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The Science of Aligning Your Teeth at Home: Byte vs Smile Direct

Byte clear aligners made their introduction to the clear aligner game in 2017, making them one of the newest additions to the arena. But what is Byte exactly, and what makes them different from other similar brands, like Smile Direct Club for example?

In this article, we’ll go over everything from the cost of Byte, to the length of treatment time and results, and we’ll take a side by side look at Byte vs Smile Direct Club so you can know if this brand is right for you.

What is Byte?

A byte is a type of clear or invisible braces. Clear aligners are removable straightening devices that are very difficult to see when worn, but work to straighten your teeth just like traditional metal braces. Not only is Byte a type of clear aligner, but it’s a type of clear aligner that allows for 100% remote, at-home treatment. Plus your treatment is planned and monitored with expert orthodontists, specialists in teeth straightening. Expert orthodontists can also help you find the best teeth straightening options. Let’s go over a little more just how treatment with Byte works, what it costs, and what you can expect.

No in-office visits

As we mentioned above, with Byte clear aligners, there are no in-office visits necessary. You can complete your entire teeth-straightening treatment from the comfort of your home, from taking your impressions to wearing your post-treatment retainers. The general steps involved with any brand of at-home clear aligners are as follows:

  • Take an online assessment to find out if you are eligible
  • Order your impression kit online
  • Receive your impression kit in the mail and take the molds of your teeth
  • Send your completed impressions back to Byte
  • Receive your aligners in the mail
  • Begin treatment!
  • Remote check-ins with your assigned dentist or orthodontist every so often
  • Post-treatment with retainers

Speed up treatment with HyperByte

One of the most important features of Byte is that treatment time is much shorter than it is with even other at-home aligners. HyperByte is a device that involves high-frequency vibrations that help to reduce discomfort during treatment and speed up treatment time.

Thanks to HyperByte, you can enjoy a treatment that is up to 64% faster than treatment with other clear aligners, and that is much more comfortable. Plus, you don’t have to pay extra for HyperByte, since it comes included in every Byte aligner package.


When you get Byte, you aren’t just straightening your teeth, but you get to whiten your teeth at the same time. BrightByte is Byte’s signature whitening gel that you simply apply inside your aligners before putting them in. Not only does this gel make your teeth noticeably whiter, but it also kills 99.999 of germs for fresh breath and a healthy mouth. A healthy mouth is too important.

There is a huge correlation between your oral health and overall health. So, you are not allowed to underestimate mouth and body connection and you need to take care of them very consistently.

Smile Science

Smile Science is a special technology exclusive to Byte, wherein your orthodontists plan your treatment taking into consideration your specific facial anatomy and develop a plan that will create the ideal alignment of your teeth for your facial features. With Byte, it’s not just about aligning your teeth, it’s also about giving you total confidence in your new smile, and your new look.

How much does Byte cost?

Whereas in-office braces can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $8,500, but braces aligners can cost a fraction of that. Your Byte cost is going to depend on which plan you choose: the All-Day option or the At-Night option. Let’s explore these two opportunities a little closer:

Byte All-Day

Byte All-Day is the standard Byte option. With this plan, you wear your aligners for 22 hours per day, with five minutes per day of HyperByte therapy. When this treatment plan is followed with diligence, your treatment time can actually be just half as long as it would be with another aligner brand.

Byte All-Day costs just $1,895, but you can also opt for a payment plan of just $83 per month. That’s way less than many of the leading brands, including Invisalign and Candid!

Byte At-Night

Whether you spend all day talking in front of audiences, or you’d simply prefer to not have to wear your aligners during the day,  you also have the option of Byte At-Night. With his revolutionary treatment plan, you only have to wear your aligners for 10 continuous hours a day, in this case at night, along with using your HyperByte for 10 minutes per day. And despite the crazy convenience of only wearing your aligners while you sleep, your treatment time is only extended from four to six months, which is still less than the average treatment time of many other braces and aligners.

Byte At-Night costs $2,245 or $98 per month. Not too bad considering that literally nobody but your cats have to know that you’re straightening your teeth!

Byte vs Smile Direct Club

One of the other bigger names in the clear aligner game is Smile Direct Club. This is another type of at-home aligner. There are some key differences between these two brands which you should take into considering if you’re trying to decide the best option for you:

Byte Smile Direct Club
Average treatment time 3-4  months 6  months
Orthodontists or dentists? Orthodontists and dentists Either
Whitening included? Yes! No


Byte is a revolutionary and relatively new clear aligners brand that allows you to straighten your teeth from the comfort of your home. By using HyperByte technology with vibration therapy, your treatment time can be cut in half, and discomfort during the straightening process greatly reduced. Byte costs the same as Smile Direct Club and way less than other options like Invisalign or traditional braces.