For many years, braces were the only way to straighten your crooked teeth and a misaligned bite. Then, in 1999, Invisalign® hit the orthodontics scene and had adolescent and adult patients clamoring for the latest treatment on the market that promised an invisible teeth-straightening treatment without the traditional metal hardware.
The concept proved wildly successful: Researchers report that, as of 2020, more than 11 million people have straighter teeth today because of clear aligners, and analysts expect the market share to exceed $30 billion by 2030.
Since the introduction of Invisalign, several competitors have also entered the market, giving orthodontists and their patients multiple clear aligner options. At Gaiduchik Orthodontics in Carmichael, California, we offer two of the most innovative, effective, and safe brands available — Invisalign and the Spark™ aligner system. Here, Dr. Andrey Gaiduchik explains why Spark clear aligners’ composition and treatment method can improve your smile by straightening your teeth and correcting your overbite.
As a board-certified orthodontist specially trained in digital dentistry, Dr. Gaiduchik is an expert in the latest technological advances in his field. He has carefully compared and analyzed the various options in clear aligners and has determined that Spark and Invisalign aligners provide our patients with the best experience possible.
While Invisalign remains the industry leader and has excellent results, Spark offers some advantages.
See-through, removable trays set clear aligners apart from traditional braces, and patients of all ages still point to covertness as the top reason for choosing clear aligners. But not all clear aligners are the same.
Spark is made from a proprietary material called TruGEN, thinner than the SmartTrack material used in Invisalign. Although it’s just as durable, TruGEN is clearer than SmartTrack, meaning your treatment is even less detectable to others.
Clarity is the defining characteristic of clear aligners, but some are clearer than others. Spark’s patented TruGEN material resists yellowing and stains better than other brands.
Most clear aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces, thanks to how they hug every contour of your teeth. However, Spark uses ultra-thin material with carefully scalloped edges for the highest comfort level.
Clear aligners work by gradually moving your teeth into the desired position using a progressive set of removable trays that fit over your teeth. Each successive set moves your teeth a little more. The contact points in Spark clear aligners are closer together than in other brands, so they grip 19% better and move your teeth more efficiently.
When your upper teeth don’t fit properly over your lower teeth, you have a misaligned bite or malocclusion. Depending on the position, you may have a crossbite, underbite, or overbite.
An overbite is when your top teeth overlap your bottom teeth. A slight overbite is normal, but a moderate-to-severe overbite can lead to pain while chewing, jaw disorders, breathing issues, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Thumbsucking, nail-biting, pacifiers, tongue thrusting, and teeth grinding can lead to an overbite, and, for many years, braces have been the go-to solution to pull the upper teeth back into alignment. But now, Spark clear aligners can do the job without interfering with your eating habits or your look.
Dr. Gaiduchik uses an iTiero® intraoral scanner to get a 3D image of your teeth and soft tissues, so your clear aligners fit your teeth precisely. He then develops a personalized treatment plan and orders your unique set of clear aligners.
You swap out each set of trays with a new one every 1-2 weeks to gradually move your jaw into the correct alignment. Depending on the severity of your overbite, your treatment may last 6-18 months or longer. In the end, you’ll have straighter teeth and a perfect bite that allows you to chew, speak, and breathe freely.
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