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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
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
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.