Clear Braces for a Comfortable and Beautiful Smile

Clear braces may be the answer if you are tired of living with your less than perfect smile. With clear braces, those two crooked teeth or that gap that has been driving you crazy for years will be history.

Invisalign® is the solution for slightly tipped, crooked, rotated, or gappy teeth. In less than two years, you can have a beautiful new smile without wearing uncomfortable wires and brackets.

What is Invisalign®?

According to Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, Invisalign® is a patented system that uses clear plastic aligners to move your teeth into position. Depending on your customized clear braces plan, you will be given anywhere between 11 and 31 sets of comfortable aligners that you will swap out every seven to 14 days. Every time you wear a new set of aligners, you are one-step closer to the perfect smile.

What is the Invisalign® Treatment Plan?

Regardless of your prescription, you will need to wear your braces 20 to 22 hours every day. The only time you remove your invisible aligners is when you eat, brush, and floss your teeth. Because Invisalign® is removable, you will not be as susceptible to tooth decay or gum disease. Wires and brackets are attached to your teeth making you more prone to oral problems, as it is impossible to clean under the braces.

Advantages of Invisalign®

More Attractive-Invisalign® looks better than wires and brackets. Unlike conventional wires, the only person that will know you are wearing braces is Dr. Ivan and his team from his cosmetic dental practice in Chicago. Invisalign® is nearly invisible.

Comfort-Because your aligners are removable, unlike conventional wires and brackets that must stay in place for the duration of the treatment, you can remove them when you like. However, you must wear your aligners between 20 to 22 hours every day; otherwise, you will delay your progress.

Safety-Clear braces reduce the risk of gum and teeth damage. Conventional braces can scratch or even puncture your gums, the inside of your mouth or your tongue. Clear braces are made from comfortable and safe plastic that reduces damage that is usually caused by metal braces, including tooth decay and gum disease.

Treatment Duration-The average Invisalign® treatment is between 12 and 18 months, however, some of Dr. Ivan’s patients have seen results in less time. Old school wires and brackets can take up to two years or longer.

If you would like more information regarding clear braces, or any other type of cosmetic dentistry treatment in Elmhurst, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.

Your Chicago cosmetic dentist is ready to give you a new smile with Invisalign®. Call now.

You Deserve a New Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

The fastest way to a new smile is with cosmetic dentistry, and if your grin leaves you feeling self conscious, it’s time to call Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can thoroughly examine your teeth gums to determine what types of cosmetic dentistry procedures would be best for your needs.

In some cases, all you may require is a professional tooth whitening session. You would be amazed at how tooth whitening can change the entire appearance of your smile. However, if your teeth are cracked, have aged over time, are filled with older restorations, or just aren’t what they used to be, Dr. Ivan Smile is the only dentist in Chicago to consider for cosmetic dentistry.

What Happens During My Consultation?

During your dental appointment, Dr. Ivan will examine your teeth and gums. This will help determine if your mouth is in good shape for cosmetic dentistry. If you have a cavity or two, suffer from gingivitis or the more serious form of gum disease, periodontitis, any and all of those issues will need to be addressed before you can even consider porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, dental implants, or any other type of cosmetic dental procedure.

After the health of your teeth and gums are assessed, pictures and x-rays will be taken of your teeth and gums. This will help Dr. Ivan come up with a customized plan for your new smile.

Dr. Ivan may recommend:

• Porcelain Veneers
• Dental Implants
• Cosmetic Dental Bonding
• Invisalign
• Gum Lift
• Same Day Dental Restorations
• Tooth Colored Fillings
• Inlays
• Onlays

As a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Ivan has the experience and the knowledge to provide you with a smile assessment consultation with cutting edge cosmetic dentistry technology that will truly make you smile again.

If your smile is making you unhappy, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi. Dr. Ivan really can turn your world around.

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Porcelain Veneers are the Only Permanent Solution

Porcelain veneers could be the solution for your chipped, stained, or crooked smile. Porcelain veneers will make you look like a celebrity when you contact Dr. Ivan Smiles for a no obligation porcelain veneers consultation.

Unlike cosmetic dental bonding, which is more affordable than porcelain veneers, veneers can last for decades as long as you take good care of your restorations.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin overlays that Dr. Ivan uses to cover the fronts of each tooth, which not only improves the appearance, but also helps your overall oral health. Dental veneers can cover discolored teeth that cannot be lightened with professional tooth whitening, repair chips and cracks and fill in the space between your front teeth. Porcelain veneers are also used to reshape teeth that are too long or too short, or teeth that are misshaped. Porcelain veneers can also work wonders if you are a notorious tooth grinder. Crooked teeth can also be helped with dental veneers.

Dental veneers can be made in several different thicknesses from wafer thin like a contact lens to millimeters thick. Veneer thickness is based on what you and Dr. Ivan have decided on. Generally, the larger the change, the thicker the veneer. In other words, teeth that overlap or are moderately crowded will need more reshaping by your dentist in Chicago. Teeth that are discolored may require thicker veneers to mask the dark color as well.

Most traditional dental veneers will require some enamel removal to make way for the veneer. Because of this, porcelain veneers are permanent.

A beautiful smile is good for your confidence and good for your overall health. Porcelain veneers can give you a gorgeous healthy smile that will last for years as you practice good oral hygiene such as brushing twice and flossing once a day. Don’t forget to schedule regular dental appointments with Dr. Ivan and watch what you eat.

For your no obligation porcelain veneers consultation, call or click and talk to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi today.

Why a Smile is Good for You and Everyone Around You

Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi explains that cosmetic dentistry could be what you need if you never feel like smiling.

A smile is contagious. When you smile, people smile back. Smiling, even if you are faking it, makes people feel good. Putting on a happy face can also lead to real happiness, amusement, and joy.

When you smile on purpose, you are changing your brains chemistry. When you smile you can help yourself and others deal with anxiety and depression.

Laughing and smiling can reduce stress and when you consider that mood and body language are connected, it just makes good sense to laugh or smile on purpose. Grinning relaxes the muscles in your face while calming your nervous system.
Laughing releases endorphins and sends additional oxygen to your brain. Laughing can also help lower high blood pressure and stress, and can be a real mood booster.

When you smile, you are bonding with others. Even a fake laugh or smile can turn contagious. Try getting a group together and ask everyone to fake laugh. You can bet there won’t be a straight face in the room.

Smiling also has powerful benefits to your well being and your overall health, however, if your smile isn’t something you like to show off, it could make you feel worse.

Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and can turn your frown into a beautiful smile using cosmetic dentistry techniques to enhance what you already have.

Some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures that Dr. Ivan Smiles may recommend include:


Smiling makes you and everyone around you feel better. Call or click, and talk to Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi who can determine what types of cosmetic dentistry would be best for your sad smile.

Call or click and schedule your no obligation consultation with Dr. Ivan today.

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.

Call or click for a no obligation Invisalign® clear braces consultation today.

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.