David R. Hughes, DDS
There is nothing better than creating beautiful smiles and playing a role in improving the self-esteem of my patients. Getting to know each individual and family is important to me and keeps my practice focused on our patients and their needs. I have been proud to practice orthodontics in the Springfield community for over ten years, and in this time, I’ve seen so many young patients grow up to be successful young adults with confident smiles. Becoming an orthodontist has changed my life by making it possible to develop my talents for the benefit of others. I love sharing the excitement of our patients when orthodontic treatment is finished and I also enjoy the technical challenges and active pace of this wonderful field.
Education and Continuing Education
- Undergraduate Degree – University of Virginia
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
- Orthodontic Residency – Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
Continuing education is an integral part of my practice and my professional life. Quite simply, continuing education makes me a better clinician and allows me to provide better care for my patients. Earning my periodic re-certification from the American Board of Orthodontics also helps me to maintain my standards. I love to learn new information and making beautiful smiles is my passion.I also participate in the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists as an affiliate member and take part in an annual residency exchange program between VCU Orthodontics and the orthodontic program at the University of Messina, Italy, where I provide simultaneous translation for Italian lecturers. Learning and sharing new information with colleagues from around the country and the world adds an exciting academic dimension to the work that we do every day in the office.
- Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics
- MCV Orthodontic Education Foundation
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southern Association of Orthodontists
- Virginia Association of Orthodontists
Outside the Office
I spend my time outside the office with my wife, Marcela, and our three children. We also have an adorable Siberian cat named Penny. I enjoy staying fit, experimenting in the kitchen, traveling, and going to art museums with my daughters. I am active in my community as well and am involved with the Arlington Arts Center, Tysons Dental Study Club,and the Fairfax County Dental Society. I am currently the president of the MCV Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation and volunteer at local dental donated services events each year.