SnapCorrect and byte have a lot in common. Both clear aligner services offer at-home teeth straightening, and both are newer to the scene than industry giant SmileDirectClub. But when you dig a bit deeper, there are actually some major differences between these companies’ products and services that aren’t so apparent on the surface.
We’re here to help you decipher these differences and hone in on the features that are most important to you. In this comparison review, we’ll take you on an in-depth tour of byte and SnapCorrect, and provide all the information you need to choose the best home teeth aligner for you.
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Overview and Recommendation
Bottom Line: Both Companies Provide Affordable, Convenient Treatments
You can choose either of these companies and you’ll receive quality aligners shipped right to your doorstep for a reasonably affordable price. SnapCorrect offers the industry’s second-lowest sticker price (behind only AlignerCo), while byte has the industry’s fastest treatment time – two attractive advantages, especially when compared to the more expensive and time-consuming in-office options.
Two Great Companies, but byte Gets Our Vote
SnapCorrect might be a bit easier on your wallet, but when you step back and look at all the factors that contribute to clear aligner treatment, we think that byte is a more effective, convenient, reliable option.
Why do we rank byte higher than SnapCorrect? Two reasons:
- Faster Treatment Time: Thanks to their proprietary HyperByte device, which uses gentle vibrations to enable faster teeth movements, byte has the industry’s most efficient treatment times. On average, they can achieve the desired results in just 3 months, compared to SnapCorrect’s average 6-month treatment window.
- Lifetime Guarantee: byte has you covered for life. If your teeth shift anytime after you finish treatment, their byte-for-life guarantee says that they’ll re-evaluate your smile and create new aligners. This only applies to the teeth that byte originally treated (not other teeth that have shifted from trauma or other circumstances). And to be eligible, you must have diligently followed your retainer wear directions.
This doesn’t mean that SnapCorrect is a bad option. They offer their own unique advantages, like an affordable price tag and free whitening for life. However, we rank byte #1 overall among all home aligner companies. Their exceptional treatment times, innovation, and customer service make it an extremely well-rounded option.
Embarking on a teeth straightening journey is a big decision, so you want a company that can confidently get the job done. There are a lot of factors that can dictate a company’s effectiveness, including manufacturing materials, dental network experience, and aligner design.
When you choose byte, you’ll know that you’re getting treatment from an experienced dental professional and products from a reputable manufacturer. SnapCorrect has made some moves to increase their aligner effectiveness, but aren’t quite on byte’s level.
- Uses both orthodontists and dentists to create treatment plans, but an orthodontist is involved in every case
- Unclear who they partner with for manufacturing
- Cuts aligners straight across the top for extra power
- HyperByte technology decreases the average treatment time to 3 months
- Uses less-qualified “dental technicians” in the treatment development process
- Partners with a reputable manufacturer (Essix) to produce their aligners
- Trims their aligners to match your gum line, which can be less effective
Let’s consider how home aligner treatment works. Your aligner plan is designed and monitored remotely by one of many dental professionals in a company’s network. This is the person who ensures the treatment’s quality and success, so they’re a crucial part of the process.
To create byte treatments, dentists and orthodontists work in tandem, so you can be confident that an orthodontist will have some role in your aligner plan. Orthodontists have more specialized experience and training in the science of moving teeth, so it’s nice to know that they’re involved in the process. Although it would be even nicer to have completely orthodontist-directed care.
In SnapCorrect’s network, you’ll find general dentists and “dental technicians.” Their network dentists are still highly-qualified, licensed individuals, but they don’t necessarily have the same level of specialization that orthodontists do. Plus, dental technicians are not dentists. They’re individuals trained to use special software and it’s unclear how involved in the treatment process they are. This means that you may not have the most qualified medical professionals working on your aligners.
The construction, design, and materials in your aligners can have a huge impact on your treatment’s effectiveness.
SnapCorrect produces all of their aligners using plastics from Essix, who has been a widely-trusted supplier of medical-grade plastics since they were founded in 2005, so you can be sure that your aligners will be crafted from high-quality, durable materials.
While we assume that they partner with a trusted manufacturer, byte doesn’t disclose who makes their aligners. Even so, we’ve encountered very few reviews that take issue with the quality of byte’s products.
Believe it or not, the way that your aligners are cut can have an influence on their effectiveness as well.
SnapCorrect trims their aligners to match your gumline, while byte cuts theirs straight across so that they overlap the gums. Aligners that slightly cover the gums might seem counterintuitive, but this actually gives them more leverage to increase the force they exert on your teeth. When SnapCorrect says that their scalloped aligners are less visible, they aren’t lying, but know that it may also make them less effective.
The major difference between at-home and in-office clear aligner treatments is that home aligners don’t need to be administered in-person by a dentist. This elimination of office visits cuts out a significant portion of the costs involved, so any home aligner company you choose is going to be more affordable. But not all home aligners are the same prices. Differences in treatment add-ons, financing options, and more can influence your total cost.
SnapCorrect has a more attractive upfront cost, but we think that for byte offers amazing value for what you get.
- $1,895 sticker price ($2,295 for byte At-Night)
- Includes aftercare retainers in the initial cost
- Impression kit is $95
- Financing requires a down payment, but everyone is approved
- $1,749 sticker price
- The initial payment includes aftercare retainers
- Impression kit costs $95
- Financing requires a credit check, but no down payment
- Includes free whitening products for life
SnapCorrect’s $1,749 price tag is attractive to anyone on a tight budget, and byte isn’t far behind at $1,895 (or $2,295 for their byte At-Night plan). Both of these costs include your aftercare retainers, which means you won’t have any surprise fees at the end of your aligner plan. Other companies charge around $100 for your retainers after you’ve completed your treatment. Neither cost, however, includes your impression kit. You will need to purchase it separately from either company for $95.
From time to time, each company will also run promotions that include discounts to their impression kits or aligners. If you take advantage of one, you might be able to knock $100-300 off the total cost of your treatment.
Payment Plan Options
Even after discounts, home aligners aren’t exactly cheap. You might not be ready to pay $1,500 – $2,300 right away, and that’s okay. Each company offers financing plans that can break the cost into more manageable monthly payments.
- byte’s 29-month financing plan ($83/month) requires a $349 down payment. If you choose their nighttime-only plan, it’s $99 per month with a $449 down payment. Either way, there’s a 100% approval rate for financing.
- SnapCorrect offers 6, 12, and 24-month financing plans (as low as $80.81/month) through a third-party company called Affirm. These require a credit check to qualify, and not everyone is eligible.
If you’re confident in your credit, SnapCorrect could be a flexible option. But if you don’t think you would qualify based on your credit score, byte’s financing plan might be the better route. With both services, you’ll pay a bit extra to finance your care when you factor in the interest paid over time by financing, so it’s worth it to pay upfront if you can make the finances work!
We should also note that bytepay automatically includes a 5-year “Smile Protection Plan,” which provides biannual retainer replacement and two free replacements for lost or stolen retainers.
Both companies include free whitening to accompany your aligners, which is a nice touch that allows you to brighten your smile while you straighten your teeth. SnapCorrect goes a few steps further and guarantees free whitening for life, so you can keep your smile sparkling indefinitely.
byte offers some unique bonuses too. They include their proprietary HyperByte device with your treatment cost. This is a huge benefit to you because HyperByte is what makes byte’s 3-month treatment time possible. Sold separately, this device costs $699, so you’re getting a lot for your money!
Go with either of these companies and you’ll get a strong value, especially when compared to Invisalign or braces, which will typically set you back $5,000 or more.
As dental technology advances, treatments are constantly becoming not just more effective, but also more convenient. Home aligners allow you to correct your mild or moderate crowding and spacing from the comfort of your own home. But because your treatment is handled remotely, there’s some shipping and long-distance communication involved.
byte’s biggest convenience is their fast, 3-month treatment time, but they also offer multiple treatment schedules and quick turnaround times, making them a much more convenient option.
- Average treatment time is 3 months
- No physical locations that offer teeth scans, so you’ll need to use an impression kit
- Takes 4 weeks to design, produce, and ship your aligners
- Allows you to use aligners and whitening products simultaneously
- Recently announced a nighttime-only option that requires aligner use for only 10 hours per day
- Also no physical locations, so you must use the impression kit
- Takes 5-6 weeks to design, produce, and ship your aligners
- Allows you to use certain whitening products simultaneously with your aligners
- Average treatment time is 6-9 months
Once you’ve decided to dive into home aligner treatment, you’ll probably want to get the ball rolling right away. But before byte or SnapCorrect can design your treatment plan, they need to get a look at your teeth.
This usually involves creating molds of your top and bottom arches with an impression kit. It sounds simple, but many customers report struggling with this first step. Taking impressions isn’t always easy if you’ve never done it before. But if you choose either of these companies, you don’t have a choice – an impression kit is the only way to get started. Larger companies like SmileDirectClub and Candid have established physical locations where you can get free teeth scans, but byte and SnapCorrect don’t yet offer this option.
Both of these home aligner companies aim for a complete transformation of your teeth, not just straightening your smile, but brightening it too. To achieve this, they provide free whitening with their treatments. byte’s free whitening lasts one year, while SnapCorrect provides free whitening for life, so you can maintain your smile’s brightness forever.
With byte, your straightening and whitening processes are simultaneous. Just pump the BrightByte foam into your aligners and it will whiten all day. SnapCorrect, on the other hand, doesn’t recommend using their full whitening kit at the same time as your aligners. However, you can use their Daily White Fusion foam during your aligner treatment if you’d like.
Because home aligner treatment is a completely remote process, there’s some back-and-forth involved with getting started. The company will send you an impression kit and you’ll return molds of your teeth. Then, if the impressions are acceptable, the company’s dental professionals will develop your treatment plan and send it back to you. At this point, you’ll decide whether or not you’d like to continue with treatment. If so, the company will produce and ship your aligners.
The companies want to ensure your treatment quality and safety, so producing your aligners isn’t necessarily a quick process. You won’t find them waiting on your doorstep the day after finishing your impression kit. With byte, this entire process takes around 4 weeks (depending on how quickly you return your impressions), while SnapCorrect often takes 5-6.
Imagine your life with aligners, wearing them 22+ hours per day, only removing them to eat and drink, switching to a new set every week. Sound reasonable? Great! But if you don’t think you could work this commitment into your schedule, a nighttime-only option could be a better alternative. This is a relatively recent trend in the home aligner industry, and currently, only three companies offer it: byte, SmileDirectClub, and AlignerCo.
The idea is that you wear each set of aligners for 10 hours per day instead of the usual 22. Of course, this extends byte’s overall timeline, but not by a whole lot. byte specially crafts their nighttime aligners with premium material to exert more force over shorter periods of time. So, you’ll be looking at a 4-6 month timeline compared to the usual 3. Either way, it’s nice to have a flexible option if you don’t think an all-day schedule will work for you.
SnapCorrect doesn’t offer a nighttime-only option. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if more home aligner companies started jumping on this trend soon.
One of the main reasons many adults choose clear aligners is to avoid all the metal associated with traditional braces. Already conscious about your treatment’s appearance, you’ll want to make sure your aligners suit your aesthetic preferences. Each company’s products look slightly different, so each will look a little different on your teeth.
Everyone has different ideas about what looks best, so it’s hard to say one aligner is better looking than another. Still, we think that byte’s design and nighttime-only treatment makes them a more aesthetically-pleasing option.
- Uses a smooth, translucent, shiny plastic
- Uses straight-cut aligners that slightly overlap your gums.
- Reasonably stain resistant.
- Offers a nighttime-only option to avoid daytime wear
- Also uses a smooth, shiny plastic
- Scallops their aligners to match your gum line
- Reasonably stain resistant
- Does not have a nighttime treatment option
Both of these companies use smooth, translucent plastic to make their aligners. They maintain that the clearer an aligner, the less noticeable it will be. SnapCorrect’s website features side-by-side comparisons of their aligners with textured, frosted aligners from SmileDirectClub and others. SnapCorrect and byte both state that their clear aligners are better looking than other companies’ frosted ones.
We actually think that frosted aligners are a better match for the natural matte surfaces of your teeth. Clear, smooth aligners can seem unnaturally reflective and shiny, while textured ones are not. That said, everyone has different aesthetic tastes, so you might prefer a smooth aligner that makes your smile “gleam.”
Remember in the “effectiveness” section when we said that SnapCorrect’s scalloped aligners are less powerful? Well, here’s the upside: they’re also less noticeable. byte’s aligner-gumline overlap might increase effectiveness, but it can also make your aligners more visible. You’d need to look pretty close to see where the aligners stop and your gums begin, but it’s still possible.
Both companies make aligners that are resistant to staining, but we would not recommend drinking colored beverages while wearing them. byte’s FAQ page states that their aligners are 88% more stain-resistant than their competitors, but it’s unclear how they determined this.
No one will notice your aligners if you’re not wearing them. By providing the option for nighttime-only treatment, byte allows you to avoid wearing aligners in public altogether. So, if you don’t want to wear them at work, school, or other daytime social gathering, you don’t have to. SnapCorrect doesn’t have a nighttime treatment, so you don’t have this option.
We should note that byte At-Night aligners use a thicker plastic, which helps them exert more force, but also can be slightly more visible. This shouldn’t be a huge problem, though, since you won’t typically be wearing them in public.
Customer Service Comparison
As you do more research and start the process with a home aligner question, you might have questions. As you progress in your treatment, you might need assistance with certain procedures or policies. A responsive and friendly customer support staff can be incredibly reassuring, making you feel valued as a customer.
We examined a multitude of customer reviews to see how each company stacks up in the customer service arena. Still a relatively small company, SnapCorrect doesn’t have a wealth of reviews yet, but the ones we found expressed satisfaction with their support. byte, however, takes customer service to the next level with their personalized support and long-term guarantees.
byte Customer Service
SnapCorrect Customer Service
- Offers standard communication avenues and will respond on social media as well.
- Receives consistently positive customer reviews.
- The byte-For-Life guarantee ensures your smile forever.
- Provides each customer with a personal byte advisor to answer questions.
- Provides standard support options
- Customer service appears responsive, but doesn’t have many customer reviews.
- Doesn’t offer refunds, but will provide refinements for those who qualify. These refinements may cost extra.
byte is available during standard business hours on a variety of support platforms – phone (8am-6pm PST), webchat, email, and will also respond on social media. SnapCorrect provides the same channels, although their phone hours are slightly shorter, 8am-5pm PST.
Responsiveness & Helpfulness
To get a better sense of each company’s customer service experience, we read and watched numerous online reviews. After compiling review data and testing out their support channels for ourselves, we determined that while SnapCorrect’s customer service is commendable. And they say that they’ll respond to all email inquiries within one day.
In the reviews that we found, customers expressed contentment with how SnapCorrect answered questions and resolved concerns. We tested out their webchat for ourselves and received a response in just a few minutes.
Even so, it’s difficult to compete with byte’s exemplary customer support. Reviewers indicate that byte’s support team is responsive and friendly, resolving questions and issues efficiently. They assign each customer a byte advisor who is available to answer questions throughout the entire treatment process. No other home aligner company offers a comparable level of personalized support.
Let’s say you’re two months into your treatment and dissatisfied with its progress. What can you do? You won’t receive a monetary refund, but if you’ve diligently followed all the instructions, both companies will work with you to see how they can get your treatment back on track.
Sometimes teeth move differently than originally forecasted. If you aren’t seeing the progress you expected or you get to the end of your treatment and your smile doesn’t match your original treatment preview, both byte and SnapCorrect will work with you to ensure that you get the smile you want.
And byte goes a step further. After your treatment is complete, they will protect your smile forever with their byte-for-life guarantee. If your teeth shift years down the road, byte will send you new aligners to correct them.
byte Company Background
SnapCorrect Company Background
- Founded in 2018
- Quickly gained popularity due to their new technology and excellent customer service.
- Currently one of the industry’s most promising new companies.
- Founded in 2017
- Expanded out of a whitening company in the beauty industry.
- Still small, but gaining popularity and has a growing customer base.
SnapCorrect and byte are both relatively young companies who have made waves in the home aligner field through their innovative policies and procedures. Founded in 2017 and 2018, respectively, they each got to work making themselves stand out against industry giants like SmileDirectClub and Candid.
byte is the brainchild of Dr. Jon Marashi D.D.S., whose star-studded patient list includes celebrities like Ben Affleck, Ryan Seacrest, and Kate Hudson. With byte, he brought his A-list orthodontic procedures to a wider base of patients. The HyperByte device, which cuts treatment times in half, and Smile Science technology, which matches your smile with your facial features, garnered immediate attention. Since its conception, byte has grown rapidly in size and popularity.
SnapCorrect is the sister company of Beaming White, the beauty industry’s leading whitening product supplier, so right from the start, they had a leg up in the whitening game. They have sought to set themselves apart as an affordable option that provides free, high-quality whitening products for life and so far, they’ve done a commendable job. They’ve also been able to grow their customer base by maintaining a lower sticker price than most competitors and running attractive promotions.
There’s no doubt that SnapCorrect has some unique advantages. They’re cost-effective and taking steps toward competing with the big home aligner names in quality and convenience. But right now, byte’s fast treatment times, quality assurance, and personalized customer service have them beat. Given their meteoric rise so far, they’re already our top-ranked company overall and we’re excited to see how byte will continue to revolutionize the industry.
Which Home Teeth Aligner Should You Use?
As you can see, byte and SnapCorrect have a lot in common, but their differences are where you want to focus when making a final decision. If you’re still not sure which clear aligner service to choose, let’s look at a couple of scenarios that might help you figure out which is the better option for you.
Choose byte if You Are:
Looking to complete your treatment ASAP with quality products and excellent customer service, and don’t mind working with a less-experienced company.
Choose SnapCorrect if You Are:
Sticking to a strict budget, intrigued by the free whitening for life guarantee, and not concerned about going with a newer and more untested company.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I choose byte or SnapCorrect?
Both are good options, but we like byte. They’ve earned the #1 spot in our home aligner rankings thanks to their industry-best treatment times and excellent customer service.
To their credit, SnapCorrect provides solid treatment and offers customers free whitening for life, but we don’t think it’s enough to top byte. Learn more about both companies in our full byte review and SnapCorrect review.
How do I get started with byte or SnapCorrect?
Starting treatment with byte or SnapCorrect requires an impression kit. Using a special putty in the kit, you’ll create molds of your top and bottom dental arches, then send them to your company of choice. They’ll use these molds to determine if you’re a good treatment candidate and, if so, design your aligner plan.
What are customers saying about byte and SnapCorrect?
byte customers often heap praises on the company’s customer service, treatment effectiveness, and results. It appears that their innovative technology and individualized customer support has had the desired effect. SnapCorrect reviewers generally report a satisfactory customer experience too, but some customers also report slow customer service response times.
What is the fastest home aligner company?
byte. Their average treatment takes just 3 months, while most other home aligner companies take around 6. Even byte At-Night takes 4-6 months, right around the industry average.
What is the most effective home aligner company?
The front runners are byte and Candid. Candid’s orthodontist-directed care (plus Remote Monitoring service) and byte’s lightning-fast treatment time (3 months on average) put these two a head and shoulders above the rest. Check out other effective treatments in our Top 3 Most Effective Home Aligners guide.
How do I know which option is right for me?
We recommend looking at five things: effectiveness, affordability, convenience, appearance, and customer friendliness. It’s all about finding the one that fits with your priorities, timeline, and budget.
What is the cheapest home aligner company?
AlignerCo. At just $1,145, their price beats every competitor by a few hundred dollars, and sometimes they run promotions that drop it even lower. And if you can’t pay that upfront, you can jump on a financing plan, regardless of your credit score.
Will home aligners work for me?
It depends on your condition. Since home aligners don’t require office visits and in-person oversight, they can’t treat severe conditions like most jaw misalignments. If you have a mild or moderate case of crowding or spacing, you’re probably a good fit, though.
How do byte and SnapCorrect compare to Invisalign?
Both treatments use a series of clear aligners to shift your teeth. The major difference is that your dentist or orthodontist will administer Invisalign in-office and can incorporate supplement attachments (elastics, buttons, etc.).
As a result, Invisalign can treat just about any condition that braces can. Home aligners don’t require office visits, so they can’t employ attachments and they have a smaller range of treatable cases. Take a look at our SnapCorrect vs. Invisalign and byte vs. Invisalign guides for a deeper analysis.
How long does home aligner treatment take?
In most cases, 6 months. Your timeline could be shorter or longer, though, depending on your condition’s severity and how consistently you wear your aligners. And if you choose byte, your treatment will move a bit faster. They use “HyperByte” technology to achieve faster teeth shifts, completing most treatments in 3 months instead of 6.
What other companies should I consider?
Candid, AlignerCo, and SmileDirectClub are all worth a look. Each one has its own advantages. Candid is the only company with Remote Monitoring service, AlignerCo offers the industry’s lowest prices, and SmileDirectClub has the most experience and brand power. Read through our guide to the top 5 home aligner companies for more on each option.
How much do home aligners cost?
They go for $1,200 – $2,500, depending on which company you choose. AlignerCo, for example, has cut out the bells and whistles to provide effective treatment at just $1,145. While Candid, who provides extensive Remote Monitoring, costs $2,400. Even the most expensive home aligners are still much cheaper than the $3,000 – $8,000 you’ll pay for Invisalign or braces.
Does insurance cover home aligners?
Sometimes, but not often. Many insurance providers don’t cover cosmetic treatments, which includes home aligners. If your plan includes orthodontic benefits, though, you might receive a partial reimbursement. The only way to know for sure is to contact your provider directly.
Are home aligners safe?
Yes! While administering treatment from home might seem daunting, the process is very safe. Home aligner companies use state-licensed dentists and orthodontists to create your treatment plan and design your aligners. Even though you won’t meet with them in-person, each company offers robust customer support services if something doesn’t feel quite right. PlusDent’s regular virtual check-ins help to prevent any complications or issues throughout treatment.
Do home aligners hurt?
When you switch to a new aligner set every two weeks, you might experience some discomfort for the first day or two, but after that, you’ll hardly notice them.