ORA Dental Studio receives Invisalign ‘Super Elite’ Provider status

ORA Dental Studio in Chicago is one of only 5 general and cosmetic dental practices in the nation to receive top honor

Online PR News – 18-July-2011 – – Chicago, Illinois – Dr. Mladen Kralj, Dr. Goran Kralj, and Dr. Reggie Thurston, partners at ORA Dental Studio in Chicago, have been awarded ‘Super Elite’ Premier Provider status by Align Technologies Inc. the makers of Invisalign clear braces. With over 800 Invisalign cases under their belts the doctors at ORA received ‘Super Elite’ Premier Provider status for having achieved an extraordinary level of Invisalign case experience and competence.

“We are seeing a continued, strong demand for Invisalign - it represents the future of orthodontics and non-invasive cosmetic dentistry,” says Dr. Mladen Kralj. “While the majority of our patients want Invisalign as a cosmetic enhancement, my primary purpose in recommending Invisalign and educating patients is simple – straighter teeth are healthier teeth, and essential to total wellness.”

Dr. Mladen Kralj was one of the first cosmetic dentists in Chicago to introduce Invisalign to his practice, becoming certified in 2002. He received Premier Provider status in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, placing him in the top 5% of all Invisalign certified providers each year. In 2010 Drs. Mladen & Goran Kralj achieved ‘Elite’ Premier Provider status, placing ORA Dental Studio in the top 1% of all Invisalign practitioners in the nation, and becoming the leading Invisalign practice in Chicago in terms of cases started per year.

As 2011 ‘Super Elite’ Premier Providers, ORA Dental Studio joins a very exclusive group - one of only 5 general practices and 15 orthodontic practices in the nation to have achieved this extraordinary level of experience. There are currently over 46,000 Invisalign certified providers in the United States.

“It's a real honor to have achieved Super Elite status with Align. I'm a huge advocate of Invisalign and have offered Invisalign to many of my patients over the years -- from very simple to complex cases,” says Dr. Goran Kralj. “It has allowed me to give my patients an alternative to metal braces or more invasive procedures to improve their smiles.”

“Invisalign eliminates so many barriers to treatment, offering patients options they have not had before,” says Dr. Thurston. “Invisalign gives me an effective tool to delivering a beautiful smile to anyone -- from adults that would never consider metal braces to active teens that don't want braces interrupting their busy lives.”

About Align Technology, Inc.
Align Technology designs, manufactures and markets Invisalign, a proprietary method for treating malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth. Invisalign corrects malocclusion using a series of clear, nearly invisible, removable appliances that gently move teeth to a desired final position. Because it does not rely on the use of metal or ceramic brackets and wires, Invisalign significantly reduces the aesthetic and other limitations associated with braces. Invisalign is appropriate for treating adults and teens. Align Technology was founded in March 1997 and received FDA clearance to market Invisalign in 1998. Today, the Invisalign product family includes Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Invisalign Assist, Invisalign Express, and Vivera Retainers. To learn more about Invisalign please visit www.invisalign.com

About ORA Dental Studio

ORA Dental Studio is Chicago’s and the nation’s first and only ‘green’ group dental practice promoting Eco-friendly Dentistry®. ORA delivers the perfect synthesis of a chic, zen-modern environment, state-of-the-art green technology, minimally and non-invasive services, and eco-friendly protocols and products that are uncommon in traditional dental practices and unique to Chicago.

ORA Dental Studio’s eco-initiatives start with the meticulous design and construction of its dental practices that strictly followed LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and GGHC (Green Guide for Health Care) protocols. Through conscientious planning ORA has created high performance ‘green’ facilities that are healthier for their patients, a more productive place to work, less costly to operate and maintain, and reduce their environmental footprint.

Founded by Chicago dentists Dr. Mladen Kralj, Dr. Goran Kralj, Dr. Steven Koos, and Dr. Reggie Thurston, ORA Dental Studio currently has four locations in downtown Chicago’s West Loop, South Loop, Wicker Park, and Gold Coast neighborhoods. ORA Wicker Park practice will be the first LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified dental practice in Chicago, and one of only a handful in the nation.

ORA Dental Studio is a dental industry leader in the delivery of Green Healthcare, garnering numerous awards. Among them, ORA is the first dental practices in the nation to achieve the Eco Dentistry Association™ (EDA) certification at the highest level – GreenDOC™ Gold. ORA was inducted as an EDA Charter Certified Practice, a distinction that honors practices that are innovators and leaders at the forefront of dentistry's green wave. In addition, ORA were recipients of the Making Medicine Mercury Free Award and Partner for Change Award at the international 2010 Clean-Med Conference’s Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony in Baltimore.

ORA offers comprehensive cosmetic, restorative and oral surgery services such as: smile makeovers with porcelain veneers; Emprethin ‘no-prep’ veneers; full mouth rejuvenation; Invisalign clear braces; laser teeth whitening; aesthetic tooth and gum contouring; dental ozone therapy; non-invasive laser periodontal therapy; BPA-free composite resin restorations; metal-free/lead-free porcelain restorations; dental implants; and wisdom teeth extraction.

For more information about ORA Dental Studio call 312.867.8766 or visit www.oradentalstudio.com.

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