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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A Beautiful New Smile in 2018 with a Cosmetic Dentist

A cosmetic dentist can give you, or someone you love the perfect gift.

A new smile can be yours in time for New Years Eve, or even before when you schedule a no obligation cosmetic dental consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Dr. Ivan Smiles is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has an artistic eye that not every licensed cosmetic dentist has.

Dr. Ivan and his team are constantly keeping up to date with the ever-going changes in the world of cosmetic dentistry and have the knowledge and the skills to give you a beautiful smile with porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, or invisible braces. If you have missing teeth talk to cosmetic dentist Dr. Ivan about dental implants. Although they may not be ready when you ring in the New Year, you will be well on your way to a new smile come January 1.

A beautiful smile makes the perfect gift for you or someone you love. Just think how appreciative your partner will be when you present the love of your life with a gift certificate for a new smile.

All you have to do is call or click and schedule a complimentary smile makeover for that special person in your life. Once Dr. Ivan Smiles has determined what course of action would be best, a blue print or overall plan will be put together for his or her new smile.

Of course, if you want to give yourself a new smile, there hasn’t been a better time. With winter in full swing, you aren’t spending as much time out and about. During the colder months, why not prepare for spring with affordable cosmetic dental procedures from cosmetic dentist Dr. Ivan. You really can have a new smile just in time for Easter.

Call or click and schedule an appointment for you or the lucky recipient of your gift certificate today. A new smile really does make the perfect gift for you or someone you love.

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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.