We orthodontists are funny creatures. By nature and by training we totally ignore what is right and focus all our energy on the smallest of defects. This is a fantastic attribute when it comes to getting lower incisors aligned but it is a TERRIBLE mindset when dealing with patients (you know, the human being attached to the teeth) parents, employees, spouses and our children.


Starting today, be intentional about finding positives in every person and every situation you encounter. Compliment your employees on things they do well instead of only speaking up when there is a problem. Do the same for your spouse and kids. It will make a world of difference and make the “constructive criticism” easier for them to handle. Try it every day for a week and see for yourself! What do you have to lose?