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4217 E. 3rd Street , Bloomington, IN 47401

812-332-2000
Bloomington, IN Dentist
Lisa J. Baker, DDS
4217 E 3rd St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 332-2000
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By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
December 02, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Want to bleach your teeth to get that beautiful Hollywood smile?

Dr. Lisa J. Baker of Bloomington, IN, provides patients with bleaching and non-bleaching products to whiten teeth. A dental procedure Teeth-Whiteningnecessary for people who have stained or yellowed teeth.
 

How are teeth stained?

  • Foods and beverages like coffee, tea, sodas, red wines, and certain fruits or vegetables.

  • Chewing tobacco and smoking can stain teeth.

  • Inadequate brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash.

  • Several diseases affect enamel and expose dentin, the yellow layer under enamel, and certain treatments like radiation and chemotherapy can cause teeth discoloration.

  • Certain medications, antibiotics, tetracycline, and doxycycline, discolor teeth.

  • Certain dental materials like amalgam restorations, silver sulfide-containing materials, can cause graying of teeth.

  • Aging is natural but of course with that enamel gets worn away, revealing the yellow dentin.

  • Genetics dictates the natural color of enamel.

  • The environment can contribute to staining. Too much and excessive use of toothpaste containing fluoride and fluoride supplements may cause discoloration.

  • Trauma can disturb enamel as a child, causing discoloration to adult teeth.

 

So, how are teeth whitened?

Non-bleaching products are abrasive because the consist of strong chemicals that remove only surface stains on teeth but bleaching products, when used by your Bloomington family dentist, brighten your teeth several shades because they consist of peroxide.

Dr. Baker uses another method, other than bleaching. A flexible device is given to patients. A special gel is placed into the device and you're to place it over your teeth and wear it for a certain period of time. After removing the device, a second bleaching agent is applied on teeth and a special light activates the chemical to whiten teeth.

Need a consultation? If you have more questions about teeth bleaching, make sure you call your family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, in Bloomington, IN, at (812) 332-2000 today! Everybody deserves a great smile that makes them feel confident.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
July 24, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign  

Chances are good that you’ve heard of Invisalign treatment, the nearly invisible way to straighten teeth. Teens and adults all over the country are turning to Invisalign to get their ideal smile, and you could be a great candidate too if you are looking to fix a crooked or misaligned smile. From the office of our Bloomington, IN, dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, here are the benefits you’ll enjoy when you choose Invisalign:

Smile Preservation

Teeth that are crooked or misaligned can often wear away more quickly because the jaw is putting more pressure on certain teeth when biting and chewing. One way to prevent this problem is to get orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile and redistribute the weight evenly. By getting Invisalign you could end up protecting your teeth from serious damage.

Simple Oral Care

With traditional braces, it can be challenging to properly brush and floss around brackets and wires. After all, the last thing you want to deal with during orthodontic treatment cavities. Conversely, with Invisalign, you can actually remove your aligners prior to brushing and flossing, allowing you to care for your smile as you normally would.

No Need to Change Your Diet

Again, traditional braces come with a set of rules that don’t really apply to Invisalign. Besides making oral care easy you also won’t have to change your diet around to accommodate your treatment. Just remove your aligners prior to eating or drinking and you can still enjoy all of your favorite foods without worrying about damaging your braces.

Quicker Treatment

If you are an adult who is getting Invisalign from our Bloomington, IN, general dentist, then you may actually achieve results faster with Invisalign than you would with traditional braces (depending on the issues you are looking to correct, of course).

The average length of treatment with Invisalign is one year, however, you may get a straighter smile even sooner.

Interested? Give Us a Call

Are you interested in getting invisible orthodontic treatment? Wondering if Invisalign is right for you? If so, call our Bloomington, IN, dental practice today at (812) 332-2000 to schedule your consultation.