The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays in the Rogue Valley! The Ashland Chamber of Commerce does such a fantastic job of organizing the parade, fair booths, music performances - they blow us away! We love being a sponsor for the festivities and enjoy putting together a fun photobooth as part of our involvement. The photos are free to keep and always entertaining! Below are a few of our favorites (we even got Kelsey, the event organizer herself, in the photo booth with us). If you took photos at the booth this year, you can find digital copies on our Facebook album. As always, a huge thanks to Matt at Smile Photo Booth for providing excellent service. We highly recommend him for your next event or wedding!
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It's no secret that the Soulsmile crew LOVES Mt. Ashland. You'll find most of us there all winter long enjoying the wonderful terrain and awesome atmosphere. If you haven't been to Mt. Ashland yet, you have to check it out! Even if you go just to get a bite or a drink in the newly renovated lodge, its worth it just for the incredible views and to experience this fantastic little slice of our Southern Oregon community. You can even time your visit with one of the many fun events, like the Downhill Dummy (see our video below), they put on throughout the season. Experience some local mountain fun!
Thanks to the Mt. Ashland team for everything you do!
We're a little late with this recap, but still thought it would be fun to share our Maker experience! On November 19th Soulsmile helped sponsor and participate in the Rogue Valley Mini Maker Faire here in Ashland. Maker Faire is billed as "the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth" and its true! Its a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. A place where people can share what they are making and learning.
We brought our CEREC machine to show people how we are using CAD/CAM technology in the dental office to make teeth! With this technology, we can provide patients with inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers in only one appointment. Worldwide, more than 30 million teeth have been produced with CEREC.
We wanted to share some of the great questions (and answers) we discussed that day for all you science-minded folks out there.
How do you design the new tooth on the computer?
Answer: The wand you'll see as part of the unit is call the Omnicam. It is actually a camera that records a streaming video to capture both 2D and 3D data. The data then produces a digital replica of a patient's dentition, accurate down to just a few microns.
Is this a 3D printing technology?
Answer: It is not. 3D printing is an additive process while the CEREC milling unit uses a subractive process. We start by putting in a full block of material. Then, two opposing diamond burs reduce the material to its final shape.
How long does it take to mill a tooth?
Answer: On average, about 12 minutes.
Why are the blocks purple?
Answer: Many of our restorations are milled from a material called Emax. The material, lithium disilicate (LS2), is the strongest, most durable porcelain available. The block appears purple in color throughout the milling process because they are in a slightly softer state. Once they are the correct shape for the restoration, they are baked in an oven at 900 degrees, allowing the material to crystallize. This turns the material to the final tooth color and hardens it.
These are just a few of the fun facts. If you're interested in learning more, call us to make an appointment and Dr. Kivel can show you how it works.
Our patient and friend, Lauren Trantham, is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime with a project called RideMyRoad. Soulsmile is proud to be a sponsor as she rides around the United States on her motorcycle photographing survivors of sex trafficking. She will be telling their stories, raising funds and promoting awareness. Many of the photos will be available for viewing on her website. Her goal is to make women feel beautiful, empowered, and worthy.
Come out to the starting point of Lauren Trantham's 9k solo motorcycle journey to raise awareness and funds for survivors of Human Trafficking. She'll be starting here in Ashland, Oregon and traveling clockwise around the entire country.