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By Karls Family Dentistry
February 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Invisalign Clear BracesIt’s not always realistic for an older teen or adult to decide to wear thick, highly visible metal braces for up to three years. They will have to smile and talk with them on and eat while tolerating periodic discomfort. For some patients, the inconveniences involved aren’t worth having a straighter smile. In these cases, Invisalign invisible braces, an orthodontic treatment that a dentist at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI can offer you, may be an alternative solution. Read on to find out what Invisalign from our dentists, Drs. Matthew and Stanley Karls, can do for you!


How Invisalign Works
The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to move the teeth so that they have a better pattern, giving you a straighter smile and a more comfortable bite. If you look closely at an Invisalign tray, you will see that the plastic has grooves that are shaped just like your teeth. When you wear them, your teeth will eventually settle into the molds of the tray. Best of all, the trays are see-through, so they’re barely noticeable when you have them on. Your Waunakee, WI dentist will provide you with a new set of trays every few weeks.



What Invisalign Can Do for You
Invisalign is one of the best and most convenient ways to achieve a more attractive smile, though having a crooked or gapped smile has more than just cosmetic consequences. It can also affect the way that you chew your food and how your teeth fit together when you have your mouth closed. Some patients who have orthodontic problems also struggle with bruxism (clenching or grinding that damages the enamel). Invisalign will finally give you the assurance and security of knowing that your smile fits you in every way possible.



Invisalign Treatment Steps
Before you can start Invisalign, your Waunakee, WI dentist must evaluate the magnitude of your orthodontic concern. If you have a small gap between your teeth, a tooth that protrudes slightly, or a bit of crowding in one area, there’s a good chance you’ll be deemed a good candidate for this procedure. The next step is having impressions made of your teeth so that your dentist can plan out your treatment and have the trays created. The step after that is up to you—wear your trays with consistency and see your dentist regularly for checkups.



A Straighter Smile without Metal Braces
Does the idea of having a straighter smile without having to commit to wearing metal braces appeal to you? If so, you must attend a consultation with a dentist at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI! Call (608) 849-4100 today to set a time to visit Dr. Matthew Karls or Dr. Stanley Karls!

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Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

By Karls Family Dentistry
April 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   Invisalign  

Metal braces aren't the only option when you want to straighten your teeth. Waunakee, WI, dentists Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley invisalignKarls explain how clear braces can transform your smile without affecting your appearance.

What are clear braces?

Clear braces are the newest way to straighten crooked teeth, correct spacing issues or improve bite problems. Although traditional braces rely on a system of wires and brackets to realign your teeth, clear braces offer the same results with clear, removable aligner trays.

Trays are designed using innovative CAD/CAM technology that combines digital images, impressions and X-rays to create a 3D image of your mouth. The 3D image is used to design a series of aligner trays that will re-position your teeth and correct your orthodontic issues.

Are clear braces a good choice for me?

Clear braces are an excellent option if:

  • You don't like the appearance of metal or ceramic braces. Your clear plastic trays are designed to blend in with your teeth, not draw attention to them.
  • You have a mild to moderate bite problem. Clear braces are a great choice if you have an underbite, overbite, crossbite or open bite. (Severe or complicated bite problems may still require treatment with metal or ceramic braces.)
  • You have spacing issues. Whether your teeth are spaced too far apart or there's just not enough room in your mouth for all of your them, clear braces can improve your smile.
  • Your teeth have shifted. Shifting teeth aren't uncommon as you grow older. The problem can even occur if you've had perfectly straight teeth your entire life or once wore braces. Clear braces offer a simple way to turn back time.

What are the advantages of wearing clear braces?

Clear braces offer several important benefits, including:

  • No Food Restrictions: Food restrictions aren't needed with clear braces. You'll take out your aligner trays when you eat and drink and replace them at the end of your meal.
  • Simple Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean when metal or ceramic braces are attached to your teeth can be a little challenging. Fortunately, oral hygiene isn't a problem when you wear clear braces. You'll simply remove your aligners to brush and floss.
  • Convenience: Although you'll usually wear your clear braces for 20 to 22 hours per day, you can take them out for short periods of time. When you play your favorite sport or attend a special event, wearing your trays might not be convenient. Luckily, you can leave them at home for a few hours and place them back in your mouth as soon as you return.

Are you ready to improve your smile with clear braces? Call Waunakee, WI, dentists Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls at (608) 849-4100 to schedule your appointment.

By Karls Family Dentistry
May 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   Invisalign  

When you’re looking for successful ways in order to perfect your smile, Invisalign in Waunakee, WI, is the answer. With the help of Dr. invisalignMatthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls, you can straighten your teeth to how you always wanted them. Our dentists can examine you and determine whether or not you’re a viable candidate for Invisalign.

More about Invisalign

This cosmetic dentistry option is removable, comfortable and invisible. It is a viable way to straighten your teeth without braces. Our Waunakee dentists at Karls Family Dentistry offer Invisalign to teenagers and adults alike. With Invisalign, a series of clear and removable aligners are used to straighten the teeth without brackets or wires. Invisalign, the braces alternative, has been proven to successfully shift teeth to their desired position.

The patient wears a set of customized aligners, only removing them to brush, floss, eat and drink. The dentist will then have the aligners replaced with new ones every week to continue shifting the teeth into their desired location. These aligners use the right amount of force at the right time to encourage movement. This will continue on throughout the entire treatment period that is mapped out by one of our dentists. They are made of durable material that is long-lasting and protects the teeth and their enamel.

These custom-designed aligners are tailor-made for each patient. X-rays are taken of each patient’s teeth and one of our dentists will custom make aligners that will get each patient's teeth to their final position. Over a period of time, you will notice alignment changes in your teeth and in just a few months, you can have a healthier and straight smile too.

In order to learn more about Invisalign in Waunakee, WI, from Karls Family Dentistry, call to schedule an appointment today at (608) 849-4100.

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!