Posts Categorized: Artistic Smile Design

Supporting Your Smile with High Quality Dentistry

By providing high quality dentistry and artistic dental work, we can help you enjoy your best smile. Dr. James Fondriest uses restorations to address cosmetic concerns as well as dental damage, such as decay, chips, or fractures. If you are simply looking to hide flaws that affect the quality of your smile, and not your health,… Read more »

Crowns: Why We May Suggest PFM Over All-Porcelain

Unless you’ve dealt with receiving a dental crown before, you may not yet be familiar with PFM crowns. Good news: It might sound mysterious but our Lake Forest, IL team can explain very quickly. PFM simply stands for porcelain-fused-to-metal. This is a dental crown built on a metal base with a layer of porcelain baked… Read more »

Key Elements Of Smile Design Offering Improvement

When you think about cosmetic dentistry in general, you may have a vague idea that you can come in, talk with us about treatments, and make your smile look significantly more impressive than it does at this very moment. What may not be so clear, however, includes categories regarding those esthetic issues we can fix…. Read more »

Questions You Should Feel Confident Asking Your Cosmetic Dentist

There are questions you may already feel perfectly fine asking your cosmetic dentist at our Lake Forest, IL practice. You might not feel funny asking how we can whiten your smile or if we can fix a chip. However, when your questions make you feel hesitant because you worry about what the answer might be… Read more »

Unique dental problems? | You should seek a second opinion

Do you have unique dental problems? You know that seeking care for a whiter smile is common, so you would never think twice about approaching us to discuss cosmetic care options. However, when your smile concerns don’t seem to fall into a category you consider to be common, you may feel like it’s something you… Read more »

What Makes Working With A World-Class Ceramist So Special?

When you think about the restoration or cosmetic treatment you’re going to receive, you probably don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about who’s crafting it or where it is coming from. However, you may certainly dedicate some brain power to hoping it’s a good fit, that it looks beautiful, and that it’s everything… Read more »

Porcelain Smile Improvements: Helping You Feel Positively Confident

You know that when you come see our Lake Forest, IL team for esthetic improvement to your smile (and you need more than whitening), you will likely be the recipient of porcelain cosmetic work. This means that whatever treatment you receive, from veneers to crowns, the finished result with look amazing, beautiful, natural, and will… Read more »

Not Really Sure What An Implant Is? We Can Help!

You may find yourself quickly agreeing with others in conversation that of course, dental implants are the best for replacing missing teeth! However, you then realize that while you feel fully on board with this idea because you’ve heard about them so frequently (and always in the best light), you don’t really know what they… Read more »

Full-Mouth Reconstruction: When You Feel Like Hope Is Gone!

It’s very easy to find yourself feeling like you’re so far away from a healthy and beautiful smile and that even if you wanted to, you probably wouldn’t be able to restore your grin. We understand that advanced issues like decay and esthetic damage, broken teeth, missing teeth, and more can make you ignore your… Read more »

An Artistic Approach to Dental Care

There are different forms of dental treatment that address the many different concerns you may have with your dental health. For instance, general dentistry helps you keep your teeth and gums healthy; restorative dentistry helps you repair damaged or infected tooth structure; and cosmetic dentistry can address esthetic issues that affect your smile’s appearance. However,… Read more »

Receiving A Second Opinion Concerning Dental Work

Second opinion dental appointments can help in many circumstances. Seeking out the input of an expert in cosmetic dental work can help you develop a clearer picture of how you can enjoy remarkable smile improvements. You can also seek another qualified perspective if there is some uncertainty on how to proceed to address a situation…. Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry: 3 Compelling Reasons To Use It

Do you love the way your smile looks? If not, what is the particular problem (or set of problems) plaguing your grin? While it’s easy to overlook, the way you feel about how your smile looks is actually more significant than you think. Learn more about the ways cosmetic dentistry can be extremely beneficial to… Read more »

Dentistry is an Art Too!

What Is Artistic Dentistry?

Artistic dentistry When you are happy and proud of your smile, it shines through. When you feel self-conscious of your smile, the lack of confidence can be evident. Your smile makes up a big part of your appearance. Because your smile makes up a big part of your appearance, you want it to retain it’s uniqueness… Read more »

Artistic Dentistry Could Make Your Smile Even Prettier

Artistic Dentistry Smile Painter

When was the last time you loved the smile staring back at you in the mirror? If it has been years, if ever, then it’s time to discover how a cosmetic dentist could help. Artistic dentistry involves creating a customized series of cosmetic treatment to help drastically improve the appearance of a smile that has… Read more »

Answering Your Questions about Cosmetic Dentistry

The saying goes that admitting you have a problem is half the battle. But when it comes to improving your smile, knowing you have a problem is of little consequence, if you’re still struggling to determine the best course of cosmetic treatment. Understanding what options are available to you, and how each can address different… Read more »

Designing Your Smile: Step By Step

If you have visited us before, you are likely aware of our philosophy that extends into providing patients with beautiful, natural looking smiles. We base your care on artistic dentistry, an approach to guiding you toward the most beautiful smile that best complements your features, while matching your smile goals and other preferences, such as… Read more »

The Golden Proportion Of Dentistry

Your smile is important. Not only does a nice smile make you feel good about yourself, it affects the public’s perception of you.  People with a great smile are perceived as more intelligent, more successful, friendlier, more outgoing, more honest, more brave, more, more, and more. A healthy, esthetic smile can get you more job… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry And Continued Education

The number of cosmetic dentists in the United States is expected to grow by 21 percent over the next six years. The utilization of cosmetic services is expected to continue to grow as well. With less invasive and faster services due to new treatments and technologies, a higher percentage of the population is considering aesthetic… Read more »

Full-Mouth Rehabilitation

Have you been lazy about your dental care and after years you’re seeing the effects? Maybe you have suffered an illness, or been on medications that have played havoc on your teeth. Have you been in an accident that has affected your smile? You may be familiar with dental treatments such as veneers, dental implants,… Read more »

Transform Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

  A perfect smile can instill confidence and make a great first impression. In fact, according to a recent Kelton Research study, people with beautiful smiles are considered both more attractive and successful. The study went on to reveal that for many Americans, a smile is one of the first things they notice when meeting… Read more »

Quality Care for Kildeer, IL Residents

  How do you feel about the appearance of your smile? For many people, an array of dental imperfections hinders the health and beauty of their smiles. In fact, a recent study conducted by Wakefield Research shows that over a third of Americans are unhappy with the appearance of their smile. Fortunately for residents of… Read more »

Do Different Porcelain Crowns Work Better for Different Teeth?

Dental crowns, those tooth shaped restorations that have been used in human dentistry for nearly 2600 years, are a versatile tool in the restorative and cosmetic dentist’s toolkit. From ancient times until early in the 20th century, people who needed a tooth crowned had to opt for an alloy of gold or another malleable metal…. Read more »

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for Me?

Is cosmetic dentistry the best way to go for me? The cosmetic dentistry journey is one that begins and ends in the mirror. For most patients, the journey starts when they look at their reflection and feel unhappy or dissatisfied with the general appearance of their smile. That same journey often ends when their dentist… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Provides General Dental Care

For patients who desire a beautiful smile, general dental care can be just as important as teeth whitening or any other cosmetic procedure. In order to prevent stains and decay, patients need to maintain good dental habits. This includes obtaining routine general care from your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest. At Lake Forest Dental… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Restores Broken Teeth

  What do you do when you a break a tooth? Many people don’t realize that a broken tooth can lead to serious dental issues if they don’t seek immediate treatment. Thankfully, at Lake Forest Dental Arts, we not only repair your broken tooth, our team of dental professionals can also completely restore your tooth,… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Discusses the Benefits of Porcelain Crowns

  Do you suffer from a chronic toothache? Do you find chewing and sometimes even talking to be difficult and painful? These are all common symptoms of advanced tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can spread, infecting, and eventually even killing, your tooth. Often, a dental crown will be recommended to restore your damaged… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Helps Patients Look and Feel Younger with Cosmetic Dentistry

  When we age, we may look older but we never seem to feel older. So, why not have a smile that reflects how young you really feel? Over time, our smiles become stained and damaged, losing their youthful luster.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have the glowing smile of your youth. A… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Offers Smile Improvement with Smile Makeovers

Do you ever feel self-conscious about your smile? Do you want a beautiful smile free of dental damage or embarrassing teeth stains? Dr. James Fondriest understands that a beautiful smile boosts confidence and helps make a great first impression. In fact, according to a recent Kelton Research study, a bright smile can make a person… Read more »

Permanent Teeth Whitening

  A bright smile instills confidence. According to a recent Kelton Research study, the majority polled said a beautiful smile makes a person appear more successful and attractive. In addition, a large portion of the people polled said a smile was one of the first things they notice when meeting someone for the first time…. Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Offers Cosmetic Dental Face lifts

  Our bodies change as we age, but not always for the better. Over time, our cheeks can appear sunken, jowls can form, and some people may even develop a ptotic, or witch’s, chin. Did you know that a beautiful smile can address many of these issues? As we grow older, wear and tear causes… Read more »

Best Porcelain Crowns Chicago

  Did you know a recent Kelton Research study revealed that people with beautiful, bright smiles are considered more attractive and successful? It’s true. A gorgeous smile can boost confidence. Often, our teeth become damaged due to tooth decay or injury. When this happens, people can become self-conscious regarding the imperfections in their smile. Thankfully,… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Provides Balanced Dental Restoration

  A recent Kelton Research study revealed that beautiful smiles make a person appear more attractive and successful. Unfortunately, over time our smiles can become marred with damage and permanent stains. Cosmetic dentistry enables your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, to improve your smile and boost your confidence.

Lake Forest Dentist: Quality Dental Implant Restorations are Worth the Wait

So, you’ve lost a tooth. It’s not an ideal situation but instead of mourning for your missing tooth, you’ve done your research and decided that replacing it as soon as possible will preserve your oral health in the long run. You’ve read up on dental bridges but you have concerns that the enamel preparation involved… Read more »

Chicago Dentist Creates Beautiful Smiles with Prepless Veneers

Research into the psychology of smiling indicates that your smile can have a huge influence on your professional, social, and romantic relationships. If you hide your smile due to insecurities over the shape, size, color, or general appearance of your teeth, you could be perceived as insecure, reserved, or even unfriendly. Luckily, you don’t have… Read more »

What to Consider Before Undergoing Cosmetic Dentistry

Having a beautiful, radiant smile can make a big difference in your life. Not only can it improve your self-esteem, according to a recent study, the quality of your smile can help you get a job, earn more money, and enjoy a more successful dating life. However, as with all elective dental and medical procedures,… Read more »

Your Lake Forest Dentist Answers Dental FAQs

Many times patients feel overwhelmed with questions about their dental health. Even with the limitless resource of information the Internet provides, it’s easy to have your key dental questions lost in the shuffle. Today, your Lake Forest dentist has provided answers to some frequently asked questions. Dental FAQs Q1: What is a porcelain veneer? A1:… Read more »

The Ethics of Teeth Whitening

Throughout history, people have tried nearly everything, from pastes containing pepper and rock salt to a mouthwash made from goat’s milk and urine, to whiten their teeth. Luckily, we have a few more options than our forefathers, including a whole range of toothpastes, rinses, gums, mints, and gels. Most dentists would agree that teeth whitening… Read more »

Real Men Don’t Wear Veneers: The Changing Face of Cosmetic Dentistry

As a society, Americans have historically tended to associate a concern for one’s personal appearance with women. For men, caring too much about the way you looked threw your masculinity into question. In recent years, however, that way of thinking is changing. Men are becoming more aware of how their appearance directly affects both their… Read more »

Chicago Esthetic Restorative Dentistry Explained

Esthetic dental restorations is the term that Dr. James Fondriest uses to describe the type of dentistry he offers at Lake Forest Dental Arts, his Chicago-area dental office. Esthetic refers to beauty, while dental restorations refers to dental work that improves health, oral function, and appearance.  The media has popularized the phrase cosmetic dentistry, but… Read more »

The Importance of Artistic Smile Design in Lake Forest

At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we provide a variety of cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of our patients. Whether someone is unhappy with their smile or has serious dental problems that require immediate repair, Dr. Fondriest approaches each case with the eye of an artist. He is committed to the beauty of your… Read more »

Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Answers Artistic Dentistry FAQs

What is Artistic Dentistry in Lake Forest? Artistic dentistry involves the idea that porcelain veneers, dental implants, porcelain crowns, and other cosmetic restorations should be a “genuine artistic replication of nature.” This means our Chicago cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest will use artistic skill to comprehensively restore a smile and create natural-looking beauty. This type of… Read more »