Lumineers® for a Breathtaking Smile

Lumineers® could be the answer if you are unsure about porcelain veneers. Lumineers® can give you a new smile instantly and can permanently whiten and straighten your teeth without being invasive.

Lumineers® are minimally invasive and don’t require permanent removal of the enamel on your teeth. Traditional porcelain veneers are more aggressive and can cause permanent damage to your natural teeth, as the enamel must be removed to make way for conventional porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers will give you a beautiful smile; however, they require a small amount of enamel to be removed. You may also need to wear temporary veneers while you wait for your permanent set. Traditional porcelain veneers may also require an anesthetic to minimize sensitivity and pain.

Lumineers®

Lumineers® are the painless way to place veneers without shots or drilling, and because Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi custom makes each veneer, you can be assured that your grin will look healthy and natural. Lumineers® also come with a limited lifetime warranty giving you confidence with your overall results.

Time Factor

Sometimes you may need several appointments for conventional porcelain veneers. With Lumineers®, you can have your new pearly white grin in as little as two dental appointments.

The Process

During your Lumineers® consultation Dr. Ivan will determine if you are a good fit, if you are, a mold or impression will be taken to custom make your new veneers. Dr. Ivan will also pick a shade that best matches the color of your natural teeth.

During your second dental appointment, your Lumineers® will be custom designed and checked for fit and color. Once prepared, your new veneers will be placed using special cement that is bonded with a laser or light.

If you have crooked, yellowed, broken, stained, or chipped teeth talk to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can come up with a solution. Call for a no obligation Lumineers® appointment today

Cosmetic Dentistry in Ancient Times

Cosmetic Dentistry has certainly come a long way over the years with dental implants, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, and invisible braces at the top of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in the world. People all over the globe are using cosmetic dentistry to give them a dazzling smile. However, cosmetic dentistry is anything but new.

Early Dentistry

According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, cosmetic dentistry can be traced back to ancient times with archaeologists discovering skulls from Egypt and Ancient Rome that appear to have had dental implants.

Replacement Teeth

Just like modern day dental implants, that osseo-integration to the jawbone, ancient cosmetic dentists used shells, animal teeth, human teeth, and semi precious gems to replace missing teeth.

Reconstructive Dentistry

However, it wasn’t just dental implants that the ancient civilizations used. Ancient dentists used reconstruction methods for fillings and loose teeth that were effective and reliable. Filler agents, such as ground barley mixed with honey or okra were used to fill cavities with tooth splints made from wire used to the tooth or teeth in place. Scientists who performed CT scans of an Egyptian mummy dating back 2,100 years found cavities filled with linen mixed with cedar oil or fig juice.

Early dental bridges consisted of lost teeth reattached to the surrounding and abutment teeth with silver or gold wire. Research dental scientists are unsure if the dental bridges were made during life or to tidy up for burial.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Just like the Rap and Hip Hop artists of today, the Mayans are considered cosmetic dentistry masters. Mayan dentists would decorate front teeth with precious stones, or with carved grooves and notches. Tiny holes would be drilled in the tooth to make way for jade, turquoise, lapis and other gems. The shiny stones would be attached with natural resins such as sap or honey that were mixed with crushed bones.

Cosmetic Dentistry has certainly come a long with Dr. Ivan Smiles giving people a beautiful smile with modern day dental implants, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, clear removable braces, and tooth whitening.

If you would like a beautiful new grin, call or click and talk to Dr. Ivan Smiles. You really can have a camera-ready smile. Call or click now.

Teeth Whitening for a Dazzling Smile

Teeth whitening may be all you need for a beautiful grin, however, tooth whitening does not work for everyone, and unfortunately if done too often or for extended periods of time, could cause problems.

Who Isn’t a Good Candidate

If you have dental restorations, such as cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers, tooth whitening will not work. If you have interior stains caused from antibiotic use or from too much fluoride as a child, tooth whitening may not be the right solution for your.

What causes Tooth Staining?

If you have discolored, dull or stained teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Smiles who can determine if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. Stained, discolored or dull looking teeth could be caused from:

  • Age
  • Tobacco products
  • Genetics
  • Antibiotics
  • Certain types of food
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Wine

Types of Tooth Whitening

There are dozens of teeth whitening products available over the counter, however, those pastes, gels, strips and mouth rinses will not give you the same results as professional tooth whitening. Tooth whitening products from your pharmacy can also cause problems if used to often.

People who over use tooth whitening products can experience opaque or blue looking teeth, enamel erosion, tooth decay and tooth sensitivity. Unfortunately, enamel erosion is permanent.

Professional tooth whitening is the best solution for stained teeth and can be done in a single dental appointment, or at home with custom made tooth whitening trays that you take home with a prescription teeth whitening gel.

A beautiful smile not only looks great, but can also build your confidence and self-esteem. People who have healthy teeth and gums are happy to show off their pearly whites and are more apt to get that promotion or new job.

If you would like more information regarding teeth whitening or any other cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental implants or tooth colored fillings, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi from Dr. Ivan Smiles today.

Porcelain Veneers Could be The Answer

Porcelain veneers may be the best solution for chipped, cracked, or stained teeth. If you have old restorations or stained teeth that cannot be helped with professional tooth whitening, talk to Dr. Ivan about porcelain veneers.

What they are

Cosmetic veneers are made from porcelain and fit over the front of your teeth. The thin pieces of porcelain are natural looking and strong and are made to match the exact color and shape of your own teeth.

Porcelain Veneers work best for:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Stained teeth that can’t be helped with professional tooth whitening
  • Teeth that are too short or too long
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Gaps in between your teeth
  • Minor crowding
  • Bite related issues

How They Work

If Dr. Ivan deems you a good candidate for veneers, about a millimeter of the enamel on your teeth will be removed to make way for the veneers. After removal, Dr. Ivan will take an impression creating a mold for your veneers. Depending on your situation, temporary veneers may be needed.

When your veneers are ready, Dr. Ivan will place the veneers checking for color and fit. Once satisfied, the porcelain veneers will be bonded to your teeth. After bonding, your new restorations will be polished and ready to show the world.

Because very little structure is lost, you may not require anesthesia. The materials that Dr. Ivan uses for porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining and give you more protection than your natural teeth.

Keep in mind that veneers are permanent, as some of the enamel on your teeth needs to be removed to make way for the veneer. If you are looking for a less permanent solution, ask Dr. Ivan about cosmetic dental bonding. You also need to make sure that you stop chewing ice and your nails. Although veneers are strong, they can be damaged by bad habits.

If you would like more information regarding porcelain veneers, or any other type of cosmetic dental procedures, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan today.

Oral Health Tips to Include in Your Routine

Oral Health Tips

When it comes to oral health, it is imperative that you follow a good oral hygiene routine that will keep your teeth and gums healthy, however, there are some other oral health tips to consider if you want to keep your smile.

The Right Brush-Choosing the right toothbrush is imperative and one of the most important oral health tips to remember. Choose a soft bristled toothbrush that is easy to hold. If you have arthritis and have trouble brushing, try a mechanical or powered toothbrush. Swap out your brush every three months or when the bristles are worn.

Floss Everyday-Flossing is the only way to remove food particles, debris, and plaque from your teeth and gums. Floss before you brush to remove food particles that you may miss if you floss after you brush. Talk to Dr. Ivan if you need a flossing refresher course. Remember, you are only half-finished if you don’t floss.

Sugary Foods-Skip the sweet stuff and opt for fresh veggies or nuts for snacks. Tooth decay is chronic in both adults and children, with sugary foods being the main culprit. Sugars are eaten up by oral bacteria releasing tooth-attacking acids. This weakens the enamel on your teeth and will cause cavities.

Regular Dental Checkups-It is imperative that you schedule regular dental appointments with Dr. Ivan. Twice yearly checkups, or more if you suffer from diabetes, will help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. During your checkup ask for an oral cancer screening and make sure you have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis.

Stop Bad Oral Health Habits-Tobacco products, too much alcohol and chewing on pencils, ice, and your fingernails can cause problems for your teeth and gums. Oral piercing can also cause damage to your mouth. If you play sports without a mouthguard, talk to Dr. Ivan about a custom-made mouth protector.

Drink Lots of Water-Drinking at least eight glasses of water each day will keep your mouth moist. Mouth dryness will increase plaque accumulation putting you at risk for gum disease and tooth decay. People who take medications should drink more water to stay hydrated. Water helps your salivary glands while buffering acid that can damage your teeth. Water also helps with digestion and can help protect your teeth from dental caries.

If you can’t remember the last time you had a dental checkup, or would like some additional oral health tips, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan today.