Give yourself the gift of confidence

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) Just about the greatest gift you can give yourself is self confidence and sometimes that can start with zeroing in on a shining asset, your beautiful smile!  Dr. Betsy Bakeman is a pro at making people look and feel their very best.

We all know we should brush twice a day, floss once a day and visit the dentist twice a year. But sometimes life gets in the way. Perhaps our own health or the health of a family member requires all of our attention, money or time is tight, or there are fears of discomfort. Letting things go, we can reach a point that restoring our teeth seems overwhelming, time consuming and possibly expense. In addition, we may be embarrassed and ashamed that we have let things go, but the best thing to do is to move past all that and see a dentist and get started on a path to health and wellness.

One of Dr. Bakeman’s patients, Joan, who avoided going to the dentist for several years because she was nervous and fearful. With today’s contemporary treatments and modern amenities Dr. Bakeman’s team was able to keep Joan very comfortable throughout her treatment. The nice part is that once a patient like Joan has been completely restored, there is very little that needs to be done other than routine cleanings and exams. If a problem does develop, they will catch it early and treatment will be simple.

The second patient is Denise. Her teeth started to breakdown and here is her story. “Initially I was extremely embarrassed that I had allowed my teeth to get into such poor condition. I was fearful they were beyond repair. I was also initially fearful of the process before even sitting down with Dr. Bakeman. I had also gotten to the point that I was highly self conscious of smiling as I didn’t want anyone to notice my missing teeth. My initial appointment with Dr. Bakeman put all of my feelings of fear and embarrassment to rest. She and her entire staff from day one have treated me amazingly. The personal journey that this restoration process took me through truly has changed me as a person — overcoming fear, building confidence in myself, loving to smile now, sticking with the process….not quitting or giving up along the way, not to mention the amazing women that I have been blessed to come to know and call my friends. This process/journey for me was (& still is ……. we will be wrapping up with my final work in 2016) so very worth it. When my husband and I discussed the expense/investment, we knew it would be worth the sacrifice………. just didn’t know it would be truly life changing and priceless!!”

To get the best care, you want to choose the right caregiver. Dr. Betsy Bakeman shares her expertise on how to choose the right cosmetic dentist for you.

How to Choose a Cosmetic Dentist

  • Consult trusted dental and medical professionals
  • Review patient before and after photos
  • Search American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Review the dentist’s training, areas of interest
  • Complex needs require high level of skills and expertise in the restoring dentist
  • Feel comfortable with treatment recommendations

Elizabeth Bakeman, DDS
Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
2757 Leonard NE
Grand Rapids
(616) 940-0481


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