Summer L. Blake, DDS, MS
Summer Orthodontics specializes in creating smiles for children and adults. Dr. Summer Blake and her team employ the latest in proven, cutting-edge technology, such as invisible braces, metal braces, clear braces and digital imaging. Dr. Summer completed dental school at UCLA and earned her master’s degree and her postdoctoral orthodontics certificate at Temple University in Philadelphia. She has been specializing in orthodontics for more than a decade.
What is the focus of Summer Orthodontics?
“Delivering the highest-quality treatment is my top priority. Every decision I make is based upon one simple rule: Will this decision improve the patient experience?”
Tell us about your team.
“I love our team. Not only are they excellent at their jobs, but they are also caring, fun and friendly. They love getting to know patients (and their families) and genuinely miss them when treatment is completed. Creating beautiful smiles correctly takes teamwork, and I’m proud to say we have the best!”
What would you like potential patients to know about you?
“It is never too late to have a confident smile. More than 40% of our patients are adults. Advancements in technology can not only dramatically reduce treatment time (in some cases by as much as 50%) but can also offer a variety of hidden and inconspicuous treatment options.”
What’s most rewarding at work?
“Seeing the confidence patients exude from their new smile is really rewarding. However, I also enjoy getting to know each patient throughout their time with us.”
Tell us about recent developments in the field of orthodontics.
“There is a technological revolution going on throughout our world, and orthodontics is no exception. Orthodontic treatment is now faster, more comfortable and in some cases even invisible. Patients and parents often say, ‘This is not how I remember braces when I was young.’
Our office embraces the best of proven technologies. We use the fastest scanners, most efficient techniques and highest-quality materials in all of our treatment plans. We offer complimentary consultations to help patients understand their options and our recommended plan.”
How do you provide personalized attention to patients?
“Each patient is unique, so every treatment plan must be custom-tailored to create their ideal smile. We work together with our patients to understand their treatment options and our recommendation. Throughout treatment we monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments to achieve ideal results. The fun part is getting to know our patients throughout this process.”
Which personality traits are most important to be successful in your field?
“For starters, it would be very difficult to become an orthodontist without attention to detail. To be a successful orthodontist, one needs to be both analytical and creative. I think this quote by Picasso describes an orthodontist’s journey very well: ‘Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.’ Additionally, every patient is unique so the best orthodontists genuinely care about each patient and the smiles they create.”
What woman has been a source of inspiration to you?
“There are so many inspirational women. However, one of the most inspirational to me was my great-grandmother, Mary Hunter. She passed away last year at 106. Born in Indiana and raised in Inglewood, she attended the University of La Verne and remained in that city her entire life. She was a third grade teacher who traveled the world.
She valued education and always insisted we read at least 10 minutes a day to her great-great-grandchildren. As a student in the 1920s, she would ride the train to Manhattan Beach from La Verne to work as a housekeeper and nanny on the weekends.”
How do you give back to your community?
“We support a variety of community programs as diverse as the interests of our patient base. From education to sports to arts, we are engaged in supporting programs that put our patients’ beautiful smiles to good use throughout the South Bay.”
Tell us about your family.
“I married my husband, Matt, in Manhattan Beach in 2007. We have four children: three wonderful daughters, Ahnika, 10, Tegan, 7, Winslow, 1, and one son, Briggs, 5. It is a very busy time for our family! Spending time with them is what I like to do most when I’m not at work. (I also enjoy Pilates, yoga, cooking and travel.)”