Byte has always been one of the most innovative clear aligner brands, so it was no surprise when they introduced a way to safely straighten your teeth while you sleep. Today, Byte customers can choose between standard all-day treatment and “Byte At-Night,” which only requires 10 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
Thick, medical-grade BPA-free plastic specifically for nighttime treatment
Medical-grade, BPA-free plastic
Mild or moderate cases of crowding and spacing
Mild or moderate cases of crowding and spacing
Let’s take a deeper look at each of these categories.
At-Night treatment is more expensive, but why? It’s because Byte uses special materials that are specifically designed to make nighttime aligners more effective. The fact that you can have a similar treatment time while only wearing your aligners overnight makes it worth the extra few hundred dollars if you ask us.
All-Day treatment is $1,895 and At-Night aligners cost $2,295, 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 $82/month for 32 months. Go with At-Night aligners and you’ll need a $299 down payment followed by $99/month for 32 months. 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. 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 exert more power over less time per day.
We’re not sure exactly what type of plastic that is, or who manufactures it, but considering the consistency we’ve seen from their All-Day treatment, we’re confident it’s a safe option.
No matter which option you choose, you’ll see some of the fastest results among all home aligner companies. The HyperByte device empowers faster teeth movements, giving Byte’s All-Day treatment a lightning-fast 3-4-month timeline (on average). And At-Night aligners aren’t far behind, delivering your ideal results in just 5-6 months.
For reference, most of Byte’s competitors take around 6 months, and that’s for their regular daytime treatments. So, you can go with either option and still get your dream smile in record time.
While most at-home aligner companies send mail all of your aligners at once, Byte sends 11-15 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.
Be sure to keep all of your Byte aligners after, even after you’re done using them! Byte often requests photos of your used aligners at each check-in. If you don’t have your old aligners, you could end up paying up to $899 for the remainder of your treatment.
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 10 hours. You probably don’t sleep for 10 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.
The HyperByte device uses gentle, high-frequency vibrations to give you a more snug, comfortable aligner fit, and you’ll use it as part of both treatment plans. The amount of time you need to use this device, however, varies.
Standard All-Day treatment requires you to use the HyperByte for just 5 minutes a day, while At-Night treatment needs 10 minutes per day. It’s not a big difference, but it can have a significant effect on your aligner fit and overall comfort level.
Both of these aligner plans can treat the same types of conditions. Typically, Byte sticks to mild and moderate cases of crowding and spacing, as well as 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?
You’re getting a safe, 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 the industry’s fastest treatment time, a slightly lower price, and you’re okay with wearing your aligners all the time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are nighttime aligners as effective as All-Day treatment?
When it comes to your end results, yes. Nighttime aligner treatment can achieve the same smile transformations that daytime treatment can. However, nighttime treatment moves slower because you’re wearing your aligners for less time each day. Read over our complete Byte At-Night review for a whole lot more info.
How long does At-Night treatment take?
Byte’s nighttime treatment lasts 5-6 months on average, but could be slightly faster or slower depending on your condition. By comparison, All-Day treatment generally takes around 3-4 months.
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 find yourself 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 $1,895, while their nighttime treatment costs $2,295. This is because Byte At-Night requires specialized materials and manufacturing procedures that help accelerate your treatment time. If you’re operating on a budget, don’t miss our guide to the top 3 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 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.
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.
Are At-Night aligners safe?
For a vast majority of cases, yes. Nighttime treatment, however, allows your teeth to partially shift back during the day before correcting them again at night. This back and forth has a tiny risk of damaged tooth roots, but these cases are extremely rare.
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.