At-home clear aligners present a lot of great advantages: they’re cheaper than braces, they’re less noticeable, and they’re far more convenient.
But for a lot of people, price is the biggest factor in their purchasing decisions. Most of us don’t have thousands of dollars sitting around to pay for braces or Invisalign — both of which can cost more than $7,500.
Thankfully, at-home teeth aligners have a price point that usually ranges from $1,899 to $2,749. That’s still an investment, but it’s a far cry from the cost of traditional orthodontic treatment. And if that range feels a bit harsh, you can also subscribe to financing plans.
In this review, we’ll talk about four of the cheapest aligner companies in Australia: SmilePath, EZ Smile, WonderSmile, and Byte.
Spoiler Alert: SmilePath wins! They offer the lowest overall prices of any clear aligner company in Australia. Read our full review of SmilePath to learn more about their products and services.
What Makes One Clear Aligner More Affordable Than Another?
A lot goes into the price points for each service. The cost of the aligners themselves is the most significant factor, but there are other aspects to consider.
There is the startup cost for either an impression kit or digital scans. Some companies include post-treatment retainers for free, and others require you to purchase them instead. And then there’s the question of whitening: is it free? And if not, how much is it? Do they even provide it?
Last but not least, it’s worth noting the financing options from each company. Some services require a credit check, and others have 100% approval rates. There are also down payments, which can vary from zero to a few hundred dollars.
Based on those criteria, we rank SmilePath, EZ Smile, WonderSmile, and Byte as the most affordable companies to use. Check out the full run-down below to learn more.
The Rundown: SmilePath, EZ Smile, WonderSmile, and Byte
To kick off your treatment process, you’ll usually need to purchase an impression kit. However, a couple companies maintain physical locations where you can get digital images taken instead. Sometimes, these appointments are free; other companies charge for them. But an impression kit can ultimately cost more because you might have to redo the molds; that doesn’t happen with a teeth scan.
Not all companies offer 3D scans, though. Many strictly work with impression kits. These kits come with a prepaid shipping label to make it easy to return your impressions. And then there’s the industry standard we can’t forget to mention: the impression kit guarantee. Basically, if you take impressions and it turns out that you’re not a good candidate for treatment, you’ll get a refund for the price of the kit.
With that in mind, let’s talk about the price to get started with our four services:
SmilePath: $75 or FREE
SmilePath doesn’t have any retail locations, so an impression kit is your only option. The kit comes with everything you’ll need to make molds of your teeth: putty, trays, and a cheek retractor. If you buy your aligners up front, SmilePath will refund the cost of the kit. In that sense, it could be free.
With Byte, your only option is to purchase an impression kit. This kit includes all the components you need to take impressions on your own: putty, impression trays, a cheek stretcher, and instructions. They also offer video support, during which a member of their support team will walk you through the whole process. Sometimes, Byte offers discounts on the kit, too.
EZ Smile: $99
EZ Smile is one of the few companies that offers both teeth scans and impression kits. And as an added plus, they have lots of different locations across the country, all of them currently offering their scans for free. So it’s pretty easy to get started. And, if you buy your aligners up front, EZ Smile will take $100 off your treatment kit. So in a sense, the start-up process ends up costing you nothing out of pocket even if you choose to take your own impressions.
WonderSmile: $45, $80 (but technically free)
WonderSmile also offers both 3D scans and impression kits, but they charge a different up-front cost for each. The impression kit is cheaper; 3D scans will cost $80 ($35 more). Thankfully, though, if you end up buying aligners from WonderSmile, they’ll deduct that cost from your total purchase price. In a way, that makes your start-up process free.
Aligner Kit Pricing
If you’re a candidate for treatment and you decide to go ahead with the company’s proposed treatment plan, the next step is payment (they won’t start manufacturing your aligners until you pay). You can use financing if your budget is tight (more on this in a moment), but the cheapest method is to pay it all in one go. The savings are substantial enough that we recommend you pay up front if you can swing it!
If you’re looking for super affordable treatment, SmilePath is your best bet. Being budget-friendly is their claim to fame; they’re hundreds cheaper than most of their competitors. Thankfully, the contents of their kit aren’t as “cheap” as their price tag. Their aligners are top-quality, BPA-free plastic that will shift your teeth quickly and safely.
Byte’s aligner kit isn’t the cheapest option, but it is a great value. That’s because they include all the aligners you’ll need for your treatment, your first set of post-treatment retainers, and the HyperByte system. The HyperByte normally retails for a whopping $999, so it’s a huge plus that you get it included in your kit. The system makes your treatment twice as fast as any other option, so it’s a big advantage.
EZ Smile: $2,149
EZ Smile wins the honor of having the second most affordable price tag on the Australian market. And they pack a lot of value into their kit, too. They give you all the aligners you’ll need in your treatment, plus one set of post-treatment retainers. Bought separately, retainers cost $99, so that’s a nice perk.
WonderSmile is not the cheapest on the market, but they still offer a competitive value — especially if you’re a candidate for single arch treatment. If you only need one arch treated, you’ll get $500 off your aligners. No other Australian aligner company offers that perk.
There’s a pretty big price range between the lowest priced and most expensive picks on our “cheapest” list. But whether you opt for the “high scorer” Byte ($2,749) or the most affordable SmilePath ($1,899), you don’t have to pay the whole amount up front. All of these companies offer financing.
They get it; $2,000+ is a lot to shell out at once. But not all financing plans are created equal. Some require a credit check. Others have down payments. And each company sets its own terms for monthly payments. So let’s dig into the details.
SmilePath offers two different financing plans. First, there’s SmileFlex, which requires a credit check. If you pass it, you’ll have 18 monthly payments of $117. SmileFlex Easy works a touch differently. There’s no credit check. Instead, you’ll put down $295 and make 12 monthly payments of $150. Simple, but it works.
Byte handles their financing in-house with BytePay. Bad credit? No problem; Byte approves everyone regardless of credit score. That said, the financing drives up the price a fair amount: with financing, Byte costs $3,828 for daytime treatment and $4,578 for nighttime treatment. Both require a $40 account setup fee and then $8 per month in account maintenance. After that, you’ll pay the remaining balance in 30 monthly payments.
If you’re looking for absolute flexibility with financing plans, then you’ll find it with EZ Smile. If you have good credit, you can get a plan with 12 months of interest-free financing. There are also weekly payment plans, and several different monthly payment plans. So depending on which option you choose, you’ll encounter plans that have costs ranging between $2,221 and $2,499.
WonderSmile keeps their financing simple with WonderPay. All you have to do is make a 20% down payment. Then you can choose how you pay your remaining balance across 12 months. There is no credit check required, so everyone who applies qualifies.
Byte and EZ Smile both do a great job with free extras. Both give you your first set of post-treatment retainers for free. That’s a $99 value for EZ Smile and a $169 value for Byte. But Byte takes it a step further: they also offer the HyperByte to speed up tooth movement, as well as free whitening.
WonderSmile and SmilePath don’t have as much; what you see is what you get. That’s not a problem per se, but you will have to budget for the cost of retainers and whitening if you want it.
The #1 Most Affordable Aligner Company Is…
SmilePath—no contest. They may not offer any free extras, but the difference in their price tag makes up for it, and then some. Even better: you can often get a referral code for an additional $100 off your aligners. We love their buyer-friendly financing options, too; you’ll be able to get treatment no matter what your credit score is.
That said, WonderSmile, EZ Smile, and Byte are all affordable options, too. If you find yourself drawn to one of these other companies, then you’ll still get a good value and great treatment.
To learn more about SmilePath, we encourage you to check out our in-depth SmilePath review.
Common Questions About At-Home Aligners
Are home teeth straightening kits covered by insurance?
Medicare does not cover cosmetic treatments. While in-office teeth straightening is often considered medical, at-home kits are limited in what they can treat. As a result, Medicare will not cover them.
If you carry a private policy in addition to the national insurance, you might be able to get partial or total reimbursement. Speak to your provider to learn more.
If I use an at-home teeth alignment service, should I get a scan or use an impression kit?
This is a personal decision. We like the idea of digital scans. They are more comfortable, done by a professional, and typically free of charge. However, not everyone lives close to a scanning location, and not all services offer them.
Do any of these services offer discounts?
Each of these services will have discounts from time to time, and most offer year-round discounts for certain populations, like students and military members.
What if I’m not happy with the outcome?
In general, at-home aligner companies do not offer refunds if you aren’t pleased with the results, but they typically will offer revisions and new aligners to help you achieve your goals, assuming you followed your treatment plan correctly. The exception is EZ Smile, which offers a 90-day money-back guarantee.
Do the results from at-home teeth alignment last forever?
They can, and they should, assuming you wear your retainers and maintain your overall oral health. Keep in mind that you will need to wear your retainers according to your treatment plan for the rest of your life.
Do any of these services include whitening kits?
Byte does. If you decide to use a teeth whitening kit while straightening your teeth, just make sure that it is safe for use with aligners. Some formulas can damage the plastic.
What happens if I mess up the impression kit?
Some companies will send you a new kit free of charge, while others will ask that you pay for a new one. We suggest you watch video tutorials, and with companies like Byte, have a customer service representative walk you through the process.
Do these services have aggressive upsells?
No, there are no aggressive upsells. Byte includes their whitening treatment, but it is enough for a full course, so there is no pressure to buy more. With all systems, you will need to buy retainers at some point, but these are a necessity, not an upsell.
What happens if I lose my aligners?
You will need to contact customer support to get instructions on what to do. Depending on your company and plan, some replacement aligners might be included. Until your replacement arrives, wear your most recent aligner to hold your teeth in place.
Is it worth paying extra for a teeth whitening kit?
This depends on what your smile goals are, and if your teeth can be whitened. If you have had certain types of cosmetic dental work done, such as veneers, you cannot whiten them.