Smilelove vs byte

Sarah Sherren
Sarah Sherren | Contributor
As an alternative to traditional metal braces, invisible aligners are known for their affordability and convenience. If you have looked into straightening your teeth from home, then you’ve probably heard of Smilelove and byte. These two up and coming invisible aligner companies have only been around for a few years, but in that time have made quite the name for themselves. 
Smilelove logo verified_user
#9 Smilelove
3.3 Overall Score
2.8
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(147)
byte logo verified_user
#1 byte
9.6 Overall Score
4.8
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(4,028)

Overview

Smilelove

Down Payment

Undisclosed

Monthly Payment

$66

Contract Length

24 Months

Impression Kit

$79

Cost of Additional/Replacement Retainers

$99

Average Duration of Treatment

6 Months

Number of Payment Plans

5

Time in Business

4 Years

byte

$349

$83

29 Months

$95

$99

3 Months

5

4 Years

Ratings

Smilelove

Overall Score
3.3 of 10
Review Score
2.8
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Value for Money
2.8
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Quality of Product or Service
2.7
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Company Trustworthiness
2.6
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Likely to Recommend
4.0 of 10

byte

9.6 of 10
4.8
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4.7
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4.7
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4.7
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9.3 of 10

Reviews

Smilelove

Number of Reviews
147
Review Breakdown
2.8
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5 star
39%
4 star
5%
3 star
1%
2 star
3%
1 star
51%

byte

4,028
4.8
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5 star
86%
4 star
10%
3 star
2%
2 star
1%
1 star
2%

Reviews for Smilelove

Helpful Favorable Review

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Kirill Kolesnikov Miami Beach, FL

I'd like to leave a positive review. I started with Smilelove back in Jan 2020 and now my teeth a perfectly straight. When I needed to communicate with them they were very responsive. I'm not sure how things are with them nowadays but back then they were a great company with great customer support and their treatment has worked great for me.

4 months ago

Helpful Critical Review

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Lori Rose Camas, WA

I am 90% happy with the outcome, but had no luck when I enquired about getting a few additional aligners to fix one gap between my teeth. Why is this company still allowed to advertise if they are closed?

6 days ago

Reviews for byte

Helpful Favorable Review

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Fannie Kurniawan Dublin, CA

On week 6 of treatment! So far so good and already seeing improvement in teeth. Expect discomforts when putting in new aligner, and sensitivity during eating. Aligners were hard to remove, go on YouTube to look up some tips. Read and follow the instructions. Good luck!

2 days ago

Helpful Critical Review

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Sean Clayton City of Saint Peters, MO

It was all good until my top retainer cracked. Then they gave me the run-around instead of just replacing it. I've gone to BBB and they're ghosting me. Moreover, I'm rather disappointed in the fact that they didn't move my premolars into place, instead shoving my teeth further back along my jawline. As a result, there is a lot of pressure on the front teeth, which quickly shift out of place in just a day when I don't have my retainers in (I completed the program months ago). Also, their lifetime guarantee requires you to buy a lot of retainers.

1 week ago

The Final Word

Smilelove and byte focus on creating a smooth and hassle-free straightening process. You don’t have to worry about making an appointment and paying expensive dental fees. Everything is done online and your aligners can be shipped straight to your door. 

Both companies work hard to help customers get their perfect smile — although byte boasts a much faster treatment time. Thanks to the byte’s HyperByte technology, customers often experience a reduction in discomfort, better aligner traction, more accurate teeth movement, and an average treatment time of three months. 

Smilelove’s average treatment time is six months. 

Getting a treatment plan with byte is a reasonably straightforward process. You’ll order an impression kit ($95) and mail your impressions back to byte. Your case will then be reviewed by an orthodontist who will determine whether or not byte is right for you. If you are a good candidate, you can pay the $1,895 upfront or do a monthly payment plan. A few weeks later you’ll receive your aligners. 

Now, Smilelove’s treatment process is relatively similar to byte’s. Except Smilelove gives you two options. If you choose their Fast-Track Bundle, you’ll pay $1,895 upfront; this includes the price of the impression kit, aligners, retainers, and whitening products. If you decide to go with the Kit-First plan, you’ll pay for the impression kit ($79) and send it back to Smilelove. If you choose to move forward with the straightening process, you’ll then have to pay $1,895 for your aligners to be produced and sent to your home. 

In addition to their HyperByte technology, byte guarantees your smile for life. Meaning that if your teeth move or shift after going through a byte treatment, the company will cover the cost to straighten them. While Smilelove doesn’t offer a guarantee of that caliber, the company does state they will work with customers who are unhappy with their results.  

Both companies appear to reputable and reliable. However, we recommend reading our verified customer reviews to find out which company is going to best suit your unique needs. 

Top Choice

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