Byte is a teledentistry company offering at-home aligner products and programs designed to straighten your teeth quicker—and at a lower price —than traditional braces. It appeals to people looking for a fast and affordable at-home dental alignment program.
With more than 200 licensed orthodontists and dentists throughout the U.S., Byte claims they only accept people who are the right candidates for teledentistry—which generally includes patients that have minor bite issues. They don’t recommend their products for people with problems such as severe overbite, open bites, overjet, malocclusion that requires surgical correction or active tooth decay. Byte’s dental professionals have an average of 12 years of expertise with invisible aligners, according to the company.
Byte is ideal for those who don’t have severe malocclusion (imperfect positioning of the teeth), are comfortable making at-home impressions and working with a dental professional remotely to monitor their progress, want a short treatment time of a few months and are in search of a more affordable option compared to braces or competing clear aligners.
How Does Byte Work?
Established in 2017, Byte’s product lineup includes an all-day aligner to be worn for 22 hours each day and a “Byte-at-Night” system as an alternative to the all-day aligner (only to be worn for 10 hours at night). Included in each aligner kit is the optional HyperByte technology device, to be used for five minutes a day in conjunction with either the daytime aligner or overnight aligner. The timeline for the all-day aligner is three to four months, while the night system aligner promises a straighter smile in five to six months.
HyperByte is Byte’s proprietary high-frequency vibration (HFV) therapy technology that aims to achieve faster and more accurate results with reduced discomfort. It works by transmitting soft micropulses through the roots of your teeth and their surrounding bone. Byte’s HFV therapy is cleared by the FDA as a Class II medical device and only needs to be used for five minutes per day.
The Byte process begins by making impressions of your smile at home. Byte sends you an impression kit with instructions and, upon receiving your impressions, a 3D visualization of the current state of your smile and what it will look like after Byte treatment.
Once you’ve purchased your modeling kit and sent in your impressions, expect your aligners to arrive about four to six weeks after an orthodontist reviews your impressions and creates the 3D visualization of your bite. You’ll also be able to log into your Byte Account Center online to see the “before and after” visuals of how your teeth will progress.
As noted above, you have the option of using a daytime or nighttime aligner. Adding HyperByte to your treatment plan will shorten your overall treatment time—the technology allows you to achieve a straighter smile in as little as three to four months. Byte notes on their website that if they determine you aren’t the right candidate for their aligner system, you will receive a full refund for the cost of the kit.
You receive your custom-fit aligners in the mail, which you progress through under the guidance of a dental professional at a frequency of about one new aligner a week. You’ll be in communication with a dental professional as you upload photos every three to four weeks of your progress in your account center online.
Upon completion of treatment, you wear a Byte retainer full-time for the first two weeks. From there, you can wear your retainer at night and replace it once a year.