HEPA is a type of pleated mechanical air filter. Officially defined by the U.S Department of Energy, HEPA is an acronym for “High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter”. Filters that meet HEPA standards are the most effective at air filtration because they remove 99.97% of the bacteria, mold, dust, pollen, and any other airborne particles that pass through them. Without filtration, these small inhalable particles have a higher chance of entering the lungs and causing negative effects. This filter can catch particles that are as small as 0.3 microns, about the size of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
How does it work?
Think about a HEPA as an ordinary net that is used to capture something; air is forced through a fine mesh that traps particles that can be harmful. These particles can be many different sizes, and the HEPA filter is equipped to filter out as many of those particles as it can. Dr. Schmidt wants you to know that he thinks HEPA air filters are just as important as any other tool in his office. He is concerned about not only a patient’s dental health but also a patient’s overall health.
Why are HEPA filters a good thing for you?
During dental procedures, patients obviously can’t wear masks. During specific dental procedures there are aerosol droplets that are going into the environment of the office space. The installation of HEPA air purification systems protects indoor air quality by filtering it up to 12 times an hour. It minimizes the “invisible” risks of blood-borne pathogens, bacteria, and viruses that are floating around in the air. Dr. Schmidt is aware of the concerns his patients have regarding COVID-19 and he wants to improve their sense of comfort and safety. HEPA filtration units help increase the amount of clean at Dental Studio North. Dr. Schmidt’s HEPA filtration system has been tested and approved for patient safety. Air purification systems are an added measure of protection and when paired with PPE, they provide an increased level of safety.
Everyone wants great teeth and a beautiful smile, but genetics may not be on your side. However, just because you didn’t start with great teeth doesn’t mean you are stuck with them for a lifetime. Invisalign® may be the solution you have been hoping for. Invisalign® is an alternative to traditional wire braces and brackets that uses clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth over time.
The Invisalign® Process
After an initial assessment by Dr. Schmidt, the Invisalign® process will begin with a smile scan. Dr. Schmidt will capture an accurate 3D digital image of your teeth that becomes the roadmap to your beautiful smile. Using your personalized treatment plan, this computerized model identifies stages between the current and desired tooth positions; these stages are then used to create custom molds for individual aligners. Dr. Schmidt will fine-tune every shift in every tooth to ensure these trays will achieve the desired result.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Your Invisalign® trays will be designed to put gentle force on your teeth to bring them into a more aesthetic and functional alignment. Each tray is designed to make only the slightest adjustment and is swapped for a new tray every two weeks. Trays are swapped to put continued pressure on your teeth. Over time, the slight adjustments to straighten your teeth will accumulate, and you will be left with a gorgeous smile thanks to Dr. Schmidt and Invisalign®.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
One of the most common questions about Invisalign® is treatment time. Treatment length varies depending on your needs but is usually complete in 12-18 months. In order to complete your treatment quickly and effectively, it is crucial that you wear your Invisalign for 20-22 hours every day. Invisalign® trays are only meant to be removed when eating, drinking or flossing. Missing large gaps of treatment time will derail your treatment.
How Much Does Invisalign® Cost?
Invisalign® is an affordable, virtually pain-free alternative to traditional braces. Dr. Schmidt and his team will happily help you understand the costs and guide you to the payment terms that work best for your budget.
Schedule your FREE Invisalign® consultation today with Dr. Schmidt!
Brightening Your Smile with Teeth Whitening
Teeth can lose some of their pearly white shine because of stains from dark drinks like coffee, soda, and tea. But stains can easily be removed with regular brushing and also during your next dental cleaning. The most common reason for yellow teeth is actually below the surface. Underneath the outside layer of enamel is a yellowy core called dentin. When enamel gets worn away from acidic foods, grinding, scuffs, and natural aging, the yellow layer gets closer to the surface, making your teeth appear more and more yellow. Genetics also plays a large role in the yellowness of your dentin or thinness of your enamel.
According to the American Dental Association, teeth whitening can be achieved in two different ways. One method is to use a bleaching product that changes the color of your teeth by 1) penetrating through the enamel and 2) bleaching your yellow dentin. Another method is to use abrasive methods that simply remove the superficial stains on top of your enamel, such as a whitening toothpaste.
It is important to know that using chemicals is not only more effective and long-lasting, but when done correctly, is far less damaging. Abrasive-based whitening, such as a whitening toothpaste, will only work on surface stains and will not do anything to affect your dentin below the surface. If used incorrectly, you can damage your enamel and irritate your gums, which can actually speed up the yellowing of your teeth.
The safest way to whiten your smile using bleaching products is to use whitening strips or whitening gels slowly over time. Using a low-potency whitening gel over several weeks is the best way to whiten your teeth and to avoid damage to your enamel. But the best way to achieve a whiter smile is to simply take preventative care of your teeth. By brushing gently, twice a day, covering all surfaces of your teeth, you will be able to keep the surface stains away, completely removing the need to whiten your teeth.
Ask Dr. Ron Schmidt about ways to whiten and brighten your smile.
How’d you sleep last night?
Sleep issues are more common than you think. Millions of people across the United States experience sleep troubles—including sleep related breathing disorders, like sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is caused by soft tissues in your throat blocking your airway, like your tongue. The snoring sound you might hear (or your partner!) is air squeezing it’s way past the obstruction. This obstruction causes patients with sleep apnea to wake up dozens of times during the night, gasp for air and relax back into sleep, without even knowing it! Getting a restful night of sleep would be pretty difficult waking up that many times.
Sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your life—from headaches in the morning to feeling fatigued after a full night’s sleep. If left untreated, sleep apnea can impact your long-term health as well. Untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart attack, strokes, and high blood pressure. It is important to pay attention if your partner (or you!) snore.
Millions of people treat their sleep apnea with a CPAP machine, which is short for “continuous positive airway pressure”. However, some patients find the CPAP machine claustrophobic, uncomfortable, or noisy. Another way to treat sleep apnea is through the use of an oral appliance.
This is where Dental Studio North can help! Dr. Ron Schmidt designs custom oral appliances to help his patients get a better night’s sleep. When you visit Dental Studio North, we will look for signs of grinding teeth, or ask about snoring. If a patient presents these issues or a sleep apnea diagnosis, Dr. Schmidt will determine if they would benefit from the use of an oral appliance.
This small plastic device aligns the jaw slightly forward to open your airways. An oral appliance often looks like a mouthguard and it fits comfortably in your mouth. The device is worn while sleeping and can be removed during the day. The appliance also works to prevent patients from grinding their teeth. The CPAP machine is a great and effective option, but for some patients an oral appliance is a less intrusive option for treatment.
Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition if left untreated, but the good news is treatment is easy! If you are facing issues like these, it is important to seek the opinion of a specialist in sleep disorders. Learn if Dental Studio North can help you get the sleep you deserve by scheduling a consultation!
What is Invisalign?
Everyone wants great teeth and a beautiful smile; however, genetics may not be on your side. But just because you did not start with great teeth does not mean you are stuck with them. Invisalign may be the solution you have been waiting for.
Invisalign is a technique in which transparent aligners made of SmartTrack material are used to correct your teeth. Basically, Invisalign is a set of clear removable aligners which work to straighten your teeth over time. The difference between Invisalign and braces is that Invisalign does not require any wires or brackets.
The SmartTrack material is a patented thermoplastic material which was developed specially for Invisalign. The material is FDA approved and does not have harmful chemicals, such as latex.
The clear trays used to straighten your teeth will be unique to you. Dr. Ron Schmidt will create a digital map of your teeth and form your trays to solve your specific smile concerns.
Your trays will be designed to put gentle force on your teeth to bring them into a more aesthetic and functional alignment. Each tray is designed to make only the slightest adjustment and is swapped for a new tray every two weeks.
Trays are swapped often to continue to put pressure on your teeth. Eventually, the slight adjustments will accumulate, and you will be left with a gorgeous smile.
One of the most common questions about Invisalign is treatment time. Treatment length varies depending on your needs but is usually complete in 12-18 months. In order to complete your treatment quickly and effectively, it is crucial that you wear your Invisalign for 20-22 hours every day. Invisalign is meant to be removed only when eating or drinking. Missing large gaps of treatment time will derail your treatment.
Invisalign is an affordable, pain-free alternative to traditional braces. Schedule your consultation today with Dr. Schmidt!
Have you ever been told you snore, or been annoyed by your partner snoring? While snoring is annoying, it may be a sign of sleep apnea!
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) currently affects millions of people across the United States. While it may be a very common condition, it can be dangerous if ignored and left untreated. OSA occurs when airflow to the lungs becomes obstructed while sleeping. The snoring you hear may be from the tongue relaxing and blocking the airway. These obstructions can cause a patient to wake up dozens of time during the night, gasp for air, and relax back into sleep without even being aware! OSA can also increase risk for conditions such as heart attack, stroke, or diabetes. If you or your partner snore, have headaches the next morning, or are fatigued after a full night’s sleep—it is important to have your symptoms checked.
Traditionally, the course of treatment for OSA includes a CPAP machine—short for continuous positive airway pressure. CPAP has helped millions of people in their treatment of OSA. However, some CPAP users complain the machine is loud or the mask is uncomfortable.
That’s where Dental Studio North can help. When you visit Dental Studio North, Dr. Ron Schmidt will look at several symptoms that could indicate a patient may have a sleeping disorder, such as grinding teeth or snoring. When a patient informs us of these symptoms, Dr. Schmidt may suggest an at-home sleep study. At-home sleep studies are just that—sleep studies that can be performed at home rather than a lab. Sensors and electrodes are hooked up to a tiny computer to monitor data such as breathing, oxygen levels, and breathing effort throughout the night while you sleep. By morning, your results are ready to be reviewed by Dr. Schmidt! If a sleep apnea diagnosis is reached, Dr. Schmidt will determine if an oral appliance could be a good fit for treatment.
An oral appliance is a small plastic device that looks similar to a mouth guard. This device is custom for each patient to be worn comfortably while sleeping. It is only worn during the evening and can be removed during the day. The appliance is designed to position the jaw slightly forward to keep the airway free of obstructions. An oral appliance is also designed to prevent any grinding of the teeth or further damage from grinding. A CPAP machine is a great and effective option for treating sleep apnea, but for some cases oral appliances can offer a far less intrusive option than a CPAP machine.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition and can impact your health and overall quality of life but is easily treatable! If you are facing issues like these, it is important to seek the opinion of a professional. A better night sleep might start with a phone call to Dental Studio North!
Restoring Your Smile in One Visit with CEREC Same Day Crowns
Patients who require crowns may be concerned about the length of time it takes to prepare a traditional crown. Fortunately, CEREC ceramic crowns are available and can be made in only one visit. The CEREC process eliminates the laboratory step in the manufacturing of a crown. CEREC crowns are created using advanced CAD/CAM technology that images teeth and creates a permanent crown restoration while the patient waits. Once the crown has been milled and restored, it is ready immediate fitting. The process is fast and easy, and crowns can be made to match existing teeth.
Innovative CEREC crowns are usually complete in only two hours. The typical appointment begins with an examination, moves on to imaging, milling, and restoration, and ends with a perfect new crown. Choosing a CEREC crown eliminates the need for impressions and the discomfort of a temporary crown. The process is painless and produces crowns that replicate teeth precisely.And unlike crowns created in a lab, CEREC crowns do not use bulky porcelain or metal.
CEREC technology uses digital imaging instead of traditional messy impressions. Once images are taken, the CAD/CAM machine creates a model that can be adjusted by the Dr. Schmid. He has the ability to see exactly what the crown will look like in the mouth. Once Dr. Schmidt has the crown designed exactly the way he wants it, it is sent to the milling machine. Depending on the material used, Dr. Schmidt can glaze and bake the crown to add sheen and translucency, aiming to creating a near perfect matchfor existing teeth. Once it is ready, the crown is bonded in the same manner as a traditional crown.
CEREC crowns usually cost about the same as traditional ceramic crowns. Despite the inherent expense of the state-of-the-art technology used to manufacture these crowns, since there is no dental lab cost and only one appointment for the patient, the pricing is generally in line with the cost of traditional crowns.
Talk to Dr. Ron Schmidt about how to improve your smile with CEREC crowns.
This is Invisalign!
Invisalign is a great alternative to braces for straight teeth and a beautiful smile. Technological advances in teeth straightening have given us new options. Invisalign is an option that can remove the source of anxiety to feel like yourself and increase your confidence. Here are the benefits of Invisalign:
- No more food restrictions
- The entire process takes between 10-24 months
- Less visits to the dentist
- Retainers are practically invisible
- The units can be removed
- Brushing and flossing is easier
- Can be used as protective gear and mouth guard replacement
- Can be used to whiten your teeth
- Helps prevent teeth grinding
We encourage you to consider this alternative to braces. Please ask the doctor for more information about Invisalign.
What is Impression Less Technology?
The thought of taking impressions keeps some people away from the dentist. This machine will take several pictures of your teeth and create a digital mold of your mouth. This exact replica is emailed to the lab to make your restoration. Here are the benefits of digital scanning:
- No more gooey impression material in your mouth
- No more poking the back of your mouth
- No more gagging
- A more exact image and mold of your mouth
- The restoration will be more accurate and fit more precisely
- Increased longevity
- Faster turnaround time
We encourage you to consider this great new technology. Please ask the doctor for more information about impression less technology.
What is Oral ID?
Oral cancer is one of the hottest topics in dentistry. We have a new detection device to screen for oral called the Oral ID. The Oral ID is a hand-held light designed to be used for the screening. A blue light is emitted into the oral cavity. If the doctor sees green the tissue is healthy. If its darker in appearance the tissue is abnormal or unhealthy. How it works is the light shines on tissue and identifies areas of inflammatory tissue which may be an indication of cancer or dysplasia. Getting a screening helps to detect potential cancer lesions and if caught early the recovery rates are better.
Here are the Icey factors for risks of oral cancer:
- Age (People over 40 are more at risk)
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Heavy alcohol use
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Gender (Men are more susceptible than women)
- An unhealthy diet
- Prolonged sun exposure
We encourage you to get regular oral screens to prevent oral cancer. Please ask the doctor for more information about oral cancer and screenings at checkups.
What is a crown?
What is a crown? Unfortunately, I am not talking about the one you set on your head. A dental crown is a cover or commonly known as a “cap” that is put on a tooth. A crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. The main purpose of a crown is to make it stronger and improve the look of the tooth.
There are many different reasons that a patient may need a crown. Sometimes, a patient has a cavity that is too large for a filling. For a cavity to be filled, there must be enough healthy tooth for the bonding agent, or resin, to stick to. Another reason why someone may need a crown is because they have a bridge that needs an anchor. A patient could possibly have a missing tooth and need a dental implant. A crown is put over the implant to keep the bone safe and healthy. Through life, our teeth can become worn down or weakened, a crown is made of a hard material that protects the weakened tooth so that we can chew and go throughout our daily eating and drinking without any pain. Having a root canal treatment could also be another reason a patient needs a crown. A root canal restores the tooth and then the crown is placed over that to protect the restoration.
The list above are just a few reasons a patient may need a crown. At Dental Studio North, we offer Cerec crowns, which are made during your appointment so you walk out with your crown! This way, a second appointment is not needed nor any lab correl
National Children’s Dental Health Month
Although your children’s teeth will be falling out at a young age, they play an important role in your children’s development. These teeth help with chewing food, biting food, as well as speech development. The dental needs for children are the same as adults, only modified for growth.
Two major changes that one could see in their child’s mouth are wiggly teeth and cavities. Wiggly teeth are a natural way for adult teeth to push their way to the surface of the gums. Children usually begin to have loose teeth and teeth that fall out at the age of 6. It is a natural process and is best to allow the teeth to fall out on their own, unless issues arise.
Cavities can develop when sugar is eaten and left in the mouth and on teeth for an extended period of time. Bacteria that is in the food and naturally in your mouth eat away at the enamel of your teeth, causing the cavity. Saliva is the natural way to free the mouth of the acid that eats away at enamel, but at a young age, children eat more frequently than adults. Because of this, if proper dental hygiene is not upheld, enamel decay will occur.
The best way to withhold proper dental hygiene is to start at an early age. Scheduling your child with the dentist at an early age, allows for teeth routine to be put into place for the rest of their life. Begin using toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth when they are around 2 years old. Young children tend to swallow toothpaste so avoid using fluoride toothpaste until they learn not to swallow the toothpaste. When they can prevent themselves from doing so, introduce a fluoride toothpaste to help protect the teeth from enamel decay. Once a child has two touching teeth, this is the time to start flossing.
The dental health of children is very important because it sets up their dental hygiene for the rest of their life. If your child is ever in any pain or a parent has any concerns, contact your pediatric or family dentist to set up an appointment.
Sugar in your diet affects your teeth
The sugar content in the food you eat has a big effect on your teeth and gums.
When bacteria (plaque) come into contact with sugar in the mouth, acid is produced, which attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more. This can eventually result in tooth decay.
This is why drinking sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, and non-nutritious snacks can take a toll on teeth.
This is particularly true for children as their eating patterns and food choices affect how quickly they develop tooth decay.
Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. However, almost all foods, including milk or vegetables, have some type of sugar. Many of them also contain important nutrients that are an important part in our diet.
To help control the amount of sugar you consume, read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low in added sugars. Soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries often contain added sugars.
Will you spare the two minutes?
If you could add just two extra minutes and an extra twenty-five dollars to your dental appointment, would you? What if those two extra minutes and extra cash could save your life? Dental Studio North is now offering oral cancer screenings to any and all patients. Oral ID is an optical light that allows our doctors to shine a blue light that can identify oral cancer, pre-cancer, and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage. This means that our doctors can see potential oral issues before the human eye can detect them, allowing for an earlier detection; which dramatically raises one’s survival rate. Because Oral ID works via optical light, the check is quick and painless for the patient, having no extra work for them. As an office, we believe that oral cancer is a very serious raising issue in our world. The number of oral cancers has increased over a 7-year period, where all other cancers have declined. Offering this to our patients will allow for a healthier life, but also give them peace of mind.