Old Dental Restorations Can Lead to Other Problems

Old dental restorations don’t just look bad. According to Dr. Ivan Smiles, old dental restorations can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

How Do Old Restorations Cause Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

Cracked or chipped fillings allow food particles to work their way under the filling. If you have old silver amalgam fillings, chances are you have cavities under the restoration. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know unless you experience pain, which not everyone does.

If you have bridgework or wear dentures, it is imperative that you pay close attention to oral hygiene. Brush twice, floss once a day to keep your mouth clean, and don’t forget to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Smiles for a complete checkup. You may think your 15-year-old bridge is still doing its job, but if your partner is complaining about your chronic bad breath, it’s time for a dental restoration checkup.

The Advantage of New Dental Restorations

During your comprehensive dental examination, Dr. Ivan will check your teeth and gums paying close attention to your fillings, dental crowns, inlays, onlays, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental implants. If there is damage, Dr. Valcarenghi will recommend new restorations with modern materials that last much longer than dental restorations made a decade or two ago.

These days you have more choices when it comes to dental restorations. Silver amalgam is being replaced with tooth colored dental resin and composites that are just as strong as old school dental fillings.

Your Overall Health

According to the American Dental Association, there is a connection between oral and overall health. Scientists believe it has to do with bacteria entering the bloodstream. This occurs if you have cracked or chipped teeth or gum disease.

If you haven’t had your dental restorations checked in some time, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Smiles today.

Invisible Braces Have the Advantage over Conventional Wires and Brackets

Invisible braces aren’t for everyone. However, if you have always wanted straight teeth but remember what your brother went through with old school wires and brackets, Invisalign® Elmhurst with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi could be the answer.

Conventional braces have changed over the years with orthodontists using clear brackets and ceramic wires. While conventional braces may look better, you will still have to deal with the problems that come with standard wires and brackets.

The Problem with Braces

Tooth Decay-Oral hygiene is extremely important when it comes to wires and brackets. It is impossible to clean under the wires and brackets making tooth decay a real issue. People who wear braces must brush and floss after meals as food can easily be trapped around your oral appliances.

Demineralization-Demineralization occurs when the food left on your teeth mixes with bacteria. This creates acid that will rob your teeth of phosphate and calcium. This causes white patches on your teeth. The decalcification looks like white scars that outline the place where your brackets were. The white spots can also cause sensitivity.

Gingivitis-A form of gum disease, gingivitis will cause red, tender, and bleeding gums. While gingivitis is curable, you do not want to ignore it, as it will develop into periodontal disease. If you have severe gum disease or other issues, your dentist or orthodontist may need to take your braces off. Once your gums have healed, the braces can be reapplied. This will impede your treatment length.

Comfort-Wires and brackets need to be pushed and pulled into place while invisible braces gently push the teeth into position. You also don’t need to worry about broken wires that can puncture your cheeks or tongue.

Other problems that can occur with braces include:

• Sensitivity
• Excessive plaque
• Tartar
• Bad breath

Invisalign® Invisible Braces

Invisible braces are comfortable and less time consuming. On average, most patients will wear between 11 and 31 sets of clear braces for between 12 and 18 months. The only time you will need to remove your aligners is when you eat, brush, and floss. This eliminates the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

With Invisalign® you will not need to visit the dentist every two weeks for adjustments as you will see Dr. Ivan every six weeks to make sure your invisible braces are straightening your smile according to your treatment plan.

For more information regarding Invisalign or any other cosmetic dental procedure, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today. 

Porcelain Veneers and Cosmetic Dental Bonding What’s the Difference?

If you follow my dental blog, you will have learned how important a Hollywood Smile is regardless of your occupation. From dental bonding to porcelain veneers, I help transform unhappy grins into beautiful Hollywood Smiles. However, there is a difference between the two.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of dental porcelain that I use to bond directly to the fronts of your teeth. My preferred method of cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers can last for years as long as you practice good oral hygiene. You must brush twice and floss once a day.

Make sure you eat a teeth healthy diet and never chew on ice cubes. Porcelain veneers are the permanent solution to chipped, cracked, crooked, tipped, or rotated teeth. Porcelain veneers can take your less than appealing smile and turn it into a head-turning grin that will win job promotions and proposals.

The Porcelain Veneers Process

The porcelain veneers process requires three dental visits. The first being your consultation. During your consultation, you and I will determine if porcelain veneers are a good fit for your new Hollywood Smile.

If deemed appropriate, I will remove a portion of the enamel on your teeth during your second dental visit. This assures a natural look. Once removed, I will make an impression that will be sent to a lab for veneer manufacture. If your teeth are too unsightly I may recommend temporary veneers.

When you visit my dental practice in Chicago for your porcelain veneer fitting for your final dental veneers appointment, I will check your new veneers for fit and comfort. Once I am satisfied with the results, I will bond the veneers into place. After placing, they will be filed and polished for a beautiful Hollywood Smile.

What is Dental Bonding?

Cosmetic dental bonding can be used to repair chipped or cracked teeth. Cosmetic dental bonding is also used for tooth colored fillings and for front teeth fillings. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are permanent, cosmetic dental bonding can be reversed.

Just like porcelain veneers, you need to be diligent about oral hygiene. Also, be aware that bonding will not last as long as veneers and may need to be touched up from time to time. Bonding resin is also more apt to discolor or stain over time.

The Bonding Process

Cosmetic dental bonding material that is matched to the rest of your restored and natural teeth is applied to the damaged tooth or the tooth that is to be cosmetically enhanced. Once the bonding is sculpted into place, I will use a light or laser to cure the material. Once it has hardened, I will file and polish for a natural looking smile.

Whatever decision you make it is important to schedule an appointment with my cosmetic dental practice in Chicago. As an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, I will make sure that you get the right information to make an informed decision about your new Hollywood Smile.

Call or click for a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with my Elmhurst Dental Practice today.

Anyone Can Have a Hollywood Smile~Even You

If you follow my blog, you will know that for the past two weeks, I have been talking about the much-wanted Hollywood Smile and how it isn’t just the rich and famous that visit a cosmetic dentist to make minor and major improvements.

As a golf aficionado, I will go to one of our abundant great public golf courses nearly every week and am often paired with strangers. It is customary for golfers to want to know within a few holes what you do for a living.

While I normally reply, “dentist,” which can often kill a conversation, I am tempted to say, “I help patients, look and feel more confident!” As a cosmetic dentist, this is actually what I do.

As I interview potential patients in consultation, I ask them what they hope I might do for them, and more often than not, the answer is, and “I want to feel more confident.” Once treatment is completed, I interview them again and ask them how they now feel and the answer most often is, “more confident.” So maybe what I should tell golfers is “I provide confidence!”

With that being said, the answer I most often give is, “dentist,” and I might get a comment about a dental problem, or, “oh I’m looking for a dentist!” I could let the conversation die, but I can’t help myself…I am passionate about and love what I can do for people, and so I ask them, “what kind of dentist are you looking for?” The dumbfounded and quizzical look I get is predictable because most people have a long-standing belief that, “a dentist is a dentist,” and it has never occurred to them that all dentists are not alike until you tell them, and then they have that subsequent, “oh yea, of course,” look.

This reply gets them thinking and open to the prospect that every dentist is an individual and might have a particular interest in or specialty area. I have focused my training in some special areas of dentistry that are not often practiced in a general practice setting. This opens the conversation up a bit to discuss cosmetic dentistry and other areas. I have discovered almost everyone wants a better, more attractive smile, but doesn’t think it is readily available for them. It is.

Today, anyone can improve their smile with cosmetic dentistry, and in properly trained and experienced hands, can have the Hollywood Smile that helps them achieve not only a more attractive smile, but one that promotes health, confidence, and success. A beautiful smile also makes you more approachable.

For more than thirty years, I have been helping patient’s look and feel more confident. Let me do that for you with a gorgeous smile that will boost your self-esteem and improve your overall health.

Dr. Ivan is a leading cosmetic and neuromuscular dentist in Chicago that helps patient’s look and feel more attractive and confident.

Call or click for your no obligation cosmetic Hollywood Smile consultation today.