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By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you hate looking at photos of yourself because your teeth have become dull and yellow? Brightening your smile can be as easy as Bright White Smilemaking an appointment with your dentist. Thanks to teeth bleaching, offered by your Bloomington, IN, family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, your smile will be picture perfect once again.

How your teeth become dull

Teeth don't stay white for long if they're exposed to substances that can stain them. Exposure to tobacco or foods or beverages that contain dark pigments can make your teeth look dull and yellow. Foods and beverages most likely to stain teeth include coffee, tea, wine, soda, berries, ketchup, soy sauce, popsicles, sports drink, and brightly colored candies.

Although brushing is an excellent way to remove cavity-causing plaque from your teeth, it isn't quite as effective in getting rid of stains. The pigments that stain your teeth drift into microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. As more and more pigments are deposited in the pores, the duller your smile becomes.

Bleaching eliminates stains

Your Bloomington, IN, family dentist uses a whitening agent that contains hydrogen peroxide, a safe, powerful, and natural whitener. The hydrogen peroxide gel penetrates the pores in your enamel and bleaches stains away.

If you've ever tried whitening at home, you've probably noticed that hydrogen peroxide is also the active ingredient in over-the-counter whiteners. The products you can buy in stores and online contain much weaker formulations of the chemical compound. They may not be strong enough to produce the desired results or may require weeks or months of bleaching.

Professional teeth bleaching only takes about an hour. After the gel is removed from your teeth, your teeth will be three to eight shades lighter. Bleaching results can keep your smile bright and white for as long as five years.

Your safety and comfort is your dentist's priority

Sensitivity can be an issue during whitening. Your dentist uses a special gel to protect your roots and gums during your session and also places retractors in your mouth to hold your cheeks and lips away from your teeth. If you've experienced sensitivity in the past, she can choose the ideal hydrogen peroxide strength to prevent sensitivity.

Are you ready to brighten your smile with teeth bleaching? Call your Bloomington, IN, family dentist, Dr. Lisa Baker, at (812) 332-2000 to schedule your appointment.

By Lisa J. Baker, DDS
September 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownDental crowns can help your smile in several ways. Crowns can protect damaged teeth from sustaining additional damage. They can also dramatically improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic concerns, such as cracks, stains, or discolorations. Crowns can also restore normal biting and chewing functions in teeth that were previously too weak or worn down to function properly. Your dentist can help you decide if crowns are right for you. Dr. Lisa Baker is your Bloomington, IN family dentist for dental crowns.

What are Crowns?

Crowns are placed over problem teeth like caps. Once in place, the problem tooth is completely encapsulated by the crown where it remains protected and concealed. The crown looks and functions just like a natural tooth so no one will be able to tell the difference between it and the natural teeth surrounding it. Crowns can be made from various materials, but porcelain is a common choice as it closely resembles the look of natural tooth enamel. Porcelain can also be color matched to your teeth for the most natural look possible.

Crowns serve several purposes. They strengthen, restore, and protect teeth, as well as transform their appearance. Cosmetic flaws and imperfections in the natural tooth, such as cracks or stains, will be concealed beneath the crown and the tooth will have a flawless new look. Teeth that are damaged, weak, or worn down can be strengthened and restored as the crown protects the tooth underneath and takes on the work of biting and chewing. Crowns provide weak teeth with a strong and durable new outer shell.

Benefits of Crowns

There are multiple benefits to selecting crowns for restorative or cosmetic purposes. In addition to restoring normal functioning in weak or damaged teeth, crowns can also restore your smile by replacing missing teeth when placed over a dental implant. Your Bloomington family dentist can help you decide if crowns are the right restorative or cosmetic option for you. Other benefits of crowns include:

  • Concealing stains and discolorations
  • Protecting chipped or cracked teeth
  • Restoring normal tooth functioning
  • Strengthening weak or damaged teeth
  • Improving the appearance of oddly-shaped teeth

Crowns can help your smile by strengthening, protecting, and restoring it, as well as improving its appearance. For crowns in Bloomington, IN, schedule an appointment with Dr. Baker, your Bloomington family dentist, by calling her dental practice at (812) 332-2000.

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.