Posts Tagged: cosmetic dentist lake forest il

Lake Forest Dentist Treats Black Triangles between Teeth

Take a look at any magazine photo or advertisement: uniform, straight teeth in cosmetically beautiful smiles usually don’t have discernible gaps. So if you have tiny black triangles between two or more of your teeth, you may feel self-conscious about their appearance, or maybe have wondered how they got there. Unfortunately, black triangles can indicate… Read more »

Lake Forest IL Cosmetic Dentist: Your Guide to Teeth Whitening

Do you want a smile that will light up a room? If so, teeth whitening from your Lake Forest IL cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, may produce the effect you desire. Teeth whitening treatment is often effective in removing stains and brightening teeth multiple shades. As a result, patients who undergo whitening treatment tend to… Read more »

Can Green Tea Improve Your Oral Health?

Over the past few years, research has emerged touting the many health benefits of green tea. According to numerous studies, the soothing, warm elixir can lower your risk for a range of systemic diseases, including cardiovascular disorders and diabetes. Additionally, many health and beauty experts claim that green tea helps treat acne and calm puffy… 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 »

Lake Forest Dentist Explains Why Your Teeth Are Yellowing

Having yellow teeth can be very upsetting. If your teeth are not as white as they used to be, you may hide your smile, which can have a surprising impact on your day-to-day outlook. Research has shown that people who make a conscious decision to smile more often feel happier. Because our facial expressions are capable of affecting… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Choosing Beauty Over Health

You want a beautiful smile to help improve your appearance and confidence. The truth is, cosmetic procedures won’t solve all your dental problems. Dr. Fondriest can explain what you need to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. Fix Dental Problems Before Cosmetic Issues Your cosmetic treatments can’t do anything to fix damaged teeth. The Academy… Read more »

The Mighty Mandible

Of the 14 bones that make up your face, your mandible—lower jaw—is the largest and strongest. Unlike the other bones in your face, the mandible is not attached to your skull, and therefore has the incredible mobility that allows you to eat, speak, and spit. Time, diet, and dental work affect your mandible’s shape and… Read more »

Tooth Tattoos??

Today, body tattoos are wildly popular, particularly for people in their late teens to those hitting middle age. Reality television shows are dedicated to the culture surrounding body art, and tattoos are showing up everywhere – hands, wrists, necks, low-backs, feet, and teeth. Teeth? That’s right… there is such a thing as a tooth tattoo…. Read more »

Replace Missing Teeth with a Dental Bridge

Do you have missing teeth? Are you wondering how you should begin your consumer research about replacing them? The prosthetic dentistry field offers many solutions: implants, dentures, partials, and bridges. This blog post will give a brief overview of dental bridges so you can discuss with Dr. Fondriest whether a bridge the right option for… Read more »

Questions to Improve Your Smile

Can I improve my smile? Learn the options with a smile makeover consultation A nice smile contributes to overall health, happiness, and appearance. Before visiting Dr. Fondriest for a smile makeover consultation, take a few moments to evaluate your smile at home. Answer these questions to decide what’s most important to you. What do I… Read more »

The Truth Behind Enamel Reduction

It’s a tried and true fact that porcelain veneers are the most comprehensive, high quality smile makeover. While countless patients of Dr. James Fondriest have achieved the smiles of their dreams with porcelain veneers, one aspect of the procedure requires significant discussion with Dr. Fondriest when determining if veneers are right for you. Before traditional… Read more »

The Human Touch

It’s amazing just how far the field of dentistry has evolved thanks to modern day technology and science. For dental professionals today, it’s not enough to just keep your patients’ teeth clean. Continuing education courses and countless hours and dollars are constantly being spent to ensure that patients receive the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and high-quality… Read more »

Dr. Fondriest’s Advice About Teeth Whitening

It’s safe to say that teeth whitening is the most popular and requested cosmetic dental procedure today. The foods and drinks we consume (especially red wine, coffee, tea, and soda), daily habits (such as smoking and the use of tobacco products), everyday wear and tear (from biting, chewing, and grinding), and the natural aging process… Read more »

Breaking Down: Your Chicago Dentist Repairs Dental Damage

We all remember how the terror of a loose tooth was offset by the subsequent visit from the Tooth Fairy. However, we only get one set of adult permanent teeth, and losing one is hardly a cause for celebration. Proper oral hygiene is the most important part of caring for your teeth, but minimizing and… Read more »

Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Offers No-Prep Veneers

Dentists have placed porcelain veneers to correct imperfect smiles for years. Innovations in dental technology allow Dr. James Fondriest to offer minimal or no-preparation veneers. These dental restorations are ultra-thin (as thin as 0.2mm) and bond directly to the tooth, with minor to no tooth reduction. The ultra-thin veneers created at Lake Forest Dental Arts… Read more »

Beautiful Alternative Treatment Options to Traditional Dentures

Alternatives to Dentures When you are missing teeth, you may be embarrassed to smile or talk. Missing teeth are a sign of aging, and dentures, a traditional option to replace multiple teeth, are also associated with old age. But Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago cosmetic dentist, offers two alternatives to traditional dentures that could replace… Read more »

Chicago, See How Beautiful Dental Bridges Can Be

In a recent blog, we explained how dental bridges from Chicago cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest can replace missing teeth. Today, we will look at examples of the beautiful bridgework that Dr. Fondriest has placed for some of his patients. The bridges that Dr. Fondriest designs and places are created by a world-class ceramist. They… Read more »

Porcelain Dental Crowns Can Improve Your Smile!

Tooth breakage, decay, and failed dental work negatively affect the appearance and functionality of your teeth. Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago cosmetic dentist­­­­­, places top-quality porcelain crowns that will repair your teeth and improve the way you look. Unlike metal crowns, porcelain crowns from Lake Forest Dental Arts: Blend with the natural color of your… 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 »

Chicago, Porcelain Veneers Can Give You a New Look!

Porcelain veneers can hide flaws in your teeth to give you a gorgeous smile. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. James Fondriest provides state-of-the-art porcelain veneers. The veneers that Dr. Fondriest places are ultra-thin (which means they require less tooth removal), yet durable. And the technology used to bond veneers to teeth was originally developed… 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 »

Dental Bridges: The Right Fit to Replace Your Missing Teeth?

If you are missing teeth, it is important to replace them early because they can cause shifting or loss of remaining teeth, gum disease, or loss of jawbone density. Dentists offer a variety of options to replace teeth, including dental implants, partial dentures, and bridgework. Dr. James Fondriest, a Lake Forest, IL, cosmetic dentist, will… 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 »

Lake Forest Beware: 10 Foods and Beverages That Stain Teeth (Part 2)

Foods that Stain your Teeth Everyone wants a beautiful smile, and bright teeth are a big part of the package. That’s why products like at-home whitening systems and whitening toothpaste are so popular. But many of the foods and drinks we consume can stain our teeth and take away from their beauty. On Monday, you learned… Read more »

Flossing Tips from Your Chicago Dentist

Does flossing daily seem like a tedious, unnecessary task? Do you rarely or never floss? Perhaps you should understand how important flossing is. Brushing alone cannot remove all of the food debris and plaque that hides between your teeth. When you don’t floss, you put yourself at risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth… Read more »

80% Of Americans Have Gum Disease

Periodontal Disease, a chronic infection of the gums, is caused by bacterial plaque that accumulate on teeth and destroy the gums.  Plaque can build up on teeth if improper brushing and flossing habits have occurred, though some people are more prone to plaque buildup than others. Various medications and health conditions also contribute to the… Read more »

Oral Cancer Awareness

Cancer kills over two million people annually. Of these two million people, approximately 7,900 people will die from oral cancer. Oral cancer has a considerably high death rate because it is rarely detected in early stages.  The HPV virus has been shown to be responsible for a rise in incidence of oral cancer. Dentists are… 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 »

Are You Harming Your Teeth, Lake Forest?

You know how to properly brush your teeth. You go in for regular dental checkups and cleanings. So you’re doing all you can to protect your teeth, right? Wrong. If you are practicing bad habits or eating the wrong foods, you could unknowingly be damaging your teeth. These habits can cause damage to your teeth:… Read more »

Do you brush your teeth properly?

How to brush your teeth You might think proper brushing is common sense, but many intelligent people brush their teeth incorrectly. Brushing and flossing your teeth properly is the key to keeping your mouth healthy. You should use a different technique from the one you used as a kid. Adults and children should use slightly… 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 »

Give Your Smile a Lift

A great smile is important. It can give you confidence when interviewing for a new job, make you feel good enough to ask for that date with that someone special, or simply brighten the day of people you meet. But if you have an embarrassing, “gummy” smile, like the one pictured above, you probably hide… Read more »

Your Smile Makeover at Lake Forest Dental Arts

Are your teeth discolored, misshapen, uneven, crooked, or otherwise imperfect? If you’ve thought about a smile makeover, but you just can’t see how it’s practical, think again. Reports by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry tell us, people with an attractive smile are considered healthier, as well as more intelligent, successful, and friendly. A study… Read more »