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 at 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.

Learn what makes the Inman Aligner so different...

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Achieve a Straighter Smile Faster

The Inman Aligner™ is an innovation in accelerated orthodontics for cosmetic treatment, and can often provide complete treatment in as little as 6 to 18 weeks. It can help patients at our practice address a number of orthodontic concerns, including:

  • Misalignment
  • Crowding
  • Gaps
  • Rotated teeth

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. 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. 

Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner applies pressure to readjust the front teeth over a period of 6 to 18 weeks.

The Inman Aligner™ vs Invisalign®

If you are exploring cosmetic options for straightening your teeth, the choices can be overwhelming. On the one hand, Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. This system is an effective option for comprehensive but discreet orthodontic treatment. It is typically recommended to patients who hope to correct crooked teeth or crowding throughout their smile.  However, Invisalign trays must be worn 22 hours every day for at least 18 months for the best results. Typically, the aligners are switched out every two weeks and patients must see their dentist for follow-up appointments every four to six weeks throughout the duration of treatment.

The Inman Aligner, on the other hand, is specifically designed for patients who want to straighten the front four teeth and reduce crowding in that area. 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. Treatment using the Inman Aligner is focused, rather than comprehensive. As a result, patients can achieve their desired outcome much more quickly. Furthermore, the treatment is delivered through only one removable aligner, rather than several. Combined, these factors significantly lower the cost of the Inman Aligner.

Exceptional Benefits

Compared to traditional orthodontics and other cosmetic procedures, the Inman Aligner offers many benefits:

  • Short-term treatment
  • Affordability
  • No brackets, wires, or rubber bands
  • Removability for convenient brushing, flossing, cleaning, and eating
  • No visits to adjust wires or increase pressure
  • No alteration of natural teeth, as is necessary with veneerscrowns, and cosmetic bonding

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

The Treatment Process

If the Inman Aligner is suitable for your goals, we can take 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. When your aligner is ready, you can return to our office, where we will ensure that it fits comfortably. 

In most cases, you will only need to return to the office every two to three weeks so that we can check your progress. 

Throughout your treatment, you will need to wear your appliance at least 16 to 20 hours daily to guarantee the best outcome. If 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. 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.

FAQs about the Inman Aligner

Patients considering the Inman Aligner often have many questions regarding the process. We have answered some of the most common questions our patients ask us about the Inman Aligner so that you can get all the information you need before your consultation:

  • Will treatment with the Inman Aligner be uncomfortable?
    • No. Because the Inman Aligner uses gentle pressure, the appliances are usually tolerated much better than traditional 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. 
  • Will the Inman Aligner affect my speech? How long will it take to get used to the Inman Aligner?
    • Yes. For the first few days, there is a small learning curve associated 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 the Inman Aligner. 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 3 to 4 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 Inman Aligner treatment be combined with other dental procedures, such as teeth whitening?
    • Yes. In fact, many of our patients choose to combine their orthodontic treatment with teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. This offers a comprehensive and dramatic result, but remains much more conservative than a full-arch reconstruction.

Achieve a Straighter Smile

We offer a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments to suit every patient’s needs, budget, and lifestyle. Request an appointment online or call us at (847) 251-5004 to schedule your consultation to find out if the Inman Aligner is a good option for you.

Art Carpenter, DDS, LTD

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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