COVID-19 Update and Letter From The Practice

Our Offices Are Now Open

As we monitor the COVID-19 situation, we have updated our preventative measures to protect patients and staff.

View the: Enhanced Patient Protection Plan or call the office at (847) 251-5004  for more information.

Hope everyone is staying healthy and not been overly stressed with all the challenges we have all had over the last two months. Fortunately none of us or our families have had their health directly effected by COVID - 19. For those of you that have had any deaths or sickness in your family and friends we empathize with your pain or loss. For those of you that have had your livelihood and business effected and felt the humiliation and frustration of being told the hard work you have done to further your career and support yourself and your family is considered an extremely insulting term “non essential” we understand your frustration. What we are going through is not the “new normal” it is what we have to endure for now but we are all starting the road back to normalcy that we all crave.

We are considered essential healthcare business so we have been open and have seen many of you. We were only open to see patients with pain, infection, swelling and trauma. Under guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health we are now clear to resume a full range of dental services. We will highlight temporary changes on the included overview page. We will have a backlog of patients for awhile so if you were one of the hundreds of our guests who had their appointments cancelled with no future appointment made we will be contacting you.

I realize more than ever that all of us at the office miss everyone dearly and it has been difficult not using the talents we have been given to serve you. I just turned 50 and now I definitely realize I am nowhere near retirement and not close to being ready. For now dropping into our office to talk, read magazines, grabbing a cup of coffee is not possible. Hugs and handshakes are gone for now too but we will not live in a dehumanized society void of human touch forever.

Since we are a small boutique dental office we are uniquely qualified to thrive during the shadow of COVID - 19. We are not a clinic so we do not see multiple patients at once and we have private enclosed treatment rooms. As a dentist I have always practiced under universal precautions so the steps we have always had the proper protocol in place but we are enhancing and taken further precautions above and beyond what the Center for Disease Control recommends. Your safety and our dedicated staff’s safety is and always will be our top priority.

It is understandable if some of you still have concerns or health issues that cause you concern. Feel free to ask any questions about our cleanliness and enhanced infection control protocols. Common sense guideline have always been in place such as if you are sick or with a fever do not come to the office. I cannot think of another step we can take to ensure your safety and the staff’s safety and to reduce the chance of transmission of COVID - 19. Your health and safety is of utmost concern and is in excellent hands. No one at our office would have it any other way. Just as with previous financial crises some of you may have had your business decimated or income negatively effected. As our valued guests please do not hesitate or be embarrassed to seek treatment or receive care. Please discuss that with us. We will take care of you! It is an honor to take care of everyone and look forward to seeing everyone back at the office. Stay healthy!

Art, Cynde, Courtney, Oksana, Geila and Kim
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Inman Aligner

Crooked teeth in the front of your smile can make you feel self-conscious and affect how you interact with your friends and peers. 

Dr. Art Carpenter offers the Inman Aligner™ to help patients achieve a straighter smile without the hassle of braces.

Dr. Carpenter coordinates orthodontic treatment from his office in Kenilworth, IL. What makes the Inman Aligner so different?

Advantages of the Inman Aligner

Rapid Results

Inman Aligner treatment can effectively straighten your front teeth in only six to 18 weeks. Other orthodontic options like braces or Invisalign® take a year or more to produce results.

Discreet Treatment

The outward facing portion of the Inman Aligner is clear, so you won't have to worry about your smile being obscured by unsightly metal. 

Affordable Pricing

Because the Inman Aligner works in such a short timeframe, and because only one aligner is required instead of several, our dentist is able to offer it at a lower cost than other orthodontic options.

What Is the Inman Aligner?

The advanced appliance is similar to a traditional, removable retainer and is shaped to fit around the molars for support. Revolutionary coil springs exert pressure on the front and back of the teeth to gently move them into proper alignment.

The Inman Aligner is an innovation in accelerated orthodontics for cosmetic treatment, and can often provide complete treatment in as little as six to 18 weeks. It can help patients at our practice in Kenilworth, IL, address a number of orthodontic concerns, including:

  • Misalignment
  • Crowding
  • Gaps
  • Rotated teeth

Because the portion covering the front of your teeth is clear, the retainer blends in discreetly with your smile. If necessary, your appliance can also include an expander to create more room for crowded teeth. 

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The Inman Aligner applies pressure to readjust the front teeth over a period of six to 18 weeks. 

Inman Aligner Certified

Art Carpenter, DDS, has undergone advanced training in this cosmetic treatment and is one of only a few dentists who are Inman Aligner certified.

Achieve a Straighter Smile Faster Schedule a Consultation Today

If you are interested in the cosmetic benefits of straighter teeth, you should know the revolutionary Inman Aligner is the fastest-working option in dentistry today. At the dental practice of Art Carpenter, DDS, serving Evanston, Glenview, Kenilworth, IL, and surrounding communities, we expertly provide this solution to our patients.

Besides being officially certified by Inman, Dr. Carpenter has completed hundreds of hours of continuing dental education and is affiliated with:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • The Illinois State Dental Society
  • The Chicago Dental Society

To learn more about how Inman Aligner treatment can rapidly straighten your front teeth, schedule a consultation with Art Carpenter, DDS, today by filling out our online form or calling

(847) 251-5004

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Our family has been visiting Dr. Carpenter for many year. We could not be happier with the office, doctor, the lovely ladies and the amazing service.

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2019

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Very satisfying experience. Straight forward, professional and affordable. Looking forward to working with Dr.Carpenter and the staff.

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Perfect for Minor Adjustments

Many patients who choose this option have previously undergone orthodontic treatment, but have noticed their front teeth shifting because they did not wear their retainer. 

The Treatment Process

If you wear the aligner for 16 to 20 hours a day, you can achieve a noticeably straighter smile in less than two months.
If you wear the aligner for 16 to 20 hours a day, you can achieve a noticeably straighter smile in less than two months.

Attend a Consultation

During your first appointment with our dentist in Kenilworth, IL, he will examine your teeth and discuss your goals to determine if the Inman Aligner is right for you. If you and Dr. Carpenter agree that this treatment is suitable, he will create a custom treatment plan for you.

Design the Appliance

At your initial appointment, our dentist will make impressions of your teeth. These detailed molds are sent to a specialized lab where highly accurate 3-D printed models are used to create a customized appliance.

Fit the Aligner

After a few weeks, your custom-made aligner will be ready. You can return to our office in Kenilworth, IL, where we will ensure that it fits comfortably. Our dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on how to get the best results with this orthodontic method.

Complete Treatment

Throughout treatment, you will need to wear your appliance at least 16 to 20 hours daily to guarantee the best outcome. If it is worn less often, your treatment timeline may take longer than originally planned. In most cases, you will only need to return to the office every two to three weeks so that we can check your progress.

Enjoy Straighter Teeth

Most patients who commit to wearing their aligners for the recommended amount of time per day achieve a straighter smile in six to 18 weeks. You can expect to have a beautiful smile that you'll love to share with the world.

Maintain Your Results

Once your therapy is complete, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain proper dental alignment. You can discuss the various retainer options available with Dr. Carpenter.

The Oral Health Benefits of Straighter Teeth

In addition to the convenience and comfort that Inman Aligner treatment offers, it can also improve your oral health in many of the same ways that traditional orthodontic treatment can.

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Crooked teeth can have a profound effect on the way your bite fits together: when your teeth are not aligned properly, it can lead to erosion of the enamel, tooth sensitivity, teeth grinding, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and uneven wear. Additionally, crooked teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss effectively, leaving bacteria in hard-to-reach areas. This can lead to a host of other issues, including decay and periodontal disease. Orthodontic treatment can play an important role in preventive care by minimizing this risk and making your smile easier to clean and less prone to wear and tear. 

Highly Recommended by Satisfied Patients

High quality, thorough care matched with excellent communication and expertise.  Highly recommend Dr. Carpenter and his wonderful staff.
Meredith Rives - 5-Star Google Review - 2017

The Inman Aligner vs. Invisalign

The Inman Aligner and Invisalign® are both popular alternatives to traditional metal braces. They share the same major advantage over braces, which is that they both utilize clear aligners instead of metal brackets to discreetly straighten teeth. Beyond that, however, the two treatment options differ in significant ways:

Focused vs. Comprehensive Treatment

Invisalign is typically recommended for patients who hope to correct crooked teeth or crowding throughout their smile. The Inman Aligner, on the other hand, is specifically designed for patients who want to straighten the front four teeth, either on the top or bottom, and reduce crowding in that area. Inman Aligner treatment is focused, rather than comprehensive. 

One Aligner vs. Series of Aligners

The Invisalign system utilizes a series of aligners that are switched out every two weeks. With the Inman Aligner, however, treatment is delivered through only one removable aligner. This makes it a significantly more affordable and more convenient treatment option.

Rapid Results vs. Lengthy Treatment

Because the treatment only focuses on the front teeth that are visible when you smile, patients can achieve their desired outcome much more quickly than with Invisalign. Invisalign trays must be worn 22 hours every day for at least 18 months for the best results. Alternatively, Inman Aligner patients can achieve satisfactory results in only a few months by wearing the appliance for 16 to 20 hours a day.

Art Carpenter, DDS A Dentist Who Cares

Patients from Kenilworth, Evanston, Glenview, and beyond love visiting the dental practice of Art Carpenter, DDS, because he treats them with dignity and always prioritizes their best interests. In addition to the expert care provided by our dentist, patients appreciate our practice in Kenilworth, IL, because of our:

  • Boutique-like atmosphere that puts patients at ease
  • Convenient financing through CareCredit®
  • Advanced dental technology

If you are interested in straightening your teeth with Inman Aligners, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us today by filling out our online form or calling

(847) 251-5004

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We look forward to welcoming you to our office.

"Friendly, Thorough, and Accommodating"

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2017

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They have amazing service for each customer and make sure that they have a positive experience.

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Martin Nelson

2018

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Dr. Carpenter and his entire staff are friendly, thorough and accommodating.

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Inman Aligner FAQs

Will the treatment be uncomfortable?

No. Because the treatment uses gentle pressure, the appliances are usually tolerated much better than braces or other orthodontics. If you experience mild discomfort during the first few days of treatment, over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, should suffice. 

How long will it take to get used to the appliance?

For the first few days, there is a small learning curve associated with speaking with your new device. However, most patients acclimate to the appliance in about a week.

Won’t my teeth move back after my treatment is completed?

Wearing a retainer after your orthodontic treatment can prevent movement in the future. This is not unique to this treatment method. Retainers are typically recommended to maintain results after any orthodontic treatment.

We typically give our patients the choice between a removable or fixed retainer. The removable retainer should be worn approximately three to four times per week, while a fixed retainer is permanently bonded to the back of the teeth and is not visible when you smile.

Can the aligners be combined with other dental procedures, such as teeth whitening?

Yes. In fact, many patients at our practice, serving Glenview, Evanston, and nearby areas, choose to combine their orthodontic treatment with teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. This offers a comprehensive and dramatic result, but is much more conservative than a full-arch reconstruction.

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Imagine feeling totally confident in your smile.

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Dr. Carpenter has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and is proud to offer various state-of-the-art services for his patients, including: 

  • Dental implants 
  • Fully guided implant surgery
  • Inman Aligner™ 

He regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that his patients are receiving the very best care. To schedule a consultation at our office, request an appointment online or call us at (847) 251-5004.

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"We have been coming to Dr. Carpenter for several years now after seeing dentists that lacked good patient relationships. Dr. Carpenter is patient with those who fear going to the dentist (that's me), explains what needs to be done and provides different options for treatment. Worth the trek from the city!"

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