Posted on July 20, 2022
Orthodontic treatment can truly be life-altering. It is widely believed that orthodontic treatment is reserved for teenagers. This myth leads many people to believe that if they did not have their teeth aligned as teenagers, they will endure a lifetime of orthodontic complications. However, a straight smile is possible at any age. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, nearly one in three orthodontic patients are adults. Innovations in the field have introduced options for patients who may want to avoid the stigma of braces and opt for a less-visible treatment option.
One such option is the Spark Aligner system. Just like braces, Spark Aligners are designed to gradually move teeth into proper alignment. They are nearly invisible and therefore have little to no impact on a patient’s appearance. Each set of aligners is designed for an individual’s orthodontic needs and gradually moves the teeth into alignment. The orthodontist will examine the needs of each individual patient during the initial consultation and use sophisticated software to design a customized treatment plan.
Spark Aligner treatment involves sets of aligners that are changed out periodically during treatment to gradually shift teeth into alignment. Patients are required to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours every day. The aligners must be removed for eating and drinking as well as brushing and flossing. The aligners should be rinsed before putting them back in and should be cleaned daily using a toothbrush or a cleaning solution, like Retainer Brite, to prevent staining and bacteria buildup. Although Spark Aligners are made with stain-resistant material, they still must be cleaned to avoid residue sticking.
Using imaging software and X-rays, Spark Aligners are able to generate the desired result which acts as the guide when designing each set of aligners. Each aligner set typically lasts for at least two weeks before a replacement is needed. Patients must visit their orthodontist every six to ten weeks to check on their progress. Additionally, Spark Aligners have smooth edges to prevent any discomfort and irritation of the gums and cheeks.
Spark Aligners are different from any other aligners in that they have increased contact with the teeth. This increased contact allows them to achieve better results faster. To learn more about Spark Aligners, or to schedule your complimentary consultation, contact Orthodontics LA today!