A Smile Makeover to Complete Your Transformation

A smile makeover should be included in your summer makeover. If your diet and exercise routine are on track, but your smile leaves you feeling less than perfect, Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry can help with cosmetic dentistry procedures that will give you a total body makeover with porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, inlays, onlays, dental implants or invisible braces.

If you have been thinking about a smile makeover and want to replace your old dental restorations with new ones, ask Dr. Ivan about tooth colored fillings and tooth colored dental crowns. These days there are different materials that are safe and compatible with your body.

Some people can be sensitive to dental materials. Ask Dr. Ivan about dental materials that won’t make you sick. Some patients have reported sensitivity to certain metals. If this is something you are dealing with, modern dental restorations can be used to alleviate the issue.

A smile consultation takes a single dental appointment and will determine what needs to be done to complete your full body makeover. If you have tooth decay or gum disease, Dr. Ivan and his team will come up with a treatment plan that may include a root canal or root scaling and planing. Both of these dental procedures will prepare your smile for cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Ivan would never recommend any cosmetic dental procedure, including teeth whitening, unless your teeth and gums are healthy.

Once a treatment plan has been devised, a custom solution to your unhappy smile will be laid out. This may be something as simple as in house teeth whitening, which can take a single dental appointment, to porcelain veneers, which require up to three dental appointments to complete.

If getting ready for summer has been on your to do list this spring, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. A smile makeover isn’t complete without a new smile.

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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.

Cosmetic Dental Crowns for a Beautiful Healthy Smile

Cosmetic Dental Crowns have certainly changed with new dental materials that are matched to the rest of your natural teeth and the tooth itself. With cosmetic dental crowns, you can enjoy your meals again and even talk better.

Cracked, chipped, and broken teeth can affect your smile and the way you speak and eat. If you have a broken molar, your speech will be affected not to mention the extra time it takes to pick the food out of the cracks and crevices in your broken and damaged teeth.

Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has the experience to give you a beautiful smile using the latest dental technologies, including Cosmetic Dental Crowns.

In previous years, patients didn’t have much of a choice. Cosmetic Dental Crowns were manufactured out of metal or porcelain to metal and were not always as aesthetic, especially when the metal started to show between the tooth and the gum line.

Dr. Valcarenghi can match the dental crown using strong dental materials that are just as sturdy as metal and porcelain to metal crowns, not only do they look better, but they also feel better.

Dental Crown Types

There are four types of Dental Crowns:

  • Ceramic
  • Porcelain-fused to metal
  • Gold alloys
  • Base metal alloys

Ceramic crowns-In the past, ceramic crowns were only used to restore front teeth. However, thanks to the advances of cosmetic and restorative dentistry, dentists are able to place ceramic crowns using tooth colored materials that are just as sturdy and strong as other types of dental crowns.

Porcelain-fused to metal-This type of dental crown provides a stronger connection or bond than regular dental porcelain as it is bonded to metal making it very durable.

Gold Alloys-Mixed with copper, gold, and other metals, it provides a very strong connection and will not fracture or cause wear to the tooth.

Base Metal Alloys-Base metal alloy cosmetic dental crowns are made from highly corrosion resistant non-noble metals requiring the least amount of healthy tooth removal.

If you would like more information regarding cosmetic dental crowns, or any other type of cosmetic dentistry procedure, including porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental bonding, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Smiles today.

Too Much Teeth Whitening Can Cause Damage to Teeth and Gums

Too much teeth whitening can cause serious problems, and it’s not just tooth sensitivity that you will have to deal with. According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, over whitening your teeth with over the counter bleaching products can cause teeth to become chalky or translucent.

Those pastes, gels, and other over the counter tooth products that you purchase from your local pharmacy can be overused as the active ingredient in the strips, gels, pastes and mouth rinses is not as strong as prescription teeth whitening products. Over the counter bleaching products, tend to get used more than they should, as people are not seeing the results they expect.

As Dr. Valcarenghi tell his patients, “Just like everything in life, over doing it can cause problems,” and the same can be said for tooth whitening.

How Much Whitening Product is Too Much?

According to Dr. Ivan Smiles, your dietary habits and oral hygiene will dictate your tooth whitening product use. If you enjoy tea, coffee or red wine or foods that tend to stain teeth you will need to retouch your teeth every six, twelve or 18 months depending on your professional teeth whitening prescription.

What Happens if I Use Too Much?

Using too much teeth whitening product can cause oversensitivity and cellular damage in your gums. This could lead to gum disease, the more serious periodontal disease and even tooth loss. Overdoing it with DIY whitening products wears away at the enamel on your teeth making you more susceptible to dental caries. If you use too much product, your teeth could also become chalky or translucent.

When it comes tooth whitening less is more. Dr. Ivan recommends that you go no whiter than the whites of your eyes. Teeth do not look natural if they are bone white.

If you would like more information regarding teeth whitening or any other cosmetic dental procedure, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.

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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