Evolution of the Human Jaw

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Many believe that individuals with underbites have weak jaws. Others believe that the human jaw is naturally weak in comparison to the jaws of a shark, dog, or even a cat. Although a human jaw may not appear to be as strong as the jaws of other mammals, it is quite powerful. Exactly how strong… Read more »

Cavity Repair Gel?

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If you have succumbed to cavities, then you are familiar with the process of getting them filled. Before filling the decayed tooth, your dentist will numb the area where the restoration will be placed. Your gums, teeth, and any surrounding tissue is also numbed. A hole is drilled, and the hollow tooth will now be… Read more »

A Lesson on the Types of Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers are a wonderful cosmetic restorations that can bring beauty and strength to imperfect teeth. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest can create gorgeous, high-quality porcelain veneers in various styles, that fit the needs and desires of patients. The First Porcelain Veneers Charles Pincus used the first porcelain veneers. The… Read more »

Lake Forest, IL Dentist: Bad Breath and Dental Bridges

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Cleaning dental bridges can be cumbersome. The spaces between the pontics (or false teeth) and the gum line tend to be areas where bacteria and particles of food can gather. Because of such, a specialized flossing technique for removal is required. If those spaces are not cleaned properly, patients can experience severe bad breath or… Read more »

The History of the Toothbrush

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Toothbrushes come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. From manual toothbrushes, to electric ones, the toothbrush is the tool we use for daily brushing, ensuring stellar oral hygiene. But, have you ever wondered how the toothbrush came to be? Dr. James Fondriest, founder of Lake Forest Dental Arts, explores the rich history of… Read more »

Dr. Fondriest’s Advice About Teeth Whitening

Bleaching or Whitening your teeth 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),… Read more »

Is TMJ Disorder Why Your Headache Won’t Go Away?

At the first sign of a headache, you probably reach for your preferred over-the-counter painkiller or try a home remedy. If your headaches worsen and become chronic, you may struggle to determine why. For some northern Chicago area patients of Dr. James Fondriest, the answer comes from a positive diagnosis of TMJ disorder, also known… Read more »

Your Lake Forest Dentist Discusses Porcelain Veneers

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On television and in the movies, an ultra-bright “Hollywood-smile” is essential. Have you ever watched a favorite film on Netflix only to wonder if the editing made the teeth so perfect and gleaming? Movie magic can work plenty of wonders, but it cannot change smiles. Dental professionals play that role! And had it not been… Read more »

Will Veneers Ruin My Existing Teeth?

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Want to know a secret? Those perfect smiles shown off by celebrities on the red carpet during award season are not always natural. Many have undergone various cosmetic and restorative treatments to fix imperfections, from bite issues and misshapen teeth to discoloration and gaps between teeth. Here is another secret…celebrities are not the only ones… Read more »