Design Your Smile Artistically

Whitening your teeth brightens your smile…braces straighten your smile…but a smile design revamps your whole smile. An artistic smile design can make your dreams for a Hollywood smile come true. In today’s blog your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains the ins and outs of the artistic smile design.

What’s Involved

With an artistic smile design the dentist and patient work closely together to establish the patient’s expectations and desires. When the person’s goals are fully developed and understood by both the patient and the dentist, a full assessment of the patient’s present smile is completed. During the assessment the dentist will document the following with photographs:

  • The patient’s facial asymmetries
  • Lip drape
  • Movement patterns
  • How the teeth display in all directions during normal speech and while smiling


At this point, based on the documentation, the dentist collaborates with the patient planning each step to the final outcome. There are many ways to reach the final outcome, and when the patient understands their options they can make informed decisions so they are pleased with the final result. The following are taken into consideration when planning an artistic smile design:

  • The patient’s schedule
  • Temperament
  • Motivation
  • Willingness
  • Planned financial investment

During this process Dr. Fondriest tries to help his patient’s decide what is best for them by supplying realistic information and examples. Treatments that may be required, or determined by choice, for an artistic smile design include tooth extraction, gum lift, veneers, crowns, dental implants, cosmetic bonding, and bleaching.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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