I’m excited to finally share my Spark Teeth Aligner experience with KC Braces + Kids in todays post. I had my first appointment with them back in late June so this post is a long time coming. Just like I’m halfway through my pregnancy I’m also halfway through my Spark Aligner journey, which is so exciting. Clear aligners have come a long way and I love that I have been able to discreetly enhance my smile in a more comfortable way than traditional braces. I am so lucky to have been referred to KC Braces + Kids, Dr. David Christensen DMD & Dr. Jared Christensen DDS, through a good friend who loved her experience with them. Dr. Jared and Dr. David are brothers who offer a full range of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics and Pediatric dental services here in the Kansas City area. You can read more about their background and education by clicking here. They have two offices, their original office in the Zona Rosa shopping area in Kansas City, Missouri and their new location, pictured above, in Liberty, Missouri.
Spark Aligners are very similar to the popular more well known name and brand, Invisalign. It simply comes down to preference, kind of like Crest vs. Colgate toothpaste. After comparing the two in person I can say that the Spark Aligner material is more clear than Invisalign which is one of the main reasons I went with Spark. See photo below for a good comparison.
- You will first have a free consultation appointment with either Dr. Jared or Dr. David where they will take pictures and digital scans to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for clear aligners or if traditional braces would work better to give you that straight smile you deserve. They use a 3D software to show you how they can & will move your teeth around to enhance your smile.
- Once confirmed that you are a candidate and paperwork is completed your clear aligners are made. The number of aligners + time needed to achieve your straight smile will all depend on the amount of your individual tooth movement needed. You will then wait 4-6 weeks for your aligners to be made before you go back to pick them up. At this appointment you will have attachments added to your teeth for the aligners to clip onto if needed.You will then be sent on your way with your first round of aligners.
I have a total of 20 sets and they sent me home with the first 7 sets, I then went back for a progress appointment in September to make sure everything was going right on track and to get my next round of aligner sets. Refinements can also be made at these progress appointments with new scans if needed. I have another appointment scheduled in November to pick up my last round of aligner sets and then I will go back in January for my final review and to take ‘after’ photos. You will wear each set everyday (only take out when eating) for 1-2 weeks depending on your specific plan that will be detailed out for you at your first appointment.
That black dot you see on my bottom tooth looks like a cavity but, it’s actually a birthmark. Weird right? I’m proud to say I’ve had zero cavities in my 29 years of life which 100% has to completely be due to genetics because I’m a sugar queen. My teeth are also looking awfully yellow here, yikes. KC Braces + Kids offers teeth whitening which I definitely plan on getting done at the end of my aligner process. Can’t wait for that!
Progression video of how my bottom teeth will straighten out, this gets me so excited!
I think it’s important to note that I did have traditional braces back when I was in 8th and 9th grade. I had clear retainers made afterwards that eventually got lost or maybe a dog ate them, I can’t remember now, but nevertheless I didn’t wear them for one reason or another and here we are. My bottom teeth are very overcrowded and it reminds me of a piranha fish lol. My left top front tooth is also slightly crooked but I definitely notice it more than I think other people do. The real before and after magic you’ll see will come from my bottom teeth. What is crazy is I honestly didn’t really ever notice just how terribly overcrowded my bottom teeth were until Instagram stories became a thing and I realized how much my bottom teeth show when I talk. I had no idea. I will definitely be getting permanent retainers placed on the back of my teeth at my final appointment to avoid having to go through this process again. Stay tuned for my after photos in January and in the meantime feel free to drop a comment below, email me or send me a DM on Instagram with any questions you may have. You can also request a free consultation appoint with KC Braces + Kids by clicking here and filling out their form.
Thanks so much to KC Braces + Kids, Dr. Jared Christensen and Dr. David Christensen for sponsoring today’s post.