Spark Aligners in Chapel Hill

At Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we want folks in Chapel Hill and surrounding areas to achieve their best smile. Dr. Clifton is one of only three providers in Chapel Hill who offers Spark clear aligners – a system of removable, custom-made, clear aligners, that straighten your teeth, providing a nearly invisible alternative to traditional metal braces. Contact us at 888.339.8108 today to learn about our orthodontic treatments. Our Spark aligners can help enhance your life.

What Are Spark Aligners?

The Spark Clear Aligner System by Ormco™ is a great alternative to traditional braces. Spark was developed with nearly 60 years of orthodontic knowledge to treat orthodontic issues including crowding, spacing, and several different bite issues. Spark aligners use TruGEN™ technology, which is designed for more efficient and effective tooth movement. Spark aligner users consider the aligners to be clearer, more comfortable, and less likely to stain than other clear aligners. 

How Do Spark Aligners Work?

Clear aligners like Spark aligners straighten your smile by “hugging” the teeth when they’re worn and using pressure to push them into the position that an orthodontist plans as part of treatment. 

Much like other clear aligners, Ormco’s Spark consists of a series of trays that each have small amounts of movement “programmed” into them. Some teeth require small tooth-colored attachments that allow the aligner to snap into place, ensuring that specific movements occur.

During your initial consultation, our team will take a digital scan of your teeth and determine if  you are a candidate for Spark clear aligner treatment. This scan will also allow us to create a digital treatment plan that is tailored for your specific orthodontic needs. Once the treatment plan is approved, the Spark aligners are manufactured and you can begin treatment as soon as they are delivered.

How long do Spark aligners take to work? Treatment time is approximately the same as traditional metal braces. You will switch to a new tray approximately every 1-2 weeks to continue your treatment. The trays are removable (but it’s important to wear the aligners for at least 20-22 hours per day).

Cost of Spark Aligners

Orthodontic treatment with Spark aligners can range depending on your specific case. At your orthodontic consultation, we can check with your dental insurance provider to determine how much of your treatment cost may be covered by your plan. We factor that into the total treatment cost and develop a financial payment plan with you based on your specific treatment. 

How to Clean and Care for Spark Aligners

Like any other clear aligner, we recommend regularly washing your Spark aligners:

What Can Spark Aligners Treat?

Aligners can treat mild and moderate cases of most common orthodontic issues. There may be instances where these aligners may not be the best option. An orthodontic assessment with Dr. Clifton can provide an accurate diagnosis and best treatment recommendations for you. Below are the main issues that Spark aligners can help fix:




Open bite



Benefits of Spark Aligners for Adults and Teens

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in four orthodontic patients is an adult. Moving healthy teeth is safe at any age!

Spark is a crystal clear, comfortable and highly stain resistant aligner. It is removable and virtually invisible, which means no stressing about who may notice your orthodontic treatment. Not to mention, there’s no dietary restrictions with clear aligners, and you can brush and floss your teeth normally. 

Contact Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Now

Spark aligners are designed to fit into any lifestyle. Our orthodontists have been trained to provide this state-of-the-art orthodontic solution, which is a great option for people looking to feel confident about their smile without changing their lifestyle. Still not sure if Spark Clear Aligners are right for you?  Let us help you decide!  Request a free orthodontic consultation with Dr. Clifton today.