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left to right: Dr. Kevin, Dr. Kat, and Dr. Philip are smiling for a photo in Reno, nevada

Our team of three orthodontist experts, weigh in on the Spark Clear Aligner vs. Invisalign debate. Both Spark Clear Aligners and Invisalign are clear aligners, designed to straighten teeth and correct patients’ bites. 

Dr. Kevin received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loma Linda Dental School in 1988. He practiced dentistry for two years before returning to school to specialize in orthodontics. Dr. Kevin is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, a certified Diplomate of the National Board of Orthodontics, and the Former President of the Nevada Orthodontic Association, for the state of Nevada.

Dr. Philip Rutkowski received his Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. After graduation, Dr. Philip practiced as a general dentist before deciding to pursue his passion and attain an advanced degree in the specialty of Orthodontics at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA.

Dr. Katharina Fung received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine and a Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. In residency, she was awarded the Dr. Norman H. Diamond Endowed Prize for excellence in orthodontics. After graduation, Dr. Katharina Fung practiced in Chicago and was a faculty member leading the orthodontic department at Midwestern University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Katharina actively practices orthodontics in the Reno-Sparks area of Nevada, at Andrews Braces, where along with Dr. Philip, is considered “Reno’s Aligner Expert”.

What is Invisalign?

A woman putting an invisalign aligner in her mouth

Invisalign is a clear aligner system that uses a series of clear trays to move teeth. Invisalign is considered a more aesthetic option for orthodontic treatment over traditional braces and allows for more discreet orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is a very popular brand that most people know by name, similar to Kleenex. Invisalign has been around since 2000 and gained popularity almost immediately upon its launch. The removable aligners are still used today, but many companies are challenging the brand, with newer and better technology being utilized by orthodontists across the globe. 

What are Spark Aligners?

A woman sitting on a couch is holding a spark aligner and its case

Spark Clear Aligners are the latest advancement in clear aligner technology, which is clearer, more comfortable, and stains less than Invisalign. Their patented TruGen technology is preferred by many orthodontists over Invisalign. They are also a clear aligner system that offers a more subtle option for orthodontic treatment. Patients prefer Spark Clear Aligners over traditional braces since they are removable, allowing for better oral health and more flexibility with treatment. With new aligner technology, Spark Aligners has been able to dominate the market and provide high-quality care for hundreds of thousands of patients across the globe. So why do our doctors use Spark Clear Aligners instead of Invisalign? Read more to find out! 

Differences Between Spark and Invisalign

With a targeted design, Spark Clear Aligners may result in more efficient and effective tooth movement when compared to the leading brand, Invisalign, all while being more comfortable to wear, more clear, and staining less throughout treatment. 

Spark is More Clear than Invisalign

A close up of a clear aligner with bubbles in it. There is a blue background and white text above that says "Leading Aligner Brand" A closeup of a clear Spark Aligner is shown. There is a blue background and white text above that says "Spark is more clear"

As depicted above, Spark Aligners are more clear than the leading aligner brand, Invisalign. The popularity of clear aligners has only grown since its inception, offering a more aesthetic option for orthodontic treatment. Typically when people choose aligners over traditional braces, they are looking for treatment that is less obvious. Spark Clear Aligners’ TruGen technology has provided patients with an aligner system that they can use to straighten their teeth and fix their bite with a clearer tray than what was offered on the market previously.

Spark is More Comfortable than Invisalign

A Close up shot of a clear aligner with a blue squiqqly line to demonstrate rough edges of the aligner. Blue text above reads "Leading Aligner Brand" A close up of a Spark Aligner is shown with a smooth blue line to demonstrate smooth ridges. Blue text above reads "Spark is More Comfortable"

Aligners are worn most of the day, up to 22 hours, so they must be comfortable for use in the mouth. Spark Clear Aligners have smooth, polished edges designed to be smooth on gums, making them more comfortable for day-to-day wear. The leading brand, Invisalign, has rougher edges, making them less comfortable to wear. This is why industry experts have deemed Spark Clear Aligners more comfortable than Invisalign. Our doctors recommend that you wear your aligners whenever you aren’t eating or drinking, which can be 20-22 hours per day. Would you want to wear something uncomfortable in your mouth for 22 hours a day? We would hope not, which is why we recommend Spark Clear Aligners for effortless orthodontic treatment.

 

Spark Stains Less than Invisalign

Pictured is a yellow-stained aligner. The text above the image is blue and says "Leading Aligner Brand" Pictured is a Spark Clear Aligner. Blue text above reads "Spark Stains Less"

When wearing a clear aligner, you ideally want it to stay clear. While certain precautions are taken, like removing the aligners when eating, brushing your teeth before putting the aligners back in, and removing aligners to drink liquids other than water, stains are inevitable. Spark Aligner’s TruGen technology has changed the game, with fewer stains occurring on their aligners than Invisalign. The point of wearing clear aligners is to have more discreet orthodontic treatment, which is hard to do with a yellow aligner in your mouth. While our doctors recommend that you remove your aligners before drinking fluids other than water, whether it’s coffee, hot chocolate, or tea, Spark Aligners stain less than the leading aligner brand.

Spark Vs. Invisalign | Price Difference

Spark and Invisalign are similar in terms of price, with Spark having a slight edge in pricing. The cost of orthodontic treatment is based on case complexity and treatment time, so there is no all-encompassing price. If you’re looking into aligners in the Reno-Sparks area, give us a call for more pricing information. Our practice is dedicated to providing personalized care for each patient, along with a personalized finance plan. We offer in-house financing at Andrews Braces, with 0% down on braces, 0% interest, and 0 credit checks performed. Spark Aligners can fit into your budget, and we can work with you to create a financing plan that works for you. See what Spark Aligners can do for you!

 

Why Do Our Doctors Choose Spark Over Invisalign?

There are many reasons that our team of skilled orthodontists choose to use Spark Clear Aligners instead of Invisalign. Dr. Kevin, Dr. Philip, and Dr. Kat use Spark Aligners because after treating with both Invisalign and Spark Aligners they have seen the differences and advantages reported back by their patients and even in their treatment. Our doctors have the knowledge, skills, and experience to critique the level of care that they receive, and that translates into the best possible care for our patients.

Spark Aligners, an Ormco company, caters directly to orthodontists, and are specialists in aligning teeth. The company constantly uses direct feedback from orthodontists to improve its product efficiency and continue to strive for the best possible patient experience. Just like our doctors, the people behind Spark Aligners are constantly working to improve and adapt their technology for better patient care. The Spark Aligner results speak for themselves, all while being more clear, staining less, and more comfortable to wear than Invisalign.

Dr. Kat even did her A/B test on the two products. She treated her teeth and bite with Invisalign, while her husband, Dr. Philip is currently in Spark Aligner treatment. They found that Spark Aligners were indeed more comfortable, and had less staining than Invisalign.

Dr. Philip is holding his Spark Aligners with the case while skiing at Mount Rose, in Nevada

Dr. Philip is holding his Spark Aligners with the case while skiing at Mount Rose, in Nevada!

How Andrews Braces Uses Spark Aligners

Our team of Nevada orthodontists use Spark Aligners daily while in our office! Using the TruGen technology that Spark Aligners offers, they can treat a wide variety of cases. Aligners can fix crowding, crossbites, spacing issues, deep bites, and open bites. Patients are drawn to the “invisible” treatment option and can rely on our orthodontists to provide them with top-notch treatment using Spark Clear Aligners. 

Spark Clear Aligners are ideal for someone who wants more of a flexible lifestyle, with fewer in-office appointments, fewer dietary restrictions, and a treatment option where brushing and flossing stays the same. 

If you’re considering aligner treatment in the Reno-Sparks area, you can rely on Dr. Kat and Dr. Philip to be your trusted aligner experts. Schedule your free consultation and see what Spark Clear Aligners can do for you!

Not sure if aligners are right for you? Not a problem! Dr. Kevin specializes in Damon Braces and has worked on patients as young as 4 and as old as 74.

Dr. Kevin J. Andrews and his associates, Dr. Philip Rutkowski and Dr. Katharina Fung are committed to providing personalized orthodontic care in the Reno-Sparks area. The practice specializes in Damon Braces and Spark Clear Aligners, and has been treating patients for over 31 years! Call (775)-674-1444 or email info@andrewsbraces.com for more information. To keep up with Andrews Braces on social media, check out our Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and LinkedIn.