Cosmetic Dentistry is an Art and a Science

Cosmetic Dentistry can improve the appearance of your teeth, your gums, and your smile, and although the American Dental Association does not officially recognize it as a specialty, most cosmetic dentists, such as Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, are highly regarded because of their training, extensive and continuing education and of course, experience. Dr. Ivan is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is qualified to give you the smile that you have always dreamed of having.

Cosmetic dentistry is different from restorative or general dentistry as the procedures are elected and not required. Cosmetic Dentistry in Chicago is an art that requires experience and expertise.

Dental technology is continuing to advance thanks to new materials that are both attractive and durable. Cosmetic dental procedures such as dental bonding and porcelain veneers require additional cosmetic dentistry training as new materials and technologies emerge.

Cosmetic Dentistry is an art and a science as the composite or porcelain materials need to match the rest of your smile. Dr. Ivan has the skills to create porcelain veneers, dental implants or give you a new smile with cosmetic dental bonding.

According to Dr. Ivan Smiles, cosmetic dentistry is less invasive than it used to be. Gone are the days when much of the natural tooth had to be removed to make way for porcelain veneers or other invasive cosmetic dentistry restorations.

The materials are tooth colored and natural looking. Cosmetic dentistry materials are also more predictable and much more durable, even up to five years ago. These days you can expect your cosmetic dental restorations to last much longer than they used to.

Some cosmetic dental procedures, such as cosmetic dental bonding, inlays, and onlays can be completed in a single dental appointment eliminating the need for temporary restorations while yours are being made in the lab.

These days most cosmetic dentists do the work themselves. Gone are the days of referrals, lost time, and more money.

If your smile is making you frown, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Your Chicago Dentist really can help improve your confidence.

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Porcelain Veneers Make The Best Gift

Porcelain veneers make the perfect gift for yourself, and if you have been considering cosmetic veneers, there has never been a better time.

Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi is a licensed and preferred porcelain veneers dentist in Chicago who has the education and the expertise to place veneers that will match, look and feel like your natural teeth.

What are Porcelain Veneers Used For?

Porcelain veneers are perfect for people who can’t whiten their teeth with over the counter or professional teeth whitening products. Porcelain veneers will cover stains and discolored teeth with thin sheets of porcelain that will give you something to smile about.

Cosmetic veneers also work well for people with chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. If you are over the age of 50 and have worn teeth, porcelain veneers may be the answer.

If you follow Dr. Ivan Smiles Blog, you will know that cosmetic veneers are permanent, as a portion of each tooth needs to be removed for a natural fit.

The Porcelain Veneers Procedure

If Dr. Valcarenghi decides that you are a good fit for veneers, some of the enamel on your teeth will be removed before a mold or impression is made for your new cosmetic veneers. Depending on the severity of your teeth, you may or may not require temporary veneers.

Once your veneers are ready, Dr. Ivan will etch or roughen the fronts of your teeth so that the bonding material will adhere to the veneer. During placement, the doctor and his team will temporarily set each veneer to check for color and placement. Once Dr. Ivan is satisfied with the results, your new porcelain veneers will be bonded into place.

Porcelain veneers can last 10 years or more as long as you practice good oral hygiene habits and good common sense. Treat your veneers as you would your own teeth. Brush and floss, see your dentist regularly, follow a good diet, and keep pencils and other foreign objects out of your mouth.

If you would like a new smile for Christmas, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi for your new porcelain veneers today.

Fix your Crooked Smile with Invisalign®

Invisalign® can help if you are unhappy with your crooked teeth and want to have a beautiful smile on your wedding day.

Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and can transform your upside down smile with a beautiful new grin that will make you proud to walk down the aisle.

Much Quicker Results

These days you don’t have to succumb to uncomfortable metal wires and brackets. Thanks to invisible braces, you can have a straight smile using the invisible alternative to conventional braces, Invisalign®. Invisalign® uses a series of clear plastic aligners that gradually move your teeth into place giving you a straighter smile in as little as 12 months.

Although some patients report fantastic results in 6 months, the average is between 12 and 18 months. Conventional braces can take up to 2 years before you see results.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is always an issue, especially if you wear braces. Although they have certainly changed over the years, it is still impossible to brush under wires and brackets. It is easy for you to develop cavities where you cannot brush or floss.

If you are a candidate for clear braces, you can brush and floss easily as you remove your Invisalign® clear plastic aligners when you eat, brush and floss.

How Invisalign® Works

Depending on your treatment plan, you will be given between 11 and 31 sets of clear plastic aligners that you will swap every one to two weeks gradually moving your teeth into place.

You will need to wear your Invisalign® aligners between 20 and 22 hours every day to prevent a delay in your teeth straightening treatment.

Not all patients are deemed good candidates for Invisalign®, but those that have worn the aligners and followed through with the protocol have reported remarkable results.

If you are planning your wedding and stressing out about your smile, call or click and schedule a no obligation Invisalign® consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi and his team today. You won’t believe the difference it makes. Call or click today.

Porcelain Veneers for a Uniform Smile

Porcelain veneers are the best way to give you the smile that you deserve, and if you are tired of covering your mouth when you grin, call or click and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi.

Dr. Ivan Smiles is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and understands what procedures would be best for your particular situation.

Below are a few reasons that you may be unhappy with your smile.

You have broken, chipped or crooked teeth

Depending on how severe your cracks, chips and breaks are, Dr. Ivan Smiles may recommend porcelain veneers instead of cosmetic dental bonding as porcelain veneers will last longer and be more cost effective in the long run.

Stained teeth that cannot be helped with teeth whitening products

If over the counter teeth whitening products or professional teeth whitening products will not alter the appearance of your teeth you may want to consider veneers. Keep in mind that teeth whitening products will not work on teeth that have bad interior stains or teeth that have been restored.

Gaps or a gap between teeth

If you have a large or small gap between your teeth, Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi recommends porcelain veneers. Cosmetic dental bonding will close a small gap, but if you want a uniform smile, veneers may be a better fit for you and your grin.

Worn teeth

As you age, your teeth will wear down. If you clench or grind your teeth, which is known as bruxism, the tops of your teeth will become dull and flat over time leading to other dental problems if left untreated. Veneers will solve the problem giving you a healthy smile. Veneers will also help you chew and talk more naturally.

If you would like to improve your smile and the health of your teeth and gums, call or click and schedule a no obligation porcelain veneers consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.