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By Karls Family Dentistry
January 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Karls Family Dentistry
March 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Find out what a trip to our Waunakee dental office could do for your oral procedures

While most people know to visit their Waunakee, WI, dentists, Drs. Matthew and Stanley Karls, every six months for routine cleanings and exams, you may forget that there is a whole lot more that your dentist can do to improve your smile. Learn more about some of the services we offer.

Tooth Extractions

While most people think of tooth extractions and immediately think of negative scenarios, there are some situations in which a tooth extraction is actually a good option. For instance, teens and young adults may find their wisdom teeth coming in around this time. These wisdom teeth aren’t necessary for maintaining a healthy smile, and they can often cause more harm than good. If wisdom teeth are crooked or impacted it can lead to crowding, decay and infection. To prevent these issues, our Waunakee general dentist will recommend having these teeth removed.

Dental Implants

Losing a tooth as an adult can be a horrible situation to experience. Of course, it doesn’t have to ruin your smile. Dental implants provide the next best thing to natural teeth. Implants are tooth restorations that act like tooth roots and naturally bond with the jawbone and surrounding tissue to provide a lifelong base to support and stabilize everything from a dental crown to a full set of dentures.

Teeth Whitening

If whitening toothpastes aren’t getting rid of those nasty coffee stains then it’s time you turned to us for professional teeth whitening. Whether you want to whiten from the comfort of your own home or right here in our dental chair, we have everything to fit your needs. While whitening at home may take more time than our chairside whitening, you will still see great results at an affordable price. If you are ready to truly get a visibly whiter smile as quickly as possible then our in-office whitening system will have you leaving the office with a smile that’s several shades brighter.


Teens and adults who are dealing with spaces between teeth or crowding may hate the idea of getting braces at this point in their life. After all, it can feel embarrassing walking down the hallways in school or in your office wearing a mouth full of metal. Invisalign makes it possible for adults to fix common dental issues while wearing nearly invisible and removable clear aligners over upper and lower teeth to fix these problems and get a straighter set of teeth.

Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI, is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care to your family. Whether you have questions about the services above or other dental services we offer, don’t hesitate to call us today to learn more.

By Karls Family Dentistry
February 27, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Like many who have risen to the top tier in show business, singer Taylor Hicks found that he needed a few things (besides talent, of course) to really succeed: a willingness to seek out opportunities and work hard; a unique and energetic stage presence; and a bright, appealing smile.

“Everyone wants to have a great smile,” Hicks recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “In my business, it’s one of the most important things. A lot of what I do is smiling and having fun, being in front of the camera and taking pictures.”

To help him keep his smile sparkling, Hicks opts for in-office whitening treatments from his dentist. These treatments are a safe, quick and effective way to lighten teeth by 3 to 8 shades in a single one-hour visit. Best of all, you don’t have to be an American Idol winner or a Las Vegas headliner to take advantage of them — in fact, we offer them right here in our own office.

Why choose in-office treatments instead of take-home trays (or over-the-counter products)? While each system can be effective at lightening teeth to some degree, the in-office method offers several distinct advantages. For one, it’s the fastest way to get your teeth as bright as they can be; the same lightening that can be achieved in one office visit could take a week when done at home, using custom-made trays and dentist-supplied bleaching solutions — and several weeks with over-the-counter products! So if your time is limited, in-office treatment is the way to go.

Plus, in-office treatments are performed under our direct supervision. That means we can safely use the most powerful whitening gels, and achieve the maximum control over the result. This can be important when you have crowns or replacement teeth such as implants, which Hicks has. Artificial crowns don’t whiten like natural teeth, so it’s important to get just the right degree of lightening to produce an evenly bright smile.

The bottom line, of course, is the result: a dazzling white smile. “In entertainment, a big, pearly white smile makes a difference,” Hicks said. But you don’t have to be an entertainer to enjoy the benefits of a brilliant smile — we do it for plenty of “regular folks” too.

So if your smile could use a little brightening, why not call us and schedule an appointment for whitening treatment? You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Karls Family Dentistry
February 03, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

While professional tooth whitening results at our Waunakee, WI dentist's office are longer-lasting than over-the-counter whitening treatments, unfortunately, they are not always a lasting solution for whiter teeth. This is because over time, the same habits that darkened your teeth in the first place can cause them to appear darkened once again.

Extending the results of your teeth whitening process can be as simple as taking a few extra steps to keep your teeth as white as possible. These include avoiding foods and drinks known to cause tooth staining, such as coffee, tea, wine and berries, such as blueberries or strawberries. Other tooth-staining foods include soy sauce, curry and tomato sauce. If you can't bear the idea of starting your morning without a cup of coffee, consider drinking your coffee out of a straw. This helps to bypass your front teeth, reducing the staining effects.

If you smoke, extending the results of your teeth whitening is another good reason to consider quitting. Smoking can darken your teeth and continuing to smoke after your whitening procedure will only reduce the duration of effectiveness for your results. If you would like assistance in quitting smoking, please call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

In addition to taking these steps, simply practicing good oral hygiene habits can also help keep your teeth bright and clean. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice per day and flossing to remove hard-to-reach plaque.

If you have tooth-staining habits that are difficult to break, talk to either Dr. Matthew Karls or Dr. Stanley Karls about the possibility of regular touch-ups. These could include six-month or yearly touch-ups to maintain your professional whitening results.

For more information on teeth whitening, call our Waunakee, WI dentist's office at (608) 849-4100.

By Karls Family Dentistry
May 27, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Here’s a quick quiz: What recent activity did domestic guru Martha Stewart share via social media for the first time? Need a hint? Was she following the lead of other celebrities like rapper 50 Cent (AKA Curtis James Jackson III), actress Demi Moore and country music star LeAnn Rimes?

Give up? The answer is… she live-tweeted her visit to the dentist! Not only that, she also posted pictures of her mouth as she was undergoing an in-office whitening procedure.

Now, we understand that some might feel they don’t need to see close-ups of Stewart’s teeth under treatment. But we have to admire her for not trying to hide the fact that she’s had the same procedure that has benefited so many people, whether famous or not. Plus, her pictures actually provide a good illustration of how the treatment works.

In-office whitening treatments are the fastest way to brighten up your smile. In a single one-hour visit, your teeth can be lightened by three to eight shades — and that's a big difference! How can we achieve such dramatic results? When you’re under our direct supervision in an office setting, we can use the most concentrated bleach solutions safely and effectively. You can get similar results with custom-made trays and take-home lightening solutions we can prepare for you, but then the process will take longer.

If you look closely at her photos, you’ll see that Stewart’s lips, gums, and face are covered up to prevent any contact with the bleaching solution. She’s also wearing protective eyewear, which not only keeps chemicals away, but also guards her eyes against strong lights, which are sometimes used in conjunction with bleach. When we perform in-office whitening procedures, we use safeguards like these for all of our patients — not just celebrities!

We also perform a complete oral examination before starting any whitening procedure, to be sure you don’t have any underlying conditions that need to be treated before teeth whitening begins. That’s something you just can’t get from an over-the counter whitening product.

Teeth whitening is an effective and affordable way to give your smile a quick boost. But whether you decide to live-tweet your procedure — or keep your fans guessing about why your smile looks so good all of a sudden — that’s up to you.

If you would like more information about the teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”