Dentist Sonora CA | Dr. Michael Scherer | Orthodontist Sonora CA | Dr. Melissa Shotell | Cosmetic Dentist | Prosthodontist Modern Dentistry and Orthodontics in Sonora CA Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:06:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Colorful Braces Are Becoming a Fashion Statement Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:49:22 +0000 Colored Braces
Colored braces can be fun! This patient’s favorite color was sky blue and she wanted this color every time she smiled!

Let’s be frank… teenagers face lots of decisions on a daily basis but from what we see in our office, the decision that stumps them the most is “What color do I want for my braces this month!?” Simply put, teens are opting to make fashion statements out of their braces! It is common to seen teenagers wearing colors on their braces to celebrate holidays, show school pride, or show team spirit for their favorite sports team. Think about it… how hard would it be to choose your color accessory for the next month for your lapel pin or your bracelet.

Many of our patients enjoy choosing different colors every month for their braces: blue + gold school colors in the fall, pink + red for Valentine’s Day, red + white + blue at Fourth of July, and even pink in October to promote breast cancer awareness! Many use the colors on their braces as a form of self-expression, and we are always so impressed to see the creative and artistic color combinations. Even adult patients will sometimes surprise with a special color combination and request for a special occasion.

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We have colorful mixtures we can put on braces to celebrate holidays (Halloween) and sports (Monster Energy Drink Soccer)!

As a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), I find that as I meet with other Orthodontists around the country at meetings, we all conclude that the colors are not just for looks, but these colorful elastic ties have a purpose. The colorful elastic ties hold the wire in the brackets attached to the teeth and activate the wire to move the teeth. The elastic ties are changed at every visit to continue to activate the wire and move the teeth as desired.

While the function of the elastics is important, there is a far greater use for the colorful elastic ties beyond the technical use they are designed for. The colorful ties are a reward for hard-working and cooperative patients. Braces are hard work for the patient to clean and maintain and the colorful ties are often a positive reward for a patient’s hard work. We try to keep all of the fun color options available for my patients and let them pick multiple colors as a reward for keeping their teeth and braces very clean. Having lots of fun color options to choose from keeps patients engaged and motivated in their treatment, and this often leads to better cooperation and outcomes for patients. While some patient prefer less noticeable treatment options like clear aligners or clear ceramic braces, the fun colorful braces are a very popular treatment option.

When I was a patient myself it was very difficult to choose my color options for my braces each month; and I typically choose holiday colors or school colors. Now the burning question you may have…. My favorite from when I had my own braces as a teen? The color splash of hot pink + lime green!

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3D Printing in Dentistry is Here in Sonora! Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:35:49 +0000 Many think that 3D printing is something in the realm of science fiction, only to be experimented on in some dark laboratory creating strange objects or possibly by school age students making toys. Did you know that 3D printing is being used by Dr. Michael Scherer, DMD, MS’s dental office for real and modern purposes? We are, and we’re using it to better patient outcomes and enhance comfort during treatment!

3D Printer3D printing uses a sterolithography (SLA) fabrication process where laser beams are shined through a liquid resin material, solidifying it rapidly in parts of the model that correspond to an image. Similar to how you would create an office document, using a Microsoft Word® program, a .doc file is printed to your printer resulting in a paper with ink on it. A 3D printer uses specialized programs to create a Sterolithography, or .stl file, to send to a 3D printer to create a physical object out of nothing! This additive process is truly remarkable.

3D printing technology for dentistry has been around for almost 10-15 years but why haven’t we heard about it yet? We as dentists tend to be creates of habit, doing the same procedures we have been doing the same for years, but Dr. Michael Scherer challenges himself to create experiences for patients that is cutting edge. This modern approach is for the benefit of the patient because this approach results in a faster and more comfortable procedure than the traditional approaches, with the same amount of precision!

Meet Bruce, a kind and empathetic individual who is constantly thinking about new and exciting ideas. He is a brilliant innovator and someone who is always pondering new approaches to conventional ideas. After completing his treatment, Dr. Scherer thought it would be fun to surprise Bruce with a gift: a 3D printed model of his jaw! Bruce was blown away and was amazed by how this could be done!

We talked about how I made the model, but what was even more exciting is that I told him that I did everything in my office in Sonora! No laboratory step, no having to wait 3-4 weeks to have something completed. Dr. Scherer took images from an x-ray scan of his jaw and convert it into a .stl file for 3D printing. With a few clicks of a mouse, he was able to convert an imaginary object into something tangible.

3D Printed Mandibal3D printing is a modern approach to dental practice but not many dentists are using this technology in their own offices. Dr. Scherer is one of only a handful of dentists throughout the world using this technology within their own offices. Using his in-office 3D printer, Dr. Scherer can print tooth models, dental implant models, and even jawbone models to help in making your complex dental care simple!

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