Which Mouthwash is Best?

Have you been on the dental product aisle at the store lately? Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash takes up the entire aisle. There are seemingly hundreds of products to choose from. A dentist or hygienist may have told you, use a soft-bristled toothbrush, ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste, and whichever floss you prefer. But what about mouthwash?… Read more »

The Power of At-Home Teeth Whitening

Dr. James Fondriest, a cosmetic dentist in Lake Forest, Illinois is not an advocate of in-office teeth bleaching and does not offer it to his patients. He is, however, a strong believer that, sometimes, all you need to makeover your smile and feel better about yourself is a whiter and brighter smile. That’s why he… Read more »

Have No Fear, Porcelain Veneers Are Here

If you have a tooth that is chipped or damaged but is too healthy to remove, porcelain veneers might be the answer for you.  Veneers transform the aesthetics of your teeth. They give your smile a makeover and abolish your fear of smiling, all while looking natural and covert. A porcelain veneer is a thin… Read more »

The Right Smile Could Be the Right Career Move

Before a job interview, many people get a haircut and maybe a manicure. They buy a new suit and some quality resume paper. Consider, however, that the first thing people notice about you is your eyes – and the second is your smile. Beyond brushing your teeth, flossing, and chewing gum or squirting breath spray,… Read more »

Foods that Keep Teeth Pearly White

Blueberries, red wine, tea, and coffee – these and other dark foods and drinks can stain porous tooth enamel. Some foods, however, are good for keeping teeth bright and beautiful. Cheese: Eating cheese with wine may bring out flavors, but it will also protect tooth enamel from stains. Cheese adds a protective layer of oil… Read more »

Dr. Fondriest’s Advice About Teeth Whitening

It’s safe to say that teeth whitening is the most popular and requested cosmetic dental procedure today. The foods and drinks we consume (especially red wine, coffee, tea, and soda), daily habits (such as smoking and the use of tobacco products), everyday wear and tear (from biting, chewing, and grinding), and the natural aging process… Read more »

Short, Stubby Teeth May be a Cinderella Story

Would your smile be perfect if your teeth were larger? Longer? Not so short and stubby? Unless your front teeth have been worn down, you may not actually have short, stubby teeth. Your teeth may simply be hiding beneath your gums. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest has helped many people literally uncover their dream… Read more »

Teeth Are the White Picket Fence

They say eyes are the windows to the soul. If that’s the case, then your teeth are the white picket fence on display out front. Think about it. Your smile is seen from further away than your eyes. Before people are close enough to determine your eye color, they notice that gap in the fence,… Read more »

On the Tip of Your Tongue: Part 2

Last time, we learned the truth behind some common lingual misconceptions. Today, we’ll learn some delicious facts about taste. Gustation is the ability to detect flavors. Most of our experience of flavors actually comes from smells; this is why nothing tastes quite right when you’ve got a cold or runny nose. A complete loss or… Read more »

On the Tip of Your Tongue: Part 1

Your tongue is one of the most amazing appendages in your body. It allows you to speak, swallow, whistle, and spit; its sensitive surface is studded with thousands of taste receptors. What do you know about yours? You might be surprised to learn that many widely-held beliefs about the tongue are myths and misconceptions. You… Read more »