Posts Categorized: Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Veneers

teeth veneers

For patients who need a convenient but effective method for improving their smiles, teeth veneers are often the most successful treatment option. Not only do they address a wide variety of cosmetic concerns, but they do so with minimal alterations to your natural, healthy teeth.  Today, we look at a few important facts about veneers… Read more »

What’s the Point of Tooth Bonding & Contouring

Smile improvement is an important aspect of professional dentistry because your confidence in your smile is as important as its overall health. However, when improving your smile’s appearance, it’s just as important to make sure that you preserve a maximum amount of healthy, natural tooth structure for the good of your long-term oral health. To… Read more »

What if Teeth Stains Don’t Respond to Whitening?

Tooth stains that don’t bleach Do you have tooth stains that don’t bleach? With today’s advanced cosmetic dentistry treatments, most smile concerns can be improved effectively and efficiently. For instance, if your teeth are stained, then you may be able to brighten them with professional teeth whitening. However, if your teeth are more stubbornly stained… Read more »

What Dental Veneers Can Do for Chipped or Cracked Teeth

digital illustration of dental veneers

One of the best things about dental veneers is that they can fix your smile’s appearance in several different ways, which can save you from needing multiple procedures to address different issues. Besides appearance, however, veneers are also beneficial due to the fact that they don’t require extensive tooth preparation, and therefore, they can help… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry when You Have Bruxism

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Smile improvement is something that most of us consider at some point in our lives. With today’s advanced techniques and dental technologies, more people can enjoy cosmetic dentistry when you have bruxism. However, some things can affect your smile’s appearance without you realizing it, or can impact the success of your cosmetic dental treatment. For… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Treats Black Triangles between Teeth

Take a look at any magazine photo or advertisement: uniform, straight teeth in cosmetically beautiful smiles usually don’t have discernible gaps. So if you have tiny black triangles between two or more of your teeth, you may feel self-conscious about their appearance, or maybe have wondered how they got there. Unfortunately, black triangles can indicate… Read more »

Types of Veneering Porcelains

photo of porcelain veneer on plain reflective black surface

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 »

Advice About The Tooth Whitening Process

Bleaching or Whitening your teeth It’s safe to say that the tooth whitening process 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,… Read more »

Will Veneers Ruin My Teeth?

will veneers ruin my teeth

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 »

What Is A PFM Crown?

digital illustration of PFM crowns

Did something happen to your tooth that is far too severe for a dental filling? Perhaps you broke your tooth or are suffering from the effects of severe tooth decay. No matter the problem, a PFM crown is a wonderful solution to protect your remaining tooth, so you can avoid an extraction. In many cases,… Read more »

Cosmetic Changes: Things To Get Excited About

Cosmetic Changes

Have you considered having some cosmetic changes done to your smile.  about porcelain veneers, whitening, or other cosmetic care, one thing is certain: There is an awful lot to get excited about! However, if you have tried to learn about cosmetic improvements with other practices before or you are simply new to this field of… 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 »

Picking The Right Procedure To Address Smile Discoloration

If you decide to address smile discoloration by picking up an over the counter whitening product from your local pharmacy or grocery store, you may be underwhelmed by your results. Store bought products can help you remove the stains that are on the surface of your enamel, leading to some improvement, but you can feel… Read more »

Do you have a jagged smile?

jagged smile

You may have many ways of describing your jagged smile, none of which include the terms “uniform” or “symmetrical.” Instead, you think of it as uneven, up-and-down, and more, as a result of teeth of varying lengths that don’t lend themselves to beautiful consistency. While you may assume you’re stuck with the jagged smile nature… Read more »

Enjoying Modern Cosmetic Improvements With No-Prep Veneers

What can no-prep veneers offer someone who wants to make cosmetic changes to the way they look when they smile? While traditional veneers are already remarkably slim, they require the removal of enamel in order to fit properly on a person’s teeth. No-prep veneers, like conventional porcelain veneers, can hide chips and cracks, stains, and… Read more »

Can My Beverage Choices Affect My Cosmetic Dental Work?

After you receive cosmetic dental work at your Lake Forest, IL dentist’s office, you can feel excited to share your improved smile with everyone. People who make esthetic improvements to their teeth can feel a boost in their confidence levels, and that confidence can have personal and professional benefits. Even if you elect to receive… Read more »

What Can Be Done About A “Gummy Smile”?

Problems like dental discoloration, or a prominent chipped tooth, can have a negative effect on your smile. Generally speaking, when people think about poor smile quality, they think about issues with teeth. With that said, some patients will actually have issues because of their gums. If you have periodontal tissues that seem too bulky, or… Read more »

Planning Prosthetic And Cosmetic Dental Treatments

When patients are ready to make real improvements to their dental health after tooth loss, they can explore how prosthetic dental work can help. Your Lake Forest, IL dentist can provide you with a treatment experience that leads to a fully restored smile. By using dental implant support to hold your prosthetic, you can enjoy… Read more »

Make Sure Teeth-Whitening Works Before Doing It

If you’ve ever tried an over-the-counter teeth-whitening product, then you might already recognize that the biggest benefit of professional treatment is that it works. Unlike OTC options, professional teeth-whitening is comprised of highly potent but safe whitening gel that effectively breaks up stains while brightening your teeth. In addition to better results, however, professional teeth-whitening… Read more »

How Do I Close My Diastema?

A diastema is a larger-than-usual space between two teeth (also known as gapped teeth). Even when it doesn’t pose a threat to your oral health, its appearance can often diminish your confidence in your smile. Because it’s technically a spacing issue, many patients fear that closing the gap means realigning all of their teeth with… Read more »

Can Veneers Really Straighten Crooked Teeth?

Straighten Crooked Teeth

There are many different issues that custom-designed porcelain veneers can address, but not many patients realize that they can straighten crooked teeth. The beauty of porcelain veneers is that they can completely reinvent the appearance of your teeth by replacing the blemished tooth structure on their front surfaces. This means the highly lifelike shells of… Read more »

Considering Porcelain Veneers? Here’s What to Ask

Wanting to improve your smile’s appearance is one thing, but knowing how to do it is another. For instance, you might think that addressing your multiple cosmetic concerns would be a complicated process. However, with porcelain veneers, patients can often enjoy complete smile makeovers with only a single procedure. If you’re considering veneers to improve… Read more »

Can I Avoid Teeth-Whitening by Preventing Teeth Stains?

The annoying thing about teeth stains is that they can’t be permanently prevented. Eventually, the surfaces of your teeth will begin to show signs of their use and exposure to foods and beverages in the form of staining. The good news is that you can inhibit stains from developing by keeping up with a consistent… Read more »

What Kind of Veneer Do You Need?

With one or more custom-designed porcelain veneers, you can completely transform your smile without needing extensive dental treatment. In fact, in addition to their highly lifelike appearance, porcelain veneers’ ability to preserve your healthy teeth is one of the reasons why they’re so popular. In some cases, your dentist may even be able to place… Read more »

What Can Tooth Bonding Actually Do?

When your tooth exhibits the type of cosmetic blemish that can’t be erased with teeth-whitening, improving your smile might seem challenging. However, in many cases, cosmetic tooth bonding can successfully fix tooth blemishes almost as quickly and conveniently as teeth-whitening. Bonding is the process of using tooth-colored composite resin to correct issues with your tooth’s… Read more »

Simplifying Complex Smile Makeovers

Smile Makeover Process

Smile improvement is an important part of today’s professional dental care. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is a significant motivating factor for visiting your dentist, but for many patients, so is being proud of their smile’s appearance. Depending on the nature and extent of your cosmetic smile concerns, however, improving it may seem complicated…. Read more »

Makeover Your Smile

Makeover Your Smile

How many imperfections does your smile exhibit? Noticeably stained, oddly spaced, slightly crooked, or otherwise unsightly teeth are common concerns, and sometimes, your teeth may suffer from more than one of these imperfections at once. Do you want to makeover your smile? When your smile’s confidence is under siege by severe or multiple cosmetic flaws,… 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 »

Think You Want Veneers? Schedule A Consultation!

If you begin researching porcelain veneers, you will most likely discover that you fall in love with the beautiful finish they provide. You will be amazed at how natural they look. You may even discover that you would love to consider veneers for your own smile, particularly if you’re experiencing a variety of esthetic problems… Read more »

Teeth Whitening Problems and Considerations

Teeth Whitening Problems

The only thing better than enjoying bleached teeth is figuring out how to keep them bright. Since your teeth will remain vulnerable to staining over time, the goal is to prevent discoloration from occurring. How to do this, you wonder? Teeth whitening is not without it’s problems and considerations. Old restorations, tooth sensitivity, deep stains… Read more »

Ready to Like Your Smile More? Talk to Your Dentist

Ready to Like Your Smile More? Talk to Your Dentist

Are you tired of feeling insecure about your smile, due to cosmetic concerns such as deep staining or inconsistencies in the shape or size of your teeth? What about discomfort? Have you begun experiencing increased sensitivity recently, due to an undiagnosed dental issue? If so, don’t keep postponing getting answers, and potential help. Instead, schedule… Read more »

Look Your Best and Brightest with Porcelain Veneers

Look Your Best and Brightest with Porcelain Veneers

Do you have a special event coming up, soon? Whether you’re going to be a bridesmaid in your friend’s wedding or graduating from college, don’t go into such a momentous occasion feeling insecure about your smile. Instead, talk to your cosmetic dentist about how porcelain veneers could help address your smile’s imperfections, and leave you feeling… Read more »

Enjoy a Beautiful Smile and the Confidence That Comes with It

Enjoy a Beautiful Smile and the Confidence That Comes with It

When was the last time you actually posed proudly for a photograph, showing your whole smile? If you have been avoiding showing your teeth, because of noticeable imperfections like staining, inconsistencies or even minor gaps, it is time to talk to your dentist about how cosmetic treatment could help to improve the look of your… Read more »

Porcelain Veneers Are Worth the Investment

Could Veneers Be Right for You?

Have you been considering a consultation with your dentist about finally addressing your teeth’s imperfections through the use of porcelain veneers, but postponed that appointment because of concern about the cost? While it is true that veneers are one of the more costly investments, where cosmetic dentistry is concerned, they do have a number of… Read more »

Questions About Veneers

Answering questions about porcelain veneers

We understand how important a beautiful smile can be. We want our patients to enjoy attractive smiles that boost confidence and reflect good oral health. With one restoration, porcelain veneers, we can completely alter the appearance of a tooth, addressing multiple cosmetic concerns. Do you have questions about veneers? What Is a Porcelain Veneer? A… Read more »

Gum Contouring

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As you age, a lot can change. From your hair color to your hearing, big and little changes can begin to impact your life. Sadly, your smile is not immune to the effects of aging. In fact, excessive gum tissue is a common complaint of senior dental patients. Fortunately, much like other cosmetic concerns, it… Read more »

Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help? Part Two

Could Cosmetic Dentistry Enhance Your Smile?

If you are tired of trying, in vain, to hide your less-than-pearly whites, you may have already considered cosmetic dental treatment. But do you know what can be done to improve those imperfections, or to provide you with a more beautiful, yet still natural-looking smile? Many patients have questions and even concerns about seeking cosmetic… Read more »

Build Smile confidence with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers for a Great Smile

As you enter the holiday season, are you feeling a bit insecure about showing off your smile? Holiday parties and family get-togethers are great for catching up with one’s friends and family. Unfortunately, this quality time together can also heighten insecurities about one’s teeth. Fortunately, noticeable imperfections, such as deep staining, discoloration, or disproportionate teeth,… 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 »

Cosmetic Bonding Could Solve Smile Woes

Are you unhappy with your smile, but you’ve put off seeing your dentist because you think improving your teeth is either unaffordable, or will take too long to see results? Did you know that cosmetic bonding can be a quick way to resolve many issues, such as chipped, stained or disproportionally small teeth? Through the… Read more »