Posts Categorized: Cosmetic Dentistry

Composite veneers – The affordable one day option

composite veneers

Composite veneers are thin shells, hand shaped with composite resin material and bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. They can change the shape, size, color, and texture of a natural tooth. They can remove the need for white crowns, teeth whitening, braces, or porcelain veneers. This affordable treatment alternative to porcelain veneers can be… Read more »

Smile Transformation: The Planning Process

Smile Transformation planning

A smile transformation can enhance your overall appearance and give your confidence a boost. Also referred to as a smile makeover, a transformation combines multiple cosmetic procedures into one comprehensive treatment. Since the dawn of modern dentistry, individuals have had the desire to improve the aesthetics of their smile. Today’s advanced methods and materials allow… Read more »

Tooth enhancement | Options for making teeth look better

Front tooth enhancements

Cosmetic dental work comes at a cost, but the benefits are well worth it. The goals of a cosmetic dentist are to enhance a tooth or multiple teeth and improve your quality of life. There are many types of tooth enhancement that a skilled dentist can render. Common cosmetic dental goals are to improve a tooth’s:… Read more »

Fake ceramic teeth | Do they look real?

Ceramic teeth

Many patients ask for fake ceramic teeth to hide their smile problems. Dentists call these fake restorations, prosthetics, bridges, crowns and veneers. We understand that all of these options use ceramic to replace or cover teeth. Fake isn’t always bad, especially after you have suffered trauma or a lost tooth.  What are ceramics? Dental ceramics and… Read more »

Make my smile look better | Six ways to do it

Make my smile look better

It may be time to see a professional if you’re tired of trying to hide your smile or fed up with costly dental gimmicks that fail to deliver. We have compiled a list of 6 ways you can make your smile look better.  In the past, patients were very limited in ways they could correct… Read more »

Cosmetic veneers | Which type is best for you?

Cosmetic veneers

Do you dream of a dazzling “Hollywood” smile? A smile makeover with cosmetic veneers can give you a stunning smile, but there are several types to choose from. They can be made with composite resin or porcelain. The first question to answer is deciding which material is best for you, porcelain or composite resin. Choose… Read more »

Bonding vs veneers | Advantages and disadvantages to each

tooth bonding vs veneers

Problem: “I’ve been told that bonding is just as good as getting veneers, but it costs less. I’m not sure which one is right for me.”  Treatment planning for smile makeovers usually includes a discussion of using bonding vs veneers. The answers vary from patient to patient. Solution: “You need to learn what bonding and veneers can… Read more »

Better Smile | How to get one

PFM Bridge

A better smile can lead to promotions in the workplace and new romantic opportunities. Many studies have shown that our smiles are one of the most important features people remember after a first meeting. Am I a Candidate for a Better Smile? Almost anyone can desire an improved smile. Before undergoing a cosmetic treatment, you… Read more »

Enhance your smile | What are the treatment options?

enhance your smile

A smile is one of the first things we notice when talking to others. A pretty smile can exude confidence while a bad smile can have others questioning your oral health. If there are things that you wish you could change about your smile Dr. James Fondriest can help. Dr. Fondriest specializes in cosmetic dentistry… Read more »

Dark teeth | Cover them with cosmetic dental magic

woman covering teeth

Dark teeth can have a negative impact on your life. You may avoid speaking to others or always smile with your mouth closed for photos. If you find yourself going out of your way to hide your teeth then it’s time to make some changes.  What effects can dark teeth have on your life? An… Read more »

Closing Diastemas | Causes and treatment options

Diastema

Have your talked to your dentist about closing diastemas between your teeth? What do Madonna, Samuel L. Jackson, and 50 Cent have in common? Not much, but they do all share a dental feature called a diastema. A diastema is any noticeable space between teeth. Most people won’t see a gap between molars or other hidden… Read more »

Metal under crown | Dark edge is showing

Metal under the crown showing

The metal under a crown is showing Problem: The metal under a crown is showing. It appears like a black line where the gum meets the tooth. “That tooth looks completely fake now, and I’m embarrassed when people see it. I’ve started to intentionally not open my mouth wide in public. Help!” Solution: It sounds… Read more »

Veneers Before and After Experience

porcelain veneers after treatment

The Veneer Before and After Experience Our website is full of porcelain veneers before and after photos. We would love to add your photo to our treatment example gallery. Many patients are stunned to see their transformation. Your cosmetic dentist takes all of the photos for our website. Nothing is altered or borrowed from another dentist. You… Read more »

Seamless dental restorations that blend with nature

Seamless restorations

Have you seen people with really bad dental work? Veneers that make teeth look huge or thick crowns with dark lines at the gum line. Do you want your dental work to disappear, to be truly not perceptible to the eye? To have seamless dental restorations done, you must work with a proven, respected, and… Read more »

Teeth Makeover | Benefits, Options, Procedures

Transformational makeover

TV shows like Extreme Makeover play off a familiar idea. Sometimes, a drastic change can be a good thing. Undergoing a cosmetic teeth makeover can have long reaching benefits, from better oral and overall health to more self confidence. Undergoing one treatment at a time can actually leave you paying more. You’ll make more trips… Read more »

Natural Looking Crowns for a Restored Smile

Natural Looking Crowns for a Restored Smile

There’s a reason that dental crowns have a name fit for a king. The custom crown serves many needs. Even more, today’s dental restorations are natural looking. You may need a crown to fix deep tooth decay. Perhaps you want straighten a crooked tooth. Our doctor will deliver a natural looking crown that fits, functions,… Read more »

Spaces between teeth | Fill Gaps in smile

Fill spaces between teeth

Do you have gaps in your smile or anywhere in your mouth? Some individuals embrace this trait. Others, however, may wish to fill spaces between the teeth for a more uniform appearance. Let’s discuss why extra space can occur between the teeth, and explains how to address the issue with cosmetic dentistry. Why Do I… Read more »

How long do veneers last?

Improve my smile

How long do veneers last? They are an excellent option for those looking to improve their smile dramatically. They cover a multitude of issues, such as gaps, cracks, discoloration, chips, decay, and even misaligned or worn down teeth. These covers create a durable, dazzling, natural looking smile. Depending on your situation and needs, veneers can… Read more »

Close my diastema | Can you fix my gapped teeth?

Gapped Teeth

Can my dentist close the diastema between my teeth without braces? Spaces between teeth, sometimes called diastemas are larger than usual spaces between two teeth (also known as gapped teeth). Though these gaps pose no threat to your oral health, it’s appearance can hurt your confidence in your smile. Because it’s technically an arrangement issue,… Read more »

No-Prep Veneers | Less enamel removed

No-preparation veneers

If you are exploring porcelain veneers to address your smile concerns, you should know that there are two major categories options: traditional regular prep or no-prep veneers. Are you looking for less invasive alternatives to traditional dental veneer treatment? Cosmetic bonding may be right right for you. There are many low prep and no-prep veneer options… Read more »

Are veneers worth it? Outcome worth the cost

Are veneers worth it?

Achieve a completely new looking smile without years and years of cosmetic dental work. Porcelain veneers are often called “instant orthodontics” because the cosmetic results are similar to those offered through orthodontic treatments. Unlike metal braces or Invisalign, veneers can reshape your smile in two short visits. The goal of this article is to show… Read more »

Teeth Veneers can transform your smile

teeth veneers

For patients who need a convenient but effective method for improving their smile, teeth veneers are an ideal option. They address a wide variety of cosmetic concerns, but they do so with minimal changes to your natural teeth. Today, we veneer teeth and what makes them one of the most popular and effective cosmetic dentistry… Read more »

Bonding & contouring teeth

Bonding & contouring teeth

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 »

Bright white smile | Erase those stains

Teeth whitening for a bright white smile

Do you want a bright white smile? Stains and discolorations cause a lot of people to feel insecure about their smiles. Has insecurity about your teeth held you back in business or your personal life? It’s hard to muster confidence to try new things and meet new people, when you’re busy hiding imperfections in your… Read more »

What Does A Whiter Smile Mean For You?

Whiter Smile

You may think about how wonderful you would feel with a whiter smile. However, when you think about this term, you wonder: Is there some universal “white” that we aim for? What if you don’t really need to whiten everything, so you worry about trying to explain your needs? We remind you that we will… Read more »

Tooth stains that don’t bleach or respond to whitening

tooth stains that don't whiten

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 have more stubborn discolorations… Read more »

Dental Veneers | Benefits, Lifespan, Treatment Process

dental veneers

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

Cosmetic Dentistry when You Have Bruxism

Cosmetic Dentistry when you Have Bruxism

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 »

Care for bonded teeth | Hygiene, oral habits

Care for bonded teeth

Cosmetic dental bonding is a simple and common way to improve the look of your front teeth. Bonding is typically used to close spaces between natural teeth, replace worn enamel, re-shape crooked or misaligned teeth, repair broken teeth, and cover stains that tooth whitening treatments cannot remove. While white fillings work well and looks great,… Read more »

Veneering Porcelains | Types and best uses

Veneering porcelains vary in optics

Porcelain veneers are a wonderful cosmetic makeover restorations that can bring beauty and strength to imperfect front teeth. Cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest can create gorgeous, high quality tooth covers in various styles with different veneering porcelains to fit the needs and desires of patients. Different Types of Veneering Porcelains Porcelain veneers are thin “jackets”… Read more »

Tooth Covers | Teeth Covers | For a beautiful smile

tooth covers

On television and in the movies, an ultra bright “Hollywood smile” is essential. Have you ever watched a film on Netflix only to wonder if editing created the perfect smiles? Digital movie magic can work plenty of wonders, but it cannot change smiles. Dental professionals play that role! Back in the early 1930’s, a now… Read more »

Cosmetic Dental Changes | Your options are growing every day

Cosmetic Dental Changes

Have you considered having some cosmetic dental 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… Read more »

Unique dental problems? | You should seek a second opinion

Unique dental problems

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 »

Smile Discolorations | Address Discolorations in your Smile

Smile discolorations

Have you decided to address smile discolorations by picking up an over the counter whitening product from your local pharmacy? You may be underwhelmed by your results. Store bought products offer minor improvement. They can help you remove some tooth discolorations on the surface of your enamel. You may feel bothered if the stains that discolor teeth… Read more »

Cosmetic dental treatments | Get an exceptional smile

Cosmetic dental treatments

Enjoy durable and natural looking cosmetic dental treatments While there are a number of cosmetic dental treatment options available, porcelain veneers remain one of the most popular, year after year, because of how many imperfections they can help to address. Veneers can be used to help hide variations in the size or shape of the teeth,… Read more »

What is a Cosmetic Dentist?

Why See A Cosmetic Dentist?

What is a cosmetic dentist? A doctor that focuses on cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve your smile. More attention is directed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. Most of the public thinks of teeth whitening or bonding, but most cosmetic dentists in Chicago will provide many smile improvement treatments…. Read more »

Enamel erosion causes teeth to be yellow

Lost tooth enamel from enamel erosion

When your front 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 outer coating over your teeth. The average tooth has about 2 millimeters of enamel on the chewing surfaces and 1.5 mm on the… 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 »

Does your Dentist Listen To Patients?

Does your dentist listen?

Are you tired of doctors that don’t listen to patients? Does your dentist listen to you? When you want to make changes to your smile, you may have a clear vision for what you want to see after your work is completed. Our office recognizes the value of seeing cosmetic care as a collaborative experience…. Read more »

Sodas and cosmetic dentistry

Sodas and cosmetic dentistry

Do sodas and other acidic beverages affect cosmetic dentistry? After you receive cosmetic dental work, 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… Read more »

Planning Major Dentistry

Planning major dentistry

When patients are ready to make real improvements to their smile and dental health, they can explore how cosmetic dentistry and prosthodontic makeover work can help. When planning major dentistry, search for a well trained and experienced dentist that can provide you with a treatment experience that leads to a healthy smile. For many patients,… Read more »

Do missing teeth leave you with an incomplete smile?

restore your smile incomplete smile

Are you missing one or more teeth and looking for the best way to restore your smile? If so, you may wonder which restorative dentistry treatment is best to restore the function and beauty of your smile. While each treatment can provide you with a beautiful smile, they each have pros and cons. Today we… Read more »

Getting another opinion before important dental work

Getting another opinion

Are you planing important cosmetic dental work? Does your dentist listen to you? Do you need to get another opinion to confirm a dentist recommendation? Have you thought about getting another opinion first? Because modern dental treatments can do so much for a person’s smile, you can count on the right procedure to transform the… Read more »

9 best cosmetic dental treatments

What are the 9 best cosmetic dental treatments available to patients today? The tooth whitening process is a fast easy way to a brighter smile. Repair chipped and discolored teeth in an instant with dental bonding and enamel shaping. Repair tooth decay and improve your smile by replacing silver fillings with newer white fillings. Dental veneers… Read more »

At home teeth whitening

At home teeth whitening

When you visit a store, you’ll likely see a number of products offering at home teeth whitening. However, in order to receive dramatic results that last, you should see the dentist for a professional solution. We can provide at-home teeth whitening that can brighten your smile by multiple shades. Have you considered completing a teeth… Read more »

Professional teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening

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,… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry in Chicago -High end options

Quality cosmetic dentistry in Chicago

If you are not a dentist and you aren’t really familiar with any of the treatments, jargon, or clinical details associated with dentistry, then you may feel at a loss. You know that you would really love a better smile but trying to explain what it is that you dislike about your smile or the… Read more »

Pretty Crowns will give you the smile you want

pretty crowns

The fastest way to repair a broken smile is to get pretty crowns. Whether you have broken, crooked, or missing teeth, pretty crowns can address each of these issues. They work great on top of implants. There are any equally important benefits to restoring a damaged, decayed, or severely blemished tooth with a custom-designed porcelain… 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… Read more »

Improve my smile

Improve my smile

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 »

Types of veneers and guidelines for choosing the right one for you

Types of veneers

So you have decided to get veneers to upgrade your smile. Do you know the different types of veneers available? 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, their ability to preserve your healthy teeth… Read more »

What Can Tooth Bonding Actually Do?

What Can Tooth Bonding 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 »

Smile makeover process | Getting pretty dentistry

Smile Makeover process

Smile improvement is an important part of cosmetic dentistry. 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 of your cosmetic concerns, upgrading how you look with the smile makeover process may seem complicated…. Read more »

Make Over Your Smile for a fresher, healthier look

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 »

Difficulty Chewing Food: Causes and Solutions

Difficulty chewing food

If you have difficulty chewing, it could be due to several different factors including weak, broken down, or missing teeth. Regardless of the reason, it’s important to address this issue right away. Proper chewing function is necessary for nutrition and overall health and wellness. In this informative article, we’ll explore: Statistics regarding chewing problems in… Read more »

Smile Problems?

Smile problems

Do you have smile problems that you have considered fixing? Your smile is a valuable asset, and as one of the most dominant features of your face, you’re probably more willing to show your smile when you’re proud of how it looks. Unfortunately, good dental hygiene isn’t always enough to preserve your smile’s appearance, and… Read more »

Perfect Smile | Get one with porcelain veneers

Perfect smile

One question cosmetic dentists often field is, “Can porcelain veneers deliver a perfect smile?”  The answer depends on your definition, as everyone has their own idea of what makes a smile perfect.   Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover smile imperfections, and when done right, they can produce a perfect smile. But not all… 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 »

Improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry

Improve your smile

Does your imperfect smile 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 address most issues, and often quickly and with natural looking results. Are you interested in how a… Read more »

Smile correction | What is involved?

smile correction

Are you in need of a smile correction? Have you dreamed of correcting and enhancing your smile. But a smile correction is not a one-size-fits-all treatment plan. It involves cosmetic procedures based on each patient’s individual dental needs and desires. There are many reasons someone may want to improve their smile, and there are several… Read more »

Questions About Veneers

Questions About 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 »

Teeth bonding | How, When, Why?

Questions about teeth bonding

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 »

Cosmetic smile changes that make big improvements

Cosmetic smile changes

Have you considered making some cosmetic smile changes? Cosmetic changes beyond upgrading your oral health. Simple things like teeth whitening and dental bonding can make a big improvement fast. If you don’t like the color of your teeth, then whitening treatment is a good way to start. If you have a bit of wear and… Read more »

Cosmetic Tooth Bonding Could Solve Smile Woes

cosmetic tooth bonding

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 tooth bonding can be a quick way to resolve many issues, such as chipped, stained or disproportionally small teeth? Through… Read more »

Can You Floss Better?

We can all learn to floss better. Particularly for individuals who have porcelain crowns or veneers – or individuals who have brightened their teeth with teeth whitening – daily hygiene means a healthy smile as well as maintaining a sparkling smile. If you have a solid handle on brushing your teeth and you schedule dental cleanings… Read more »

Teeth crowns can be absolutely beautiful

A teeth makeover gave this woman a nice smile

Teeth crowns can be used to restore teeth and to improve your smile. They are used when a tooth has sustained severe tooth damage, such as a broken tooth or severe cavity. When made well, they can be beautiful solutions that will blend seamlessly with your smile. You may qualify for a cosmetically pleasing type… Read more »

Design Your Smile: Step By Step

Design your smile

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 »

What Is A Cosmetic Dentist?

Dental treatments that improve the aesthetics  and function of a patient’s gums, teeth, or bite are considered cosmetic dentistry.  Your regular general dentist provides preventive dentistry to keep your teeth and gums healthy which includes a thorough oral examination, a professional dental cleaning, and x-rays. A true generalist dentist might do other treatments that commonly are… Read more »

How the Golden Proportion is used in 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 »

Artistic smiles | Design Your Smile Artistically

Artistic smiles

Fixing some front teeth with crowns is one thing but creating artistic smiles is quite another. Whitening your teeth brightens your smile, braces straighten your smile, but smile design revamps your whole smile. An artistic smile design can make your dreams for a beautiful Hollywood smile come true.

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Tooth Stains

When you look at your teeth you may think you are seeing the color of your enamel, and you are. Your tooth color, however, is a combination of your enamel, which is semi-translucent, and the color of your dentin. So if you thought your teeth were looking a bit shabby and you decided to whiten… Read more »

Full Mouth Rehabilitation | Restore you mouth

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. You may be familiar with cosmetic dentistry treatments such as veneers, dental implants, tooth whitening, etc., and you may think that they are… Read more »

Conservative Porcelain Veneers | Minimally Invasive Dentistry

Conservative Dentistry

Conservative porcelain veneers are playing a major role in high end cosmetic dentistry. There was a time when only movie stars and politicians could afford this type of cosmetic dentistry. Pictures of their before and after smiles were amazing, and often sent waves of envy through the average Joe. Nowadays, cosmetic dentistry is available and… Read more »