Whole books can and have been written about work-life balance and retirement planning for dentists, it is clear dentists are not immune to these struggles. Owning your own practice can be a real challenge, and may be proving more difficult and time consuming than you imagined when you first opened your doors. You undoubtedly have your own, unique reasons for starting your own practice, but at the end of the day, it comes down to the fact that you wanted to help people. You have a passion for what you do, and you’re good at it. What you don’t want to do is get mired in the day to day details that pull you away from the practice of dentistry, but that’s where it gets tricky. It is those day to day details that cry the loudest for attention, and it is all too easy to get sucked into dealing with them, which leads to longer hours, less time at home, and no time at all for long term strategic planning or retirement planning for dentists.