Posts Categorized: Smile Makeover

Simplifying Complex Smile Makeovers

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 »

Are You Ready for a Complete Smile Makeover?

Are You Ready for a Complete Smile Makeover?

Do you ever find yourself shying away from taking photographs with your family, or even going out with friends, all 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… Read more »

What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do for You?

Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help You?

Are you tired of feeling embarrassed by your smile? Whether it is due to staining issues, spacing problems, or inconsistencies in the size and shape of your smile, cosmetic dentistry could help. In fact, many people are pleasantly surprised to realize just how many treatment options are available to help enhance a smile’s natural beauty… Read more »

Are You Unhappy with Your Smile?

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Update Your Smile

Are you a confident dresser, more-than-competent worker, and outgoing person who makes friends easily? Yet do you always seem to lack confidence in one area of life, namely your smile? Few personal attributes have a bigger impact on someone’s self-esteem than his or her smile. That’s because research indicates the smile is the first characteristic… Read more »

Smile Confidently Again with Cosmetic Dentistry: Part One

Does Your Smile Need Cosmetic Dentistry?

Has it been several years since you last liked the way you look in pictures? Do you feel insecure when talking with friends, or unhappy when you see your smile in the reflection of a mirror? If so, cosmetic dentistry could help restore your confidence, by revitalizing your smile. Through procedures like teeth whitening, veneers… Read more »

Treat Yourself to a True Makeover, Starting with Your Smile: Part One

Makeover Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

All the makeup and hair styling in the world is no substitute for a beautiful smile. Yet many people focus on their wardrobes and eye shadow, instead of their pearly whites. A smile is one of your greatest assets, though. Isn’t it time you treat it as such? If you’re currently embarrassed by your smile,… Read more »

Should I Get Professional Whitening/Bleaching?

Which Whitening Treatment Will Work for You?

Every time you look in the mirror do you find yourself fixating on your teeth’s noticeable stains? Did the confidence you used to have seem to disappear once you noticed discoloration on the surface of your teeth? Even minor tooth discoloration can detract from an otherwise beautiful smile, and make a person feel self-conscious when… Read more »

Got Questions? Ask Your Cosmetic Dentist

Got Questions? Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you have questions about cosmetic dentistry? You already know you want a brighter and more beautiful smile. You’re just not sure how to go about achieving dazzling results. Sure, cosmetic dentistry could help. But what treatment is right for you? Talking with your cosmetic dentist before planning a course of treatment is generally the… Read more »

Want a Uniquely Improved Smile? Artistic Dentistry Can Help

Technology Smile Artistic Design

Most people don’t mind paying a little more to get premium quality when it comes to their technology. They want faster data for their smart phones, and more channels with their cable, bigger memories for their laptops, but what about their smiles? While many dentists offer cosmetic treatments that can improve the appearance of flaws,… 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 »

The Science of Stains and Teeth Whitening

Although teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments today, it isn’t the only way to brighten dull teeth or erase the stains that mar them. In fact, in many cases, teeth whitening won’t suffice, depending on the nature and severity of the stains. Your teeth are comprised of a dense, porous,… Read more »

Is It Time for a Smile 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, their appearance may indicate more trouble… 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 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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Most Popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry in Chicago is becoming more popular than ever before. Your smile is an asset. An attractive smile is important in both your professional and personal life. With modern technology and extensive experience, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest can transform your smile into something you will want to show off. We offer many cosmetic… Read more »

Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Answers Dental Bonding Questions

How can dental bonding improve my smile? Cosmetic bonding can hide several imperfections, using composite resin to cover the entire front side of your tooth. Dental bonding corrects smile issues including: Light staining Unsightly chips Embarrassing gaps Misshapen teeth Jagged tooth edges Small teeth What are the benefits of dental bonding? Since dental bonding is made… Read more »

Gummy Smile? Your Chicago Dentist Can Help!

  Excessive gingival display or “gummy smiles” are addressed with gum lifts and other treatment options. 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… Read more »

Full-Mouth Reconstruction Services in Chicago

Have you ever heard of the terms full mouth reconstruction, full mouth restoration, and full-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 full-mouth restoration can… Read more »

A Reason to Smile

Have you ever been around a group of bubbly people, and suddenly you started to feel giddy, too? This could be the result of a contagious smile. In the same way that yawning can make other people yawn, smiling can make others smile. In a Harvard study covered at NPR, we learn that smiling does… Read more »

Fighting Gummy Smiles in Chicago

Are your teeth straight and white, but they look too small? Many people have “gummy” smiles, meaning overgrown gum tissue that hides tooth enamel. If this is the case for you, you may be self-conscious about it, and that’s understandable. Did you know, 10% of Miss America pageant contestants had noticeably gummy smiles? Some folks… Read more »

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 »

Your Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Repairs the Results 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 in Lake Forest, IL, can restore your teeth and reverse the… Read more »

The Cosmetic Dentist as an Artist

Is Your Dentist an Artist? Cosmetic dentistry is a scientific discipline, but it also involves artistry. Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago cosmetic dentist, possesses the attention to detail and aesthetic eye of a true artist. His work is highly sought-after by people in Chicago and across the country. Dr. Fondriest holds consultations with each patient… Read more »

Celiac Awareness Month: How Celiac Affects Dental Health

Celiac is a disorder triggered by the protein gluten, found in wheat, barley, and rye. When a celiac sufferer eats food containing even traces of gluten, the immune system produces antibodies that attack the small intestine. This not only causes intestinal pain, but also prevents the absorption of important nutrients, which affects the entire body. This… Read more »

How Sophisticated North Shore Residents 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 »

Dr. James Fondriest: Putting the “Care” in Dental Care for Chicago’s North Shore

Do you dread appointments with your doctor or dentist because the experience is akin to being herded in and out like cattle? Dr. James Fondriest and his staff at Lake Forest Dental Arts will give you the one-on-one care that you deserve. Dr. Fondriest intentionally limits his patients so that he can fully meet the… Read more »

Revolutionary No-Prep Veneers

When you think of porcelain veneers, you may imagine undergoing a long process during which tooth enamel is removed and a bulky new layer is added to your teeth. But if you have an issue with slightly crooked, poorly shaped, too small, or otherwise less-than-gorgeous teeth, no-prep and low-prep veneers are a wonderful way to… Read more »

Your Pre-Wedding Smile Makeover from Lake Forest Dental Arts

Brides, you know that wedding season is fast approaching. You’ve probably picked the perfect colors, dress, and cake. But something might be missing: the perfect smile! Dr. James Fondriest can help make you look beautiful for your special day. Whether you want to whiten your teeth, improve the overall look of your teeth, or replace… Read more »

Can Porcelain Veneers Improve Your Smile?

At Dr. Fondriest’s Lake Forest dental office, he’s given smile makeovers to many of his patients. They come to him unhappy with their appearance. But after their smile makeovers, they are confident and pleased. Porcelain veneers are one way that Dr. Fondriest improves people’s smiles. Porcelain veneers can rejuvenate your look by covering yellow or… Read more »

Your Choice for Dental Implants in Chicago’s North Shore

Are you missing teeth? Are you afraid that dentures or bridges are your only options? You’re in luck. At Lake Forest Dental, our preferred method to replace teeth is dental implants. Dental implants have multiple advantages over traditional tooth replacement. For example, they: Don’t require tooth preparation: With bridges and partial dentures, the adjacent teeth… Read more »