Summer Orthodontics

  • Owner

    Summer Blake, DDS, MS

  • Address

    451 Manhattan Beach Blvd.,
    Suite D-224, Manhattan Beach

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  • Website

  • Photographed by

    Siri Berting

  • Special Section

    All About Kids

Summer Orthodontics specializes in treating a wide range of orthodontic issues, such as crooked teeth, crowding, spacing, protrusion, narrow arch, overbites, underbites, cross-bites and deep bites. Dr. Summer Blake has been practicing orthodontics since 2001. She opened her office in Manhattan Beach on Summer Solstice—June 21, 2010.

What is your main focus?

“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 and results?”

What would you like kids and parents to know about Summer Orthodontics?

“We love working with kids! We have worked hard to create an atmosphere that is not only stress-free but also a fun place to be. It is not uncommon for kids (and parents) to comment on how good it feels to visit our office. Beginning with the office design and continuing throughout our processes, each step is focused on an exceptional patient experience. Patients often compare our office to a spa.”

What benefits do children gain from the services your practice provides?

“The beautiful smiles we create provide a lifetime of confidence to our patients. This confidence carries over into every aspect of their lives. We are so grateful for the opportunity to have such a powerful impact. We take great pride in helping our patients become the best they can be.”

How can parents best invest in their kids’ future success?

“I don’t think it’s a secret that the best way for parents to invest in their kids’ future success is to love and support them unconditionally. Taking away school and other extracurricular activities has shaken everyone’s sense of stability. This will impact each child differently. In our profession, we see the power of improved self-confidence. However, a great smile pales in comparison to the confidence kids get from having loving parents.”

What do you see kids doing to make this world a better place?

“Our children have been through a lot over the last year. Their lives have been unlike any other generation in history. I have faith that from their experience these kids will find strength in their resiliency. I am also hopeful that as the world reopens, our children will take advantage of their opportunities without taking them them for granted.”

How does your practice earn the trust of kids?

“There is only one way to earn the trust of kids, and that is to authentically care about them. The entire team at Summer Orthodontics is committed to providing the best care possible to each patient. We pride ourselves on earning that trust every day.”

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!”

Describe the 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 hidden. 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.”

What would you like potential patients to know?

“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 inconspicuous treatment options.”

How did you choose your career?

“While majoring in mathematics, I took a campus job working at the UCLA Dental School. At the time I did not expect a career in the dental field. However, I discovered that the artistic side of my brain combined well with my attention to detail while working with dental models. I decided to apply to the UCLA Dental School and was immediately attracted to orthodontics. There are so many factors that go into creating an individual’s ideal smile. I love finding the right solution for each patient. There is nothing more rewarding than helping patients enhance their lives through a smile.”

What are you especially grateful for today?

“Besides my family, I am most grateful to live in the South Bay. Quarantines and lockdowns are difficult everywhere, but I can’t think of a better location or community to be. I am also grateful that it appears the pandemic is winding down. I am looking forward to seeing how the South Bay and the world bounces back.”

What are your favorite ways to unplug and relax when you’re off work?

“Traveling with my family is my favorite thing to do. Also, I enjoy practicing healthy choices in my personal and professional life. In my free time, I enjoy walks on the strand, yoga and HIIT workouts. I am looking forward to getting back into the gym in person. Additionally, I love preparing healthy meals with my family.”