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TIPS TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE IN 2018
Another thing I’ve realized over the years is, to reach your true potential, you need to surround yourself with others striving to do the same. When you’re enmeshed in a community of positive, successful individuals, it’s much easier to find the motivation to drive your own growth and development. And in that same vein, you should try to be the positive force for those around you, wherever you are. Encourage drive and passion in everyone you meet. And if you’re in doubt, have heart. With the right attitude and a healthy dose of determination, dreams really can come true, no matter who you are. Regardless of what your goals are for this coming year, know that you have my full support and encouragement. New Year’s is one of my favorite moments because everybody gets excited to transform their lives. It’s important that we work toward bettering ourselves and the world around us. Every positive change you’re able to implement in your life will radiate and spread to those around you. It might seem difficult at times, but don’t give up. Trust yourself, and stay on the right track.
Happy New Year to all of my amazing patients! We closed 2017 with a bang, and it was one of the most successful years in the history of Alborzi Orthodontics. I know that we couldn’t do it without each of you supporting us and entrusting us with your beautiful smiles. Hopefully, you’re starting out the year on a positive note, with a straighter, healthier, and more gorgeous smile than ever! As we move into 2018, everybody’s setting their goals and striving to make this their best year ever, both personally and professionally. With that in mind, I’d like to share some advice that has helped me steadily improve to become the most fulfilled version of myself. First, dieting reaches an all-time high in the month of January as everybody rushes to find a quick solution that will fix all their health problems. But the fact is fad diets fail
far more often than they succeed. Though the standard American diet certainly has its problems, it’s best to implement changes that you can maintain for the rest of your life. To that end, I recommend checking out “The End of Dieting” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a great resource that might empower you to transform your health naturally. It’ll equip you with everything you need to know about basic nutrition so you can guide your health journey without the need for complicated, stringent diets or outlandish treatments. This
Thank you, and a happy, healthy, empowering 2018 to you all!
approach has certainly helped me preserve my health and youth. I’m much older than you might think! I’ve been in practice for over 23 years, after all.
–Dr. Alexa Alborzi
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3 WAYS TRAVEL CAN TRANSFORM YOUR KIDS
1. HISTORY WILL COME TO LIFE. Yes, your kids will read about World War II in school and take state capital quizzes. But in the end, nothing compares to firsthand experiences of culturally significant locations. Imagine showing a child the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin’s famous theory of evolution was conceived, or having the chance to talk about the beginnings of the Revolutionary War while strolling through Minute Man National Historical Park in Massachusetts. If you live in a state with a rich history, make it a point to visit one of the nearby museums. If you’re planning a vacation abroad, incorporate visits to historical sites. Take the opportunity to learn as a family! 2. THEY’LL PICK UP NEW SKILLS. In addition to learning about history, your child may discover a new skill. They may learn a bit of conversational Spanish during a trip to Mexico or they
When you go on a trip, whether it’s a quick jaunt to a neighboring town or a weeklong stay in an exotic locale, you interact with new people and cultures. It’s one thing to hear someone talk about the laid-back vibes of the West Coast, but you can’t really feel them for yourself until you’ve meandered through the redwoods or watched the sun set over Puget Sound. Now, imagine the positive effects this kind of cultural awakening could have on a young mind! While we tend to think about the worst-case scenarios and added stresses of traveling with kids, they stand to benefit as much, if not more, from travel as we do. You never know — your son or daughter may realize a passion for a subject that will one day become their career. As you’re plotting destinations for the new year, keep these life-changing possibilities in mind.
might play soccer with a group of children and realize they have a knack for it.
By fostering a sense of healthy curiosity about new places, you’ll help your child feel confident enough to branch out of their comfort zone and make new friends at home and on the road. 3. THEY’LL UNDERSTAND COMPASSION. After a trip to Fiji, Lonely Planet Kids writer Patrick Kinsella found that, long after they returned, his eldest daughter continued to reflect on her experience. “It’s an eye- and mind-opening experience, especially for Ivy, who has never before considered that someone her age might not have a TV, let alone lack electricity,” Kinsella writes. “For many months afterward, Ivy talk[ed] about Po, imagining her Fijian friend’s life.” Because they’re so open-minded, kids are the perfect sponges for new experiences. At the very least, they’ll be less likely to take what they have for granted, and they might even develop an expansive and exploratory worldview.
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HOW INVISALIGN REVOLUTIONIZED ORTHODONTICS A Truly Alternative Idea
Like many industry-changing inventions, Invisalign began with one person’s quest to improve technology. Zia Chishti was a student at Stanford and an adult orthodontics patient when he got his braces removed. Getting brackets and wires removed is a time-intensive, cumbersome procedure. As Chishti sat in the chair, he wondered if there was a better way. When the doctor presented him with a retainer, his mind began racing. It was an old-school plastic-and-wire retainer, but it was also the germ of the idea for the plastic aligners that Invisalign is famous for today. After meeting with Kelsey Werth, another Stanford student, the two began to develop prototypes. Eventually, they came upon the idea of custom, 3-D printed clear aligners that would straighten teeth. By 1997, Chishti and Werth founded Align Technology and set to work securing a patent and FDA approval. The Invisalign system hit the market a year later. When the technology was introduced, orthodontists were hesitant to use it. Invisalign was brand-new, developed by people outside of the industry, and unproven. Venture capital companies in Silicon Valley, however, sensed an opportunity. Flush with cash, Invisalign started a marketing campaign designed to win the hearts and minds of not just doctors, but of prospective patients as well. The New York Times called it “the most aggressive consumer advertising plan the dental profession has ever seen.”
Though the product was sound, Invisalign had serious spending issues. They threw away much of the funding they had secured. After a change in leadership, they began to focus on making Invisalign an operable business instead of simply a good idea. Despite an inauspicious start, Invisalign is now regarded as a viable alternative to traditional braces for all but the most severe cases. Because they are clear and removable, they’ve become extremely popular among adults seeking orthodontic treatment. Invisalign has continued to improve their technology, even creating an Invisalign Teen system aimed at adolescents. As patients have come around to Invisalign, so too have dentists and orthodontists. Most dental schools require that students complete Invisalign training before graduation. While traditional braces are still popular, Invisalign is clearly not a flash in the pan. Millions
of patients have experienced great results using the clear aligners, and the number continues to rise. The days of Invisalign’s reputation as a scrappy young startup are long gone. Despite some initial roadblocks, the company has set itself on a clear path to long-term success.
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WANT TO SEE BETTER REPORT CARDS IN 2018?
SET REWARD MILESTONES Positive reinforcement will propel your kids to keep reading long after the calendars have turned. For a certain number of books completed or hours spent reading, offer them a prize. You can even create a big end goal to really cement those reading habits. Better yet, set a combined goal that the entire family can work toward. Don’t be afraid to pull out all the stops. If your kids know that reading one book per week through June means an extra-special summer vacation, their enthusiasm won’t wane come spring. USE READING APPS Goodreads is a social network for bibliophiles. You can find recommendations, share ratings, and create lists of both completed and to-be-read books. Users also create reading lists based on topic, genre, decade, and more. With over 2 billion books added, you’ll never run out of inspiration.
Every parent wants to see their child do well in school, and there’s one fun activity that benefits students of all ages: reading. In a world with so much stimulation, however, it can be difficult to motivate kids to put down a screen and pick up a book. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to make reading a priority. Here are a few tips to make 2018 the year your kids become bookworms. MAKE IT A FAMILY RESOLUTION There’s no better motivator than solidarity! Plus, we’re guessing everyone in your household could stand to read a little more. You don’t have to read the same books or set identical goals, but it’s a lot more fun when everyone participates. Schedule weekly reading discussions so everyone can share the cool stories they’ve read. Stack your completed books in your house
Biblionasium offers the same services, but it’s designed specifically for children. Talk to other parents and create a network of friends and classmates. After all, nothing is cooler to a kid than what their friends are doing. Avid readers tend to do better academically from kindergarten through college. In fact, a study from the Journal of Education and Practice found that reading comprehension predicted success in other subjects more than any other factor. If you want to see improved report cards, make a reading resolution for your entire household.
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