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.

Lumineers®

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®

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.

Invisalign® Are you a Good Fit?

Invisalign® is the clear alternative to conventional braces and can give you a straight smile in as little as six months with the average being between 12 and 18 months.

Having a beautiful grin not only helps boost your self-confidence, but can also help you land that dream job. According to recent research, people, including your interviewer will notice your smile before anything else. If you are subconscious about your smile, hide it, or cover it with your hand when you talk, chances are that job will go to someone else.

Invisalign® may not be for everyone, but it could be for you. Schedule a no obligation cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi or can determine if the clear alternative to conventional wires and brackets is for you.

What Conditions Does Invisalign® Work For?

• Tipped or rotated teeth
• Spaces between teeth
• Teeth that are crowded
• Overbite
• Underbite

Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi is a preferred and licensed Invisalign® provider who can determine if you are a good fit for Invisalign®. If you have rotated premolars or canines, bridgework, back tooth biting issues or teeth that need to be moved vertically, Invisalign® may not be right for you.

Because Invisalign® is removed for meals, brushing and flossing it does take discipline. Your clear plastic trays need to be worn 20 to 22 hours every day. If you lack self-discipline and couldn’t be bothered taking your trays out and putting them back in, conventional wires and brackets may be a better option.

Invisalign® is great for some, but not perfect for others. If you have major tooth straightening issues, talk to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can determine which tooth straightening procedure would be best for you.

Call or click and schedule a no obligation appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today. You really can have a beautiful smile in less time with Invisalign®.

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Are Dental Crowns the Best Option for You?

Dental crowns can enhance the beauty of your smile, and if you have damaged teeth, teeth that are showing age, or old restorations, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can give you a complete dental exam to determine if dental crowns are right for you.

Cemented into place, a dental crown is a cap that is shaped just like your tooth. The dental cap fits over the tooth to restore the size and shape and to make it stronger. Dental crowns are also used to improve the appearance of your teeth. When placed, dental crowns will fully encase the visible portion of the tooth that is being crowned.

What are Dental Crowns Used For?

  • For cosmetic modifications
  • To cover dental implants
  • To restore broken teeth or teeth that are worn
  • To cover teeth with large fillings
  • To hold dental bridges
  • To protect weak teeth
  • To cover discolored teeth
  • To cover teeth that are misshapen

During your dental crown consultation, Dr. Valcarenghi will determine if dental crowns are the best option for your particular situation, as sometimes dental crowns are not your best option. Damaged or unattractive teeth in the front of your mouth may be better off with porcelain veneers or Lumineers. Teeth that have titanium posts or root canals are better treated with dental crowns because crowns are much stronger than porcelain veneers, and not as see through.

According to Dr. Ivan, dental crowns may be much too aggressive if cosmetic dentistry is the only purpose for the treatment. Thanks to new materials and dental technologies, dentists can provide you with all porcelain restorations, such as Lumineers, onlays, inlays and Porcelain veneers that require much less removal of the healthy tooth.

If you would like more information regarding dental crowns, or would just like to check out your cosmetic dentistry options, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.

Cosmetic Dentistry from The Smile Doctor

Cosmetic dentistry can boost your self-confidence and your self-esteem.

According to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi your smile is the first thing people notice when you walk into a room, and if yours is upside down it’s time to call Dr. Valcarenghi. The Smiles Doctor can take your ho hum grin and turn it into a dazzling confident smile that you will be proud to show the world.

When you schedule an appointment with the Smile Doctor, the team from Dr. Ivan Smiles will make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry. Even if you are just having in office tooth whitening you still need a healthy mouth.

Healthy Teeth and Gums for Cosmetic Dentistry

The whitening gel can get into tooth decay causing infection or seep into your gums if you have gingivitis. Dr. Ivan will make sure that those issues are taken care of before any type of cosmetic dentistry proceeds.

Your Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation

During your no obligation consultation, Dr. Ivan will take x-rays and pictures to determine what course of action would be best for your particular needs. Dr. Ivan may recommend:

Tooth Whitening-With Zoom® in office Tooth Whitening you can have a brighter smile in a single dental appointment. You can walk in with a dingy smile and walk out with a brand new set of pearly whites.

If you prefer, you can opt for a professional take home whitening kit that you will use each night or as recommended by Dr. Ivan Smiles. You will see results in about two weeks.

Porcelain Veneers-Porcelain veneers are perfect if tooth whitening isn’t an option. Tooth whitening will not be effective on previously restored teeth or teeth that have intrinsic or interior stains.

After a small amount of enamel is removed from your teeth, Dr. Ivan will take pictures and x-rays to fashion your new veneers, which will be matched to the rest of your natural teeth. Depending on your particular case, you may or may not require temporary cosmetic veneers. Once your veneers are ready, they will be placed with special cement that will securely bond your new porcelain veneers to your teeth.

Dr. Ivan may also recommend dental implants, Invisalign, in lays, on lays, cosmetic dental crowns, dental bonding, or a complete mouth makeover.

If you would like Smile Consultation call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, Your Smile Doctor really can give you something to grin about. Call or click for a cosmetic dentistry consultation now.

Cosmetic Dentistry Chicago Can Boost Self-Esteem

Cosmetic dentistry Chicago can boost your self-esteem and give you a reason to smile thanks to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Dr. Ivan is constantly striving to offer the latest in modern 21st century cosmetic dentistry Chicago using dental implants, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, and Invisalign, the clear alternative to conventional wires and brackets.

When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Ivan for a smile makeover, your teeth and gums will be checked to make sure that there is no gum disease or tooth decay present. If Dr. Ivan discovers a cavity or gingivitis, those issues will need to be taken care of before cosmetic dentistry Chicago can proceed.

Once your teeth and gums are healthy, you and Dr. Ivan will discuss your options, and what you would like your smile to look like after cosmetic dentistry Chicago. Dr. Ivan recommends that you bring in pictures of your perfect smile so that both of you can determine what look is best for your face shape, your mouth and your personality. Those bright whites may look great on your best friend, but might be too much for your smile.

Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Invisalign-If you have slightly crooked tipped, or rotated teeth that are still nice and white, Invisalign could be the answer. Invisalign will give you straight teeth without wires and brackets.

Professional Tooth Whitening-If your smile has yellowed with age, Dr. Ivan may recommend in office tooth whitening. Keep in mind that tooth whitening may not help with intrinsic or interior stains.

Porcelain Veneers/Lumineers-If your grin has older restorations that cannot be helped with conventional tooth whitening, porcelain veneers or Lumineers may be the solution.

Dental Implants-Missing teeth can be replaced with dental bridges or dental implants. Dental implants are the best solution for missing teeth and look and feel just as sturdy as your natural teeth.

A new smile really can boost your confidence. Call or click and schedule an appointment with cosmetic dentistry Chicago dentist Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, it really will make a difference. Call or click and schedule your no obligation smile consultation with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.

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®

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