Since its launch in Australia, Byte has stood out for its innovation. Most attention goes to the HyperByte device, but their nighttime-only treatment deserves a share of the spotlight. If you choose Byte, you can opt to wear your aligners for 22 hours per day for their All-Day system, or just ten continuous hours with their At-Night plan.
Intrigued? You aren’t alone. But before you commit, know that Byte At-Night isn’t a good fit for everyone. In this guide, we’ve outlined all the key differences between Byte All-Day and Byte At-Night!
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How Do They Compare? A Quick Overview.
We’ve got all the details below, but to kick things off, let’s look at the most notable similarities and differences between Byte At-Night and Byte All-Day.
|Byte At-Night||Byte All-Day|
|Materials||Medical-grade, transparent, and BPA-free plastic that’s thicker and designed for nighttime treatment||Medical-grade, transparent, and BPA-free plastic|
|Treatment Length||Averages five months||Averages four months|
|Wear Schedule||10+ continuous hours per day||22+ hours per day|
|HyperByte Usage||Five minutes per day||Five minutes per day|
|Treatable Conditions||Mild or moderate cases of crowding and spacing||Mild or moderate cases of crowding and spacing|
Many factors go into clear aligner prices, from the size of the producer to items included in the kit. Byte manufactures their All-Day and At-Night aligners in the same facilities, and the kits include the same items, but they have different sticker prices.
Why is that? There are two main reasons. The first is that Byte At-Night treatment requires more aligners since it averages one month longer than their All-Day system. The second is that they use a special, thicker material in their nighttime aligners. This helps them make the same dental shifts as the all-day system without doubling the treatment timeline or making you wear each aligner for an extra week.
All-Day treatment is $2,749 and At-Night aligners cost $3,399. Both are more affordable than most in-office treatments, but those are still hefty prices. That’s why Byte offers financing.
The All-Day plan requires fortnightly payments of $54 for 24 months, while At-Night aligners have fortnightly payments of $67 for 24 months. Every customer qualifies for either option regardless of credit score, and the price increases when you add the Byte Protection Plan—which provides retainer replacements for five years, plus coverage for lost or stolen retainers.
Whether you choose Byte’s At-Night or All-Day plan, you get safe and effective custom-made aligners that use BPA-free, medical-grade polymers. While they don’t disclose where they source their plastic, they’re clear that it’s safe and effective for dental applications.
According to Byte, their At-Night plastic is uniquely crafted to be thicker and stronger, exerting the same amount of force as the All-Day aligners, but in fewer hours per day.
All at-home aligner companies offer efficient treatment times — it’s a major part of their appeal over traditional options. But Byte has made it a priority by including the Hyperbyte device. Some studies have shown that high-frequency vibration devices like HyperByte can speed up tooth movements for some patients. As a result, the average treatment plan for their All-Day system is just four months, and At-Night aligners typically only take five.
Keep in mind that these are averages, and just for the original treatment plan. If your case requires refinements, it will take longer.
After you finish your treatment, the Byte for Life guarantee promises to create and send new aligners if your teeth ever shift down the road, no matter which plan you choose. Of course, to maintain eligibility for this warranty, you need to purchase two sets of Byte retainers per year and wear them as directed.
The big draw for Byte At-Night is its wear schedule. Byte All-Day requires 22 hours of daily wear, removing the aligners only to eat, drink, brush, and floss — and this is the same for any all-day aligner system. Each time you remove the aligners, you need to clean them and brush your teeth before replacing them. That’s a lot of upkeep, especially for coffee drinkers and frequent snackers.
Byte At-Night requires just ten hours of daily wear — which is significantly less. The caveat here is that you cannot remove the aligners for those hours, so you can’t eat or drink anything besides plain water. You’ll spend most of these hours sleeping, though, so it isn’t much of a sacrifice. Just pop them in after dinner and remove them before breakfast.
With either system, you’ll wear most aligners for just one week before switching to the next in the series. However, this schedule varies between patients. Be sure to follow your treatment instructions exactly.
Most at-home clear aligner bundles include pretty much the same things: aligners, chewies, and some small but standard extras, like cleaning tablets and whitening foam. The HyperByte, however, is unique to Byte treatment. It delivers high-frequency vibrations to the teeth, gums, bone, and ligaments, which can encourage faster tooth shifts for some people.
Byte At-Night once required you to use the HyperByte for twice as long each day. Now, you use it five minutes a day with either system.
Byte At-Night and All-Day can both correct mild-to-moderate cases of crowding and spacing in the front 6–8 teeth — aka, the social six. In limited circumstances, they can also correct minor bite issues that don’t involve issues with the jawbone. Anything more severe is outside their wheelhouse, and they’ll decline treatment when reviewing your impressions.
Technically, Byte At-Night is slightly more limited than their All-Day system. The scope is the same, but some cases need more constant force than nighttime-only wear can provide. If you aren’t a good fit for their night aligners, Byte’s team will let you know and suggest the regular system.
Which Should You Choose?
Whether you choose Byte At-Night or Byte All-Day, you can’t really go wrong. Either way, you get high-quality, effective treatment backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Assuming you’re eligible for both, the decision comes down to your priorities. Think about the differences in price, timeline, and wear schedule and how these might impact you, then make your decision.
Choose Byte At-Night if…
You want to maximize your convenience while still receiving high-quality treatment and aren’t worried about spending a bit more.
Choose Byte All-Day if…
You want the shortest treatment timeline possible, aren’t bothered by all-day wear, and want to save money.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are nighttime aligners just as effective as all-day ones?
Except in very limited cases, yes, they can achieve the same final results. However, they do take longer — and this is especially true with other companies that don’t use a special plastic for their night aligners.
How long does Byte At-Night treatment take?
Their average treatment plan for nighttime aligners is five months long. Keep in mind that this is just the initial plan, and treatment can take longer due to everything from how your body responds to treatment to poor compliance. Additionally, some people will receive longer plans right from the start based on their unique needs.
Am I better off with all-day or nighttime treatment?
Neither is inherently better than the other, so it depends on your unique circumstances. Nighttime aligners’ convenience is hard to beat, but the lower price and faster treatment that comes with all-day wear might appeal more to you.
Does nighttime treatment cost more?
That depends on the company you choose. For example, SmileDirectClub has the same price no matter which system you choose. Byte, however, has two prices: All-Day treatment costs $2,749, while their nighttime treatment costs $3,399.
Is it hard to get started with Byte At-Night?
No, it’s the same process as with Byte All-Day. You order an impression kit, then send in molds of your teeth for evaluation. If they approve you for treatment, you just make sure you selected and paid for the correct system, then wear the aligners according to your treatment directions.
Am I a candidate for Byte At-Night?
The only way to know for sure is to complete their impression kit. Their team will evaluate your tooth positions and determine if either of their systems can work for you.
How do Byte’s nighttime aligners compare to the competition?
There are two aspects that set Byte At-Night apart from the rest. First, it uses a different material to make up for the abbreviated wear schedule. Second, it includes the HyperByte device, which can deliver faster tooth shifts for some.
If I start with one system, can I switch to the other mid-treatment?
You’d have to ask Byte but most likely, the answer is no. The aligners and treatment plans are very different for each system, so they aren’t interchangeable.
Are nighttime aligners safe?
For most cases, yes. As long as you’re approved for treatment and have good oral health, you should not anticipate problems.
Do nighttime aligners hurt?
All aligners can cause some tooth soreness. However, it’s more consistent with nighttime aligners since you don’t wear them long enough to get used to them. However, you aren’t eating when wearing them and sleep through most of it, so it isn’t exceptionally noticeable for most people.
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