Byte vs. ALIGNERCO: an Objective Comparison

Medically Reviewed by a
Byte Licensed DDS

Table of Contents

  1. Impression
  2. Payment
  3. Treatment
  4. Assistance
  5. Protection
  6. Decision
  7. References

Straight teeth can mean more confidence, better oral health, and a higher quality of life. At-home, doctor-monitored aligners can help you to get that straight smile, but you need to choose the right company to work with.

If you do your homework before you make a purchase, you're not alone. More than 80 percent of customers do online research before they spend their hard-earned cash.

We’ve outlined an objective comparison between the work we do at Byte and the work done by ALIGNERCO. We'll go step by step through the aligner process and highlight similarities and differences so you can make a smart choice.

Step 1: Impression Kits

You're focused on what your teeth will look like after aligner treatment. But your team must know what your teeth look like now, so they can put together a plan for you. Impression kits make this possible.

Both Byte and ALIGNERCO use at-home impression kits. You're sent putty and trays, and you use those tools to make impressions of your current smile. You send the kits back for analysis.

Differences between Byte and ALIGNERCO involve:

Cost
ALIGNERCO impression kits cost just $39.99. Agree to pay for your entire aligner treatment in one payment, and you'll get that fee refunded. Our kits cost a bit more at $95, but the work we do is more comprehensive.
Staff
Orthodontists review impression kits at Byte. ALIGNERCO doesn't disclose who looks over returned kits.
Modeling
After kit review, ALIGNERCO will send you a 2D model of your teeth after treatment. Our models are in 3D, which offers you a more detailed view.

Both Byte and ALIGNERCO offer refunds on impression kits. If teams look over your teeth and feel that aligners aren't quite right for you, the money you spent to get the kits comes right back into your account.

Working with impression kits can be tricky, but this step is critical. Staff needs clear, crisp models of your teeth to guide the treatment plan. Both Byte and ALIGNERCO offer impression kit help in case you get stuck.

Step 2: Pay for Treatment

If you're a good candidate for aligners and you approve of the treatment plan, it's time to seal the contract with a payment. Aligners are made to fit your mouth and teeth, so companies don't keep stacks of generic versions sitting on shelves for shipment. They make aligners on demand, and your payment starts the process.

Significant price differences between Byte and ALIGNERCO exist, including:

Overall Cost
Pay upfront, and ALIGNERCO charges $1,145 all at once. Our full aligner set costs $1,895, and it comes with additional benefits that ALIGNERCO doesn’t offer.
Perks
We include HyperByte®, our tooth movement accelerator that you use for 5 minutes per day, with your full purchase fee. We also offer a tooth whitener. ALIGNERCO offers no items like this.
Discounts
We offer discounts for students, veterans, and active members of the military. ALIGNERCO does not.
Credit Checks
Both Byte and ALIGNERCO offer payment plans. But the ALIGNERCO version comes with a "soft" credit check that could exclude people with poor credit. With BytePay™, everyone is approved regardless of their credit history.
Insurance
Neither ALIGNERCO nor Byte bill insurance directly. But we will help you get the forms you need to file a claim for reimbursement.
Cost is a major consideration for most consumers, and it's reasonable to consider the final price when you're deciding between several companies. But as this comparison makes clear, a higher price can sometimes come with enhanced benefits.
Do your research to make a wise aligners selection, and choose a partner that truly cares about your investment in your smile.

Step 3: Follow Your Treatment Plan

Both Byte and ALIGNERCO offer a similar form of treatment. Aligners come to your house with instructions. Follow the treatment plan for an improved smile.

Treatment plan differences involve:

Length of Treatment

ALIGNERCO needs 6 to 11 months to work. Our plans are typically complete within 2 to 4 months.

Our HyperByte tool is responsible for the drastically shorter treatment time. The gentle vibrations emitted by that tool help your aligners to fit better, and you might feel less discomfort too. You use this tool for only 5 minutes per day.

Project Kickoff
ALIGNERCO needs up to 7 weeks to send you aligners. We get the job done in as little as 4 weeks.
Supervision
Your Byte orthodontist watches your progress through aligners. This ensures everything is progressing as it should. You don't have an assigned orthodontist with ALIGNERCO.
Treatment Speed
ALIGNERCO plans involve changing your trays every 2 weeks. We ask our clients to swap out their trays once per week.
No matter what company you use, expect to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day. Leaving the trays out for long periods of time slows down your progress.

Step 4: Get Help When Needed

Both Byte and ALIGNERCO take care to create tailored treatment plans, and both companies use aligners made just for their clients rather than out-of-the-box products. But despite the best-laid plans, unexpected things can and do happen. When they do, customers need help.

Choose either Byte or ALIGNERCO, and you'll get help via:

  • Live chat
  • Phone
  • Email

Contact the company, and talk about the problems you're having. At Byte, we help adjust treatment plans on the fly if things aren't working. We might ask you to take new impressions and follow a new aligner program.

ALIGNERCO doesn't disclose how they help customers with treatment issues. But it's reasonable to expect that they can also fix treatment plans that aren't working.

Step 5: Protect Your New Smile

Aligners apply gentle pressure to shift your teeth in a new direction. When the treatment is complete, your smile should be straighter. But without help, your old smile could return.

Both Byte and ALIGNERCO offer retainers. You're encouraged to wear them after formal treatment ends to keep your teeth firmly in position. You might wear them during the day initially following treatment, but they are generally recommended for regular overnight use.

But only Byte offers reassurance. The Byte for Life Guarantee™ ensures that you can get new aligners at no charge if you've followed all of the treatment guidelines we offer you.

There are terms and conditions involved, but this plan is meant to ensure that you're happy with your smile and that you encourage others to join Byte. It's an aspect of the program we're really happy to offer (and customers love it too).

Make the Right Choice

If you'd like to join the Byte family after reading this comparison, we'd love to have you. Contact us, and we'll ship your impression kit to you to start the process.

And if you choose ALIGNERCO, remember that we're here. If your smile isn't what you expected at the end of your treatment program, get in touch. We'd love to help.

References

81% of Shoppers Conduct Online Research Before Buying. (November 2014). AdWeek.

Orthodontic Treatment With Clear Aligners. (June 2018). American Association of Orthodontists.

Need Help in Making Impressions? ALIGNERCO.

Pricing. Byte.

How it Works. ALIGNERCO.

FAQs. ALIGNERCO.

Frequently Asked Questions. Byte.

Our Guarantees to You. Byte.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to serve as dental or other professional health advice and is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any condition or symptom. You should consult a dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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