Windy City Smiles is Chicago’s premier dental practice. We are pioneers in Cosmetic Dentistry and Laser Dentistry, which allows us to deliver No-Shot / No-Pain Dentistry ensuring our patients receive the finest care and highest-quality minimally invasive treatment available.
While we view oral health as a vital component to the total health and well-being of our patients, our focus is not limited to dentistry. Our mission is to ensure that each individual remains healthy in all aspects of their lives.
At Windy City Smiles we know your life doesn’t revolve around your teeth, but high-quality dental care is important to you. Therefore, our bi-lingual and specially trained staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality care in the least amount of time to get you back enjoying the things your life does revolve around.
Windy City Smiles uses the latest technology to provide you and your family with the highest quality care. We have replaced our traditional dental drill with the Biolase® Waterlase® laser to provide No-Shot / No-Pain Dentistry ensuring our patients receive the finest care and highest-quality treatment available.
Our laser uses a combination of water and light to replace the drill. The laser energizes the water droplets and the droplets actually do the work! We can use the laser for the following procedures:
- Teeth Whitening
- Root Canal
- Cosmetic Gum Recontouring
- Soft tissue procedures (such as smile re-design)
- Dental Surgery
- Canker/Cold sores
- Aphthous Ulcer treatment
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
This state of the art technology provides numerous benefits to the patient. Here are the most important benefits to you:
- Many patients find that with the Waterlase®, they no longer need painful, uncomfortable anesthetic shots. They leave the office without feeling numb!
- You will be out of our office quicker, because the Waterlase® enables us to work faster than with the traditional drill. This means that you and your family are out of the chair and back to enjoying life as soon as possible.
- If you are disturbed by the whine of the dental drill you will be pleasantly surprised at the quietness of the laser.
- Your fillings last longer because the laser enables them to bond more securely to your teeth.
The Waterlase® makes surgical procedures more comfortable because there is less bleeding, less swelling and faster healing than with using traditional instruments.
Dr. Frances Cavero has been practicing in the Chicago area for over 15 years. Her passion for dentistry started early — she comes from a family of dentists and health care professionals. Dr. Cavero earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Chicago’s Northwestern University and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University.
For Dr. Cavero, patients come first. She strives to educate her patients so that they are aware of all treatment options and any decision they make is a thoughtful, informed decision. She stays up to date on the latest technologies, procedures and equipment to make sure she provides the highest quality care – and her patients can tell.
One way Dr. Cavero stays on the cutting edge is through her affiliations in the following organizations:
- American Dental Association
- Chicago Dental Society
- Illinois Dental Society
- International Association of Orthodontics
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- American Association for Functional Orthodontics
- Mid-American Orthodontic Society
Dr. Cavero enjoys using her dental skills to inspire confidence in her patients. Her care enables patients to feel a real transformation that improves their self-confidence and comfort in social settings.
We offer a variety of general and cosmetic dental services. In the general and family realm of dentistry, we provide general examinations, oral cancer screenings, digital x-rays (80% less radiation), soft-tissue management programs, and long-term dental health strategies.
Our cosmetic dentists use the highest quality materials (veneers, crowns, & implants) to create the smile of your dream. We offer complimentary cosmetic consultations for those interested in cosmetic & restorative dentistry.
|Dental implants are used to maintain bone structure and replace some or all of your teeth. Unlike dentures, implants are not removable. They are surgically implanted in your jaw and actually fuse with the jawbone providing stable support to artificial teeth, preventing bridges or dentures from shifting in your mouth.The advantages of implants include:
|The All-on-4® treatment concept consists in establishing a permanent, fully customized acrylic bridge which is screw-retained on four titanium implants. This bridge which replaces the entire upper and / or lower set of teeth is inserted on the same day that the teeth are extracted.The advantages of All-on-4®:
|Orthodontics are commonly called “braces”. They are used to straighten teeth that are misaligned and to correct common structural problems such as overbites. Although some of these problems may not appear severe, over time they can cause teeth to wear out prematurely. Today braces come in colors that blend in with your natural teeth and often are hard for others to notice.In-Ovation comes in three styles that look great and are comfortable to wear. Ask your doctor which In-Ovation bracket is best for you!Which In-Ovation is Right for Me?In-Ovation R is smaller and has a lower profile than other self-ligating brackets. With no elastic or metal ties, you will have less irritation, less plaque build-up and less difficulty keeping your teeth clean.Watch this quick video to learn about In-Ovation RIn-Ovation C is a translucent ceramic bracket that offers fast and comfortable treatment with the added benefit of high aesthetics.Watch this quick video to learn about In-Ovation CIn-Ovation L MTM offers a superb alternative to tray aligners for patients requiring 6mm of movement or less. Completely invisible, L MTM self-ligating “quick clips” work within a few short months to give you the perfect smile you have always wanted.Watch this quick video to learn about In-Ovation L MTM|
|Windy City Smiles uses a variety of methods to whiten teeth. This treatment is great for smokers and coffee drinkers whose teeth have darkened; or for people whose teeth have darkened naturally over time. Laser treatments can be used to whiten even the darkest teeth (Tetracycline Stains) with astounding results. For less severe cases, a peroxide gel treatment can be used.|
|In the past, dentists were limited to filling cavities with amalgams, which are metallic and silver colored. In addition to not appearing attractive, these fillings could cause your teeth to become sensitive and/or stained from the silver. This could darken the tooth. With the advances in modern dentistry, dentists are now able to provide fillings that look more natural. We offer the latest ceramic materials that restore and strengthen your teeth and look natural because they match the color of the rest of your teeth. These composites last much longer than the amalgams because in addition to filling the cavity, the composite bonds to your tooth.|
If you want a smile that’s your crowning glory, you may need a crown — or dental cap – to restore your tooth to its normal shape and size. A porcelain crown (also called a cap) covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth. Our Avondale neighborhood Dental Office which serves Irving Park residents, specializes in providing Porcelain Crowns to our Chicago Dental patients.The advantages of crowns include:
Although porcelain crowns require the reduction of more tooth structure than veneers, they are generally stronger than veneers.
Porcelain crowns look like natural teeth and are often stronger than the original teeth. A new crown should last between six to eight years. Crowns, however, can last much longer with the application of good oral hygiene and supervision. On the other hand, teeth grinding, ice chewing, and fingernail biting could significantly decrease a crown’s duration.
Uneven, chipped or discolored teeth are the easiest dental flaws to spot. The application of porcelain veneers, however, can turn those flaws into assets.A porcelain veneer (also called a laminate) is a thin glass-like shell of porcelain that fits over any problem teeth.
The advantages of porcelain veneers include:
Veneers can be applied in just two visits, require little or no anesthesia and are well suited to repairing front teeth. To read more about the veneer procedure, click here. Maintenance is a simple matter of routine oral care, based on regular brushing, flossing and rinsing.
Call Windy City Smiles today at (773) 588-SMILE (7645) or email us to schedule your appointment and learn more about porcelain veneers.
Dentures are used to replace missing or damaged teeth. They are made of acrylic resin and are removable. Dentures can replace either some or all teeth. Dentures can help make speaking easier, improve your chewing and help your digestive system. They can also provide support for your facial muscles.
Bridges are permanent replacements for missing teeth. They can be made of porcelain or ceramics/composites to match your existing teeth. They differ from dentures in that you do not have to remove them overnight. Bridges are created by using your existing teeth as “anchors” for the replacement of the missing teeth.
“I went to see Dr. Cavero to have a cavity filled. Normally, I cringe when I think about having to get a shot to take away the pain. However, Dr. Cavero used a laser to treat my cavity, not a regular drill. I was amazed. I didn’t have any shot and I didn’t feel anything the whole time she was drilling my tooth. In fact, I couldn’t even tell my tooth was being drilled. I was also pleasantly surprised because the process was a lot faster than when a traditional drill is used.
I would highly recommend laser dentistry to anyone who doesn’t like getting the shot of anesthetic. I will definitely return to Dr. Cavero because of the high quality of care she provides and because the laser is incredible!”Brian, Chicago, Illinois
“I went to see Dr. Cavero to have my teeth whitened. I have been a tea and coffee drinker and I had noticed that my teeth were darkening to a gray hue. Dr. Cavero offered a wide range of options; but recommended the best one for me. I chose to go with the 1 hour whiting treatment. In just one hour my teeth turned eight shades lighter. I was very pleased and would recommend this treatment to anyone.”Marisa, Chicago, Illinois
“Hello, my name is Mimi W. I am 39 years old, married mother of two, and a Middle School teacher. I was born in 1964 prematurely with upper respiratory complications. The chronic bronchitis that I endured throughout my childhood was treated back then with tetracycline. Doctors were unaware of the repercussions of this antibiotic until years later. Needless to say, when my permanent teeth came in they were severely stained.
As far back as I can remember, I was always told by my dentists at each six month cleaning and check up that there was nothing that could be done for the stains. Tetracycline stained permanent teeth from the inside out. I was always very self-conscious of the way they looked, so I rarely smiled.
A former dentist of mine had suggested veneers. This would require chiseling down my teeth. Other than the stains, I had never had a single cavity. What more could I want? Dentists would rave at the fact that my teeth were almost perfect. Almost was not enough for me, so I sought out a second opinion.
Dr. Cavero introduced me to the advanced laser treatment. I was assured that this state of the art procedure would remove the unsightly stains. It was a miracle! The results were phenomenal! I could not believe my eyes! I could finally smile without feeling self-conscious after all these years. Upon completing the treatment, impressions of my teeth were made so that I could follow up with a bleaching system in the comfort of my own home.
Friends and family have noticed the difference. My mother in law Pat was one of the first ones to comment. “Mimi…your teeth…they look fantastic! In the 15 years that I have known you, I wondered what caused the damage to your teeth, and I was always afraid to ask.” I shared my recent experience with her, and she agreed that I had made a very wise decision. My close friends and colleagues were mesmerized with my new smile.
This wonderful experience took place over a year ago. I am thrilled to say that I am smiling more than ever. My prayers had been answered!”Mimi, Atlanta, Georgia