Invisalign® a Straighter Smile in Less Time

Invisalign® is the only clear alternative to old school wires and brackets, and if you are unhappy with your rotated, tipped, or crooked teeth, Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi can help.

Dr. Valcarenghi is a licensed and preferred Invisalign® provider who has the experience and the expertise to design the perfect smile using clear plastic aligner trays.

Much like those custom made bleaching trays that Dr. Valcarenghi uses to whiten your teeth, Invisalign® is a series of clear plastic aligners that are made to fit your teeth. Each aligner is designed to swap out every week or two depending on your custom made plan. Unlike conventional wires and brackets, which require multiple monthly visits for adjustments, you will only need to see Dr. Ivan every six weeks to make sure that your custom trays are moving your teeth into the desired position.

Because you remove your clear plastic aligners when you eat, drink, brush and floss, you minimize the risks that come with conventional braces. It is impossible to brush under the wires and brackets, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if you wear braces.

Conventional wires and brackets may have to be worn up to two years. The average treatment time for Invisalign® is between 12 and 18 months, with some people seeing dramatic results in as little as 6 months.

If Dr. Ivan deems you a good fit for Invisalign® pictures and impressions will be made of your teeth to help determine your overall plan. Once your aligners are ready, you will be given instructions for your customized Invisalign® plan.

Although Invisalign® isn’t for everyone, it may be right for you if your teeth are slightly:

  • Tipped
  • Crooked
  • Rotated
  • Misaligned
  • Have small gaps between your teeth

Thanks to Dr. Ivan, you don’t have to hide your smile anymore. Call or click and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can determine what treatments, including Invisalign®, would be right for you. Call or click today.

Cosmetic Dentistry for the Smile You Deserve

Cosmetic Dentistry can take your less than impressive smile and turn it into something you can be proud to show off, and thanks to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, you will be happy to share your smile with everyone you know, including those you have just met.

Your smile is the first thing people notice when you meet them. If you are reluctant to show off your grin because of chipped, crooked, rotated, or tipped teeth, cosmetic dentistry could be the answer. If you have missing teeth or a gap between your front teeth, schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Ivan.

Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi may recommend:

  • Dental implants
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Lumineers®
  • Invisalign®
  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Tooth Whitening

Dental Implants-The best replacement for missing teeth, dental implants can replace your missing teeth giving you a gapless smile that is healthier for you and your teeth and gums. Dental implants are surgically placed into your jaw before being capped with an artificial tooth or teeth.

Porcelain Veneers-Thin pieces of tooth shaped porcelain are used to reshape teeth, but are also the perfect solution if you have teeth that cannot be whitened with traditional methods. Porcelain veneers are permanent, as you will need to have some of the enamel on your teeth removed to make way for the veneers.

Lumineers®-The prepless solution for cosmetic veneers is not permanent and could be the right treatment if you are unsure about permanent porcelain veneers. Lumineers® require no removal of the enamel and are matched to the color of your natural teeth. Like traditional veneers, Lumineers® are bonded to the front of your teeth.

Invisalign®-Unlike conventional wires and brackets you remove the clear plastic aligners every time you brush, floss, eat, and drink. Invisalign® takes between 12 to 18 months while conventional braces could take up to two years.

Cosmetic Bonding-Teeth that are chipped, cracked, too long, or too short can be helped with cosmetic bonding. Dr. Ivan will prepare the tooth or teeth that are to be bonded before using a dental resin that matches the rest of your teeth. Although dental bonding is not as strong as porcelain veneers or dental crowns, bonding can last for 5 to 10 years if proper oral hygiene is practiced.

If you have a smile that you are unhappy with, call or click and schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi from Dr. Ivan Smiles today.

Lumineers® for a Breathtaking Smile

Lumineers® could be the answer if you are unsure about porcelain veneers. Lumineers® can give you a new smile instantly and can permanently whiten and straighten your teeth without being invasive.

Lumineers® are minimally invasive and don’t require permanent removal of the enamel on your teeth. Traditional porcelain veneers are more aggressive and can cause permanent damage to your natural teeth, as the enamel must be removed to make way for conventional porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers will give you a beautiful smile; however, they require a small amount of enamel to be removed. You may also need to wear temporary veneers while you wait for your permanent set. Traditional porcelain veneers may also require an anesthetic to minimize sensitivity and pain.


Lumineers® are the painless way to place veneers without shots or drilling, and because Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi custom makes each veneer, you can be assured that your grin will look healthy and natural. Lumineers® also come with a limited lifetime warranty giving you confidence with your overall results.

Time Factor

Sometimes you may need several appointments for conventional porcelain veneers. With Lumineers®, you can have your new pearly white grin in as little as two dental appointments.

The Process

During your Lumineers® consultation Dr. Ivan will determine if you are a good fit, if you are, a mold or impression will be taken to custom make your new veneers. Dr. Ivan will also pick a shade that best matches the color of your natural teeth.

During your second dental appointment, your Lumineers® will be custom designed and checked for fit and color. Once prepared, your new veneers will be placed using special cement that is bonded with a laser or light.

If you have crooked, yellowed, broken, stained, or chipped teeth talk to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can come up with a solution. Call for a no obligation Lumineers® appointment today

Cosmetic Dentistry in Ancient Times

Cosmetic Dentistry has certainly come a long way over the years with dental implants, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, and invisible braces at the top of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in the world. People all over the globe are using cosmetic dentistry to give them a dazzling smile. However, cosmetic dentistry is anything but new.

Early Dentistry

According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, cosmetic dentistry can be traced back to ancient times with archaeologists discovering skulls from Egypt and Ancient Rome that appear to have had dental implants.

Replacement Teeth

Just like modern day dental implants, that osseo-integration to the jawbone, ancient cosmetic dentists used shells, animal teeth, human teeth, and semi precious gems to replace missing teeth.

Reconstructive Dentistry

However, it wasn’t just dental implants that the ancient civilizations used. Ancient dentists used reconstruction methods for fillings and loose teeth that were effective and reliable. Filler agents, such as ground barley mixed with honey or okra were used to fill cavities with tooth splints made from wire used to the tooth or teeth in place. Scientists who performed CT scans of an Egyptian mummy dating back 2,100 years found cavities filled with linen mixed with cedar oil or fig juice.

Early dental bridges consisted of lost teeth reattached to the surrounding and abutment teeth with silver or gold wire. Research dental scientists are unsure if the dental bridges were made during life or to tidy up for burial.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Just like the Rap and Hip Hop artists of today, the Mayans are considered cosmetic dentistry masters. Mayan dentists would decorate front teeth with precious stones, or with carved grooves and notches. Tiny holes would be drilled in the tooth to make way for jade, turquoise, lapis and other gems. The shiny stones would be attached with natural resins such as sap or honey that were mixed with crushed bones.

Cosmetic Dentistry has certainly come a long with Dr. Ivan Smiles giving people a beautiful smile with modern day dental implants, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, clear removable braces, and tooth whitening.

If you would like a beautiful new grin, call or click and talk to Dr. Ivan Smiles. You really can have a camera-ready smile. Call or click now.

Teeth Whitening for a Dazzling Smile

Teeth whitening may be all you need for a beautiful grin, however, tooth whitening does not work for everyone, and unfortunately if done too often or for extended periods of time, could cause problems.

Who Isn’t a Good Candidate

If you have dental restorations, such as cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers, tooth whitening will not work. If you have interior stains caused from antibiotic use or from too much fluoride as a child, tooth whitening may not be the right solution for your.

What causes Tooth Staining?

If you have discolored, dull or stained teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Smiles who can determine if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. Stained, discolored or dull looking teeth could be caused from:

  • Age
  • Tobacco products
  • Genetics
  • Antibiotics
  • Certain types of food
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Wine

Types of Tooth Whitening

There are dozens of teeth whitening products available over the counter, however, those pastes, gels, strips and mouth rinses will not give you the same results as professional tooth whitening. Tooth whitening products from your pharmacy can also cause problems if used to often.

People who over use tooth whitening products can experience opaque or blue looking teeth, enamel erosion, tooth decay and tooth sensitivity. Unfortunately, enamel erosion is permanent.

Professional tooth whitening is the best solution for stained teeth and can be done in a single dental appointment, or at home with custom made tooth whitening trays that you take home with a prescription teeth whitening gel.

A beautiful smile not only looks great, but can also build your confidence and self-esteem. People who have healthy teeth and gums are happy to show off their pearly whites and are more apt to get that promotion or new job.

If you would like more information regarding teeth whitening or any other cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental implants or tooth colored fillings, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi from Dr. Ivan Smiles today.

Porcelain Veneers Could be The Answer

Porcelain veneers may be the best solution for chipped, cracked, or stained teeth. If you have old restorations or stained teeth that cannot be helped with professional tooth whitening, talk to Dr. Ivan about porcelain veneers.

What they are

Cosmetic veneers are made from porcelain and fit over the front of your teeth. The thin pieces of porcelain are natural looking and strong and are made to match the exact color and shape of your own teeth.

Porcelain Veneers work best for:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Stained teeth that can’t be helped with professional tooth whitening
  • Teeth that are too short or too long
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Gaps in between your teeth
  • Minor crowding
  • Bite related issues

How They Work

If Dr. Ivan deems you a good candidate for veneers, about a millimeter of the enamel on your teeth will be removed to make way for the veneers. After removal, Dr. Ivan will take an impression creating a mold for your veneers. Depending on your situation, temporary veneers may be needed.

When your veneers are ready, Dr. Ivan will place the veneers checking for color and fit. Once satisfied, the porcelain veneers will be bonded to your teeth. After bonding, your new restorations will be polished and ready to show the world.

Because very little structure is lost, you may not require anesthesia. The materials that Dr. Ivan uses for porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining and give you more protection than your natural teeth.

Keep in mind that veneers are permanent, as some of the enamel on your teeth needs to be removed to make way for the veneer. If you are looking for a less permanent solution, ask Dr. Ivan about cosmetic dental bonding. You also need to make sure that you stop chewing ice and your nails. Although veneers are strong, they can be damaged by bad habits.

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

Oral Health Tips to Include in Your Routine

Oral Health Tips

When it comes to oral health, it is imperative that you follow a good oral hygiene routine that will keep your teeth and gums healthy, however, there are some other oral health tips to consider if you want to keep your smile.

The Right Brush-Choosing the right toothbrush is imperative and one of the most important oral health tips to remember. Choose a soft bristled toothbrush that is easy to hold. If you have arthritis and have trouble brushing, try a mechanical or powered toothbrush. Swap out your brush every three months or when the bristles are worn.

Floss Everyday-Flossing is the only way to remove food particles, debris, and plaque from your teeth and gums. Floss before you brush to remove food particles that you may miss if you floss after you brush. Talk to Dr. Ivan if you need a flossing refresher course. Remember, you are only half-finished if you don’t floss.

Sugary Foods-Skip the sweet stuff and opt for fresh veggies or nuts for snacks. Tooth decay is chronic in both adults and children, with sugary foods being the main culprit. Sugars are eaten up by oral bacteria releasing tooth-attacking acids. This weakens the enamel on your teeth and will cause cavities.

Regular Dental Checkups-It is imperative that you schedule regular dental appointments with Dr. Ivan. Twice yearly checkups, or more if you suffer from diabetes, will help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. During your checkup ask for an oral cancer screening and make sure you have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis.

Stop Bad Oral Health Habits-Tobacco products, too much alcohol and chewing on pencils, ice, and your fingernails can cause problems for your teeth and gums. Oral piercing can also cause damage to your mouth. If you play sports without a mouthguard, talk to Dr. Ivan about a custom-made mouth protector.

Drink Lots of Water-Drinking at least eight glasses of water each day will keep your mouth moist. Mouth dryness will increase plaque accumulation putting you at risk for gum disease and tooth decay. People who take medications should drink more water to stay hydrated. Water helps your salivary glands while buffering acid that can damage your teeth. Water also helps with digestion and can help protect your teeth from dental caries.

If you can’t remember the last time you had a dental checkup, or would like some additional oral health tips, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan today.

Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

Missing teeth are not just an esthetic issue. If you have missing teeth, your jawbone, your other teeth, your gums and your overall health are suffering as well.

According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi from Ivan Smiles in Illinois, the goal of dentistry is to restore your teeth and gums back to their normal function, speech, aesthetics and comfort, however, the more teeth that you are missing, the more challenging it can be, and that is where dental implants come in.

Dental implants are the best replacement for missing teeth, and unlike dentures, will help stimulate your jawbone preventing loss.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are made from titanium and are metal screws or posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone. Once the implants are in place, and after your gums and bone have healed, Dr. Valcarenghi will mount ceramic replacement teeth directly on to the posts.

Types of Dental Implants

According to the American Dental Association, there are two types of dental implants recommended:

Subperiosteal Implants

These types of dental implants are placed on top of the jawbone, just underneath the gum tissue. Once the gums have healed, the frame is then fixed to your jawbone. The posts will protrude through your gums allowing your dentist to place artificial natural looking teeth on top of the posts.

Endosteal Implants

Surgically implanted into your jawbone, the surrounding gum tissue will need to heal before the second surgery can begin. During the second surgery, Dr. Valcarenghi will connect a post on to dental implant. Once that has healed, the artificial tooth will be attached individually or as a group on a permanent denture or bridge.

Why Dental Implants Work

Because dental implants fuse directly to the jawbone, you will be provided with a stable support system for your new artificial teeth. Bridges and dentures that are mounted to dental implants will not shift or slip like conventional dentures.

If you would like more information regarding dental implants, call or click and schedule a no obligation consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi from Ivan’s Smiles in Chicago, Illinois today.

You really can smile with confidence. Schedule your dental implant consultation today.

What to Know About E-Cigarettes and Your Oral Health

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The hazards surrounding vaping are not entirely clear. More research is needed in this area, but a recent study indicates that e-cigarette vapors could be damaging to your mouth. Here’s what you need to know.

The Vapor Ingredients

Electronic cigarettes are not regulated in the same way tobacco cigarettes are, meaning that their contents can be inaccurately labeled without any oversight. Contents that e-juice usually contains include nicotine, glycerin, chemical flavoring, and propylene glycol. Some of these substances are safe in food, such as chemical flavors, but the effects of inhaling them is not well researched. Heating these chemicals can form dangerous carcinogens such as formaldehyde. E-cigarettes might also include tiny metals and particles that you inhale while smoking.

What This Means for Your Oral Health

A recent study from UCLA found that vapors from an e-cigarette can kill the cells in your oral cavity, or the area of your mouth beyond your teeth and gums. The study placed oral cells in an environment where electronic cigarette smoke was produced for 24 hours, in a machine simulating how a person would smoke. During the test, 85% of the cells died. According to the lead author of the study, they plan to move forward to test the impacts in humans.

These cells are your mouth’s defense by helping to release antioxidants. As the cells die off or become less effective, your mouth becomes more vulnerable to oral diseases.

Another study by the University of Rochester Medical Center concluded e-cigarettes are just as bad for your gums as tobacco cigarettes are. Nicotine, which both types of cigarettes contain, is a known factor in contributing to gum disease.

Steps You Can Take

Since the e-juice industry is largely unregulated, it is best to avoid smoking electronic cigarettes. The carcinogenic contents pose serious risks to your health, especially to your mouth. Your mouth relies on the functions of these important cells to defend itself against dangerous bacteria and other substances. Without your mouth’s natural defense system, you open yourself up to oral disease.

Make sure you are regularly visiting our office, especially if you are a smoker of either tobacco cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes. Our experienced dental team will perform a complete oral examination during your visit to check for signs of oral disease. Being proactive is your best defense against combating oral disease.

For more tips on keeping your mouth healthy or to schedule your next visit, please contact us.

Blood Thinners and Oral Surgery

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Blood thinning medications are helpful in regulating your body to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other serious issues. However, if you are scheduled for oral surgery, it is vital that our oral surgeon is aware of all medications you are using.

How Blood Thinners Work

There are two types of blood thinners. The first type works to prevent blood clotting. Medications ranging from aspirin to Plavix fit into this category. The other type of blood thinners work to prevent blood from coagulating; Coumadin or warfarin accomplish this.

What Our Oral Surgeon Should Know

When you have your oral surgery consultation appointment, be sure to share with us any medications you are taking. We need to have your complete medical history to ensure your safety and proper treatment. Our dentist might also ask you the purpose of each medication you are taking to better understand any side-effects or other medical issues that could affect your oral surgery.

Steps to Take Before Surgery

Never stop any medication without consulting your doctor. Depending on your medical history, your doctor might suggest specific blood tests before having oral surgery. Communication is key, both between you and your primary physician, and between you and our office. If your treatment requires additional medication to be taken, ask about potential drug interactions.

Steps to Take to Minimize Oral Bleeding

Bleeding resulting from oral surgery can occur, but each patient will have different results. The most effective way to minimize oral bleeding is to firmly apply pressure to the area for up to 30 minutes. Gauze is recommended for applying gentle pressure to stop bleeding. Depending on the oral surgery procedure, we may ask you to refrain from drinking hot liquids and rinsing your mouth for the first day. We suggest avoiding rough or sharp foods that might cut your mouth.

Prior to having any oral surgery, it is important that our experienced surgical team has a thorough knowledge of your medical history. This enables us to find the best possible solutions for your needs, while ensuring your safety.

If you have any questions about medications and oral surgery, contact our office.