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Small Cosmetic Dental Enhancements that make a Big Difference


Good oral health and perfectly aligned teeth come to mind when you think about the components of a perfect smile. While many people are diligent about oral hygiene – brushing and flossing daily, they may still feel self-conscious about their smile due to small gaps between their teeth, staining, or crooked teeth. You may not necessarily need a smile makeover that yields dramatic results. But there are small cosmetic dental enhancements that can make a big difference in your smile. Today on the blog, our Lake Forest cosmetic dentists share a few options you could explore to enhance your smile to one that makes you feel confident.

Teeth Whitening

Yellow, dingy teeth can make a smile lackluster. Most people experience teeth staining due to the natural aging process and from the foods and beverages consumed. You can minimize teeth stains by taking exceptional care of your teeth and going to the dentist for cleanings twice a year. However, sometimes a little more effort is needed. That’s where professional teeth whitening can help. Teeth whitening in Lake Forest is available at our dental office, and it can whiten your teeth significantly. We offer KoR Teeth Whitening system and Zoom! Whitening. Our dentists near you in Lincolnshire can help you decide which teeth whitening system is right for your smile needs. If you’re happy with your tooth alignment and don’t have any other cosmetic issues to address other than wanting a brighter smile, then teeth whitening may be the right choice.

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is an in-office treatment that doesn’t require a dental lab to fabricate restorations. It’s ideal for patients wanting to conceal a small gap between their front teeth or those with slightly crooked teeth that want to have the appearance of perfectly straight teeth. The material is a composite resin blended to match your natural tooth enamel for the most natural look. Our expert cosmetic dentist in Lake Forest sculpts the material before curing it with a special light and then smooths and polishes it to complete the procedure.


Patients looking for a more permanent solution than cosmetic bonding may want to consider porcelain veneers. Veneers are Hollywood’s secret to perfect smiles, although you don’t have to be a movie star to get veneers. It takes a couple of weeks to get the results because the veneers are handmade from impressions of your teeth and bite. But the results are stunning and can hide multiple imperfections at once like hide stained teeth, conceal twisted or slightly crooked teeth, close gaps, or hide chipped or irregularly shaped teeth. The porcelain can be chosen in a shade that matches your surrounding teeth if you’re only getting one or two. However, for patients that wish to cover all their front teeth with veneers, a whiter shade can be chosen to give a brighter appearance to their smile.


Are you an adult with crooked teeth but cringe at the idea of getting metal braces? Then Invisalign may be the right choice to help you achieve perfectly straight teeth. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners designed specifically for your orthodontic needs without using metal brackets or wiring. Most patients can achieve results in as little as 12-18 months, although the length of treatment varies. Schedule a consultation with our Lake Forest Invisalign providers to find out if you could benefit from treatment.

Modernize Your Old Dental Work

Another way to upgrade your smile is to modernize your existing dental work. If you have gold crowns or metal fillings, those can be obvious when talking or smiling. Therefore, tooth-colored restorations like porcelain crowns, veneers, or composite bonding may enhance your smile so that you feel more confident. Speak with our dentists to determine if you could benefit from metal filling replacement in Lake Forest or want to modernize your existing dental work.

Cosmetic Dentists in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire, IL

Enhancing your smile doesn’t have to mean getting a complete overhaul like a smile makeover. Instead, small changes can make a big difference when choosing the treatments right for you. To learn more about your cosmetic dental options, please call Lake Forest Smiles at (847) 234-4800 to schedule a consultation or contact us online today.

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