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Why Start an Orthodontic Practice?

After graduating from orthodontic residency 8 years ago, I was hired as an independent contractor by general dentists to do orthodontics for the patients in their practice. This job seemed attractive because I was not responsible for handling business aspects of the practice; hiring assistants, ordering supplies, analyzing practice production, and marketing were duties of the practice owners. The ability to work as an independent contractor was conducive to my stage in life at the time. I could go to work every day, solely focus on the orthodontics and come home to my infant and toddler without worrying about the business side of orthodontics.

After a few years of practicing as a contractor, I realized that aspects I previously saw as advantages were more clearly becoming disadvantages. I didn’t have to worry about hiring staff, but I also lacked the authority to hire someone better suited for the position. I didn’t have to worry about ordering supplies, but I lacked the authority to invest in better technology for the practice. For example, intra oral scanners were quickly replacing goopy impressions yet the dentists I worked for didn’t want to invest in this sophisticated but more expensive technology.

I didn’t have to worry about scheduling, but the company was more profitable if more patients were crammed into one day instead of spread out over 2 days. As the practice grew, the spotlight continued to shine on the “bottom line” and keeping costs down, often at the expense of the patients’ quality of care. More and more frequently I came home dissatisfied because I couldn’t diagnose and treat cases as well as I wanted to due to lack of properly trained staff, technology, equipment, and practice management systems.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” At some point I had to forge my own path and make a transition. Change is hard and the transition to operating a practice seemed like a formidable challenge, but I decided to invest in myself and in a practice of my own to better serve my community. I could have the peace of mind knowing I was practicing orthodontics to the best of my abilities.

This is why I created Spring Orthodontics. I wanted a fresh, modern approach to orthodontics. After a long bleak winter comes the freshness of spring along with new growth and energy. The practice was named Spring Orthodontics to reflect this, and it was fitting that the practice is located in Western Springs. In addition, springs are an important tool in an orthodontist’s tool box! Coil springs are used in orthodontics to push apart two teeth in order to create room and bring in a misaligned tooth. This spring is depicted in our logo encircling the tooth.

Being a practice owner of a start-up requires wearing a variety of hats: lead marketer, head of HR, CFO and orthodontist, all while being a mother and wife. Yet I am grateful every day for the opportunity to make my own decisions, serve my community and practice to the best of my abilities. I can keep up with the latest advances in my field and implement them. I can make sure patients are carefully treated in a timely, friendly and fun manner. As Spring Ortho approaches it’s 6 month birthday, I am so excited to see what the future holds for our practice and our patients.

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"Wonderful experience at Spring Orthodontics, and so impressed with Dr. Mathrani and Debbie, the treatment coordinator. From the personalized welcome message, to the full tour of their great space and technology, to their friendly and approachable demeanor, my child was completely at ease. As a mom, I appreciated that Dr. Mathrani provided a thoughtful and customized assessment — not a recommendation that was about profits. If you are looking for an orthodontic consultation, don’t hesitate, go to Spring!"

- Laura S.
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"We have had exceptional experience with Spring Orthodontics. You will find a welcoming staff that is calm, caring and professional. Their office is very clean and modern. In addition to a fantastic location, scheduling is a breeze!"

- Elizabeth E.
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"I just started wearing Invisalign, and I could not ask for a better orthodontist than Dr. Mathrani. I had a ton of questions and concerns about the whole process, and she patiently answered all of my questions and gave me a lot of information to help me. Dr. Mathrani is very professional, and also has such a warm and inviting personality that makes the whole experience much more enjoyable."

- Sean K.
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"I have nothing but great things to say about this office. As someone, in my 30s, who was very nervous going into invisalign treatment, I can honestly say I wish I found Dr. Mathrani sooner. From consult, my initial scan (Yay! no gross molds), IPR , to receiving my trays , I can't be any more pleased with my experience."

- Melanie B.
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"Our experience at Spring Orthodontics has been amazing! My 6 year old daughter had a severe overbite due to thumb sucking and I was referred to Dr Ro by our dentist. Dr Ro placed a device in my daughters mouth that had her overbite significantly reduced and broke the thumb sucking habit within 8 weeks! I am truly amazed by the results! Dr Ro was so great with my daughter and every visit has been a great experience- my daughter actually looks forward to going to the orthodontist! This place is a gem in Western..."

- Renee R.
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"Our family could not be happier with Dr. Ro and her practice! From the moment we walked in for our first consult, we knew we made the right choice! Dr. Ro is the best - very knowledgeable, super kind and so great with our girls! They truly love going in to see her for their visits! We highly recommend Dr. Ro (and Debbie too!) "

- Amanda G.
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