Invisible Braces Could Be Just What You Need

Invisible braces could be just what the doctor, or dentist, ordered when it comes to your crooked smile. With Invisalign®, you can have a brand new grin without using uncomfortable wires and brackets. Invisalign can even take care of that space between your teeth.

Although clear braces seem to be everywhere, it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with a preferred Invisalign® dentist such as Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Dr. Ivan Smiles is licensed and preferred and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. When you work with Dr. Ivan and his team, you will be getting the best service and a straighter smile.

Invisalign® uses a series of clear plastic aligners, somewhere between 11 and 31, and gradually straightens your teeth into your desired smile. Dr. Ivan will take pictures and x-rays to create a custom made invisible braces plan that could take anywhere from six to 18 months. Conventional wires and brackets could take as long as two years to straighten your grin.

Invisalign® is easy on the teeth and the gums. Unfortunately, braces can break and cause mouth injuries. If a wire should snap, it could cut your cheek, gum, or tongue. Invisible braces eliminate the problem giving you less hassle without worrying about any damage or injuries. However, it isn’t just mouth injuries that you need to worry about when it comes to conventional wires and brackets.

If you wear old school braces, you are more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Because the brackets are permanently attached to your teeth until your treatment is completed, cavities and gum disease can occur, as it is impossible to brush and floss under the brackets. It’s a little easier to brush under the wires, but can be quite difficult. It also leaves you open to wire breakage.

Invisalign® is the modern way to a straight smile, and although it isn’t the best fit for everyone, could be for you. Call or click and schedule a no obligation Invisalign consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today. Who knows? You could have a straighter smile in less than a year. Call or click for an Invisalign® invisible braces consultation today.

A Smile Makeover for your Unhappy Grin

If your teeth and gums are lowering your self-esteem, talk to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi about a smile makeover. A smile makeover could boost your confidence and give you something to grin about, even if it is something as simple as professional teeth whitening.

As an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Ivan Smiles has the experience and the expertise to determine what types of cosmetic dentistry would be best whether you have missing, chipped, cracked, rotated, or tipped teeth. If your teeth are a bit too far apart or are too long or short, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan for a mouth makeover no obligation consultation.

What Procedures Would Dr. Ivan Consider for Your Smile Makeover?

Depending on your teeth and gums, Dr. Valcarenghi may decide to proceed with:

• Porcelain Veneers
• Cosmetic Dental Bonding
• Clear Braces
• Dental Implants
• Gum Lift
• Inlays
• Onlays
• Cosmetic Dental Crowns
• Tooth Colored Fillings

During your smile makeover consultation, Dr. Ivan will ask you questions regarding your smile. It may be useful to bring in a picture of your perfect smile so that Dr. Ivan can get as close a match as possible. Just remember that not every Hollywood Smile is perfect for all face shapes. Those big beautiful white teeth that you see on your favorite movie star may not be the best fit for your small grin.

Once a blueprint or plan has been decided on, a dental appointment schedule will be made. In some cases, such as cosmetic dental bonding, you may only need to schedule one appointment for your smile makeover while porcelain veneers require up to three visits. If you are scheduled for dental implants, you can expect six to 12 months of treatment.

A smile makeover is just what you need if you want to smile with confidence again. Call or click and schedule a no obligation smile makeover consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.

Porcelain Veneers If Your Smile is Ruining your Confidence

If your teeth have been ruining your self-confidence, porcelain veneers could be the answer. Porcelain veneers are the permanent solution to cracked, chipped, or crooked teeth. If you have old dental restorations, teeth that are too short or too long or teeth that have yellowed with age, call or click and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Dr. Ivan is the smiles doctor who can determine if the thin sheets of porcelain used for veneers would be best for your new smile.

Your Porcelain Veneers Consultation

Before treatment begins, Dr. Valcarenghi will talk to you about what you expect. Dr. Ivan will ask what your goals are and what you want your smile to look like. Are you just wanting to tighten up a small gap between your teeth or are you looking for a more drastic change, such as a full set of porcelain veneers. Dr. Ivan will build your smile using digital software so that you can see what you will look like with your new smile before any treatment proceeds.

Your First Appointment

If you and Dr. Ivan have decided on porcelain veneers, impressions will be taken of your teeth to make sure your new porcelain veneers fit. In order to create dental impressions, a small amount of your enamel will be removed from your teeth. This will ensure that your veneers blend in and fit snugly on your natural teeth. The last thing you want is veneers that feel bulky or look like your teeth are too big. After enamel removal and impression taking, Dr. Ivan may or may not fit your teeth with temporary veneers. This will keep your teeth protected and give you a more aesthetic look if your teeth are too unsightly.

Your Second Appointment

Once your new veneers are ready, Dr. Ivan will bring you into the office for veneer placement. After the temporaries have been removed, the veneers will be put into place temporarily to check for color and fit. If Dr. Ivan is satisfied, your new veneers will be permanently bonded to your teeth.

Porcelain veneers can change your life. Call or click for a no obligation consultation today. You really can have a smile in time for spring.

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Is Teeth Whitening Right For You?

Teeth whitening could be the solution if your smile has seen better days. If you have your natural teeth, but are not happy with the color that they have become over the years, a simple teeth whitening procedure may be all that you need.

A Brighter Smile in a Single Visit

With chairside whitening in Chicago your smile can be up to 10 shades brighter in just one dental visit. When you schedule a teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi you can be assured that the best professional teeth whitening procedure will be chosen to give you the best results possible.

At Home Professional Whitening

Dr. Ivan may recommend custom made take home whitening trays that will be used with a prescription whitening gel. Depending on your instructions, you may wear overnight or for a few hours during the day.

Over the Counter Teeth Whitening Products

Not all tooth whitening products are the same. Those pastes and gels that are so popular from your local pharmacy do not contain the same percentage of whitening agents. Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in professional tooth whitening products and is more effective at removing stains caused by tobacco, red wine, coffee, tea.

Of course, if you have interior staining from too much fluoride use when you were young, or from medication use, such as tetracycline, Dr. Ivan may recommend a more permanent cosmetic dental solution such as porcelain veneers as teeth whitening will not work on teeth with intrinsic staining or previously restored teeth.

If you follow Dr. Ivan Smile’s blog, you will know that porcelain veneers are the permanent solution to your less than perfect grin. With perfectly shaped thin sheets of porcelain, the fronts of your teeth can be transformed into the smile that you have always dreamed of having, and best of all, your new smile will match the rest of your face and your personality.

Teeth whitening may or may not be the solution for your dingy smile, but only Dr. Ivan can say for sure. Why not find out for yourself how cosmetic dentistry can change your smile and your life.

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Cosmetic Dentistry for That Coveted Promotion

Cosmetic dentistry could be just what you need if that promotion has been eluding you. Your smile could be the reason that you are continually being passed over when it comes time for that pay raise.

Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi can help you win that much-coveted new position with professional tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, invisible braces, or dental implants. If you have a missing tooth that shows when you smile, you may not be the best person for that new position that will thrust you into the public eye.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Unlike restorative dentistry, which is used to repair teeth, cosmetic dentistry is used to enhance your smile. Dr. Ivan Smiles is an expert when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, and explains that cosmetic dentistry can also help your overall oral health.

How Does Cosmetic Dentistry Help My Overall Health?

If your teeth are rotated, chipped, cracked or tipped you may find it difficult to brush and floss. Without proper oral hygiene, you are putting yourself at risk. Food particles can get lodged in-between those cracks and tipped teeth leaving you susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.

What Types of Cosmetic Dentistry are Right for Me?

Only Dr. Ivan can determine what types of cosmetic dentistry procedures would be best for your particular situation. Some patients are better off with porcelain veneers while others may find cosmetic dental bonding a better fit. If you have missing teeth, Dr. Ivan will discuss possible options including dentures and dental implants.

Cosmetic dentistry really can help your confidence and your overall appeal. Remember, any investment that you make in your smile will pay off tenfold, especially when you get the call about that new promotion and it is the news that you wanted to hear.

Give your teeth and gums something to smile about and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dental consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi.

Your new life is waiting with cosmetic dentistry.

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Cosmetic Dentistry has Certainly Changed for the Better

Cosmetic Dentistry has been with us for centuries with ancient cultures doing everything they can to keep their teeth beautiful. However, unlike cosmetic dentistry in the 21st century, some of these ancient cosmetic dentistry procedures sound quite uncomfortable and even downright nasty.

The Egyptians

According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, the ancient Egyptians had actual dental manuals in 3000 BC that gave instructions on how to treat and heal mouth wounds. Although there were detailed instructions, the writings and evidence of the time showed that teeth were still something that physicians considered untreatable.

Dental surgeries are being discovered that date back to 2500 BC. Dentists would pull teeth, drill cavities, and fill them with beeswax. Most would agree that it would be hard to imagine any of these treatments taking place without anesthetic. However, by 1550 BC the Egyptians had dental pain and injury prescriptions to help stop the pain and swelling.

The Etruscans

The Etruscans were the first to take dentistry to a more cosmetic level. Striving to increase knowledge while bettering their image, luxury was imperative to the Etruscans who were constantly testing techniques in the medical and dental fields.

The Etruscans experimented with gold fillings while using bold bands to wrap around teeth cementing with a soldering tool. The Etruscans even used animal and human teeth for missing teeth. Dating back to about 700 BC, it was the first time that any type of prosthetics was used for dental work.

The Mayans

Mayan dentists were highly skilled and were able to drill tiny holes into the fronts of teeth without disturbing the enamel. Once drilled, the ancient cosmetic dentists would place semi precious stones into the spaces cementing with tree sap or other plant matter.

These days you don’t have to resort to ancient cosmetic dentistry thanks to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. With Dr. Ivan Smiles, you can have a new grin in a single dental appointment.

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A Smile Makeover for a New You in 2018

If a new you include a smile makeover, it’s time to call and schedule a no obligation smile makeover consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Dr. Ivan Smiles can put that old grin back on your face with 21st century cosmetic dental procedures that will not only make you look good, but be better for your teeth and gums as well.

One of the first things Dr. Ivan will consider during your smile makeover consultation and cosmetic dentistry is what you want. Unlike some cosmetic dentists, Dr. Ivan will listen to your own wants and needs before offering his recommendations. Of course, if Julia Roberts smile is too big for your petite frame, a somewhere in the middle will be discussed that will please both you and Dr. Ivan.

Types of Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Professional Tooth Whitening-When it comes to cosmetic dentistry you may only need professional tooth whitening. Professional tooth whitening can lighten your teeth up to 10 shades and can even be done in the dentist’s office. Dr. Ivan may also recommend custom made take home trays and a prescription peroxide whitening gel that you will wear at night or for certain hours during the day as recommended.

Invisalign®-If your teeth are not as straight as you would like a clear alternative to old school wires and brackets may be just what you need to close that gap or fix your rotated teeth. Dr. Ivan Smiles is a licensed and preferred Invisalign® provider who can examine your teeth and gums to determine if clear braces are a good solution for you.

Porcelain Veneers-A permanent solution for badly stained teeth, crooked or chipped teeth or teeth that are too short or too long, porcelain veneers require a portion of enamel removal before placement. Without removal, your teeth would look too thick. Because the enamel needs to be removed, the procedure is permanent.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding-Although it is not as sturdy or as stain resistant as veneers, cosmetic dental bonding can do much the same as porcelain veneers fixing chips and cracks and repairing small cavities. Bonding is perfect for those cavities in between your front teeth. Dental bonding can last up to 5 years if you brush and floss, practice a healthy diet and see your dentist regularly.

Of course, there are other types of cosmetic dental procedures to consider including cosmetic dental crowns, dental implants or inlays and onlays.

If you would like more information regarding cosmetic dentistry, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi.

Dr. Ivan Smiles really can make a difference to your self-esteem with cosmetic dentistry. Call or click today.

Porcelain Veneers May Be The Best Choice

If you chose cosmetic dental bonding instead of porcelain veneers, you could be rethinking your decision.

Cosmetic bonding may not have been the best choice last year when you opted for a cheaper cosmetic dental procedure. Although cosmetic dental bonding is a great alternative to porcelain veneers, it isn’t for everyone, especially if you are hard on your teeth. Of course, you still have to be diligent with oral hygiene and keep pencils and ice out of your mouth, but porcelain veneers are sturdier and will last longer than cosmetic dental bonding.

Disadvantages of Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is used to repair chips, cracks, and spaces between teeth. It can also be used to shorten or lengthen teeth or to fill a small cavity, and although dental bonding does what it is supposed to, it is not as durable as the enamel on your teeth or porcelain veneers. With dental bonding, you have to be very careful when you eat to avoid breaking the dental bond.

Won’t Last as Long

Teeth bonding is not as resilient as porcelain veneers and will not last as long either. According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, dental bonding can last from three to five years with porcelain veneers lasting about 10 to 15 years if proper care is taken. Dental bonding is much more prone to chips and cracks than porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers More Resistant to Staining

One of the biggest pitfalls of dental bonding is staining. The materials that are used for cosmetic bonding to repair chips and cracks are more porous that your enamel or dental porcelain so the resin tends to absorb red wine and deeper colored foods more easily. If you like your coffee or tea in the morning you may want to skip dental bonding and opt for porcelain veneers.

If you have been considering cosmetic dentistry call or click and talk to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi about porcelain veneers. It may be just what you need to give your confidence a shot in the arm.

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Professional Teeth Whitening with Zoom!®

Professional teeth whitening could be just what you need if you are unhappy with your dull, yellow smile. Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi offers patients Zoom!® professional teeth whitening that will give you a whiter smile in just 45 minutes.

Unlike those over the counter teeth whitening products, Zoom!® really does work. Those gels, pastes, rinses, and strips that you buy from your local pharmacy are not as strong as professional tooth whitening products. In fact, some people overuse those products, which can be detrimental to the health of your teeth and gums.

According to Dr. Ivan Smiles, some people take it too far when it comes to tooth whitening products and can actually do some damage to their teeth and gums. Keeping the product on your teeth too long, or using teeth whitening products too often can make your teeth appear chalky and can cause sensitivity. If you overuse teeth whitening products, you could even damage the enamel on your teeth.

When you schedule an appointment for Zoom!® professional teeth whitening with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, your teeth and gums will be checked to make sure they are healthy enough for tooth whitening. If you have gum disease or cavities, Dr. Ivan will want to take care of those issues before the Zoom!® application.

During your Zoom!® procedure, a patented gel will be applied to your teeth. Once applied, Dr. Ivan will use a laser or light to activate the tooth whitening gel. In just 45 minutes, you will see a dramatic difference to your smile thanks to Zoom!®.

Professional teeth whitening is perfect for people who have stained teeth or teeth that have yellowed with age. If you have dental restorations or intrinsic staining, Zoom!® may not be suitable. Dr. Ivan may recommend other cosmetic dentistry procedures if you have those issues.

You really can have a brighter smile before the New Year. Call or click and schedule your professional teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.

Invisalign® Could Be The Solution for Your Crooked Smile

Invisalign® is the perfect solution for your crooked smile, especially if you can’t stand the thought of wearing braces. Although not every person out there is a good candidate for Invisalign, people who have tipped or crooked teeth may be suitable for the clear alternative to old school wires and brackets. If you have a small space between your teeth, Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi may recommend Invisalign®.

What is Invisalign®?

The clear alternative to conventional wires and brackets, Invisalign® uses clear plastic aligners, much like the whitening trays, that are custom made to fit your smile. Depending on your situation, you may require between 11 and 31 sets of Invisalign® clear plastic aligners.

During your treatment, you will wear your new clear braces 20 to 22 hours every day. The only time you will remove your Invisalign® aligners is when you enjoy a meal, brush, and floss.

The Advantages of Invisalign®

Because you take out your aligners when you brush, you are cleaning your entire mouth. The brackets on the braces are permanently affixed to your teeth making it impossible to brush properly. People who wear conventional braces are more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.

Treatment time is a big plus with clear braces. With Invisalign®, you could see results in as little as six months with most patients seeing a straighter smile between 12 and 18 months. You may have to wear conventional braces for two years before you see the grin of your dreams.

It Takes Commitment

Wearing clear braces takes commitment, as you will need to pay close attention to your customized Invisalign® plan. If you are slack about wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hour each day, it could prolong your treatment.

If you have always been unhappy with your crooked smile, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can determine you are a good fit for Invisalign®.

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