Cosmetic Dentist Clearwater
Dr. Craig Baker has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a Cosmetic Dentist.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Baker has averaged 80 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout his career; the minimum requirements for the state of Florida are 20 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
“Dr. Baker and his staff are wonderful! They are very welcoming, caring and helpful! Special shout out to Cindy- always going above and beyond for their patients!”
Dr. Craig Baker, with a high-tech cosmetic dental office located in Clearwater, has been serving patients from St. Petersburg, Largo, & Pinellas Park Florida since 2005.
Bonding & White Filling
There are many reasons why your smile might need composite bonding. Also known as tooth bonding or resin bonding, this type of restoration can be used for cosmetic reasons (to enhance color, shape, or size of any tooth) and therapeutic purposes (to repair chips or cracks or treat dental decay). Our team at Baker Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Clearwater, Florida, strongly recommends resin bonding in all these situations.
Tooth bonding can be described as the process of bonding a tooth-color resin to a tooth that has lost structure or that simply needs a cosmetic enhancement. This material is biocompatible and looks and feels like natural teeth. During the procedure, the tooth’s surface is treated to allow a very strong bonding of the material, so patients don’t need to worry about the restoration’s longevity.
Although composite resin bonding doesn’t last as long as porcelain veneers, they can brighten your smile for ten years or even more with proper care. It’s a great and affordable option for those who want to get rid of small imperfections.
The most frequent reasons why patients might be interested in composite bonding are:
How do I care for composite resin bonding?
Patients don’t need to take special attention to composite bonding restorations – a regular brushing and flossing routine is enough to keep your smile shining. However, patients need to know that they are not stain-free as porcelain veneers, so it’s advisable to avoid certain staining beverages such as coffee, wine and tea. At Baker Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we also suggest our patients regular check-up visits to the office. In these appointments, our team will make sure that all the restorations are problem-free.
Invisalign (Clear Aligners)
If you’ve always wanted to straighten your crooked teeth and make them look more attractive and youthful, you will be glad to hear that you have two different treatments available. On the one hand, traditional metal or enamel-colored ceramic braces bonded to the teeth or, on the other, removable clear braces (like Invisalign or 6 Months Smile). This last one is the most discreet way to get your smile back in line.
Video 02:04 | Straightening your teeth can lead to healthier gums, improved oral hygiene and a decreased risk of abnormal wear.
Invisalign® is a modern method of straightening teeth without needing conventional braces. A set of clear plastic aligners are employed to generate tooth movement. Removable aligners have been around for some time. However, the computer program used to create different aligners with small changes is the new part. Invisalign is an advisable solution for orthodontic conditions with mild to moderate crowding or spacing. They are virtually undetectable, straightforward to use, and absolutely comfortable.
Your Invisalign® treatment consists of a set of aligners that you will need to change about every two weeks. Trays are exclusively manufactured with exact calculations to shift your teeth into place gradually. Invisalign treatment is a custom-made method for a specific patient and teeth. To make it work, you and your dentist or orthodontist will design a treatment plan. By the end of the treatment, you know you’ll end up with a smile that truly stands out.
If you’re looking for a change that will transform your appearance, Invisalign is definitely your answer. There are many choices out there. However, no other works as effortlessly as Invisalign.
Invisalign is the best choice for those who want to transform their smiles without interfering with day-to-day life.
Six Month Smiles (Invisible Aligners)
Using the world’s most advanced aligner material, the 6MS Invisible Aligners can flex against your teeth and make your smile shine in a gentle way. And the most exceptional comfort during treatment.
Memory Foam-like Comfort: Your Smile Deserves THE BEST Aligner
SMS Invisible Aligners are made using only the best material in the industry, Zendura® FLX™. Exceptional durability, clarity, flexibility, scalloped shaped, and more.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-color shells that cover the front surfaces of teeth. They are made of a ceramic material that closely mimics the aspect of natural enamel. This material also allows a strong bonding between the tooth and the restoration.
Veneers are usually used in front teeth, and they can dramatically transform any smile. They only require a few visits to the dental office and minimal drilling. However, although it might look like a simple procedure, veneers require highly skillful hands and an eye for cosmetic details to look natural.
Video 01:00 | If your teeth are chipped, cracked or stained you may want to consider veneers. Learn more about how veneers can be used to fixed damaged teeth and restore your beautiful smile.
Dr. Baker has vast experience in placing porcelain veneers. He takes time to analyze each case in particular, to match and enhance the characteristics of the patient’s smile.
Will veneers look like normal teeth?
Porcelain veneers are practically unnoticeable. Together with the dentist, the patient decides the shape, size and shade of the veneers, and once they are directly bonded to the teeth, nobody will be able to tell the difference between the patient’s natural teeth and the ones with veneers on.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
On average, porcelain veneers can last up to ten years, but they can last even longer with the proper maintenance. This material is stain-resistant, which means that patients are free to enjoy as much tea, coffee and wine as they want.
Veneers are strongly bonded to the teeth using the most modern materials available, so as long as the patient is careful with the restoration (avoid using teeth to open bottles or cut things), they shouldn’t have any complications. However, suppose one of the veneers is accidentally chipped or broken. In that case, the dentist will only need to replace the one that has been affected.
Teeth Whitening & Bleaching
How can I brighten my smile? That is one of the most frequently asked questions at Baker Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Professional teeth whitening treatments are becoming more and more popular these days, and no wonder why. Countless whitening products are sold over-the-counter, including whitening toothpastes, pens, gels and strips. But none of them achieve the same results as professional teeth whitening. They have a lower concentration of bleaching agent, and some don’t even have an active whitening principle. That’s why we invite patients to make an appointment and discuss with our dentist the different whitening alternatives before spending money on a product that doesn’t guarantee any results. Together you can see which one will meet your needs.
Video 01:00 Everyone desires a bright, white smile, but sometimes brushing twice daily isn’t enough. In-office tooth whitening is a great way to give your smile that extra sparkle.
Please contact us today to see if you are a candidate for this type of whitening.