The Future Is Now
How 21s t Cen t u r y Tech Trans f o rms You r Smi l e
The science fiction future pop culture promised we’d have in the 21st century still seems a long way off. However, while we might not have flying cars or hoverboards, today’s technology is still remarkable. Everyone carries a computer in their pocket and small robots clean our carpets without us having to lift a finger. You can even find impressive feats of technology right at your dentist’s office! One such example is 3-D optical scans, or digital impressions, which eliminate goopy impression material and provide incredible perks.
Invisalign Not sure if straight teeth will improve your smile? Thanks to digital impressions, you can see what you’d look like with straight teeth in a matter of minutes! The scans can then be used to design your customized Invisalign trays. Your braces- free smile transformation begins with just the click of a button. Same-Day Crowns and Veneers Digital impressions allow dentists to speed up many parts of the dental experience. No longer do
you need to work your schedule around multiple office visits while struggling with temporary appliances when you need a crown or veneer. Digital impressions use software to design and craft your new tooth instantly. You’ll walk out of the office that same day with the work completed! Monitor Changes of Your Teeth “How much more wear is there? Is this tooth that’s out of place new or has it been there for years and I only just noticed?” These are common questions, and now, thanks to digital impressions, dentists
have the answer. A quick scan stores a digital model of your teeth, which can be compared to subsequent scans during future visits. Dentists can track changes and notice problems before they become severe. Digital impressions are just one of many new technologies that make going to the dentist easier. These technologies advance every day, and it’s exciting to see what new benefits the future will bring.
Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month
Avocado & Cucumber COLD SOUP
Ingredients • Olive oil •
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1 lemon, juiced ½ cup cold water 1 clove garlic ¾ teaspoon salt
Why do chicken coops only have two doors? Because if they had four, they would be chicken sedans!
2 medium ripe avocados, halved 1 large cucumber, halved 6 stalks spring onions
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½ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions 1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
2. Coat halved avocados with lemon juice to avoid browning. Brush olive oil over avocados, cucumber, spring onions, and jalapeno. Oil grill while hot. 3. Grill vegetables until everything is grilled or slightly charred. Once grilled, remove and place on platter to cool. 4. Chop grilled veggies and puree with lemon juice, cold water, garlic, salt, and black pepper. 5. Once smooth, portion soup into bowls and refrigerate to cool before serving. 6. Garnish with toasted cubed bread, avocados, spring onions, chives, lemon zest, or a drizzle of olive oil, if desired.
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