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By Karls Family Dentistry
April 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Clear Braces  

What's the best way to straighten a crooked smile? For some teens and adults in the Waunakee, WI, area it's through clear braces. These Invisalignacrylic aligners gently re-position teeth without the long treatment times, diet restrictions and oral discomforts conventional brackets and bands pose. At Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, Dr. Stanley Karls and Dr. Matthew Karls offer Invisalign clear braces. Here are answers to some questions they receive about this state-of-the-art orthodontic system.

FAQs about clear braces

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign was FDA-cleared back in the late nineties. Since then, these custom-designed and individually crafted aligners have improved the health and appearance of countless smiles across the globe. Instead of metal arch wires, brackets and ligatures, Invisalign uses thin, clear aligners to reposition teeth and balance bites.

Who can use clear braces?

Older teens and adults can. Your Waunakee dentist uses a complete oral examination and special three dimensional scans to determine the right course of treatment. If that's Invisalign, you'll wear 18 to 30 aligner pairs throughout your treatment and a retainer when it's over.

How long does treatment take?

Most patients are done in about a year, but every smile is different. Your treatment plan may be a bit shorter or longer. In general, clear braces straighten smiles in about half the time of conventional braces.

I hear Invisalign aligners are removable. Is that true?

Yes, they are fully removable. Patients take them out to clean them with toothpaste and water and to eat or for special events. However, because the appliances are so thin and discreet, many people leave them in even when getting their pictures taken or when speaking in public. Note: to keep treatment on track, patients wear their aligners 20 to 22 hours a day.

My teen may have difficulty complying with the treatment plan. How can I help?

Special compliance tabs maybe added to Invisalign aligners to tell patients, parents and dentists if treatment is on track or not.

Do clear braces restrict my diet?

No, they do not. Just remove them for meals and replace them afterwards. There are no bands or brackets to dislodge or wires to break.

What kind of problems can clear braces fix?

The possibilities are endless: bite issues, spacing (both gaps and crowding), and more. Of course, metal braces may be the best choice for complex problems. Dr. Karls will inform you fully on the particulars of your case so you make the best possible decision for your smile.

Find out more

If you're thinking about correcting your smile alignment issues, please call Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI, for an appointment. Your dentist will tell you all about clear braces and answer any other questions you may have. Phone us at (608) 849-4100.

By Karls Family Dentistry
December 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Clear Braces   Invisalign  

InvisalignClear braces are one of today's most popular dental services, and at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI, Drs. Matthew and Stanley Karls offer amazing Invisalign aligners. Dreaming of a straight, healthy smile with no fuss or discomfort? Then, ask your Waunakee dentists if you're well-suited for treatment with the crystal clear Invisalign system!

Get a Smile Makeover

A great smile is one that you're comfortable with: no overbite, gaps, crowding, protruding front teeth, or other issues that will impact your appearance and oral health. For many teens and adults, the traditional age to receive braces (ages 11 to 14, says the American Association of Orthodontists) has long passed, or perhaps your teeth have shifted after previous orthodontic treatment.

Whatever the case, Invisalign clear braces can likely help. In our Waunakee office, we qualify prospective patients with a complete oral examination, X-ray screening, and special Invisalign examination. Then, we send the information to the Invisalign lab where 18 to 30 pairs of aligners are fabricated.

Patients wear these aligner pairs for 20 to 22 hours a day, meaning that they can remove them when it's time to eat, brush, or maybe get a picture taken. Smooth and non-irritating, these appliances clean up with plain toothpaste or mild soap and water. Patients change their aligners to the next pair in the sequence about every two weeks.

Treatment also requires patients to come to Karls Family Dentistry every four to six weeks so that we can check progress. In all, treatment with Invisalign takes only 9 to 18 months—much quicker than smile correction with traditional (and unsightly) metal or ceramic braces.

Other benefits of Invisalign

If you know someone who wears Invisalign aligners, you know how invisible they truly are. Additional benefits include:

  • None of the dietary restrictions of conventional orthodontics
  • Easy brushing and flossing (just take the aligners out and replace them when you're done)
  • Versatility (Invisalign treats many smile issues)
  • You're never too old for treatment

Are you interested?

Clear braces could fulfill your desire for a spectacular smile. Why not contact Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee for an Invisalign consultation? Dr. Matthew Karls or Dr. Stanley Karls will supply you with all the information you need to make a decision! Call (608) 849-4100 today!

By Karls Family Dentistry
July 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   Clear Braces  

Traditional braces are, unfortunately, not the most subtle way to correct your smile. With all of the metal wires and brackets, braces clear braceschange your look significantly during treatment. However, thanks to clear braces, you can straighten your smile discreetly and effectively. Get a smile you love without the hassle of metal braces with help from father and son team Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI.

What are clear braces? 
Clear braces like Invisalign use clear aligner trays worn in succession instead of the traditional metal brackets and wires. The idea stays the same, using pressure strategically placed onto the teeth to move them into their correct positions. However, the clear aligner trays are removable, allowing the patient to eat without avoiding certain foods and clean their teeth without using special threaders or water picks. Additionally, clear braces are discreet and blend right into your smile. This means that clear braces are mostly unnoticeable to other people.

What can clear braces do for me? 
Clear braces treat the same orthodontic issues as traditional braces, which include:

  • misaligned or “crooked” teeth
  • overcrowded teeth
  • under crowded teeth
  • overbite
  • underbite
  • cross bite
  • open bite

Clear Braces in Waunakee, WI
Clear braces are suitable for teens and adults who wish to improve their smile or bite. Some orthodontic treatment begins before the age of 12 in order to guide a still-growing mouth into position while avoiding future problems. Good candidates for clear braces should have an excellent at-home oral care routine. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy avoids complications which could lengthen treatment time such as tooth decay or gum disease. Additionally, patients should commit to wearing their aligner trays for at least 22 hours a day, including while sleeping.

For more information on clear braces, please contact Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI. Call 608-849-4100 to schedule your consultation for orthodontic care today!

By Karls Family Dentistry
March 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Clear Braces  

Clear BracesLearn more about clear braces and whether they are a great option for your smile needs.

About Clear Braces

Clear braces like Invisalign offer a unique way to straighten your smile without worrying about large metal brackets and awkward wires. Instead, those who opt for clear braces only have to pop in their clear aligners, which closely resemble whitening trays, to start getting a straighter smile. Clear braces can improve the appearance of crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps between teeth and malocclusions (e.g. overbite; crossbite).

Wearing Clear Braces

Once your Waunakee, WI dentist deems you an idea candidate for clear braces, we will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth and then send this to a lab, which will fabricate your own custom-made series of clear braces. After a couple of weeks, your aligners should be complete and ready to be fitted. We will place on your first set of clear braces to make sure everything fits properly.

The more often you wear your clear braces, the more effective your treatment will be. Your Waunakee, WI dentist highly recommends that you wear your clear braces about 20 to 22 hours out of the day. Each set of clear aligners will be worn for about two weeks, after which they will be replaced with the next set in your treatment series.

Clear Braces Benefits

The major benefit is that you can gain a straight smile without anyone noticing. The thin, clear plastic used to make your aligners offers a discreet look that no one will see.

Furthermore, since you can remove your braces you don’t have to worry about the same restrictions that you would if you wore traditional metal braces. You don’t have to avoid any foods or restrict your diet. Whenever you sit down for meals just remove your aligners, brush your teeth after eating and then put your braces back on. It’s that simple!

Want to find out whether Invisalign is right for you? Then call your Waunakee, WI dentist, Dr. Matthew Karls with Karls Family Dentistry and schedule an orthodontic consultation!