Summertime Smiles

We have been super busy at Ellis Orthodontics this summer creating healthy, beautiful smiles.  It has been a lot of fun seeing my cute, braced up patients around the neighborhood, at the pool and in the office.  If you have been thinking about improving your smile through orthodontic treatment, summer is a great time to start!

I love this!

Ellis Orthodontics has been a great experiement for me.  Creating a smile making business that reflects my personality and leaves others feeling a personal connection with my office has become my stated purpose.  To be able to state a purpose is an accomplishment - it is moving from the building a dream stage to the development of a business stage.  I suspect that most start up businesses begin as a collection of hopes and dreams without tangible form.  As the startup business is built it becomes tangible, but is still largely a conceptual idea that is hard to nail down.  I'm feeling pretty good about nailing down what Ellis Orthodontics is all about - and I look forward to building on the framework that has been established.

Just do it!

Ah, the holiday season is here once again!  I don't know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year.  I LOVE all the decorations, cozy clothes, excitement and anticipation that make the Thanksgiving/ Christmas / New Years season so special.  But I HATE the overwhelming feeling that hits about the morning of the Dallas Marathon, when I look at my to-do list and panic that it will never be done on time.  

Last week I was thinking about how I can approach the holidays differently, to improve the Love part of our relationship and reduce the other part.  My solution - I need to quit worrying about what won't get done and just do it!  Taking my mind off the worries and putting it on the preparation has done wonders to improve my mood this year.  

So how does this relate to orthodontics?  I have come to realize that many of my adult patients have a similar love/hate relationship with the idea of braces.  They love the idea of straight, healthy beautiful teeth but hate the anxiety they feel about braces as an adult.  As an orthodontist who has seen the great benefit that adults can receive from orthodontic care, I encourage anyone considering treatment to put the worries aside and just do it.  I have yet to have any adult tell me they wish they hadn't straightened their teeth - and have lots and lots tell me how glad they are that they did.

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season.  Ellis Orthodontics is blessed to have so many wonderful patients and colleagues to work with.  We are grateful for your support this year and always.