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.

Artistic Dentistry Is Required for Natural-looking Smile Enhancements

Most people have heard of professional whitening, and even know that porcelain veneers could help improve their smiles. But not everyone knows how these treatments work, or more importantly, if they can provide beautiful yet natural-looking results. The answer is yes, these and other cosmetic treatments can be used to enhance a smile’s natural beauty, rather than replacing imperfections with unnaturally bright or white teeth.

After all, the point of a smile makeover isn’t to create artificial-looking results. It’s to create a noticeably improved yet natural-looking smile.

To achieve a truly great makeover, you must first consult with your cosmetic dentist about the hopes you have for your smile makeover. This could include hiding noticeable imperfections like spacing issues between teeth, or proportion issues of the teeth themselves, or even problems with the gum tissue. But it could also involve staining, or wear that has caused your smile to look older than you’d like.

The dentist’s job, then, is to first understand your concerns, and then use his or her own artistry to carefully design improvements that will leave you with a smile for which you can feel proud.

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.

Better Smile Design with Technology

The first step to performing any dental treatment is to perform a careful examination to determine what issues need to be addressed, and the best way to address them. Using advanced imaging and diagnostic technology, including 3D imaging and digital X-rays, we can perform comprehensive treatment planning that ensures optimal precision and results. You can even view a digital model of how your smile will look after some treatments so you can make more informed decisions about your dental care.

Advanced, Lifelike Dental Materials

For many cosmetic and restorative procedures, certain materials are needed to modify or improve your tooth structure. The more lifelike and discreet those materials are, the more attractive the results of your treatment will be. With options such as highly customizable dental porcelain and tooth-colored composite resin, we can create crowns, veneers, bridges, dentures, tooth fillings, and more that are virtually indistinguishable from your healthy, natural teeth.

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.