Chicago Dentist
3500 Western Ave, #101
Highland Park, Illinois 60035 US
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5 out of 5 stars Porcelain Veneers

TMJ and Dental Results that Changed My Life!

Terrific results. Did cosmetic veneers on the upper teeth years ago. Had TMJ issues with jaw, bite, headaches and alignment. Wore a custom designed and built orthotic which changed my life, eliminating my TMJ issues as well as opening up my sinuses after a lifetime of congestion. Finally moved forward after years with the orthotic device (like a retainer) and had my lowers done. Now, no...

5 out of 5 stars Dental Crown

I Would Wish to Say This is a Denture Not Dental Crown. Flutist Needs to Keep Playing and It Works! - Gurnee, IL

I am so pleased with my Dentist, he kept me playing, improved my bite and I am so happy with how I look. Other dentists/denturists really ruined how my face appeared and the wrong dentures can add years and years. I know. I am 56 and looked 65 in the old dentures and these I look great and they are pretty. Thanks Doc for helping me so very much. I had a dental facelift! Thanks again. Go...

5 out of 5 stars Orthognathic Surgery

48 Year Old Man, Jaw Alignment & TMJ Problems for Years - Highland Park, IL

Had horrible sharp pain in my jaw when I bit down.. very scary. Bite was misaligned, jaw and teeth position was off. Conventional dental solution = shatter your jaw, wire you up for 6 months & you eat through a straw, let rebuild the bones anew. Instead, Dr. Ira used a plastic retainer-like appliance to quite literally FIX my bite, jaw and face! Absolutely Amazing Results.

Personal Statement

I have spent my professional career on the cutting edge of newest and best techniques. I specialize in the fields of Cosmetic Reconstruction with ceramic restorations, Dental Sleep Medicine, Neuromuscular Dentistry, Dental Facelifts, Implants and Treatment of TMJ disorders and migraine.


American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)

Awards & Recognition

Professional Recognitions:
Chair, Alliance of TMD Organizations
Secretary, ICCMO
Chair, Alliance of TMD Organizations
National and International Lecturer, ICCMO
National Lecturer, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
Author of chapter in Textbook of Anti-Aging Medicine
Award for lecture in Argentina, Development Pathways of TMJ and Sleep Apnea
Four Patents on Stem Cells
Dental Editor, Sleep and Health Journal
Published Editorials, Cranio Journal
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Shapira has hospital affiliations at Previous Assistant Professor Rush Medical School.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BS in Microbiology, Ohio State University
    Dental: DDS, Loyola University Chicago
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Fellowship: International College CranioMandibular Orthopedics

Treatments offered at Think Better Life a division of Chicagoland Dental Sleep Medicine

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Are veneers an option to have a better look? (Photo)

Yes you can do beautiful veneers to give yourself the look you desire. I always suggest 4 veneers or 8-10 veneersIN GENERAL SIX VENEERS IS A COSMETIC... READ MORE

Concerned about teeth extraction in order to fix top teeth overjet and bottom teeth crowding. Is this common procedure? (photo)

I would be very leary of having the extractions and it could lead to sleep apnea or snoring problems in the future. It is possible to widen the... READ MORE

Is my face really asymmetrical? More than normal? (Photo)

Assymetries of the face are often due to underdeveloped maxillas.  This can be addressed by DNA Appliance in many patients.  There is insufficient i... READ MORE

Can I get my teeth extracted and do Invisalign? I really don't want to go back to braces unless that's the best option. (Photo)

Your orthodontics did not address your underlying problem of an underdeveloped maxilla.  You already have deep nasolabial grooves.I would suggest ... READ MORE

Any other options besides dentures? (photo)

I would suggest transitioning into a snap-in provisional prosthesis utilizing current implants if possible.  Then get evaluated for bone grafts with a... READ MORE

How many veneers do I need? (photos)

Your pictures indicate that a minimum or 10 veneers on top would be needed.  You have a narrow maxilla and well you can give yourself a great smile ... READ MORE

How to fix crossbite, minor underbite, and resulting jaw pain? (Photo)

Do not do veneers or prosthetic correction at this time.  Excellent results in Esthetic Dentistry always demand a healthy physiologic condition of ... READ MORE

Is there a problem with my bite? Braces taken off two years ago, wear retainer every night, but my bite still looks incorrect...

Understanding both the esthetic issues and functional issues is important. The stiff jaw and cracking is a sign of a TMJoint issue. Typically the... READ MORE

Can my diastema be fixed? (photo)

Growing your Posterior Maxilla and Mandible wider will allow the formation of a wide U-shaped arch while retracting anterior teeth.. The DNA Appliance... READ MORE

can my front teeth be fixed? (photos)

You have a narrow maxilla and a four tooth smile. Ideally you would have had palatal expansion between 3- 8 years old to orthopedically grow your... READ MORE

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DNA mRNA Appliance for Sleep Apnea — 2 Weeks Later

An individual treated by Dr. Ira Shapira explains how the DNA mRNA appliance has helped with sleep apnea, chronic exhaustion, retrognathia, and crowded teeth after two weeks of use. WATCH VIDEO

Breathing Better and Sleeping Better — A Review of the DNA Appliance

A student offers a brief account to Dr. Ira Shapira of how breathing and sleeping has improved after using the DNA appliance, and how these changes have positively impacted her scholastic experience. WATCH VIDEO

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