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 weeks 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.

Self
Self
2023-10-18
Lisa Baker is an amazing dentist her and her staff are very professional caring warm amazing ppl best dentist here in town by far and they really care about there patients dental health!
Stacy Flynn
Stacy Flynn
2023-08-30
I love Lisa and all of her assistants. They're always helpful in explaining everything as well as providing tips and advice for better dental care. I will go here forever!
Nuit Weber
Nuit Weber
2023-08-16
The Office staffs are nice and friendly, fast and knowledgeable, and comfortable! The communications are great! They kept me informed every step of the way, I would not go anywhere else, I'm home!! Love my Baker Dentistry!! Thank you Doctor Lisa Baker, Erin, Audrey! And the whole Baker Family Dentistry!!! Nuit Weber
Mike Bristow
Mike Bristow
2023-08-08
Very friendly and professional staff. They have more than once worked hard to get me in for emergency treatment.
Christina Bittles
Christina Bittles
2023-08-02
Dr. Baker and staff have exceeded any expectation one could have for the care and compassion given to my son with special needs. We were blessed to find them. My son has been their patient since approximately 2008. We appreciate them greatly!
Janice Wampler
Janice Wampler
2023-08-02
Have been a patient for years and years. Best dental experience I have ever had.
LJ Hall
LJ Hall
2023-07-22
Courteous and professional staff. Collectively they do a good job. The building and office is always having updates and you can tell Dr. Lisa and the staff care about the professional environment. I like the text updates to keep me on track. I like that Dr. Lisa does cancer screening and full exam at every visit. I take my whole family.
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