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The year 2017 is coming to an end, and 2018 is swiftly approaching. With the new calendar year often comes New Year’s Resolutions. As you ponder what your goals will be this year, consider some advice from your friends at Andolino Orthodontics.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

When you set your goals, make sure they are SMART goals. This is a mnemonic that stands for  Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. This is a particularly handy idea when it comes to setting goals regarding your health, wellness, and orthodontics care. Without setting SMART goals, our wishes often fall by the wayside. Let’s take it step by step and build a SMART goal for your smile.

Specific

This refers to the “what, how, and why” of your goal. Don’t just say “I want a great smile in 2018.” Be specific in answering what you will do, how you will achieve it, and why you are doing it. For example, “I will have a straight, healthy, white smile in 2018 by working with Andolino Orthodontics, so that I can feel more professional and confident in my appearance. I will set up a complimentary consultation by the end of January.”

Measurable

Make sure you have concrete criteria for determining progress in hitting your goal. As you measure progress, you give yourself checkpoints to make sure you are on track. You experience the self of accomplishment and purpose that comes from hitting those mile-markers.

The exhilaration of achievement will spur you to continue your goals. Some steps in your goal may be “I will consult Andolino Orthodontics by Valentine’s Day 2018,” or “I will schedule my follow up appointment in the next 2 months.” It could even be something like “I will thoroughly brush my teeth for 2 minutes twice a day, and floss for 3 minutes a day, to reduce chances of tooth decay while I am getting my teeth straightened.”

Achievable

Goals are most likely to happen when you feel like they are reachable. If you have questions about the feasibility of a particular goal, consult some trusted friends. For your smile goals, we know that you can achieve any goal you set your mind to, as long as you plan the correct steps and the proper time frame to achieve them. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Andolino Orthodontics in New York City! Dr. Frank Andolino will help you design an achievable, personalized plan to get the smile of your dreams.

Realistic

Your goals need to be high (representing real progress) but realistic to your circumstances. Dr. Andolino and our team are very aware of the time and financial considerations involved with orthodontics care. This is why we strive to create a payment plan that easily fits into your budget. We offer a variety of payment plans, including 0% financing. Both time and finances are considerations that can be discussed in your complimentary consultation.

Timely

A goal needs to be grounded in a time frame. “Someday”–or even worse, “When I get around to it”– simply doesn’t cut it. Work with Dr. Andolino to determine a good timeframe to achieve your personalized smile goals.

So, go ahead–set a SMART goal for your smile! We are here to help. Call Dr. Frank Andolino at Andolino Orthodontics in New York, New York. We can be reached at 212-753-5575. We are here to help you reach your goals for 2018!