Your smile is the first thing people will notice about you.

Was speaking to a young waitress recently and somehow we got on the subject of her smile (imagine that!). Believe it or not, I really try not to identify myself as “Dr.” or even when on the golf course and after 1-2 holes it is almost inevitable that someone in your foursome asks “what do you do?” I always try to avoid saying I am a dentist. But somehow this waitress found out.

She asked me how much it would cost to improve her smile. Of course I wanted to be professional and I told her that “I am sure you can understand that it wouldn’t be proper for a Dr. to quote you a fee like this, but I would be happy to discuss it with her professionally and give her a close range when she comes into the office to talk to me about it.” She then said an interesting thing: she asked me “well it costs less than boobs, doesn’t it?”

Having heard this before, it did not surprise me. I answered: “I don’t know exactly what that’s worth to you, but I do know your smile is the first thing people notice about you, use and see all the time, and in an instant, can say volumes about you, gives you esteem and confidence as well.”

Prospective Vanderbilt Students

Elmhurst, IL—Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi of Elmhurst, Illinois presided over a four-person panel for Vanderbilt pre-professional students during the parent and family weekend in October.  The panelists represented various business, finance and engineering fields from various geographic areas of the country.  Dr. Valcarenghi represented healthcare in the Midwest region.  Dr. Valcarenghi also serves as a West Suburban contact person for prospective Vanderbilt students as well as serving on the Vanderbilt PAFA, Parent And Family Association, board.  Students interested in attending Vanderbilt are welcome to contact Dr. Valcarenghi via email at

Special Smile Makeover Offer From Dr. Ivan For Only You!

cosmetic dentist chicagoDear Friends,

Do you want to have the attractive and healthy smile of your dreams for the HOLIDAYS !

For a limited number of people before Christmas, we want to help you achieve what you want- a great smile!

If you have wanted a fantastic smile but were afraid to move forward with cosmetic treatment involving veneers.  Read this letter!

In this letter, we dispel myths, take the mystery out of it, and remove the reasons that have stopped you.

There are three main reasons patient do not move forward with treatment:

  1. It’s too expensive!  You either find a “second opinion” that is cheaper or you don’t move forward at all.  Please understand that depending on your area, Cosmetic dentists charge similar fees if they have similar cosmetic training.  If you find a dentist charging significantly lower fees for veneers, they are probably not a trained cosmetic dentist and you are risking your only set of adult teeth to an inexperienced clinician.  Most dentists who tout they do “cosmetic dentistry” are referring to white fillings, and have never taken a hands-on veneer training program.  It’s not easy knowing who to trust. Which leads to reason #2.
  2. Who to trust?  Please refer to the article on my website “How to find a cosmetic dentist.”  In it you will see that your typical, family, general dentist will not have these attributes and lacks training.  There is good reason Dr. Ivan created our “Wall Of Fame” of smiles he has improved and beautifully photographed in the hallway.  Why would you trust your front teeth, your smile, to an untrained eye?  A dentist does not learn this in dental school, or a weekend seminar, period!  Dr. Ivan is a graduate of the prestigious LVI (The Las Vegas Institute) a rigorous and expensive two year hands-on program to learn Cosmetic Dentistry competently and has accumulated over 4000 hours of continuing education (CE).  Most dentists take the required 32 hours of CE every 1.5 years and may accumulate 3000 hours by retirement.  Dr Ivan is one of the nation’s leading Cosmetic Dentists whom has committed himself to continuing education and clinical excellence.
  3. Afraid of pain or drilling on your teeth!  This is a common fear.  While pain is subjective, nearly all patients experience NO pain. Depending on the cosmetic improvement necessary to obtain that great smile, many times, there is little or NO DRILLING!  Today we can improve your smile greatly, with “NO-PREP” veneers.  If you have crowded or crooked teeth or severe discolorations or cosmetic problems, then some drilling might be required to affect the desired changes.  But many times even this “drilling” is minor.

If you are receiving this letter, you are one of just a handful of patients receiving his offer to have the fantastic healthy and attractive smile you desire by one of the nation’s leading Cosmetic Dentists, Dr. Ivan, at 1999 fees!

Look better for Holiday photos!  Begin treatment before Christmas and receive a Smile Makeover for $999/tooth*  (normally up to $1600 per tooth)!

*Smile Makeover is normally 8-10 teeth

We accept new patients!  Thank you for your referrals!

Ivan  Valcarenghi, DDS and Associates
468 Spring Road
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

Cosmetic Dentist Chicago – December Newsletter

cosmetic dentist chicagoDecember Newsletter
·        Sleep Apnea & Snoring
·        Weight Loss
·        Dental Implants
·        Achieving A Great Smile!
·        Use your year-end insurance & Flex spending!

Our Purpose: to keep you healthy and to have great communication with you!

Snoring/Sleep Apnea:  We can help! You’ve heard a lot about this, but are skeptical.  It is rapidly becoming a health care crisis. Isn’t snoring just a nuisance to spouses?  Snoring can be a sign for a dangerous condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  It is responsible for stroke, heart disease, cardiomyopathy, and other life-threatening health problems.  It is even a suspect in car crash fatalities.  You know your lack of sleep couldn’t be good, but didn’t think it was serious enough to get tested.  Or, it’s just too inconvenient to wear that awful (CPAP) mask, right?
If these are your excuses then set aside your bias because sleep apnea is a killer and in many cases you can be tested in the convenience of your own bed at home and can have simple oral appliances made for you that can help you and your spouse sleep better, be more productive at work and possibly save your life.  “I had my doubts and wondered if this mouthpiece really worked?  Well, my ribs are no longer sore from my wife jabbing me!  It works 100%!” – Steve T.

Go to our new website for more info: and Dental Sleep Medicine sites as well.

Weight Loss:  diets can assist you to lose weight. Many have taken to running and other exercises, however, and have not lost weight. Your body can hold on to fat stores for a long time and for a variety of reasons, such as stress, menopause, starvation diets, circulatory problems and depository illnesses such as arthritis and diabetes.  But for the most part it is “calories in = calories out.”  We hate to count calories, but it works!  Also watch out for hidden calories:  low sugar or no-sugar soft drinks and cereals, often have a lot of carbohydrates and unused “carbs” turn into sugar.

Dental Implants: If you have a class 2 bite (ask me what this means), you are a dentist’s favorite patient and you make up the majority of dentistry and other dental-related treatment such as headaches and migraines, TMJ/TMD, neuromuscular “issues,” snoring and sleep apnea.  Chances are you have more fillings, crowns, root canals, failed root canals, extractions and yes, you are responsible for the largest number of dental implants as well.  It is rapidly becoming the largest source of dental expenditures!  More astounding is that the vast majority of dental insurance provide no dental implant benefits!  Why?  Don’t get me started…I need a longer newsletter!

Nuances of Middle Age:  look for this article in my Winter newsletter!  It will be entertaining!

Achieving A Great Smile:  you don’t think an attractive smile is important? If you are that dinosaur, please let me put you in touch with Kiki who espouses the benefits of a great smile.  Or Kerri.  I am so proud of her!  When she came back into my office, years after we helped this young, shy and introverted teen have a more attractive smile, and told me how her new smile changed her life and told me of her achievements, I swell with pride and joy.  I also think about other people whom have lost countless opportunities because they don’t enjoy a great smile.

There is no reason today to have an unattractive smile! The power of a great smile is well documented in greater confidence, self-esteem, opportunities and success, and yes, health!  Did you realize an ugly smile also conveys the message you are not healthy?

  • Dr Ivan presided over a panel for students in pre-professional programs at Vanderbilt University
  • Dr Ivan recently did continuing education in Laser Dentistry and understanding Obamacare
  • Ask about Holiday and Smile Improvement specials!
  • We accept new patients!  Thank you for your referrals!

Ivan  Valcarenghi, DDS and Associates
468 Spring Road
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126