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Lisa J. Baker, DDS
4217 E 3rd St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
(812) 332-2000
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By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
May 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Find out if professional teeth whitening is the cosmetic treatment your smile needs.Whitening

Even though you love coffee you certainly don’t love the yellowing and stains that it causes your smile. We feel you! It’s never fun to notice that your once radiant smile is anything but. No matter whether you have a special occasion coming up or you just want to give yourself a little makeover, our Bloomington, IN, cosmetic dentist Dr. Lisa Baker is here to explain why professional teeth whitening might be the best approach for your smile.

Why choose in-office teeth whitening?

When you want a significantly whiter smile fast, our in-office whitening system is truly the best approach.

If you’ve ever tried an over-the-counter whitening product you may notice that not much happened after your first time using it. Perhaps you wore those awkward whitening trays and let that gel remain on your teeth for an hour each night and even after a few weeks you still didn’t see the results you wanted. If this has happened to you, you aren’t alone. Many people deal with this exact same issue. If you want really beautiful and visible results without having to whiten your smile yourself then you won’t find a more effective treatment option then turning to our Bloomington, IN, family dentist for whitening.

How does teeth whitening work?

Those stain molecules that formed under the enamel and dentin layers of your teeth were more than likely caused by the foods and drinks you’ve consumed. Smoking is also a major reason people deal with severe dental stains. Of course, there is such a high concentration of the whitening gel’s active ingredient that it actually breaks up these deep-set and stubborn stains in often just one whitening session (depending on the severity of your stains). Before we even begin, we will pull out a shade guide to show us what your smile looks like before treatment.

Next, we will clean the teeth before applying the whitening gel over the front of your teeth (a separator will be used to protect the gums and lips from coming in contact with the gel). The gel will sit on your teeth for up to 15 minutes before being removed and then reapplied. We will reapply the whitening gel 2-3 times during your one-hour whitening session. At the end of your treatment, we will pull out the shade chart one more time to show you just how much whiter we were able to get your smile. It’s that simple!

If you are interested in getting teeth whitening or any cosmetic dentistry treatment in Bloomington, IN, then it’s time to find out if you are the perfect candidate. Call us and schedule your consultation with Dr. Baker today.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
January 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

How Invisalign treatment from your dentist in Bloomington can give you a great smileinvisalign

Everyone can benefit from a straight smile. The truth is a straight smile just looks more attractive. A straight smile is also much easier to keep clean. If you have always wanted a straighter smile but have been held back by the thought of uncomfortable brackets and wires, it’s time to think differently about orthodontic treatment. You need to discover Invisalign!

Dr. Lisa Baker in Bloomington, IN wants to share the facts about revolutionary Invisalign treatment and what it can do for your smile. Invisalign is the state-of-the-art way to straighten your smile discreetly.

Invisalign is completely different because it uses a system of comfortable clear plastic trays called aligners to straighten your smile gently and effectively. You will be given a set of aligners to wear for a two week period, and then you move on to another set. You progress to a different set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete. That’s it!

Many people prefer Invisalign because Invisalign treatment is:

  • Quick; average treatment takes between 9 and 15 months, compared to years for brackets and wires
  • Comfortable; Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, with no sharp parts to poke into sensitive tissue
  • Virtually invisible; Invisalign aligners are clear and beautiful, so no one will notice them
  • Easy maintenance; you can remove the aligners to brush and floss, and to eat the foods you love

Invisalign aligners may look completely different than brackets and wires, but they are strong enough to correct the same troublesome alignment issues including overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, and gaps or overlapping teeth.

For more detailed information about this revolutionary way to achieve a straight smile, please visit the Invisalign page on Dr. Baker’s website at https://www.drlisabaker.net/invisalign.html

It’s time to discover how to straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign. To get started on your new straight smile call Dr. Baker in Bloomington, IN today!

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
September 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Oral surgery (also called maxillofacial surgery) is any procedure that requires your dentist to treat a dental problem in the soft tissues of the oral surgerymouth, jaw, or face. In most cases, the dentist must go beneath the surface of the gums to get to the root of the issue. Learn about the various types of oral surgeries offered by Dr. Lisa Baker at her Bloomington, IN family dentist office.

Dental Implants
Dental implantation is considered a type of oral surgery. Your dentist must surgically place the tiny titanium implant inside of the gum line. The procedure may require some adjustments or incisions to be made to make room for the implant. Bone grafting is another type of surgery that is sometimes done in advance of dental implants. Grafting strengthens the bone tissue that will support the implant.

Periodontal Surgery
Severe periodontitis is a form of gum disease that affects over five million Americans according to the CDC. One of the most common oral surgeries is periodontal therapy. During this procedure, the gums are opened so that the dentist can remove bad tissue from around the roots of the teeth. Once your Bloomington, IN family dentist removes that bad tissue, healthy tissue has a chance to regenerate. This type of surgery is done in advanced cases of periodontitis to avoid tooth loss.

Extraction of Wisdom Teeth
When a wisdom tooth must be extracted, that is also an oral surgery procedure. Wisdom teeth that become impacted or infected must be removed by your dentist to preserve your oral health. In some cases, they must be extracted as a part of orthodontic treatment.

Schedule a Consultation
After a consultation with your family dentist, you may find that your dental problem may require oral surgery. Call Dr. Lisa Baker’s Bloomington, IN office today at 812-332-2000 to schedule an appointment.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you been considering whitening your teeth but aren't sure if you want to deal with hassle of painting on a whitening solution for teeth whiteningweeks or applying tiny strips to your teeth? Professional teeth whitening offers a better alternative. Gentle dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker of Bloomington, IN, discusses why whitening is so important and explains how the process works.

A dull smile has social implications

Like it or not, we're judged on the condition of our smiles. Dull, yellow teeth tend to be viewed unfavorably by many people and can even affect your social and business life. In fact, people with whiter smiles received higher scores for social competence and intellectual ability in a study published in the British Dental Journal in 2007. Luckily, it's easy to improve your appearance with teeth whitening treatment.

Teeth whitening is safe and effective

Whitening bleaches out stains that dull teeth. The treatment is very effective in treating stains that darken the enamel, the outermost layer of your teeth. Stains in enamel tend to occur if you use products that contain tobacco or regularly eat or drink darkly pigmented foods or beverages. Yellowing can also be a natural consequence of aging.

Teeth whitening gets rid of stains by bleaching them. Hydrogen peroxide, the whitening agent dentist's use, is highly concentrated, yet very safe and effective. When you visit our Bloomington office for professional whitening, you'll see an impressive transformation in an hour or less.

Over-the-counter whitening kits aren't always easy to use. The one-size-fits-all trays may not fit your mouth well, which may expose your gums to the hydrogen peroxide, causing tooth sensitivity. Before your professional whitening session begins, a protective gel will be applied to your gums to protect them. Your lips and cheeks will also be lifted off your teeth with retractors to avoid damage to these sensitive tissues.

You play an important role in the success of your treatment. Although you'll probably see a three- to eight-shade difference in your teeth, your smile will become dull again if you continue to smoke or drink or eat darkly colored foods and beverages. If you avoid or limit these substances, your smile may stay white for two or three years or longer.

Keep your smile sparkling with professional teeth whitening. Call Dr. Baker of Bloomington, IN, at (812) 332-2000 to schedule an appointment.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
January 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Discover the magic behind these clear orthodontic aligners and whether they might be the best way to straighten your smile.

Besides the fact that misaligned and crooked teeth can be rather embarrassing they can also affect your oral health. Did you know that invisalignteeth that are crooked or misaligned can be more difficult to clean and are prone to decay and gum disease? Of course, if you are an adult you might be thinking, “What can I possibly do about it now?” With Invisalign, our Bloomington, IN family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, can get your smile back on track.

What dental problems do you want to fix?

Many people assume that Invisalign can only address small orthodontic issues, but you would be surprised how many moderate-to-severe problems Invisalign can actually treat. Invisalign is a great way to address gaps between teeth, crowding, overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites. Of course, more advanced problems that require complex tooth movements or shifting jaws will require a more traditional orthodontic approach.

What is your age?

Most adults think they are too old for braces, but this simply isn’t true. Okay, let us rephrase this: most adults don’t want to wear braces when they get older. We understand, which is why these clear aligners can be such a great option. No one will notice these aligners and you can get a straighter smile. This treatment is perfect for older teens and adults, but children and younger teens aren’t the best candidates for Invisalign since their teeth are still growing.

Are you ready to get a straight smile?

While many people want to fix crooked teeth or finally close of those spaces between teeth there are some people who just can’t fathom going through the process of wearing braces. That’s okay; some people just aren’t right for braces. Of course, if you are ready to wear your aligners as often as you need to and you are ready to clean them and maintain, and visit our Bloomington dentist for routine checkups then Invisalign might be right for you. Invisalign easily fits in your lifestyle and makes it easy for even those with busy schedules to straighten their smiles on their time.

If it’s time you got Invisalign in Bloomington, IN, what are you waiting for? Call our dental office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker to see if Invisalign is the ideal option for you.