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What do you love about Dr. Hughes & team?

From your very first visit to the orthodontic office of Dr. David Hughes, We strive to provide superior treatment in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. We thought we’d ask you, our wonderful patients: What did you think about your experience? Did our team go out of their way to make your day? Are you in love with your new smile?

Whether you’ve just come in for a consultation or your family has been visiting our office for years, we’d love to hear your feedback. Or, you can tell us by posting on our Facebook page or by giving us a call!

Thank you,
Dr. Hughes & team

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Enter the AAO Video Scholarship Contest!

We have some exciting news to share with all of our patients this Thursday. The American Association of Orthodontists, which Dr. Hughes is a member of, is offering a $2,500 academic scholarship to two lucky winners of their “How Orthodontics Changed My Life” video contest.

All patients at our office of 18 years of age or younger are eligible to enter, and entries are due by June 1st! You can learn more about the contest on the AAO’s web site, but here are a few subjects to think about while making your video:

• What were you like before you had orthodontic treatment? How have you changed?
• How proud are you of your new smile?
• When did you notice changes in yourself? What kinds of changes have you noticed?
• What does your new smile mean to you?
• What would you say to others whose smiles make them self-conscious?

This is a great opportunity and we encourage you to enter. GOOD LUCK!

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Invisalign® Tips, from Dr. Hughes

Many people know that Invisalign is a great solution to braces if you don’t want to experience the look and feel of traditional metal braces. What few people know, though, is that just like traditional braces, Invisalign requires proper care to work effectively. Good oral hygiene is highly important, even when you are wearing something in your mouth that you can take out to eat with. It’s still likely that your aligners can build up plaque if not treated properly. When wearing your Invisalign aligners, Dr. Hughes wants you to ask yourself the following questions:

1. Am I eating with my aligners on? – These aligners are removable and should be taken out when you eat.

2. Am I drinking anything other than water with my aligners on? – Though it’s not a necessity for you to take out your aligners while you drink, think about how sticky a soda is. If you take out your aligners when drinking a soda, you have a better chance of keeping your aligners clean.

3. Am I brushing before putting the trays on? – The aligners have both an inside and outside. Keeping the outside clean is easy. Keeping the inside clean is also easy: just make sure you’ve brushed your teeth before putting the trays on.

These are all very simple steps, and ultimately, they help to keep you building good oral habits. If you have any questions about Invisalign or your orthodontic treatment, give us a call!

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Meet Our Orthodontist

David R. Hughes, DDS, was born into a dental family (his father and brother are dentists) and was raised in Northern Virginia. He received a liberal arts education at the University of Virginia before graduating first in his class from the VCU/Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. Dr. Hughes also completed his specialty residency in orthodontics at VCU/MCV, which offers one of the most competitive orthodontic programs in the country.

To stay up to date on the latest technology in orthodontics, Dr. Hughes maintains membership in many study clubs and professional associations, including the American Association of Orthodontists, the Virginia Association of Orthodontists, and the Northern Virginia Orthodontic Study Club. He is also a board member of the MCV Orthodontic Education Foundation and serves as the annual VCU Department of Orthodontics Exchange Program Delegate to the University of Messina in Italy.

Outside the office, Dr. Hughes enjoys triathlon training as well as visits to art museums and foreign travel. He also devotes a portion of his time to treating dental patients at free clinics throughout the year.

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