Clear Braces or Conventional Braces Which Ones Are Right for You?

Clear braces are effective, and if the thought of uncomfortable wires and brackets makes you think twice about straightening your crooked smile, it’s time to call Dr. Ivan Valcareghi. Dr. Ivan is a licensed and preferred provider of the amazing clear braces system from Invisalign and can determine if you and Invisalign are a good fit.

What are Clear Braces?

Although there are several clear braces manufacturers, Invisalign is the preferred teeth straightening method. Invisalign® has won awards for fast growth, stereolithography, and medical design and was approved by the FDA in 1998 with sales beginning in the United States in 1999. As of 2014, more than 2.5 people all over the globe have a beautiful smile thanks to the clear braces system from Invisalign®.

The Difference between Old School and Clear Braces

Treatment Time

Dr. Ivan explains that not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign®. However, if you are, you may want to proceed with the treatment system as Invisalign® can cut your treatment time on average to 13.5 months. Conventional braces can take up to two years to do their job.


Invisalign® is much more comfortable than wires and brackets. With clear braces, you are less likely to suffer from an injury with a broken wire or bracket. Invisalign® uses a series of clear plastic aligners that fit your teeth. Unlike conventional wires and brackets, which need to be pushed and pulled into place, clear braces do the work gradually moving your teeth into place.


Conventional braces require frequent dental appointments for adjustments. With Invisalign®, you only need to see Dr. Ivan every six weeks to make sure that your clear braces are straightening your teeth.

Less Chance of Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Because conventional braces are permanent, they cannot be removed making it difficult to brush. If you can’t get under the brackets and wires, you are more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay. With Invisalign® clear braces you can eat, brush, and floss freely as your aligners are removed when you enjoy a meal and clean your teeth.

If the thought of wearing wires and brackets for up to two years is preventing you from straightening your teeth, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Invisalign® could be the answer for your less than perfect smile.

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Missing Teeth Problems Fixed with Dental Implants

If your missing teeth have been causing you problems, call or click and schedule a no obligation dental implants consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Dr. Ivan can determine if you are a good fit for dental implants, even if you have been missing teeth for years.

Unlike dentures, dental implants are surgically placed on or in the jawbone. Once the area or areas have healed, Dr. Valcarenghi will place artificial crowns over the top of the posts. Dental implants are just as strong as your natural teeth and can last for the rest of your life if you stick to good oral hygiene habits. Although you can’t get cavities in your new dental implants, you can still get gum disease.

The main issue for dental implants is enough bone, especially if you have been missing teeth for a while. However, if you do not have enough bone, it can be rebuilt, just like your gums.

These days there are many options for people who have been told that they are poor candidates for missing teeth including bone and tissue grafting. Dr. Valcarenghi can harvest your own bone or use bone substitutes to hold your dental implant posts. There are also other dental implant procedures available including All-On-Four, which avoids bone grafting. With computer guided dental implant placement and CT scans you could be the perfect candidate for dental implants.

Just like the old saying, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” your jawbone will shrink if it isn’t exercised properly. The roots of your teeth help stimulate the jaw by chewing, talking, and just being. If you lose a tooth, your jawbone will shrink from disuse. Even a single missing tooth can cause bone shrinkage.

If you have been considering dental implants for missing teeth, call or click and schedule a no obligation dental implants consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Dental implants will improve the quality of your life and your self-confidence.

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A Smile Makeover to Complete your Transformation

A smile makeover for your teeth and gums is just as important as a makeover for your body, and if winter got the best of you, Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi will come to your rescue.

You may be right on track with your spring diet and exercise program, but if your smile is letting you down, your self-confidence may still be lacking when you lose the weight.

Dr. Ivan is the smile makeover expert and can turn your so so grin into something beautiful with professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or Invisalign. If your missing teeth have always been a problem for your self-esteem, call and schedule a no obligation smile makeover consultation with Dr. Ivan Smiles.

Depending on your oral health, Dr. Ivan may also recommend restorative procedures before any cosmetic dentistry treatments can take place. If you have gum disease or tooth decay those teeth will need to be filled. A deep cleaning may be necessary to treat the gingivitis as well.

Cosmetic dentistry involves all aspects including your face shape. When examining your teeth and gums, Dr. Ivan will also look at your jaw position, mouth size and anything that could affect any type of cosmetic or restorative dental procedures before recommending dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign, gum lift surgery, professional teeth whitening, or cosmetic dental bonding.

During your smile makeover consultation with Dr. Ivan the two of you will discuss what you expect from your new smile. Thanks to modern dental technology, Dr. Ivan can show you what your smile makeover will look like before any treatments begin. You will be amazed at what a few subtle changes can do for your self-esteem.

If you are making over your body, make over your smile as well with a smile makeover from Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Spring has sprung and that means a new you. Call for your smile consultation today.