Our practice specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry, and prosthodontic services such as minimally invasive dentistry, porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers, and dental implants. Utilizing world class ceramists, the finest materials, and other highly respected medical and dental specialists, we provide high quality general care and artistic “smile design”. Most patients come to us with the goal to maintain or upgrade their level of dental health. If your goal is to improve the attactiveness of your smile, Dr. Fondriest will work in partnership with you to create a look that fits your goals and is truly reflective of nature and not perceived by others as artificial.
Why Choose Us?
Why would you consider driving up to Lake Forest? Most of our Chicago patients know that they need something more than what the corner dentist can provide. Our practice specializes in treating more complicated dental problems and serving patients with higher aesthetic requirements. Dr. Fondriest is nationally recognized for his experience, knowledge, and personalized care. In fact, he attracts patients from all over the country. Always guided by an artistic approach, he can ensure that your smile looks great and reflects your unique natural beauty.
Dr. James Fondriest, the founder of Lake Forest Dental Arts, is one of the premier cosmetic dentists in the Midwest. He trains practitioners throughout the country on the art of aesthetic dentistry and prosthodontics and is frequently published in many of the leading journals of dentistry. Dr. Fondriest’s client base includes many other top dentists who recognize his expertise and demonstrate the highest level of respect by sitting in his chair as a patient. The results for all clients are smiles that are natural, enduring, and individually designed.
What is a Cosmetic Dentist?
A dentist that focuses on the esthetic aspects of dental treatment. More attention is directed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. Most of the public thinks of tooth whitening, bonding, or porcelain veneers, but a cosmetic dentist will provide many other treatments with the cosmetic focus. At this time “Cosmetics” is not a recognized specialty by the American Dental Association and there is no state specialty license in the discipline. This allows any dentist to call himself or herself a cosmetic dentist. It is important to take some time researching potential clinicians before you make a selection, so that you feel confident you are getting the best treatment and will achieve the best possible results. It is important to ask for examples of the dentist’s work before you commit to any significant cosmetic treatments. Visit their website and look closely at the before and after images they offer. Make sure that the images aren’t purchased images done by other dentists. Many general dentists will claim proficiency but only do a couple of small cases a year. There are many other criteria upon which you can evaluate a clinician. For some patients, it boils down to accessibility and cost. Be careful when choosing the cheapest cosmetic dentist. Dentistry delivered with high esthetic standards is like fine artwork. It requires more time and skill and generally is more expensive than general dentistry. Most dentists, however, will work with you to find the best treatment options in your budget and present financing options where needed.
The concept of “The Art of Esthetics” from a Cosmetic Dentist
While esthetic dentistry is based in science, it also significantly expresses itself as an artistic discipline. In this regard, it shares similarities with plastic surgery. Each treatment or procedure that we do is designed specifically for you. As every individual’s vision of “beautiful” is different, each of the pictorial examples of procedures featured on this website has porcelain veneers and crowns with variations in brightness, contour, surface texture and translucency based on each patient’s preferences. Instead of a rubber stamp look, we strive to make all treatment solutions “uniquely your own”. Another artful aspect of better quality dentistry is achieving an esthetic goal with the least amount of invasiveness. Many practitioners with less training or experience will use a heavy hand when doing crowns and veneers; drilling away far more valuable tooth structure than necessary. We at Lake Forest Dental Arts strive to minimize our dental footprint utilizing the very conservative techniques of “No-preparation” or “Low-preparation veneers“.
A large portion of the close-up images on this site have been intentionally exposed from the side or at about 45 degrees. The reflections off of our restorations will allow the observer to better see the subtleties of detail that our ceramist partners put into our restorations, all in an attempt to truly recreate nature.
Our discriminating clients come from throughout the United States, seeking the comprehensive approach and expert treatment design talents offered by Dr. Fondriest. Some of these clients come to improve their smile appeal, others to restore their teeth to health and full comfortable function. Many come to our practice to have existing dentistry upgraded or redone.
A BEAUTIFUL, HEALTHY SMILE is an essential component of wellness. Our smile says something about who we are and the life we are living. It is our smile that we offer to others. It communicates in every language on earth and invites people to trust, to care, to work for and with us.
Dr. Fondriest’s Mission
At our practice, your Chicago cosmetic dentist aims to provide compassionate treatment that truly meets your needs. Before beginning any procedure, he will conduct a complete consultation. Of course, he will examine your teeth and periodontal health. However, he will also listen to your goals and concerns in detail. Dr. Fondriest wants you to actively participate in the creation of your treatment plan. He believes that the best results arise from true dentist-patient collaboration. Throughout the entire process, he will
be compassionate, respectful, and discreet.
Your Chicago cosmetic dentist will also closely examine your lips, facial symmetry, natural mouth movements, and jaw alignment. In this way, he can ensure that your smile enhances your facial proportions and contours.
This Website Offers:
A wealth of information about general, cosmetic, and prosthodontic care options and high quality photographic before and after examples of the procedures that we provide or of those done by our service partners. We appreciate this opportunity to introduce ourselves and look forward to providing you with quality, personalized care.
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Our practice serves the Chicago metropolitan area.