Whether you’ve already started treatment with Byte or you’re still doing some preliminary research, you’re probably curious about their mysterious “HyperByte.” But don’t worry — the high-frequency vibration devices like Hyperbyte are considered safe, and Byte claims it might deliver fast results and make you more comfortable along the way.
In this guide, we’ll explain how to use the HyperByte effectively so you can get the smile you want as quickly and painlessly as possible.
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What Is the HyperByte?
The HyperByte is a C-shaped, flat, vibrating device that you’ll lightly bite down on for a few minutes each day. Byte says this daily practice may help reduce any discomfort from your teeth shifting. Plus, there’s evidence that devices like this might encourage faster dental movement for some people.
How does it work? The HyperByte sends soft vibrations through your teeth (when we say soft we mean soft — the HyperByte pulses more gently than an electric toothbrush) to vibrate your tooth roots and the surrounding bone. If you’ve just put in a new set of aligners and they’re feeling a bit snug, the HyperByte might help seat them slightly better.
How Does the HyperByte Work?
To better understand how the HyperByte actually works, you first need a general understanding of what’s happening beneath the surface during teeth-straightening treatment.
Throughout treatment, there is constant compressing and stretching on either side of your teeth. The goal of this compression is to break down the ligaments, and the goal of the stretching is to build new ones. Eventually, the side being compressed gives up, and your body sends in its little bone-eating cells (you have these!), and they clean up the cellular rubble left behind.
On the stretching side, your body sends in your bone-creating cells (you also have these!) to build new bone around the tooth in its new home. All of this stretching and compressing leads to inflammation, which is the main source of pain and discomfort during treatment.
That’s where the HyperByte comes in. Certain studies suggest that gentle vibrations from devices like this may speed up those compressions and stretches. Byte says these vibrations also transmit through the tooth roots and surrounding bone, potentially relieving the pain caused by inflammation.
Is the HyperByte Safe?
Byte is the only at-home clear aligner company who includes a high frequency vibration (HFV) device in your treatment, but that doesn’t mean they invented the technology. In fact, orthodontists and dentists have been implementing the use of these HFV devices in their practices for years. This is just the first HFV device to hit the at-home clear aligner scene.
In the US, we regulate medical devices extensively. Even something as simple as an elastic bandage undergoes scrutiny before it hits the shelves. The HyperByte is no exception. It is FDA approved, and holds a class II medical status.
How To Use The HyperByte
Using the HyperByte device properly involves four simple steps.
Step 1: Charge Your HyperByte
Before using, make sure your HyperByte is sufficiently charged. The device uses USB to help you keep it charged easily.
Step 2: Place the HyperByte Between Your Teeth
With your aligners in, bite down on the device’s mouthpiece. You don’t need to bite down hard, just apply some light pressure to the flat surface.
Step 3: Leave the HyperByte in for Five Minutes
Turn on the HyperByte by pressing the button at the base, and leave the device in position for five minutes. The HyperByte will turn off on its own when time’s up, so you don’t need to keep track.
Step 4: Repeat As Needed
You can use the HyperByte for more than five minutes a day if you’d like. For example, if you’ve just switched to a new set of aligners and are feeling more soreness and discomfort than usual, adding an extra session (or two, or three) may help alleviate some of your pain.
Over the course of your treatment, you’ll figure out what works best for you, your schedule, and your smile.
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What To Expect If You’re Using the HyperByte Properly
Starting a new set of aligners can cause some discomfort. Sometimes it’s even a little difficult to get a new set of aligners to fit. According to Byte, using the HyperByte daily could help seat your new aligners more quickly than they would on their own, and minimize any pain you might experience when your teeth shift.
How Often Should I Use The HyperByte?
The HyperByte is designed for daily use. Whether you’re on Byte’s All-Day or At-Night aligner plan, they recommend using it for five minutes each day. Any usage beyond that depends on your own particular needs.
Since the HyperByte may help mitigate soreness and pain, there may be times during your treatment when you feel compelled to use it for longer each day. This tool is meant to help you, so let it! Some people use the HyperByte for 15-20 minutes a day, so it’s completely up to you.
Are There Any Side Effects If I Use It Too Often?
Most people do not experience any side effects from the HyperByte itself, though some customers have experienced nausea from using the HyperByte many times in one day.
The HyperByte is considered safe for home use and most people have no problem using it frequently, but everyone is different. So if you feel worn out after sessions, reach out to your Byte advisor and they’ll help you make adjustments moving forward.
We think the HyperByte device is a useful tool for your teeth-straightening treatment. It’s intended to alleviate discomfort and some studies suggest it might help move your teeth quicker. Dentists and orthodontists have been using this kind of HFV technology for years for those desired outcomes, and now Byte includes this incredible technology as a part of your treatment!