Posts Tagged: chicago cosmetic dentist

Supporting Your Smile with High Quality Dentistry

By providing high quality dentistry and artistic dental work, we can help you enjoy your best smile. Dr. James Fondriest uses restorations to address cosmetic concerns as well as dental damage, such as decay, chips, or fractures. If you are simply looking to hide flaws that affect the quality of your smile, and not your health,… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry when You Have Bruxism

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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 »

Ask Your Dentist About White Fillings

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Cavities are common, and if you’ve never had one, then there’s a good chance that you still might at some point in your life. Fortunately, cavities aren’t typically difficult to deal with, especially if they’re detected and treated early. In many cases, treating cavities is even easier with the help of tooth-colored, white fillings, which… Read more »

Can You Be Immune To Cavities?

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Is it Decay Immunity or just good Cavity Prevention? Tooth decay is an international chronic infectious health disease in industrialized and developing countries, especially in young children. Early Childhood Caries (ECC) begins early in life, progresses rapidly, and causes immediate and long-term effects. People suffering from tooth decay, particularly untreated decay, and especially children, can… Read more »

A Lesson on the Types of Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers are a wonderful cosmetic restorations that can bring beauty and strength to imperfect teeth. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest can create gorgeous, high-quality porcelain veneers in various styles, that fit the needs and desires of patients. The First Porcelain Veneers Charles Pincus used the first porcelain veneers. The… Read more »

Your Lake Forest Dentist Discusses Porcelain Veneers

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On television and in the movies, an ultra-bright “Hollywood-smile” is essential. Have you ever watched a favorite film on Netflix only to wonder if the editing made the teeth so perfect and gleaming? Movie magic can work plenty of wonders, but it cannot change smiles. Dental professionals play that role! And had it not been… Read more »

Aggressive drilling: Will Veneers Ruin My Teeth?

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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 »

What Is A PFM Crown?

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Did something happen to your tooth that is far too severe for a dental filling? Perhaps you broke your tooth or are suffering from the effects of severe tooth decay. No matter the problem, a PFM crown is a wonderful solution to protect your remaining tooth, so you can avoid an extraction. In many cases,… Read more »

Stained Teeth? Solutions from Cosmetic Dentist

You’re getting ready for the job interview you’ve been thinking about for weeks. Your portfolio’s in line, you’ve practiced answering questions in the mirror, your outfit looks crisp, and your hair looks neat and stylish. But when you flash yourself a grin in the mirror, you see that yellowish or brownish discolorations make your smile… Read more »

Implant-Secured Bridgework Offers an Innovative Tooth Replacement Option

While some people blame the economic downturn and others blame the high sugar content in our diet, both sides agree that modern times aren’t great for American smiles. Indeed, approximately 178 million American adults are missing one or more teeth and the top three culprits are gum disease, tooth decay, and accidental loss during contact… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Discusses Diagnosing TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ refers to the tempromandibular joints that lay in either side of your face, where the jaw connects to the skull. Nestled within the joint is a cartilage disc that allows for full articulation of the jaw. Healthy TMJ function lets you to open and close your jaw with a smooth gliding motion. Any disruption… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Quality Dental Implant Restorations are Worth the Wait

So, you’ve lost a tooth. It’s not an ideal situation but instead of mourning for your missing tooth, you’ve done your research and decided that replacing it as soon as possible will preserve your oral health in the long run. You’ve read up on dental bridges but you have concerns that the enamel preparation involved… 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 »

Lake Forest Dentist Discusses the Connection Between Missing Teeth and TMJ Disorders

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nearly 70% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth. The primary causes of tooth loss in adult Americans include gum disease, tooth decay, and accidental injury. People tend to seek immediate treatment for teeth missing from the… Read more »

The Perils of Brighter Pearly Whites

Rich, delicious foods are great – in moderation. A flavorful wine is wonderful – in moderation. And teeth whitening can seriously improve a smile’s appearance – if used in moderation. For a few years now, the media has deemed people who over-bleach their teeth bleach-orexics. As a respected cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest condones professional… Read more »

Alcohol and Your Oral Health

It’s Friday, and maybe you and some coworkers are planning on celebrating the end of the work week with cocktails at happy hour. Perhaps you plan to spend the weekend watching baseball and drinking beer. While a couple of drinks probably won’t hurt, heavier drinking can have negative consequences for the health of your mouth…. Read more »

Obesity and Oral Health | Gum Disease and Obesity

More than one third of Americans are obese, and medical costs associated with obesity total roughly $150 billion. Obesity, defined as having excess body fat, is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and several types of cancer. But did you know it could affect your oral health? Today, our Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James… Read more »

Sensitive Teeth in Chicago

A bite of ice cream on a hot July day can be more painful than pleasurable if you have sensitive teeth. Today, our Lake Forest dentist Dr. James Fondriest shares some facts about why teeth become sensitive and what you can do about it. A Sensitive Subject Tooth sensitivity is caused by the exposure of… Read more »

Fuel Your Oral Health

Olympic champion Michael Phelps eats between six and ten pounds of food each day to fuel his body for grueling training sessions. His 10,000 to 12,000 calorie diet includes pancakes, eggs, French toast, cheese, pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. While it’s almost certain you don’t need to eat like a 2012 Olympian, there are several foods… Read more »

Energy Drinks Wage War on Teeth

Some of the most popular products available today are energy drinks. These energy drinks damage teeth. It comes as no surprise that Americans love the stuff. Between 30 and 50% of teens alone consume them. Contents of these drinks promise long-lasting energy boosts through caffeine, sugar, and herbal ingredients. The effectiveness and safety of these… Read more »

Yaeba: an Interesting Trend in Cosmetic Dentistry

Can you imagine spending a lot of money on cosmetic dentistry to intentionally make your teeth crooked and less than perfect? It might sound crazy, but it is a popular trend in Japan, particularly with Japanese women. “Yaeba,” as it is called, literally means “double tooth” in Japanese, and women are having cosmetic procedures to… Read more »

Advantages of No-prep Veneers in Lake Forest

Eighty percent of people aren’t happy with their smiles. If you fall into this category, you might benefit from no-prep veneers. This elective cosmetic treatment basically allows you to resurface your smile with tooth-colored restorative materials. Today, our Lake Forest cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest shares some facts about no-prep veneers. What are No-prep Veneers? For years,… Read more »

All About Dental Cleanings

Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day are certainly important steps to keeping your smile beautiful , but it’s also important to schedule professional cleanings and checkups every six months. Our Lake Forest dentist Dr. James Fondriest wants you to know the benefits of regular cleanings and examinations and how they… Read more »

Bruxism and Restorations in Chicago

Teeth grinding, known clinically as bruxism, is the repeated clenching of the jaw, sometimes causing tooth damage that can ultimately require restorative work. If you already have restorations, you might wonder if your bruxism will damage your new beautiful smile. Today, our Lake Forest cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest shares some helpful information about bruxism… Read more »

PFM Crowns in Lake Forest

Lake Forest dentist Dr. James Fondriest focuses on comprehensive esthetic restorative dentistry. He offers many services, including porcelain veneers, dental implants, and dental bridges. Today Dr. Fondriest would like you to know about porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, or PFM crowns. What is a Crown A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover, or “cap,” placed over a badly-damaged… Read more »

Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Raises Awareness for Osteoporosis

Did you know that June is National Osteoporosis Awareness month? In fact, about 25% of women in the United States will experience bone loss (osteoporosis) at some point in the lifetime—typically during or after menopause. Osteoporosis can lead to an increased risk for bone fracture. Many of our patients are surprised to learn that osteoporosis… Read more »

Dental Anatomy Explained by Your Chicago Restorative Dentist

How much do you know about the structure of your teeth and their functions? Your teeth are shaped and sized differently because each type of tooth serves different purposes when it comes to chewing and grinding food. If you’ve ever wondered about the anatomy of your teeth, our team at Dr. James Fondriest ‘s office have… Read more »

Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Honors Famous Dentists in History

Like other forms of medicine, dentistry has had a long, interesting history that dates back to ancient civilizations. For example, ancient Sumerians chewed on tree twigs to clean their teeth and ancient Egyptians used ground pumice and vinegar as dentifrice. Thankfully, brilliant minds in the past have contributed to what modern dentistry has become today…. Read more »

Chicago Dentist Discusses the Link Between Fibromyalgia and TMJ Disorder

Fibromyalgia, a debilitating and painful disorder, has been recently linked to TMJ disorder. According to a published study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, fibromyalgia patients possess a heightened risk for TMJ disorder and related symptoms. Dr. James Fondriest and our team at Lake Forest Dental Arts explain the relationship between fibromyalgia and TMJ… Read more »

Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Answers Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns FAQs

What are PFM crowns? Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, often called PFM crowns, are full tooth coverage dental restorations. Crowns cover the entire exposed portion of your tooth. These dental restorations are commonly used for building back tooth structure lost to dental injury or tooth decay. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, to correct misshapen teeth,… Read more »

Does TMJ Disorder Cause Your Migraines?

National Migraine Awareness Month If you or someone you know suffers from migraine headaches, you know that the pain can be debilitating. In fact, according to the National Headache Foundation, half of people surveyed with migraine headaches report that their headaches cause them to miss work and school. Even worse, 24% of those surveyed have… Read more »

Chicago Dentist Explains How to Protect Your Enamel against Acidic Drinks

Sports Drinks Linked to Enamel Erosion In our last dental blog on sports drinks, we learned that sports drinks are not as healthy as you might think. In fact, sports drinks have a deadly combination of sugar and acidity that can wreak havoc on your tooth enamel. Weakened enamel creates an environment for cavities, tooth… Read more »

Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Answers Artistic Dentistry FAQs

What is Artistic Dentistry in Lake Forest? Artistic dentistry involves the idea that porcelain veneers, dental implants, porcelain crowns, and other cosmetic restorations should be a “genuine artistic replication of nature.” This means our Chicago cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest will use artistic skill to comprehensively restore a smile and create natural-looking beauty. This type of… Read more »

Dental Stem Cell Research on the Rise

Tooth Banks Capitalize on New Scientific Studies A new business avenue is cropping up in the dental industry due to some exciting recent studies performed by Japanese researchers. Stem cells in teeth are becoming a viable option for alternatives to more controversial sources. Since this emerging evidence, tooth banks are becoming a popular business for… 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 »

Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Replaces Old Metal Fillings

Are Dark Fillings Holding You Back? Laugh your loudest, smile your biggest, and show off your pearly whites with abandon, with new tooth-colored fillings from our Chicago cosmetic dentist. Dr. Fondriest offers white composite resin and porcelain to replace amalgam and metal fillings. With white restorative dentistry, you no longer have to hide your unsightly… Read more »

Dr. Fondriest Discusses Celebrities with Cosmetic Dental Work

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that cosmetic dentists rank Natalie Portman’s smile as the best in Hollywood, followed by James Franco’s and Nicole Kidman’s. Annette Bening, Colin Firth, and Christian Bale came next. The dentists also reported on the most kissable mouths on the silver screen. For the females, Angelina Jolie came in… Read more »

Herbal Remedies for Your Teeth | Anti-inflammatory Herbs for Gums

Teeth Cleaning with Herbs This natural remedy comes from several cultures around the world as a preliminary toothbrush: chewing sticks. In India, the neem tree, or “Nature’s Pharmacy”, offered antibacterial properties that prevent plaque and clean teeth with the bristles of a frayed twig. In the early Americas, other trees like dogwood were popular “chaw… Read more »

Geographic Tongue and Other Conditions by Dr. Fondriest

What is geographic tongue? This oral health condition reflects its name by showing map-like lesions on the tongue. Tastebuds create “island-shaped” red sores where papillae are missing. While some people experience discomfort with geographical tongue, it has not been linked to any serious health conditions. The exact cause of geographic tongue is still unknown but… Read more »

Causes of Bruxism | Teeth Grinding

What is bruxism? Bruxism is a serious dental health condition. Grinding your teeth can create tiny lesions on your tooth enamel. Even though enamel is harder than platinum, this outer surface will begin to erode with severe grinding pressure over extended periods. Sufferers of bruxism wear down their enamel by clenching their jaw during the… Read more »

Quiz: Test Your Dental Knowledge

Dental Health Questions How much do you know about your dental health? Chicago cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest wants his patients to know some basic information about preventive dental hygiene, cosmetic dentistry services, and restorative dental work. You can quiz yourself with the following seven questions and check your answers by clicking “Continue Reading”. Q… Read more »

Why Biting Your Nails is Bad for Your Health

More Than Just a Nervous Habit Almost everyone has a nervous habit. Some people continually adjust their clothing, some women twirl their hair, and others bite their nails. While some nervous habits are harmless, some habits, like the latter can be detrimental to your health. Nail Biting Spreads Bacteria If you remember your mother telling… Read more »

Chicago Dentist Describes How Chocolate Benefits Teeth

Today is National Truffle Day, a day to celebrate the sweet confection invented in France in 1895. While we caution against the sugar and fat contents of truffles, new research points to evidence of dental health benefits from chocolate. You read correctly; chocolate can be good for your teeth. Chicago dentist, Dr. Fondriest explains some… Read more »

Chicago Dentist Explains How to Preserve Cosmetic Dental Work

Floss to Help Prevent Porcelain Veneer Staining You may have heard that porcelain veneers are stain resistant and can help brighten your teeth, but proper oral hygiene is still necessary to keep your veneers sparkling white. The thin porcelain shells that make up veneers are less porous than natural teeth, making them more resistant to… Read more »

Foods that Improve Your Oral Health

Strawberries Can Help Whiten Teeth Unlike most colorful berries,  such as blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, that stain your teeth, strawberries can actually whiten your teeth. Malic acid, an organic compound found in strawberries, works to lightly remove stains and whiten teeth. Malic acid in excess can cause foods to become extremely tart and irritate the… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Mouthwashes

Not All Mouth rinses Are the Same Generally, there are two types of mouthwashes: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwashes can temporarily cover bad breath with a pleasant taste. These rinses do not contain the ingredients which fight bacteria; therefore, the source of bad breath is untouched. Additionally, cosmetic rinses do not treat plaque, reduce the… Read more »

A Short History of Toothpaste from Your Lake Forest Dentist

The modern consumer now has the option of hundreds of flavors, colors, brands, textures, sizes, and health claims of contemporary toothpastes. Just like most hygiene products, the history of toothpaste had its dark days. Here is brief history of the evolution of toothpaste into the booming industry it has become today. The earliest forms of… Read more »

What Is In Your Toothpaste?

After staring at the toothpaste aisle in your grocery store for several minutes still undecided about your choice of toothpaste, consider this: while not all toothpastes are created equal, they almost all have the same basic ingredients. Chicago cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest wants you to get to know more about the sticky paste you… Read more »

Dentures vs. Dental Implants in Chicago

There are many reasons for tooth loss. Gum disease is the most common cause for missing teeth in adulthood. Whether you have lost your teeth to injury, infection, extraction, or any other number of reasons, you understand the discomfort that comes with eating and speaking. Some patients are embarrassed to show their smile because of… 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 »

Root Canal Awareness in Chicago

Did you know that the last week of March is devoted to raising Root Canal Awareness? It’s true. The American Association of Endodontists and dentists throughout the country use this week to dispel myths and misconceptions about root canal therapy. Unfortunately, root canal procedures have a bad reputation. Just saying the words “root canal” may… Read more »

Chicago Dentist Explains Tooth Discoloration

Do you have tooth discoloration? Does your smile appear dull or discolored? Did you know that stains and discoloration can involve both the external parts of your teeth and internal tooth structures? Understanding the cause of tooth discoloration is an important part of assessing your oral health and improving the appearance of your smile. Some… Read more »

Chicago Dentist Discusses Soda and Your Oral Health

Soda can wreak havoc on your teeth—even the diet varieties. Sodas contain acid and sugar; a combination that contributes to dental caries. Strong acid erodes tooth enamel while sugar nourishes harmful bacteria in your mouth. Although diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners, they still contain phosphoric, citric, and ascorbic acid. When your teeth are exposed to… Read more »

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers Explained by Your Chicago Dentist

Our cosmetic dental expert, Dr Fondriest, offers artistic restorations and cosmetic enhancements to patients in the Chicago area. One of our most popular cosmetic services involves bonding porcelain veneers. This cosmetic procedure addresses many smile imperfections by carefully placing cosmetic enhancements over the front of your teeth. Made from porcelain, veneers are thin shell-like coverings… Read more »

Chicago Dentist Celebrates National Nutrition Month

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics designates the month of March as National Nutrition Month. This organization strives to educate people in the United States on the importance of eating a balanced diet. A recent government study conducted by the Center for Disease Control found that Americans are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. The… Read more »

Gum Disease Myths Dispelled by Your Chicago Dentist

Gum disease is common. Recent findings show up to 80% of the population in the United States has gum disease. Despite the fact that gum disease is very common, many patients lack awareness and information on the disease. Early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) are reversible with regular dental cleanings and thorough oral hygiene. If… 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 »

Foods that Harm Your Teeth: Your Chicago Dentist Explains

Most people strive to eat healthy for reasons other than protecting their oral health. We may be avoiding bacon to lower our cholesterol or forgoing desert to achieve a trim waistline. Since oral health is connected to your total well being, foods that promote a healthy mouth also promote a healthy body. Dr. James Fondriest… Read more »

Dental Cavity Facts from Your Chicago Dentist

Dental cavities are a common dental ailment. Despite the prevalence of cavities, tooth decay is a serious condition. Tooth decay must be addressed by dental treatment. Over time, cavities will become larger and may infect the sensitive interior structures of teeth. Dr. James Fondriest addresses cavities with white restorations that help prevent further dental damage… Read more »

Bad Dental Habits You Should Avoid

Are you harming your teeth? Surprisingly, many of our patients are unaware that many habits are detrimental to their oral health. For patients who have recently had restorative or cosmetic dental work, these bad dental habits may affect the appearance and function of their smiles. Dr. James Fondriest wants his patients to preserve their smiles… Read more »

Interesting Tongue Facts from Your Chicago Dentist

In other blog posts we discussed the functions and importance of your tongue. The tongue is surprisingly vital to oral functions such as chewing, speaking, and swallowing and is a very intriguing part of our anatomy. Dr. James Fondriest and our staff in our Lake Forest Office have posted some interesting facts about the tongue that… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Your Tongue

The tongue is one of the most overlooked parts of the mouth. You have probably been told many times not to neglect brushing your tongue when you clean your teeth. Despite being frequently forgotten, your tongue is very important. The tongue has three major functions. It assists with chewing food and pronouncing words properly along… Read more »

Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays Explained by Your Chicago Dentist

Experienced with enhancing smiles, Dr. James Fondriest utilizes crowns, inlays, and onlays in restorative dentistry. Crowns, inlays, and onlays are restorative methods that save decayed and worn-down teeth from extraction while also restoring the function of damaged teeth. When possible, our team at Lake Forest Dental Arts strives to restore smiles with conservative approaches. The… Read more »

Historical Dental Trivia from Your Chicago Dentist

In honor of Presidents’ Day, Dr. James Fondriest and our staff at Lake Forest Dental Arts have composed some interesting trivia on George Washington’s oral health. Despite his ability to rally troops at Valley Forge and effectively lead our country as the first President of the United States, George Washington was plagued with oral health… Read more »

“Do I Need to Sanitize My Toothbrush?”

Many patients inquire about how they should take care of their toothbrushes. For our patients wondering about toothbrush replacement and storage guidelines, our staff answers commonly asked questions below that are in accordance with the American Dental Association’s guidelines. Should I Buy a Special Solution to Sanitize My Toothbrush? At the least, we recommend that… 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 »

Tips for Dental Injuries

What to do after a Dental Injury Occurs Although Dr. James Fondriest and his team are extensively experienced with cosmetic dentistry, they can also restore your smile from traumatic dental injuries. We understand that dental injuries are frightening and anxiety inducing. To help ease our patients’ minds, we are here to serve you compassionately throughout… Read more »

Alternatives to Drinks That Stain Your Teeth

If you start your morning with coffee or finish an evening off with red wine, you might be staining your teeth. These beverages, along with cola and many others, are notorious for causing extrinsic tooth stains. Many of our patients can ease the incidence of these stains with regular dental cleanings and comprehensive daily oral… Read more »

“Why Does My Dentist Recommend Fluoride?”

Dr. James Fondriest and our staff recommend that our patients use fluoride in their daily health regimens. Fluoride is found in many types of toothpaste and provides numerous benefits to dental health. What is Fluoride? A mineral on the periodic table, fluoride naturally occurs in food and water.  For example, underground water sources often naturally… Read more »

Cosmetic Smile Enhancements

These days, people are very concerned with appearances. Everyone worries about needing to be tan, thin, and fashionable. In fact, about $100 billion is spent in hair care each year. On the contrary, only about $50 billion is spent each year on dental treatments and cleanings. Consider the benefits of a cosmetic smile enhancement. While… Read more »

Smile Care After Curry

Some ingredients add vibrant color to your meal, but also to your teeth. As you enjoy your spices on January 12 for Curried Chicken Day, keep in mind that this ingredient is not very tooth-friendly. Fortunately, Dr. Fondriest can restore your curry tooth stains back to pearly white The curry spice is rich in yellow… Read more »

Honoring Your Dentist

Your smile needs to receive the best dental care available to stay healthy and beautiful. Education, experience, and technique are some of the main qualities people look for when searching for a new dentist. Dr. James Fondriest has numerous awards, honors, and recognitions that make him favorable to so many patients. Honorary Organizations Dr. Fondriest… Read more »

Our Commitment to You

In a world that’s constantly introducing new scientific and technological advancements, it’s easy for medical professionals to lose sight of the importance of personalized, caring doctor-patient relationships. Chicago cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest realizes the need for each and every one of his patients to have a personal, comfortable experience in our Lake Forest dental… Read more »