2013…the WINNING Year!

start2013We don’t know about you but the word “resolution” brings a feeling of defeat! As we sit at the beginning of a new year, we’ve set some goals that we can absolutely achieve to make 2013 a winning year all the way around!

During our recent team retreat in Las Vegas, one of the goals the DiCiccio Orthodontics team members set for themselves was to Improve Our Health. This includes getting in good physical shape through exercise and an improved diet. We think that an improved smile is part of this as well. A beautiful smile makes you look younger and improves your self-confidence. A healthy mouth is also a good indicator of overall well-being. Be sure to let us know if we can help you achieve this goal for yourself.

Another goal we decided upon was to Balance Our Budget. We decided to take some time to look where we might be able to cut back and keep those extra pennies in our own wallet. Maybe this means one less Starbucks per week or eliminating extra movie channels we never have time to watch. These added pennies might be just the ones we need to help accomplish the other goals we have set.

One of our continued goals is to Pay It Forward. This goal includes getting involved in our community and doing something for someone else. We enjoy being involved in local philanthropic organizations and look for opportunities every day to show a kindness or do something for someone else. Not only does it make us realize how good our life really is, but it helps make our community a better place. 

With today’s busy lifestyle, one goal that we felt was very important was to take time to Relax and Reflect. If this goal is not made a priority, those cherished moments to yourself are quickly eaten up by never-ending chores or the “to-do list” that is a mile long. The world of technology makes it too easy to work 24/7. This precious time gives us the opportunity to prioritize and goes a long way towards reducing the stress of life

To become the best we can be, one of our goals is to Connect with Our Faith. Each of us has our own set of beliefs that determine our actions. No matter what your faith, it is important to listen to that still, small voice inside. With a strengthened faith, we know we have the tools and confidence to deal with whatever challenges may come our way. 

Last but not least, we challenged ourselves to Do Something New. Whether it’s finding a new hobby, exploring a new place, or learning a new skill, we think it is important to stimulate our minds and grow through new experiences. Our team has set their eyes on some fun new experiences for this year. Don’t be afraid to ask them what their “new thing” for the year is.

All in all…when we look at our goals, they seem pretty do-able! Especially when we aren’t using the “R” word. We challenge you to set some goals as well. We know this coming year is going to be a winning year for us, we hope it is for you too! 

We give you the challenge…”Have the courage to begin and the determination to win!” ~Sinead Duffy

Choosing the Best for your Child

Parents want was it best for their kids, that is a fact. Of course they want them to have a healthy smile but the main reason they seek care is that they want them to look great. Straight teeth, no spacing or over-lapping is generally what is expected. Great! The trick comes with choosing the right doctor to accomplish this, and the choices are seemingly endless. There is however a misconception that all doctors with a license can accomplish the same results.

Not all dentists are orthodontists. An orthodontist is a specialist with intensive training after dental school to learn the details of the complex biological system we will call a “bite”. Just as a specialist in the medical field, such as an orthopedist and a dermatologist, deal with their specific part of the body, an orthodontist limits his practice exclusively to orthodontic care.

Dr. DiCiccio is an orthodontic specialist. He has been specially trained to see past your child’s six crooked front teeth and see their bite three dimensionally. He uses his extensive knowledge to put together an individualized plan to create a beautiful, yet healthy and stable bite. Dr. DiCiccio is able to visualize how your child’s smile should look at the end of treatment and then coordinate all of the variables that go into achieving that outcome.

Dr. DiCiccio also has a private, single-doctor practice. The benefit of this  is that  Dr. DiCiccio and his team see fewer patients each day than a larger, multi-doctor or clinic type practice. This allows them the time to create a very specific, individualized treatment plan to insure great results for your child’s specific needs. They have flexibility at each appointment to do what it takes to “get things right”. Achieving a great result does take more time than just doing an average job.

Sure, you want your child to have a dazzling smile, we want that too! Your child deserves the best—a dazzling smile with stable, long-lasting results. The orthodontist you choose does make a difference.

What’s in a Smile?

A smile can convey all sorts thing. Ever hear the saying…”A smile is worth a thousand words”? A smile can convey friendliness, show compassion, create laughter, and even the devious side of a person. While we know how to read smiles and gauge their meaning, does the real secret lie in teeth themselves? Did you know the different shapes of the teeth suggest personality types?

Analyzing Your Teeth

The two front teeth, or the incisors, show a person’s age. Generally, the younger you are the more rectangular and rounded the corners of your incisors are. As you age, your front teeth become squarer and the corners begin to shorten.

Next to your incisors are your lateral incisors, which indicate gender. More feminine lateral incisors are slightly shorter and more rounded at the ends. The womanly look is referred to as a “gull-wing” silhouette. More masculine lateral incisors are almost the same size as central incisors and more squared.

Cuspids, or the teeth to the immediate left of your lateral incisors, show aggressiveness versus passivity. More pointy canines indicate more aggressive and powerful personalities. People with a more passive nature typically have flattened canines that are rounded at the tip of cuspids. 

Not only does the shape of the teeth reveal your personality but the straightness and health of the teeth say something as well. An individual with a bright, beautiful smile is going to have a healthier self-image and greater self-confidence. It’s not a secret that someone with greater self-confidence will be more energetic and go further in life. Dr. Pat DiCiccio and team love helping to create beautiful smiles and improve the self-confidence of their patients.

You can’t change your personality! You are who you are. But by doing what you can to straighten your teeth and taking care to keep them healthy with good oral hygiene, you will certainly go a long way toward keeping a positive self-image and making you who you want to be.

Committed…PROVE IT!

Have you noticed that when you are fully committed to something…whether it is a cause, a goal or even a relationship that you become bold, decisive, gutsy and unstoppable?

When you are committed, you have lots of energy and are driven by a strong sense of purpose to achieve what you want. You unlock the doors of your imagination, your vision expands and your creativity is boundless.

There are two fundamental conditions for commitment. The first is having a set of beliefs. As the old saying goes, “Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.” The second is sticking to those beliefs with your actions. Possibly the best description of commitment is “persistence with a purpose”.

All of us at DiCiccio Orthodontics are committed to making your experience at our office reach far beyond your expectations. We are committed to delivering excellent customer service and providing outstanding patient care. We care about our work and the work of each of our team members. Each day, we show up and we make a commitment to each other and to our patients to have fun, to be engaged and to put our commitment into action.

Please share your experience of our commitment here and with anyone who might be be in need of our services. If you aren’t a patient and would like to be…give us a call at (559) 225-2251.  We would love to put our commitment into action for you!

What’s the WORD?

We are taking our mission statement to a whole new level…have you noticed?

Our mission statement is important to us at DiCiccio Orthodontics.  It reflects not only our commitment to each other but also our commitment to our patients. Starting this week, you will notice each team member wearing a colored ribbon corresponding to one of the 10 key points in our mission statement. We wear these ribbons as a reminder of our commitment!

POSITIVE ATTITUDE is our first ribbon and we would like to share this week’s winning story…

One of our dear families lost their father/husband very recently this past year. It was very unexpected and rather sudden. We were all very saddened by the loss and it’s nearness to the holidays made it that much worse. With the approach of the holidays, this amazing family had the choice to sit at home and mourn their loss, which they would have had every right to do, but instead they chose to make a difference for someone else. They helped 15 other families decorate and prepare for the holidays. Their Positive Attitude made a huge difference in the lives of many other people and allowed them to celebrate as well.

We look forward to sharing the rest of our mission statement with you in the coming weeks. Feel free to ask us what each of the words or phrases mean to us or tell us your story!

Earlier this year we posted a blog which included our mission statement…if you are interested in reading the entire mission statement, check out the link below: https://diciccioorthodontics.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/our-commitment-to-you/

What is Your Passion for 2012?

If you were going to do one thing everyday for an entire year,

what would it be?

 

I don’t just mean brush your teeth, comb your hair or sleep. I mean something that could change your life or the lives of others.

Our team at DiCiccio Orthodontics challenge you to find your passion for 2012. Let’s call it Project 365! Find something you enjoy doing and decide how you can use that to make life better for someone else. Maybe you like to take pictures? Maybe you are passionate about food? Or maybe you just like to smile?

The world is in your hands, so take hold and see what you can do with it! The possibilities are endless.

Give the Gift of a Smile

Until December 31st, Dr. Pat DiCiccio is donating $1.00 for every new LIKE on the DiCiccio Orthodontics Facebook page back to the Smile for a Lifetime-Fresno/Clovis Chapter. Visit our page and give us a LIKE!

Help us spread the word…Applications are now being accepted for qualified kids 11-17 years of age, who live in Fresno or Clovis, California. For qualification guidelines and the application, please visit our website at http://www.DiCiccioOrtho.com.

Just a reminder…our office will close December 21 at 4:00 PM and reopen January 4 at 8:00 AM. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!!

Happy Holidays from all of us at DiCiccio Orthodontics!