Elite Smiles March/April 2019

USING CEREC TECHNOLOGY Giving You That Perfect Smile in Just 1 Day

DONATE WITH CARE The Right Way to Donate After Spring-Cleaning Spring is in the air, and it’s time to celebrate with another round of spring-cleaning. Banish the clutter and make room in your life for something new! Many charities see a sharp increase in donations as spring-cleaning season starts. Donating your used books, kids’ toys, and gently worn clothing allows your old items to have a second life. However, when filling that donation box, make sure you’re donating each item because it can do good and not just because you feel bad about throwing it away. Charities have a big problem with well-meaning citizens dropping off items that are better left in the trash. There are many items charities simply cannot handle. Most charities will have lists of items they can and cannot accept on their websites. Some items that you should not donate include:

Dental technology has come a long way and continues to advance as the industry grows. Dentists are finding new and better ways to treat patients to give them beautiful, healthy smiles and increase self-confidence. Our team is no different. Elite Smiles keeps up-to-date in the new technologies that appear each year, and we bring the best ones into our offices to offer top-notch service to our deserving clients. One such service we provide is the use of our state-of- the-art CEREC machine. CEREC machines allow dentists to give patients same-day restorations, removing the delay they would otherwise experience. Through the use of CEREC, we can create and apply a dental crown the same day a patient has an appointment, which would normally take several. Crowns are one of the most common treatments in dentistry and generally serve to cover and protect teeth that have experienced severe damage or decay. We know how important beautiful smiles are for our patients, and waiting for a crown, even for a day, can be distressing. With the use of our CEREC machine, the creation of a crown takes only a few minutes, and the application process takes a little less than an hour. You will leave our offices feeling better and smiling brighter than when you entered. Before you receive your crown, our dentist will examine your teeth, remove any weakened tooth tissue, take a digital picture of your mouth, and use CAD/CAM software to develop a 3D image of a replacement tooth. From this image, our experts create your crown and apply it in the correct position. Once the crown has bonded, our dentists polish the area to create a natural look and feel. If you need a dental crown today, don’t hesitate to call our offices and make an appointment. Our team is more than happy to explain the process and the benefits of using CEREC for your treatment. Don’t put off your treatment any longer; call Elite Smiles today.

Expired medications

Mattresses

Old TVs

Carpets

Cribs

Tangled cords or phone chargers

Loose remote controls

Any broken, damaged, or dirty items

Personal care items, like soap, shampoo, or makeup

These items may be unsafe to sell, costly to ship, or impossible to refurbish effectively. When a charity regularly receives items they cannot use, they have to spend hours of manpower sorting through things that end up in the trash anyway. This process can be expensive for organizations with already-strained resources. Some local charities spend over $1,000 a year on dumpster and trash removal fees for unusable donations. While charities will have no choice but to throw unusable donations in the trash, there are services you can use to make your spring- cleaning eco-friendly, even for items you can’t donate. For example, if you have torn or stained blue jeans, reach out to Blue Jeans Go Green. This program keeps denim out of landfills by turning it into insulation. And while Goodwill can't take your batteries or old flip phone, you can check out Call2Recycle.org to learn how to safely recycle your e-waste.

Your donations can be a big help to local charities. Just don’t “donate” your garbage.

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