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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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Posts for: July, 2019

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.


By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
July 19, 2019
Category: Dental

I think we can all agree that it’s much easier to implement proper preventive care measures every day to reduce your risk for decay and gum disease rather than just waiting to treat the problem once it happens. According to the CDC, approximately one in four American adults have untreated tooth decay. Here’s why everyone can benefit from visiting our Bloomington, IN, family dentist Dr. Lisa Baker every six months for cleanings and dental checkups:

Prevent Oral Health Problems

This is the number one reason everyone, no matter how healthy they are, should visit a dentist twice a year. Even those patients who are thorough brushers and avid flossers can still miss spots, leaving plaque and tartar to buildup. If you don’t have plaque and tartar removed this can lead to decay and gum disease. While tartar cannot be removed with an at-home toothbrush, our Bloomington, IN, dental team has the right tools to remove it.

Early Detection

While the goal is always to enforce proper at-home oral care and positive habits to keep teeth and gums healthy, we know that sometimes problems still occur. Since many problems, particularly gum disease, don’t always cause symptoms many people may have serious oral health issues brewing that they don’t even know is happening. By coming in every six months we can pinpoint decay and other issues early on when they can either be reversed or properly managed without complications.

Screen for Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is another problem that may not always present with obvious symptoms or signs. Of course, our dental team knows exactly what to look for to detect suspicious growths, lesions and changes in tissue that you might overlook. An oral cancer screening is the most effective tool that we have for the early detection of oral cancer. This painless physical exam screening is performed during each checkup, only takes a minute to complete and could just save your life.

Is it time to schedule cleanings for the whole family? No matter when you last visited the dentist, it’s never too late to create a long, trusting relationship with Dr. Baker in Bloomington, IN, that will put you and your family’s needs first. Call our dental office at (812) 332-2000 today to schedule your next checkup!