Byte has always been one of the most innovative clear aligner brands, so it was no surprise when they introduced a way to straighten your teeth while you sleep. Today, Byte customers can choose between standard all-day treatment and “Byte At-Night,” which only requires ten hours of continuous wear per night.
Intrigued? We don’t blame you—but keep in mind, Byte At-Night treatment isn’t the right fit for everyone. In this guide, we’ve compiled all the information you’ll need to decide between Byte’s All-Day and At-Night treatment plans.
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How Do They Compare?
We’ll get into all the details, but first, here’s a brief look at the major similarities and differences between Byte’s All-Day and At-Night treatments.
|Byte At-Night Aligners||Byte All-Day Aligners|
|Materials||BPA-free, thicker, medical-grade plastic selected specifically for nighttime treatment||Medical-grade, transparent, and BPA-free plastic|
|Average Treatment Plan (according to Byte)||5–6 months||4–5 months|
|Wear Schedule||10+ hours/day||22+ hours/day|
|HyperByte Usage||Five minutes/day||Five minutes/day|
|Treatable Conditions||Mild or moderate cases of crowding and spacing||Mild or moderate cases of crowding and spacing|
At-Night treatment is more expensive because Byte uses “high-grade, grind resistant polymer material” they selected specially for nighttime-only wear.
Byte’s standard treatment costs $1,999 and At-Night aligners cost $2,399, but you can break either price down into bite-sized monthly payments with a financing plan. The All-Day plan consists of a $249 down payment, then 36 monthly payments of $70. Go with At-Night aligners and you’ll need a $299 down payment followed by 36 monthly payments of $84. Every customer qualifies for either option, regardless of credit score.
Much of At-Night aligners’ added expense stems from their premium materials and a specialized, slightly thicker design. Byte is the only company we reviewed that designs their nighttime-only aligners and plans differently from their daytime ones.
With either plan, you’ll receive aligners made from BPA-free, medical-grade polymers that are both safe and effective. Byte states that the plastic they use for At-Night aligners is uniquely crafted to shift teeth with fewer hours of daily wear. We’re not sure exactly what type of plastic that is, but based on customer reviews, we’ve seen consistent quality from their All-Day treatment — and we like their affiliation with Dentsply Sirona, a respected manufacturer.
Byte says they deliver efficient treatment times for many customers, no matter which option they choose. The company advertises average All-Day treatment plan lengths of just 4–5 months, and At-Night plans that last an average of 5–6 months.
While most at-home aligner companies mail all of your aligners at once, Byte sends 15 weeks’ worth at a time. This is so that they can periodically evaluate your progress and make any necessary adjustments before producing your next group of aligners.
You’ll contact Byte when you get to your 13th aligners to order your next batch — what they call your “continuation aligners.” They’ll request a few photos of your teeth, and you’ll wear your 15th aligners until your new ones arrive, to keep your teeth from shifting back.
The primary appeal of At-Night treatment is its reduced daily wear. Traditional clear aligner protocol requires patients to wear their aligners for 22+ hours per day, but Byte At-Night knocks it down to just ten hours. You probably don’t sleep for ten hours a night, so it isn’t purely an overnight treatment. But it’s still pretty simple — pop them in after dinner, wear them overnight, and take them out in the morning.
Additionally, you’ll only need to wear each aligner set for one week before switching to the next one, the same schedule as All-Day treatment.
No matter which treatment you choose, Byte will suggest uploading photos of your teeth to the My Byte app every two weeks. However, they won’t require it unless you have certain conditions. If you choose to submit photos, Byte’s team will review them and let you know if your treatment is progressing as planned.
The HyperByte device uses gentle, high-frequency vibrations intended to provide a more comfortable aligner fit, and you’ll use it as part of both treatment plans. According to some studies, using devices like this on a daily basis may encourage faster dental shifts for some people.
Whether you choose Standard All-Day treatment or the At-Night plan, you’ll need to use the HyperByte for just five minutes a day.
Both of these aligner plans can treat the same conditions. Typically, Byte sticks to mild and moderate cases of crowding and spacing, plus a few minor bite issues. Severe or complex misalignments aren’t really in their wheelhouse. They’ll let you know if you’re a good candidate after you complete and submit an impression kit.
Byte At-Night’s adjusted schedule isn’t a great fit for every case either. Some conditions simply require more consistent aligner attention. For this reason, you’ll need specific approval from your Byte dentist or orthodontist to get started with nighttime treatment.
We get it. Diving into treatment can be intimidating. But one of the best ways to determine if a home aligner company is right for you is by seeing how it worked for others. We’ve compiled reviews from real Byte customers at different stages of the All-Day and At-Night treatment process, so you can get an inside look at their experiences. Or, check out some of the video reviews our readers have submitted below!
Final Thoughts: Which Should You Choose?
We think you’re getting a reliable treatment either way, so you really can’t go wrong. It all comes down to your personal priorities. Review the differences in prices, timelines, wear schedules, and more before making a final decision.
Choose Byte’s At-Night aligners if:
Wearing aligners for 22+ hours a day doesn’t fit with your lifestyle or preferences, but you still want high-quality treatment and don’t mind paying a bit more.
Choose Byte’s All-Day aligners if:
You want a shorter treatment timeline, a slightly lower price, and you’re okay with wearing your aligners all the time.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does Byte At-Night treatment take?
Byte says the average length of their At-Night treatment plans is 5–6 months, but yours could be shorter or longer depending on your specific misalignment. By comparison, Byte claims their average All-Day treatment plan is 4–5 months long.
Should I choose At-Night or All-Day treatment?
Anyone who doesn’t want to wear their aligners for 22+ hours a day might be interested in Byte At-Night. If you snack a lot and/or fear that you’d be constantly removing and replacing your aligners throughout the day, consider nighttime-only treatment instead. But if your primary goal is finishing treatment as quickly as possible, All-Day treatment is your best bet.
Does At-Night treatment cost more?
Yes. Byte’s standard All-Day treatment costs $1,999, while their nighttime treatment costs $2,399. That’s because Byte At-Night requires specialized materials and manufacturing procedures. If you’re operating on a budget, don’t miss our guide to the top three most affordable home aligners.
How do I get started with Byte At-Night?
The same way you’d get started with Byte All-Day treatment: by purchasing and completing an impression kit. Order the kit from Byte’s website, use it to create molds of your top and bottom teeth, then mail them back. Byte’s team will use them to determine your candidacy and design your aligners.
Am I a candidate for At-Night aligners?
If you have a mild case of crowding or spacing and no jaw misalignments, then you’re likely eligible for nighttime treatment. To find out for sure, you’ll need to complete and submit an impression kit.
How does Byte At-Night compare to competitors?
At this point, SmileDirectClub, NewSmile, and AlignerCo are Byte’s only competitors in the nighttime aligners game. But unlike Byte, they don’t use special materials or design. You’ll receive the same aligners whether you choose daytime or nighttime treatment. This makes all three cheaper but also slower (ten months on average). Our full reviews on SmileDirectClub and AlignerCo take a deeper dive into their treatment offerings.
Can I switch from All-Day to At-Night aligners mid-treatment?
Unfortunately, no. Not only do these treatment types have different wear schedules, but they also have different aligners. Because Byte’s nighttime aligners have a different design and structure, switching mid-treatment would require a whole new set.
What if I have questions during my treatment?
Byte’s customer support is personalized, responsive, and reliable. They assign each customer with a personal advisor who is available to address questions and concerns throughout your treatment.
Can I get a refund for my aligners?
After you’ve agreed to treatment and purchased aligners, Byte doesn’t offer any refunds. But that doesn’t mean they’ll leave you high and dry. If you’re not satisfied with your smile after your treatment wraps up, Byte will work with you to create new aligners and finish the job. And if your teeth ever start to drift back, even years down the road, their Byte for Life Guarantee has you covered.
Do At-Night aligners hurt?
Most customers find home aligners fairly comfortable. Nighttime aligners allow your teeth to shift back and forth a bit more, which can cause some additional discomfort. But you’ll be asleep most of the time you’re wearing them anyway.