“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more. “ -Dr. Seuss
As Christmas comes roaring at us, and 2014 comes to a close, I’m sitting in our house, enjoying some quiet time. It always amazes me that Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” contains so many lessons in the simple language of a children’s book. And yet aren’t the most foundational lessons in life the most simple ones?
As a parent, it’s easy to get wrapped up (no pun intended) in Santa Claus and gift giving. Television, the web and our society, all encourage draining our wallets this time of year. All religious meaning for the holidays aside, isn’t the holiday season really about gifts that can’t be bought and gratitude for the life that each of us has been given?
We have much to be grateful for here. We have a wonderful team, the best patients in the world, and the opportunity to make a difference in many lives. We wish you all the best holiday and joy as we wrap up 2014.
-The Team at Snow Orthodontics
Now that fall is in full swing, I started to think about gardening. I have a friend who has a big garden and who loves the nurturing that goes into tending a garden, but plants more than he will ever use. Every year he ends up with an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes; way, way more than he could eat. So, lucky for me, he shares this abundance with me and some of his other friends.
Whenever I thank him, he modestly says that sharing the vegetables gives him much more in return than what we receive in a few meals. Do you ever find that to be true yourself? That we get more in return when we give something away?
The Hi Desert Children’s Dental Clinical is a place where I find the above to be true. Providing services to those who would go without is rewarding and my gratitude for being able to serve in this way is great. Giving time to organizations like this are a way that anyone can become more involved in the community and have the opportunity to give back. I hope you have the chance to participate somewhere in the community and show gratitude. It always comes back in multiples.
As Thanksgiving comes roaring at us, it’s time to remind everyone to check their Flex Spending Accounts. Money left in those accounts at the end of the year will be lost to you forever unless it’s used. Orthodontics is a great way to utilize your hard-earned un-taxed earnings. And if you have already used this year’s FSA, you can plan for orthodontics next year when you set up your new enrollment. Just schedule your complimentary new patient exam to find out about treatment and the related finances! Our treatment coordinators are expert at helping your to maximize the benefit that these accounts provide.
Gratitude really is an attitude, right? It’s not something that we share or work on for just the month or the last Thursday of November. Gratitude is present every time we breathe. Every day we are grateful as we work to put smiles on the faces of those we meet.
We can’t put into words the joy that each and every one of you bring into our lives when you walk through our doors. Thank you so much for the privilege of serving you. It is an honor that we appreciate daily.
Warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving; we hope you are able to spend it in a place and with people that you love.
October is National Orthodontic Health month and we think it’s no coincidence – for Snow Orthodontics it’s a perfect time to remind our patients with braces to put some thought into the treats you enjoy this Halloween. We want our patients in braces to enjoy the holiday and not feel that they are missing out. They can choose among the many treats that are brace-friendly, avoiding ones that are hard, sticky, gummy or chewy. Brace-friendly ones include soft, nut free candies, soft candy bars, peppermint patties, and peanut butter cups.There are lots more that will keep your braces safe and still let you enjoy the holiday! Remember the beautiful smile that is in your future will be much sweeter than the momentary pleasure from candy that damages your braces or your teeth.
For everyone, a gentle reminder that sugar, when left on the teeth creates a perfect breeding ground for damage to your teeth and gums, including cavities! Brushing and flossing continues to be an important habit that is even more critical when your intake of sugary foods increases. For those in braces, this means brushing carefully around all the brackets and wires and concentrating on areas where the teeth meet the gums and where the braces attach to the teeth!
Orthodontic Health month is also an opportunity for us to remind everyone of the positive impact orthodontic care can have. Regardless of your age, orthodontics can improve how you look and also have a positive impact on your health. If you have crowded teeth, having braces can improve your ability to keep everything clean, reduce periodontal problems and tooth wear. If you experience pain or discomfort from TMJ, orthodontics can offer long term relief. Orthodontics can also have a positive impact on your confidence; no more hiding your smile or feeling less than fabulous! There are many other benefits to orthodontic care and we’re happy to talk to you about the benefits you or your child can have from orthodontic care.
Snow Orthodontics has many treatment options including metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Your complimentary consultation will give you an opportunity to see our office, meet our team, and find out all about your treatment options and our affordable treatment plans. Call one of our convenient offices to schedule your initial exam and consultation today!