What are the Best Teeth Aligners?

What are the Best Teeth Aligners?
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Table of Contents

  1. Price Points
  2. Discounts
  3. Guarantees
  4. Treatment Process
  5. Treatment Timeline
  6. Company Choices
  7. References

Aligners are clear, plastic trays that gently push your teeth into proper position. Most companies that sells aligners uses comparable technology, materials, and processes to adjust smiles. But some companies truly are better than others. It is important to consider things like:

  • Price
  • Treatment Process
  • Length of Treatment
  • Guarantee
  • Discounts

If you’re short on time, Below is a head-to-head comparison of aligner companies in chart form. Keep reading to see a deeper exploration of each point in this chart.

things to consider when deciding on the best teeth aligners
Byte$1,895YesFor lifeDoctor-monitored,
2 to 4 months
InvisalignMay cost over $5,000YesWarrantyIn-person12 to 18 months
Smile Direct Club$1,895Yes30 Day with Lifetime Touch-upsDoctor-monitored,
4 to 6 months
Candid$2,400Yes30 DayDoctor-monitored,
6 to 11 months

Price points: major differences.

Aligner programs are typically developed with cost in mind. Rather than asking customers to spend thousands on the brackets and wires associated with braces, companies use less expensive plastics to move teeth. But there are some major exceptions, and some aligner versions cost just as much as braces do.

Here’s how the cost stacks up between aligner options:

  • Byte: $1,895, plus the $95 impression kit
  • Invisalign: Over $5,000
  • SmileDirectClub: $1,895, plus the $49 impression kit
  • Candid: $2,400

Clearly, there’s an outlier here. Invisalign can sometimes cost more than twice as much as all other options available. Choose this product, and you’ll work through aligner treatment via regular in-person appointments with an orthodontist. That is, in part, is likely responsible for the added cost. Invisalign is also unique qualified to treat severe smile issues, which can demand a more rigorous approach.

Your dental health professional must has an office, assistants, and other staff members available to serve you. Choose an option that involves telemedicine, and those expenses disappear. You still get supervision from a dentist, but you save a lot of money.

All of these companies offer financing packages that could help you pay for care. And most forms of aligner treatment could be eligible for reimbursement from an insurance company.

Even with insurance, you should expect to see a bill for aligner treatment. Insurance companies use copayments, deductibles, and other methods to keep costs low. And sometimes, insurance companies won’t cover aligner treatment at all.

Discounts could help you save money.

While your insurance company could help to cut the cost of aligner treatment, some companies offer benefits that could reduce your overall price for a better smile.

At Byte, we offer three types of discounts. These include:

  • Military discounts for active service members and veterans.
  • Student discounts for both undergraduates and graduates.
  • First responder discounts for those who keep our communities safe.

Byte also offers promotions for $100 off or impression kits for $25 to further discount the overall cost.

Candid offers a referral program. If you refer someone to the company, you’ll both get $100 in rewards. SmileDirectClub also offers periodic specials with discount codes that could save you money. As of July 2021, SmileDirectClub offers discounts for Teachers, Students and Military.

Significant differences separate aligner companies. Some are more expensive, some take longer than others, and some do not offer guaranteed protection.

Guarantees protect your smile.

Aligners are investments, and guarantees ensure that you’re not spending money in vain. Some companies offer this protection, and others do not.

At Byte, we offer extensive smile protection. If you followed your treatment and retainer plan carefully and your teeth move, you’re eligible for:

  • An assessment. A professional will look at your tooth placement now, and that will be compared to your tooth placement at the end of your treatment plan.
  • New aligners. Our team will create an aligner treatment plan for you.
  • New retainers. At the end of treatment, you’ll have new tools to use to keep your teeth in place.

SmileDirectClub offers a 30 day money-back guarantee. After 30 days, Smile Direct Club offers unlimited touch-ups if the customer has followed all steps.

As of April 2021, neither Invisalign nor Candid appear to have formal guarantee programs to protect your smile, but do offer warranties.

How does treatment work?

Aligner companies fall into one of two models. One involves in-person appointments; the other does not.

Choose Invisalign, and you’ll work with an orthodontist who lives in your community. You’ll visit this person for:

  • An assessment. You’ll go through an exam, and you’ll talk together about your teeth and how they might be improved.
  • An evaluation. Your orthodontist will use Invisalign tools to measure your mouth and develop an aligner plan.
  • Checkups. You’ll visit your orthodontist regularly to discuss how your treatment plan is working. In some appointments, you’ll get new sets of aligners.

Some orthodontists run very efficient offices, and they allow for quick appointments that don’t impact your everyday life. But emergencies, inaccuracies, and other unknowns can lead to long wait times. And some people just don’t feel comfortable sitting in a waiting room next to strangers.

Doctor-monitored, at-home aligners are different. You have a dental professional assigned to your case, and that person both develops your aligner plan and ensures your teeth are moving as expected. But you may only see that person via virtual chats rather than in person.

This approach allows for:

  • Social distancing. You won’t sit in a crowded waiting room with other people.
  • Professional care. A dental expert is still in charge of your smile.
  • Unpredictable schedules. You may find it hard to schedule appointments if you have shift work or an unusual work arrangement. At-home aligners let you tackle your smile on your own time.
  • Lower cost. Telemedicine allows doctors to reach many customers without maintaining an office. They can pass those savings on to you.

Byte, SmileDirectClub, and Candid all follow this model.

How long will treatment take?

Aligners are made to move your teeth at a safe but steady pace. Each tug encourages new bone to grow below your teeth so they’ll hold their position when you’re done with treatment. Aligners are often quicker than braces, but significant differences in treatment timeframes exist.

Uniquely, Byte offers one of the fastest treatment timelines than most options out there. We use an innovative technology, HyperByte®, that can help to shorten treatment duration.

With HyperByte, each customer gets a simple, at-home tool that is clenched between the teeth for five minutes per day. When turned on, that machine emits gentle vibrations that can speed up bone remodeling and reduce pain. This technology helps make Byte one of the fastest aligner solutions on the market.

Invisalign is among the aligner solutions that takes the longest. This treatment method is approved for severe smile issues, and those do take longer to treat. That could be, in part, why treatment seems to move so slowly. Those significant timeframes drag up the average. But Invisalign doesn’t come with vibration technology, and that could play a role.

Which company will you choose?

We know Byte is a tough aligner competitor, and we're proud of that. Cost, hassles, and timeframes are kept to a minimum. Quality, innovation, and supervision are boosted to a maximum. For people with mild to moderate smile issues, we are hard to beat. For severe smile issues, Invisalign is typically the way to go. It depends on what you need and what you are looking for in your aligner.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to serve as dental or other professional health advice and is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any condition or symptom. You should consult a dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.