Teeth Whitening for a Brand New You

Teeth whitening is the number one cosmetic dentistry solution on the planet, and if you are less than happy with your stained or discolored smile, Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi can help. Dr. Ivan Smiles has the tools and the expertise to give you a healthy grin that everyone will notice, and best of all, it won’t take you weeks to get there.

Teeth that don’t have restorations or intrinsic staining can truly benefit from professional tooth whitening. Patients who schedule teeth whitening with Dr. Valcarenghi can choose between chairside in office tooth whitening, or have custom made trays made to take home. Sometimes Dr. Ivan Smiles will recommend a combination of the two.

Chairside Tooth Whitening

This amazing cosmetic dental procedure takes place in a single dental appointment and can dramatically whiten your teeth up to 10 shades. If you have healthy teeth and gums and don’t have dental restorations such as porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, or dental crowns, you may be a perfect candidate for chairside whitening; however, your teeth and gums need to be healthy before the treatment.

If your teeth and gums are healthy, Dr. Valcarenghi will apply a prescription tooth whitening gel to your teeth before using a laser or light to activate the gel. Once completed your new smile will be ready for the world in just one dental visit.

Take Home Custom Made Whitening Trays

Professional take home custom-made whitening trays are available from Dr. Ivan Smiles and can give you a new grin in two to four weeks. During your appointment, Dr. Valcarenghi will make a mold or impression of your teeth before creating custom-made trays, much like clear braces, that you will use with the prescription tooth whitening gel or paste. You will wear your whitening trays according to Dr. Valcarenghi’s instructions.

Unlike over the counter tooth whitening products, professional tooth whitening products work better and last longer. So what are you waiting for? A new smile is just a call or click away.

Call or click and schedule an appointment for teeth whitening with Dr. Valcarenghi today.

Is the Perfect Smile Eluding You?

The perfect smile isn’t something that everyone in born with, in fact, most people have some sort of cosmetic dentistry issue. Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi understands how a less than perfect smile can not only affect your self-esteem, but can also cause complications for your teeth and gums.

If you were born with crooked teeth, you may find it difficult to brush and floss. Not being able to brush and floss can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and invisible braces can correct your less than perfect smile while giving you a healthy mouth.

Why Do I Have Crooked Teeth?

People have overlapped, twisted, or crooked teeth for several reasons. Sometimes a mouth can be too small causing the teeth to shift or crowd. Other reasons for crooked teeth include an improper bite or a misaligned jaw.

Teeth that are widely spaced, crowded, or misaligned will wear unevenly and could cause your teeth to weaken or even fall out. Other problems that may be associated with crooked, misaligned, or crowded teeth include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Excessive wear
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease

Misaligned and Crooked Teeth can also:

  • Increase tooth wear
  • Interfere with talking and eating
  • Make it difficult to clean your teeth
  • Strain the muscles, jaws, and teeth making you more susceptible to tooth breakage
  • Make you self-conscious

According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, straight teeth provide easier access to your teeth and gums and help reduce tartar and plaque accumulation, which reduces the bad bacteria count in your mouth.

Cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry really can make a difference to your teeth and gums and your overall health. Some of the procedures that may work for your crooked and misaligned smile include:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Cosmetic Dental Bonding
  • Onlays and Inlays
  • Invisalign
  • Dental Implants
  • Conventional Braces

If your less than perfect smile is getting you down, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Valcarenghi today. He really can help you boost your self-esteem.

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Invisalign® Nearly Invisible and it Works!

Invisalign® is the quick and comfortable way to a new smile, and if the thought of wearing uncomfortable wires and brackets for two years makes you forget the whole teeth straightening idea, call or click and schedule an appointment with preferred Invisalign® Dentist Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Dr. Ivan is a licensed and preferred Invisalign® provider in Elmhurst and can give you the straight smile that has been on your bucket list.

Invisalign® is recommended for teens and adults. Even seniors with healthy teeth and gums can be good candidates for Invisalign®. If you have great teeth that are tipped, rotated or just don’t fit together properly, talk to Dr. Ivan Smiles about clear braces.

Invisible braces are much more comfortable than conventional wires and brackets, and a lot safer for the rest of your mouth.

The Problem with Wires and Brackets

They look much better than they used to with modern day wires and brackets coming in every color of the rainbow, however, those pretty braces can come with a price.

Conventional braces can irritate your gums and be downright painful. All of that metal can also make you more susceptible to tooth decay, as it is impossible to brush under the wires and brackets. If you wear braces and practice poor oral hygiene, you may also be more prone to gum disease.

A Better Way to Straighten Teeth

Invisalign® is the clear alternative to uncomfortable wires and brackets and uses a series of comfortable clear plastic aligners that you change every one to two weeks.

Dr. Valcarenghi will give you between 11 and 32 sets of aligners that you will wear 20 to 22 hours every day. The only time you will take out your aligners is when you enjoy a meal, brush, and floss.

Every one or two weeks, depending on your Invisalign® treatment plan, you will swap out a set of aligners as this helps move your teeth into place.

A Beautiful Smile in Less Time

The average patient will see a straight and beautiful smile in about 12 to 18 months.

You don’t have to wear conventional braces. Talk to Dr. Ivan Smiles and schedule an Invisalign® consultation.

You really can have the grin you want. Call or click and schedule your no obligation Invisalign® consultation Chicago with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.

A New Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry Just in Time for School

School is in session, and if you are just starting college and want to make an impression, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi for cosmetic dentistry. Porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, dental implants, inlays, onlays, or clear braces can give you a beautiful smile that will impress everyone on campus.

You may think your favorite celebrity was born with a perfect smile, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Most people who are in the public eye have had some sort of cosmetic dentistry treatment whether it is something as simple as teeth whitening, or you have finally committed to porcelain veneers.

Having a beautiful smile not only boosts your self-confidence, but can also help you win over that tough professor, especially if you are vying for the teacher’s aide position. Your new winning smile, compliments of Ivan Smiles, just could make you the favorite when it comes to the final decision.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are the perfect answer for chipped, crooked, stained, or unshapely teeth. If you have a smile that has not aged well, ask Dr. Ivan Smiles about porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are much stronger than cosmetic dental bonding and are more affordable in the long run as they will not chip or stain like cosmetic dental bonding can.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

The more affordable approach to cosmetic dentistry, dental bonding can take place in a single dental appointment, and although it is not as strong as porcelain veneers, can give you the smile you deserve.

Whatever cosmetic dentistry procedure that you and Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi decide on, you can be assured that you will have a smile that will make you the most popular new student on campus.

If you want to make an impression, call or click and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Ivan Smiles today.

It really can make a difference, and who knows, it may even help your grades. Call or click now.

Porcelain Veneers More Affordable in the Long Run

Porcelain veneers are the way to go if you are tired of your chipped and cracked teeth, and although you may think that dental veneers are way over your budget, stop and consider other cosmetic dental procedures that may be cheaper in the beginning, but end up costing you down the road.

According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, porcelain veneers can last well over a decade or more if good oral hygiene is practiced, and unlike dental bonding, which may need to be touched up or repaired in as little as five years, dental veneers are the better option if you want to save money in the long run.

Dental Bonding

Although dental bonding looks as natural as your own teeth, it is more porous than porcelain. If you enjoy red wine or tobacco, staining will occur. You still need to take care with porcelain veneers, but they will be more resistant to staining than cosmetic dental bonding.

Cosmetic Bonding can chip, crack, or break. Steer clear of those bad habits such as chewing on ice and pencils, and your bonding treatment will last longer.

Porcelain Veneers

Because porcelain veneers are made from high-grade porcelain, the thin sheets of natural looking porcelain will mimic the shine and polish of natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are less apt to stain and can last for years.

Just like cosmetic dental bonding, porcelain veneers need to be taken care of. Don’t’ chew on anything hard and avoid using your teeth for anything else but eating. Never open envelopes or packages with your teeth as it can chip or crack your porcelain veneers.

If you have been dreaming about having a cosmetic dental treatment, but aren’t sure where to turn, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Dr. Ivan Smiles can give you a beautiful smile with affordable porcelain veneers that really will change your life.

Call or click for more information regarding cosmetic dentistry today.

Veneers a Doctor Patient Testimonial

Veneers can do wonders for your smile, and when Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi comes to your rescue, you will be amazed at the results. Dr. Ivan Smile’s patients are thrilled with the outcome and often share their personal stories.

Here is Faith’s Story as told by Dr. Ivan.

Faith S. came to me for smile improvement several years ago, and as typical of many people, wanted to take small steps, small levels of improvement to see if that would make her happier about her smile. As always, I like to accommodate my patients, but try to lead them to where I think will give them the most bang for the buck…veneers!

Veneers are the most dramatic, cost effective, long lasting, conservative, painless, and safe way to have a significantly better smile. Most patients, however, don’t always understand this, the cost is too big of a step to digest initially, or they have fears, or don’t realize the value or don’t trust me at first.

Faith was no different for the first few years and we did minor improvements, which helped, but didn’t quite get her to that, “Wow,” smile that I thought she deserved. First, Faith is a tall, beautiful, and successful professional with two Master’s degrees. I thought she deserved to have a much more powerful smile.

If you don’t know the power of a great smile and how Cosmetic Dentistry can influence others in a positive light, consider this: the following Oscar winning actresses won their Oscar winning roles with beautifully enhanced smiles: Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Cher, Catherine Zeta Jones, Charlize Theron, and Halle Berry to name a few.

Finally, after a few years, Faith came to me and stated she is getting a bit older and is ready to attract a husband, wanted a family, and was ready, without hesitation, for veneers, and stated she like the singer, Kelly Rowland’s smile.

Within months of getting her veneers, she gleefully emailed me someone told her she looked like Kelly Rowlands. After receiving this email from her yesterday, it appears she achieved all her goals as well.

What a testimonial of the power and value of a great smile, and the confidence, trust, and esteem it can create for people.

Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi and Faith S.

If you identify with Faith, call or click and schedule a no obligation new smile consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.

The power of a smile is intoxicating. Call or click today. 

Dental Implants instead of Dentures for Fit and Comfort

Dental implants could be the answer if your dentures aren’t fitting like they used to. Unfortunately, dentures will need to be replaced every ten years or so because your jawbone will change. If you lose weight or have any other issues that may affect the fit of your dentures, you may have problems eating and even speaking.


Dentures take time to get used to. Dental implants are surgically placed into your jaw and become permanent tooth replacements. If you wear dentures you know how annoying and messy denture adhesive can be, not to mention the speaking and eating issues, which can cause discomfort. If you wear partial dentures, you are also more susceptible to tooth decay in your healthy teeth, as your partials may not have been properly fitted.

Dentures have certainly come a long way, with today’s missing teeth replacements being stronger and much more natural looking, and although the denture quality has improved, you need to talk to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi if another dentist has suggested dentures. Dental implants may be a better choice as dentures will cause more damage to gums and surrounding healthy teeth.

Dental Implants

These natural looking replacement teeth are surgically implanted into the jaw, and with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental checkups, your dental implants can last for the rest of your life.

Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, and can be implanted into healthy gums and jaws as long.

These days bone and gum tissue grafting can be done if you have jawbone loss. Missing teeth will cause your jawbone to resorp leaving you with that sunken in look. In the past people with jawbone loss had no choice but to resort to dentures.

If you have missing teeth, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can determine if dental implants are a good fit for you.

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Can Tooth Whitening Damage Teeth?

Everyone loves white teeth. Having a beautiful white smile not only boosts your self-confidence, but can also help you land that dream job; however, some people take it to the limit over doing it with tooth whitening products that could cause serious problems for your teeth and gums.

According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, over whitening teeth has become epidemic with people all over the world vying for the perfect smile. Unfortunately, people who use tooth whitening products too often, or wear the product longer than they should may suffer from permanent damage.

Like anything else in life, you can overdo tooth bleaching. Daily, weekly, and even monthly tooth whitening toothpaste, strips, gels, gum, and those DIY trays can make your teeth lose their sheen looking less shiny and chalkier. Too much tooth whitening can also create permanent white spots on your teeth. Remember, teeth are not bright white, but more on the pearly side.

According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, your teeth should match the whites in your eyes. Dr. Ivan explains that those DIY tooth whitening kits are only meant to be used a couple of times a year, not every day, and although the FDA has approved tooth whitening kits four times a year, Dr. Ivan doesn’t recommend it.

What is Too Much?

Depending on dietary and oral hygiene habits, you will only need to touch up your teeth at home every six to twelve months. Remember, the peroxide that is used in both over the counter and professional tooth whitening products can cause cellular damage such as gum over-sensitivity and gingivitis. If you are heavy handed with tooth whitening products you also run the risk of wearing away the enamel on your teeth.

Problems that can occur from over bleaching include:

  • Blue Teeth
  • Worn Enamel
  • Chalky Teeth
  • White Spots
  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth and Gum Sensitivity

For the safest results, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can whiten your teeth chairside or design custom made bleaching trays for you to use at home.

Don’t risk over bleaching. Call or click and schedule a tooth whitening visit with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.

A New Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry is Waiting for You

A new smile is waiting with cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Ivan Smiles, and if you are ashamed to show off your toothy grin, it’s time to schedule a no obligation new smile consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Dr. Ivan Smiles will help you create the smile of your dreams, and best of all, thanks to computer imaging; you will be able to see what you will look like before any tooth restoration or cosmetic dentistry procedures begin.

Tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding and Invisalign®, the clear alternative to braces, are just a few of the new smile procedures that Dr. Ivan may recommend. If you have missing teeth, talk to Dr. Ivan Smiles about dental implants.

If you follow Dr. Ivan’s Dental Blog, you will know that porcelain veneers are permanent, as some of the enamel on your teeth needs to be removed to make way for the veneer. If you are being fitted with porcelain veneers, you may also need to be fitted with temporary veneers. However, there are alternatives to porcelain veneers.


Unlike porcelain veneers, which may require three dental visits, you will only need two dental appointments. Lumineers® require very little if any enamel removal, as Lumineers® are extremely thin. So ultra thin are Lumineers® that extensive drilling is typically not needed.

The Lumineers® Procedure

During your first consultation Dr. Ivan, a certified Lumineers® dentist, will take a mold or impression of your lower and upper teeth. The impression will be sent to the Lumineers® lab along with dental records and photos assuring you of the best fit.

Once your new Lumineers® are ready, which usually takes about two weeks, Dr. Ivan will make sure that your Lumineers® are a good fit. If you both like the look of your new smile, Dr. Ivan will etch before placing your new Lumineers®. After placement, your bite will be checked and balanced before your new smile is polished to perfection.

If you have been dreaming about a new smile, call or click and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dental consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcareghi. Lumineers®, porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, and dental implants are waiting; all you have to do is call or click.

Cosmetic Dentistry Is More than Tooth Whitening

Having a beautiful smile starts with good oral hygiene. In fact, if you are considering cosmetic dentistry for your toothy grin, your teeth, and gums must be healthy before Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi can proceed with cosmetic dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental implants, or any other type of cosmetic dentistry treatments, including tooth whitening.

If you follow the Dr. Ivan Blog, you will know that tooth whitening is the most popular procedure both in the United States and overseas, but unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for tooth whitening.

If you have intrinsic or interior staining, teeth that have been stained from medication use, or old restorations that no longer match the rest of your teeth, tooth whitening will not work. However, there are other types of cosmetic dental procedures that can give you the smile that you deserve.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are perfect for worn teeth, teeth that cannot be whitened with professional tooth whitening products and teeth that are been previously restored. If you have old veneers or have had cosmetic bonding on the front of your teeth, talk to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi from Ivan Smiles about porcelain veneers.

Cosmetic Bonding

If you do not want to commit to porcelain veneers cosmetic dental bonding could be the answer. Cosmetic bonding is not permanent and can fix chips, cracks, teeth that are too long or short and to fill small gaps between teeth. Although cosmetic bonding is not as strong as porcelain veneers, it may be the solution if you do not want to deal with temporary veneers and enamel removal.


Lumineers® are placed like porcelain veneers, but require little if any removal of your natural tooth. Because Lumineers® are extremely thin you don’t have to worry about Dr. Ivan removing any of the natural tooth structure. Dr. Ivan is a licensed and preferred Lumineers® dentist who can determine if Lumineers® are right for you.

Cosmetic dentistry really can change your life, and if you are looking for cosmetic dental procedures that will work for you, call or click and schedule a no obligation consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.

Your new smile is waiting. Call or click today.