THE HEIGHTS SMI LE Herald
Dentistry is a blend of artistry, technical skill, and psychology. Genuine Smile 5825 Lande r b rook Dr i ve , Su i t e 124 , May f i e l d He i gh t s , OH 44124 ( 440 ) 483 - 1003 It’s Okay to Cry at the Dentist
No one wants to hear someone crying, especially when they walk into the dentist’s office. When people see tears, they usually assume something terrible is happening. But the reality is when a patient starts crying in my chair, it usually means I’ve done a really good job. We put a lot of value into our smiles, whether we realize it or not. When meeting someone new, one of the first things we notice is someone’s teeth. When a person is self-conscious about their teeth, it shows in their smile. They smile with their mouth closed, or maybe their lip doesn’t come up quite as high as it should. They might not realize it, but they’re hiding their true smile. That kind of burden weighs heavily on you. Those little things you don’t like about your smile nag your confidence. When it’s finally done, after getting that final crown or veneer placed, filing down a little jagged piece, or even just whitening your teeth, it’s a huge relief. I live for those days when I finish treating a patient, hand them a mirror, and see their eyes light up. The burden they’ve been carrying for so long vanishes. They’re able to share their true smile and let their real personality come through. Dentistry is a blend of artistry, technical skill, and psychology. As a dentist, I need to be able to perform the treatment and
design a good smile, but I also need to be able to listen to my patients and hear their struggles. When a patient is telling a story, I need to be able to see past the words and find the emotion in their story. What’s driving them? What’s stopping them from feeling like the person they truly are? How can I help them make a decision that will get them where they want to be? Some time ago, I worked with a young woman whose teeth suffered a lot of damage. She had recovered from an eating disorder which, along with years of grinding, had worn her teeth down almost completely. We worked to save the teeth we could, then looked at getting some implants put in. We went old-school when designing this case, using molds and wax to create a temporary set for her to wear while the
permanent implants were being made. After just seeing what the temporary set looked like, the patient started crying. She didn’t want to take them out. Later, once we cemented the final piece in and she saw what her new smile looked like, she was moved to tears again. “She can’t stop smiling,” her mom told me later. “She’s a walking billboard for what you guys do.” I’d like to think that what we do is help people feel like their true selves. We help them smile freely and share their joys and thoughts with others. It’s not always easy, but anything worth doing is worth doing right. And helping people feel such relief that they’re moved to tears is certainly worth doing. –-Jason A. Schermer
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Soak Up the Sun Without Damaging Your Skin 4 Tips for Happy Summertime Skin
S ummer is a wonderful time of year for your health. The warm weather encourages outdoor activities, and the vitamin D produced by sunlight can boost your mood. Unfortunately, sunshine can also do a number on your skin. Here are a few tips to protect your skin while having fun in the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen! People of all complexions should wear sunscreen every day. Even if you aren’t at the beach, harsh sunlight can still damage your skin when you’re walking around or driving your car. Dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen with SPF 30 first thing in the morning and reapplying periodically through the day.
Pro Tip: Don’t put the sunscreen away when it gets cold. The sun is still harmful in the winter months. Want a tan? Go sunless! Though popular, that “sun-kissed” look is actually a sign of skin damage caused by harmful UV rays. If your summer look just isn’t complete without a tan, consider using a sunless tanning product. The Mayo Clinic states, “Topical sunless tanning products are generally considered safe alternatives to sunbathing, as long as they’re used as directed.” So read the directions and enjoy a great summer tan while keeping your skin safe. Take cool showers. Hot showers are relaxing, but they also dry out your skin, especially in the heat of summer. Do
your skin a favor and turn down the temperature. As a bonus, taking a cool shower after sweating can reduce acne breakouts. Stay hydrated. Hydrated skin is happy skin, so keep a water bottle handy. Start by swapping a sugary beverage at mealtime with a glass of water instead. Another healthy way to get extra water is by snacking on fresh fruits and vegetables. Certain summer fruits, like melons, have high water content and are full of vitamins your body craves.
There’s a lot to love about the summertime. With these tips, your skin can love it too.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
From the moment you walk in to the moment you book your follow-up appointment, Dr. Schermer and his staff are nothing but true professionals. I’m lucky to have them
We have been going to Dr. Schermer since he started. He is fantastic, and we highly recommend him. He is very friendly and knowledgeable. Unfortunately, we moved to Philadelphia, but we miss him and his staff very much. –Laureen P. Everyone is always smiling and very personable; I never feel like I’m just a number on a piece of paper. The services I’ve received are always executed with quality care and thoroughly explained. –Sarah S.
working on my teeth! –Jason M.
DIGITAL SMILE DESIGN
Seeing the Future
Dentistry has come a long way. Today, no matter what troubles you about your smile — from chipped or missing teeth to unsightly discoloration — your dentist offers a quick, effective solution. However, while treatment might be a just a phone call away, many people still hesitate to take the leap. The office visits, potential discomfort, and cost involved with restorative dentistry leave many patients asking, “Will this even be worth it?” In the old days, when dentists could only use models and molds, it was difficult to predict how teeth would look at the end of the treatment; patients had to take a leap of faith. Today, dentists use digital technology to remove some of that uncertainty. When it comes to digital technology, few can compete with Digital Smile Design (DSD). This program is able to deliver precise results, showing you how your smile will look before treatment begins.
smile. DSD also helps dentists look at the whole mouth and plan the most effective treatment plan for each patient. There is plenty of software to help plan dental treatment. What makes DSD special is that it isn’t just a tool to make your dentist’s job easier; this program is geared to involve patients, making you the co-creator of your own smile. Photos and videos taken at each stage of the treatment help improve communication between you and your dentist. With DSD, patients have the tools to express their desires and expectations every step of the way. Exceptional Smiles at Landerbrook is proud to go beyond conventional dentistry and provide Digital Smile Design to our patients. If you have questions about how DSD can improve your treatment experience (or other options available to you), give us a call at (440) 483-1003.
It’s not enough to correct the problem. The teeth, lips, and gums work together in your
Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month
Zucchini Salad With Toasted Hazelnuts
What do you call a bear without teeth?
With raw zucchini, toasted hazelnuts, and a robust Parmigiano- Reggiano, this early summer salad is a delight of different textures and flavors that will make a great side at your next cookout.
3 small zucchini (3/4 lb.) 1/2 tsp lemon zest, grated 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
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Mint leaves, for garnish
Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano- Reggiano, for garnish
Directions 1. Using a mandolin or very sharp knife, slice zucchini lengthwise into extremely thin, wide ribbons. 2. Arrange zucchini ribbons on a plate, sprinkle with lemon zest, and drizzle with juice.
3. Drizzle oil over zucchini, season with salt and pepper, and toss. 4. Scatter hazelnuts over the top, garnish with mint and cheese, and serve.
A gummy bear!
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exhibitions have featured everything from superheroes to the Nazi Olympics in Berlin. This fall, the museum will celebrate one of the greatest composers of the 20th century with an exhibition titled “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music.” Currently, in place of a temporary exhibition, The Maltz Museum has an Everyday Heroes Activity Center. Children are invited to explore this interactive space and discover their own everyday superpowers, like kindness, compassion, and helpfulness. This event also includes the Everyday Hero StoryWalk, a new tour designed to help younger audiences engage with the core exhibitions. Beyond preserving and sharing the tangible artifacts of Jewish heritage and tradition, The Maltz Museum also aims to combat hate and create a more inclusive society. They host talks with men and women who survived Nazi regime, provide a venue for people of all faiths and backgrounds to connect, and encourage students across Northeast Ohio to build a more accepting society with their Stop the Hate initiative. Visit MaltzMuseum.org to learn more about this incredible museum and start planning your next visit.
Legacy of Strength and Diversity
The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
On Oct. 11, 2005, The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage opened its doors in Beachwood, Ohio. This remarkable museum is dedicated to exploring the identity and diversity of Jewish heritage as well as being an active participant in creating a better future for everyone. The Maltz Museum is home to centuries worth of art and artifacts celebrating Jewish heritage, housed in two permanent collections. “An American Story” uses film, interactive computer programs, special effects, individual stories, and
oral histories to capture and share the legacy of Jewish immigrants who braved the journey to America. The crown jewel of this museum is The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery, which houses 180 treasures from 20 different countries. Many of these artifacts were recovered after the Holocaust. They each embody a different aspect of Jewish tradition and ritual. In addition to these incredible collections, The Maltz Museum has offered many amazing temporary exhibits over the years. These
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