Posts Categorized: Smile Makeover

Fill spaces between teeth | Gaps in smile

Fill spaces between teeth

Do you have gaps in your smile? Some individuals embrace this trait. Others, however, may wish to fill spaces between the teeth for a more uniform appearance. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. James Fondriest discusses why spacing can occur between the teeth, and explains how to address the issue with cosmetic dentistry. Why Do I Have Spaces… 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 »

Cosmetic Dental Changes | Your options are growing every day

Cosmetic Changes

Have you considered having some cosmetic changes done to your smile? We are not asking about cosmetic facial surgery but rather about porcelain veneers, whitening, or other cosmetic dental care.  One thing is certain: There are an awful lot of new advancements to get excited about! If you have tried to learn about cosmetic improvements… Read more »

Enamel erosion causes teeth to be yellow

Enamel erosion

When your teeth are yellow no matter how much you brush, it may be that you have lost your tooth enamel. Enamel erosion or abrasion is the thinning out of the enamel coating over your teeth. The average tooth has about 2 millimeters of enamel on the chewing surfaces and 1.5 mm on the front… 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. 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. Fortunately,… Read more »

Are You Ready to improve your smile?

Improve your smile

Do you ever find yourself shying away from taking photographs because of imperfections in your smile? Does showing your teeth at all make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable? It can be difficult to feel confident when there are tooth imperfections like staining, gaps, or sharp edges causing concern. Fortunately, cosmetic treatment makes it possible to… Read more »

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Getting a New Smile

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 »

Things that stain teeth

There are many things that stain teeth. In many cases, teeth whitening won’t work. Depending on the nature and severity of the stains. Your teeth are comprised of a dense, porous, bone-like substance called dentin, which is surrounded by a semi-translucent material known as enamel. Though dentin dictates the color of your tooth, enamel is… Read more »

Sophisticated Dental Makeover

Is it time for a dental makeover? For better or worse, most people’s smiles (or lack of one) dominate their facial appearance. Even with a lifetime of diligent dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, visual blemishes can still appear and diminish a patient’s confidence. While many cosmetic issues don’t threaten a patient’s health,… Read more »

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for Me?

Cosmetic Dentistry

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 »

Look and Feel Younger with Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry to look younger

Cosmetic dentistry to look younger 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… Read more »

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 our… Read more »

Prepless Veneers | Very Thin Veneers

Prepless veneers

Research into the psychology of smiling indicates that your smile can have a huge influence on your professional, social, and romantic relationships. Do 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 »

Cosmetic Dentistry Planning Process

Cosmetic dentistry planning

If you feel dissatisfied by the condition of your smile, your dentist can help you outline a treatment plan to see fantastic changes. In some cases, a patient will need to undergo more involved to see the results they truly desire. Our practice is proud to offer artistic smile design, which involves a detailed assessment of… Read more »

Broken teeth

Do  you have broken teeth? Has your smile’s brightness gradually dimmed over the years? Are your chipped or discolored teeth embarrassing you? Do you have deep smile lines that make you frown? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you could benefit from a smile makeover. What do you do when you… 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 »

Do men want veneers?

porcelain veneers for men

Do men want veneers as much as women do? 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… Read more »

Triangular spaces between teeth

Triangular spaces between Teeth

Everyone has a unique concern for their smile. Esthetic enhancements to your teeth are not one-size fits all. We believe in customized dental care for every patient, which is why we take extra time to discuss your current situation and your goals for your smile. One smile imperfection that we come across frequently is the occurrence… Read more »

When too much gum shows | Treatment options

  When too much gum shows in your smile, there are several treatment options available. Current estimates indicate that up to seven percent of men and fourteen percent of women have excessive amounts of gum tissue or smiles that appear “gummy.” Excess gum tissue creates a disproportionate appearance of a patient’s smile by covering more… Read more »

Mouth Reconstruction Services in Chicago

Full-Mouth Reconstruction

Have you ever heard of the terms full mouth reconstruction, mouth restoration, and mouth rehabilitation? These terms essentially mean the same thing: a smile makeover. Reconstruction of the mouth and/or teeth includes an array of procedures that create a uniform smile, restore proper jaw alignment, and improve overall oral health.  Although a mouth restoration can… Read more »

Weird Dental Requests

Have you ever asked your dentist to do one of the following? Give your dog braces To let you keep the teeth you have extracted To have an emergency dental cleaning because you’re going to see an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend Give you local anesthesia in your lips to ease the pain during permanent lipstick tattoos… Read more »

Cold sores

Research suggests that over half of the American population is affected by cold sores, but not all show symptoms or know they have contracted the virus that causes these unsightly, painful blisters. With the cold and flu season quickly approaching, cold sores will be showing up on faces even more frequently. Few know the facts… Read more »

Questions to Improve Your Smile

There are questions you may already feel perfectly fine asking your cosmetic dentist. 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 (that, perhaps, your needs will be… Read more »

North Shore Prosthodontics

North Shore Prosthodontics

Dr. James Fondriest began practicing as a general dentist, for which he is licensed in the state of Illinois, and over the span of his decades-long career he’s undergone extensive training in the fields of cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and prosthodontics. Today, we will explain what the field of prosthodontics is so that you can better… Read more »

Repair the Results of Bruxism

Are your teeth worn down as a result of bruxism? If you have issues with bruxism (also called nighttime grinding) your dentist may have given you a bite guard to wear at night. But your dentist may not have the ability required to repair the effects of bruxism.  Dr. James Fondriest, a cosmetic dentist, can… Read more »

How To Achieve Whiter Teeth

If you want whiter teeth, you might be overwhelmed by the number of professional and over-the-counter products available. How do you choose the right one? You can start by eliminating over-the-counter products from your list, because they do not yield results that are as permanent or striking as professional whitening. As for the right professional… Read more »