Cosmetic Dentistry Is More than Tooth Whitening

Having a beautiful smile starts with good oral hygiene. In fact, if you are considering cosmetic dentistry for your toothy grin, your teeth, and gums must be healthy before Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi can proceed with cosmetic dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implants, or any other type of cosmetic dentistry treatments, including tooth whitening.

If you follow the Dr. Ivan Blog, you will know that tooth whitening is the most popular procedure both in the United States and overseas, but unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for tooth whitening.

If you have intrinsic or interior staining, teeth that have been stained from medication use, or old restorations that no longer match the rest of your teeth, tooth whitening will not work. However, there are other types of cosmetic dental procedures that can give you the smile that you deserve.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are perfect for worn teeth, teeth that cannot be whitened with professional tooth whitening products and teeth that are been previously restored. If you have old veneers or have had cosmetic bonding on the front of your teeth, talk to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi from Ivan Smiles about porcelain veneers.

Cosmetic Bonding

If you do not want to commit to porcelain veneers cosmetic dental bonding could be the answer. Cosmetic bonding is not permanent and can fix chips, cracks, teeth that are too long or short and to fill small gaps between teeth. Although cosmetic bonding is not as strong as porcelain veneers, it may be the solution if you do not want to deal with temporary veneers and enamel removal.


Lumineers® are placed like porcelain veneers, but require little if any removal of your natural tooth. Because Lumineers® are extremely thin you don’t have to worry about Dr. Ivan removing any of the natural tooth structure. Dr. Ivan is a licensed and preferred Lumineers® dentist who can determine if Lumineers® are right for you.

Cosmetic dentistry really can change your life, and if you are looking for cosmetic dental procedures that will work for you, call or click and schedule a no obligation consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.

Your new smile is waiting. Call or click today.

Invisalign® Are you a Good Fit?

Invisalign® is the clear alternative to conventional braces and can give you a straight smile in as little as six months with the average being between 12 and 18 months.

Having a beautiful grin not only helps boost your self-confidence, but can also help you land that dream job. According to recent research, people, including your interviewer will notice your smile before anything else. If you are subconscious about your smile, hide it, or cover it with your hand when you talk, chances are that job will go to someone else.

Invisalign® may not be for everyone, but it could be for you. Schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi or can determine if the clear alternative to conventional wires and brackets is for you.

What Conditions Does Invisalign® Work For?

• Tipped or rotated teeth
• Spaces between teeth
• Teeth that are crowded
• Overbite
• Underbite

Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi is a preferred and licensed Invisalign® provider who can determine if you are a good fit for Invisalign®. If you have rotated premolars or canines, bridgework, back tooth biting issues or teeth that need to be moved vertically, Invisalign® may not be right for you.

Because Invisalign® is removed for meals, brushing and flossing it does take discipline. Your clear plastic trays need to be worn 20 to 22 hours every day. If you lack self-discipline and couldn’t be bothered taking your trays out and putting them back in, conventional wires and brackets may be a better option.

Invisalign® is great for some, but not perfect for others. If you have major tooth straightening issues, talk to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can determine which tooth straightening procedure would be best for you.

Call or click and schedule a no obligation appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today. You really can have a beautiful smile in less time with Invisalign®.

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Are Dental Crowns the Best Option for You?

Dental crowns can enhance the beauty of your smile, and if you have damaged teeth, teeth that are showing age, or old restorations, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can give you a complete dental exam to determine if dental crowns are right for you.

Cemented into place, a dental crown is a cap that is shaped just like your tooth. The dental cap fits over the tooth to restore the size and shape and to make it stronger. Dental crowns are also used to improve the appearance of your teeth. When placed, dental crowns will fully encase the visible portion of the tooth that is being crowned.

What are Dental Crowns Used For?

  • For cosmetic modifications
  • To cover dental implants
  • To restore broken teeth or teeth that are worn
  • To cover teeth with large fillings
  • To hold dental bridges
  • To protect weak teeth
  • To cover discolored teeth
  • To cover teeth that are misshapen

During your dental crown consultation, Dr. Valcarenghi will determine if dental crowns are the best option for your particular situation, as sometimes dental crowns are not your best option. Damaged or unattractive teeth in the front of your mouth may be better off with porcelain veneers or Lumineers. Teeth that have titanium posts or root canals are better treated with dental crowns because crowns are much stronger than porcelain veneers, and not as see through.

According to Dr. Ivan, dental crowns may be much too aggressive if cosmetic dentistry is the only purpose for the treatment. Thanks to new materials and dental technologies, dentists can provide you with all porcelain restorations, such as Lumineers, onlays, inlays and Porcelain veneers that require much less removal of the healthy tooth.

If you would like more information regarding dental crowns, or would just like to check out your cosmetic dentistry options, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.

Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentist for Dental Bonding

Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi has the experience and the expertise to give your confidence a boost with cosmetic dentistry whether you have been thinking about porcelain veneers, orthodontic work, dental implants or one of the least expensive cosmetic dental procedures, bonding.

Your Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentist understands how frustrating chipped, cracked, and stained teeth can be; however, you don’t have to resort to porcelain veneers to give you a beautiful smile.

What is Cosmetic Bonding?

Unlike porcelain veneers, which are permanent, cosmetic dental bonding from your Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentist does not require removal of the enamel on your teeth or the structure of your tooth unless it is being used to fill a cavity. Cosmetic dental bonding is so quick and easy that you can walk in the office with a broken smile and walk out with a confident glow as each tooth takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

The Procedure

Before you can proceed with cosmetic bonding, Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi will check your teeth and gums to make sure you are healthy enough for dental bonding. If you are given the all clear, the tooth or teeth that are to be bonded with be roughened up and coated with a special conditioning liquid that will make the dental bonding material adhere to the tooth or teeth. After the putty like resin has been applied, Dr. Ivan will harden or cure with a laser or UV light. After the tooth or teeth have been hardened, they will be trimmed and polished to match the rest of your smile.

What is Bonding Used For?

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Small Gaps between teeth
  • Teeth that are too long or too short
  • Badly stained teeth
  • Tooth colored fillings
  • Inlays
  • Onlays

Cosmetic bonding could be the answer if you are unhappy with your smile. Call or click and schedule a dental bonding appointment with Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can give you the smile you deserve. Call or click today.

Cosmetic Dentistry from The Smile Doctor

Cosmetic dentistry can boost your self-confidence and your self-esteem.

According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi your smile is the first thing people notice when you walk into a room, and if yours is upside down it’s time to call Dr. Valcarenghi. The Smiles Doctor can take your ho hum grin and turn it into a dazzling confident smile that you will be proud to show the world.

When you schedule an appointment with the Smile Doctor, the team from Dr. Ivan Smiles will make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry. Even if you are just having in office tooth whitening you still need a healthy mouth.

Healthy Teeth and Gums for Cosmetic Dentistry

The whitening gel can get into tooth decay causing infection or seep into your gums if you have gingivitis. Dr. Ivan will make sure that those issues are taken care of before any type of cosmetic dentistry proceeds.

Your Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation

During your no obligation consultation, Dr. Ivan will take x-rays and pictures to determine what course of action would be best for your particular needs. Dr. Ivan may recommend:

Tooth Whitening-With Zoom® in office Tooth Whitening you can have a brighter smile in a single dental appointment. You can walk in with a dingy smile and walk out with a brand new set of pearly whites.

If you prefer, you can opt for a professional take home whitening kit that you will use each night or as recommended by Dr. Ivan Smiles. You will see results in about two weeks.

Porcelain Veneers-Porcelain veneers are perfect if tooth whitening isn’t an option. Tooth whitening will not be effective on previously restored teeth or teeth that have intrinsic or interior stains.

After a small amount of enamel is removed from your teeth, Dr. Ivan will take pictures and x-rays to fashion your new veneers, which will be matched to the rest of your natural teeth. Depending on your particular case, you may or may not require temporary cosmetic veneers. Once your veneers are ready, they will be placed with special cement that will securely bond your new porcelain veneers to your teeth.

Dr. Ivan may also recommend dental implants, Invisalign, in lays, on lays, cosmetic dental crowns, dental bonding, or a complete mouth makeover.

If you would like Smile Consultation call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, Your Smile Doctor really can give you something to grin about. Call or click for a cosmetic dentistry consultation now.