Candid's partnership with Dental Monitoring makes for more accurate and faster treatment.
    • Physical locations: If you need help with your impressions, or would rather a Candid technician take scans of your teeth, you can stop by one of the Candid Studios for in-person assistance.

    You may want to choose Candid if…

    • You don't mind paying a bit more for quality treatment
    • You want to have an orthodontist plan your treatment
    • You want faster results
    • You want the option of 100% remote care
    • You want the option to get in-person assistance
    • You have mild to moderate malocclusion

    Byte vs Invisalign

    Invisalign is probably the biggest name in invisible braces. These are in-office braces, so every four to six weeks, you meet with your dentist or orthodontist in person to check in on your progress.

    Treatment with Invisalign is on average 12 to 18 months, and it can cost up to $8,500. However, keep in mind that Invisalign can also treat people with severe malocclusion, whereas at-home options like Byte, Candid or Smile Direct, are only meant for mild to moderate cases.

    You may want to choose Invisalign if…

    • You're willing to pay top prices to straighten your teeth
    • You prefer in-person visits with your dentist or orthodontist
    • You don't care whether your treatment is planned by an orthodontist or dentist
    • You don't mind a longer treatment time
    • You have mild to severe malocclusion

    Byte vs Smile Direct

    Smile Direct Club is an at-home braces brand with an average treatment time of six months, with a price that's comparable to that of Byte teeth aligners. It's up to you to decide which treatment is better for your specific case, but, we don't think Smile Direct Club is a good alternative because it's the same price as Byte invisible aligners, but with longer treatment times and it's not guaranteed that an orthodontist will plan your treatment.

    You may want to choose Smile Direct if…

    • You want to pay less
    • You don't care if an orthodontist or dentist plans your treatment
    • You want the option of 100% remote care
    • You want the option to get in-person assistance
    • You have mild to moderate malocclusion

    Should I choose Byte?

    Byte aligners are a good middle-of-the-road option for those who want to straighten their teeth affordably and conveniently.

    Byte teeth aligners could be the best choice for you if…

    • You want to pay less (for the standard treatment plan)
    • You want an orthodontist to plan your treatment
    • You want 100% remote care
    • You have mild to moderate malocclusion

    One more thing we should mention about Byte is that they are big on community outreach. The company strives to provide oral health care to those who don't have access, and they actively participate in community events related to all kinds of health and wellbeing.

    Additionally, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, they used their manufacturing labs to make face shields and ventilators for those on the front lines. In the video below, you can see Kerry Washington name-drop Byte's activism on the Ellen Show.

    Conclusion

    Byte is the fastest at-home teeth straightening option, thanks to their HyperByte vibration therapy. This system has both an All-Day and an At-Night option, for those who prefer to not wear their Byte aligners during the day.

    Byte works with licensed orthodontists to plan your treatment and uses remote monitoring so your doctor can make sure everything goes according to plan. According to Byte reviews, many patients are very happy with their teeth-straightening experience with this brand.

    Byte also makes an effort to be an active community activist, with a vision of giving everyone access to the dental care they need.

    If you'd like to give Byte teeth aligners a try, take their online assessment now to find out if you're a good candidate for this type of treatment.

    FAQs

    How much is the Byte impression kit?

    The Byte impression kit costs $95. Byte offers a 100% Impression Kit Guarantee, which means that if you send in your impression kit and the orthodontists at Byte determine you aren't a good candidate, you will get a complete refund.

    Are Byte aligners safe?

    As long as you follow the instructions, and make sure to notify your Byte orthodontist if you think something is going wrong, Byte aligners, as well as most at-home aligners are indeed safe.

    Do Byte aligners really work?

    Byte has worked for many patients looking to get straighter teeth affordably and conveniently. However, keep in mind that this sort of treatment is only meant for mild to moderate cases of malocclusion. If you have severely crooked teeth, chances are you'll need to opt for in-office clear aligners like Invisalign, or even traditional braces.

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    Natalie used to work as a Community Health Worker and Health Insurance Navigator. She continues to follow her passion for connecting people with the healthcare they need by writing informative content about dentistry and medicine.
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