Byte vs. invisalign: what are the differences?

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Table of Contents

  1. Cost Concerns
  2. Procedures
  3. Conditions
  4. Timeframe
  5. Which Should You Choose?
  6. References

On the surface, Byte and Invisalign seem similar. Both companies offer clear aligners you can use to straighten teeth and improve your smile. But differences appear when you look a little deeper.

While both can work to effectively straighten your teeth, there can be differences in treatment cost, specialties and timelines.

Cost concerns: which is less expensive?

Adjusting your smile isn't just good for your appearance. Straightening your teeth can also make teeth cleaning easier, and that could improve your health. Since aligners bring these health benefits, insurance may help you to cover the cost.

Insurance will sometimes cover a portion of the fees for either aligner treatment, depending on a number of factors. But if your insurance doesn't cover aligners, it doesn't mean that aligners are out of your financial reach.

Invisalign can be significantly more expensive than Byte. Without assistance from insurance, Invisalign can cost between $3,400 and $7,100. Treatment with Byte costs either $1,850 or $2,295, depending on whether you use the all-day or at-night aligner

Why is Invisalign more expensive? A few factors could play a part.

  • Supervision: With Invisalign, you'll have many in-person appointments with a dental professional. Each one involves an exam and a conversation. Byte supports you through your treatment remotely, with no in-person appointments. That helps cut costs.
  • Potential markup: Orthodontists and dentists can have an influence on treatment costs, which can vary by provider and location.

Few people want to pay more than they need to, especially for medical treatment. If you qualify for Byte, you could save quite a bit of money while straightening your smile.

Procedures: which is easier?

Both Invisalign and Byte treatment plans begin with professional examinations of your upper and lower teeth. Then, trays of differing sizes move your teeth into a new position. How and where you do that work separates the two companies.

Choose Invisalign, and you'll follow this plan:

Visit Your Doctor for Impressions
Your doctor uses a scanner to take 3D pictures of your teeth.
Wear Aligners
You'll wear your trays almost all the time, and you'll replace them on a schedule set by your doctor.
Attend Doctor's Appointments for Check-ins
You'll meet your doctor regularly to discuss your teeth and your trays. In some visits, you'll take home your next few sets of aligners. In others, you'll just leave with advice.
Byte is a little different:
Take Impressions at Home
Order an impression kit with trays and putty. Follow a simple process to push your teeth into the putty, and send the trays in for analysis.
Buy Your Aligners
Our team creates a plan for you, and if you approve of it, you’ll buy your complete set of trays all at once.
Follow the Plan
You'll have virtual checkups with your team, and someone is always ready to help if needed. But you'll fix your smile without in-person appointments.
If it's important to you to see a dentist or orthodontist in person, you might enjoy working with the Invisalign system. If you'd prefer to skip the hassle of appointments, you might enjoy the freedom that comes with doctor-prescribed, at-home aligners from Byte.
While Invisalign is often best for people with more severe alignment issues or complications, Byte is an excellent choice for people with mild to moderate smile problems.

Conditions: which is right for you?

There are all sorts of issues that can impair your smile, from gaps to crooked or twisted teeth. Doctors typically grade these issues by severity, and some are worse than others.

Invisalign can be used to treat mild, moderate, and some severe cases. Some orthodontists may use braces to tackle the first part of treatment, and they use aligners to take you across the finish line. Others use aligner trays only. Almost any problem with your teeth can be adjusted with Invisalign.

Byte is made for mild or moderate dental issues. The Byte team evaluates your impressions and lets you know if Byte aligners aren't right for you. Sometimes, the help you need is more than Byte can offer. The byte team is straightforward, and you'll be provided a clear answer about what is possible.

Timeframe: how long does it take?

Your mouth is distinct, and the help you receive should be personalized. It's very difficult to say with certainty how long any treatment program will take unless dental professionals perform an exam and make that determination for you.

Given that Invisalign is sometimes used in severe smile cases, and Byte isn't designed for those issues, treatment timeline averages between the two companies are very different.

As of April 2021, Invisalign claims an average treatment time of 12 to 18 months. Byte treatment typically lasts for about 4 months.

Byte offers an accessory that can help make treatment quicker and more comfortable. The HyperByte system uses gentle vibration to speed up bone remodeling30164-4/abstract), so teeth move faster. You use this tool with your aligners for only 5 minutes per day (for daytime aligners).

Invisalign currently doesn't offer a tool like this.

Which should you choose?

We know Byte isn't the right solution for every person and every smile. But we've worked hard to develop a system for busy people who want to tackle their smile issues at home, on their schedules, in a way that fits their budget.

If your alignment issues or are more severe, or if you have other complications, using Invisalign can often be the right choice.

Either system can provide excellent outcomes. Whichever is right for you, give it a try. It might be the perfect fit to straighten your smile.

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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