Hart Orthodontics

Dr. Patrick Hart
Dr. P. Sheamus Hart

Phone 703-491-4278
Office 12600 Lakeridge Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22192

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Archive for February, 2014

Indirect Bonding

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Many of our patients at Hart Orthodontics ask us about indirect bonding, a method of applying brackets for braces to the teeth in such a manner that an entire set of braces can be applied, including expanders, in less than an hour. Until now, braces were placed on each individual tooth, one at a time. The procedure required meticulous, long, painstaking sessions for both patient and doctor, to ensure each bracket was in the correct position, especially in the back of the mouth.

Indirect bonding process

Indirect bonding is a technique in which molds of the teeth are made, and most of the work for the braces is done in the lab. It is a remarkable process that depends on our ability to make particularly accurate models of your teeth. Much detail goes into the accurate measurement and alignment of the model, since your mouth is naturally unique to you.

The brackets for the braces are placed on the models of the teeth, exactly in the right place, fitted into the trays made on the model, and sealed and cured.

Setting the braces

When you come to our Woodbridge, VA office to have your braces fitted, the trays, made from your own teeth models, have been completed with the braces built into them. All that remains is a short sitting to fit the trays onto your teeth, align them, and separate the braces from the trays.

Your own teeth will have to undergo some preparatory work in order to accept the braces. This involves preparing the surface of the teeth for the adhesive for the braces, as well as preparing the surfaces of any crowns. You will also have a short period to wait while the adhesive cures, once the braces are in place.

All the other work that would traditionally have been done in the orthodontist’s chair has been done on the models, and by the time the orthodontist sees you for the second sitting, your braces are exactly aligned to your teeth, set in place, and the wires placed.

Adjustments to your braces

You will be seen approximately every six to 14 weeks. When needed, adjustments will be made to the wires that run through the braces. In this way, indirect bonded braces are very much like traditional braces. You’ll also need to follow a diet free of sticky, chewy, or crunchy foods, because they can damage your braces. If you have any questions about the potential for indirect bonding for your braces, please give us a call at our convenient Woodbridge, VA office or ask Dr. Patrick Hart during your next visit!

Is adult orthodontic treatment for you?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Adult patients who seek orthodontic treatment usually fall into one of two camps: those who did not undergo orthodontic treatment as a child or those who had braces at one point but stopped wearing retainers for one reason or another.

At Hart Orthodontics, we are happy to offer a variety of treatment options to straighten our patients’ teeth. Dr. Patrick Hart and our team believe you’re never too old to straighten your teeth. And we have many adult patients who are currently undergoing treatment. In fact, did you know that roughly 30 percent of all orthodontic patients these days are adults?

Invisalign® is a great treatment option for adults. The Invisalign aligners are easy to wear and are not visible to most people. Plus, Invisalign’s clear aligners are removable, so there are no restrictions on what you can eat during treatment. When considering Invisalign, we tell adults to determine if they can be diligent about wearing the aligners at all times and make them part of their lifestyle for the duration of treatment.

If you have been thinking about obtaining a beautiful smile, please give us a call at our convenient Woodbridge, VA office for an initial consultation. Dr. Patrick Hart and our team welcome children, teens, and adults alike. Call us today for an appointment!

Some Updates from Dr. Shea Hart!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

3251097257_d80d58f63a_zDear Patients and Families of Hart Orthodontics,

I want to thank you for being so welcoming of me in my first few weeks in the office. Your acceptance and allowance of me to participate in the treatment of you and your loved ones really means a lot to me, and is a major reason I leave the office each day with a smile on my face. I know that a strong bond has formed between you all and my dad and the staff. I hope that I continue to gain your confidence and can contribute to the enjoyment you receive as you undergo treatment.

It has been really amazing to see the changes and improvements that have occurred in the office since I last worked here. It has been over 15 years since my braces were removed and almost 10 years since my last summer working as an assistant. The current staff is exceptional. All the ladies are so hard working, they love what they do and the treatment they provide, and are true team players. We are so very lucky to have them.

The materials, appliances, and treatment modalities are all very modernized, and are what’s on the cutting edge of orthodontics being taught around the country. What this means for you as patients is shorter appointment times, reduced treatment duration, and more treatment options (i.e. having the ability to choose the right appliance for you!). Invisalign has become a big part of our office and we make every effort to accommodate those patients that prefer aligner treatment to traditional braces.

The Patient Rewards Hub is another addition that I think really contributes to the treatment process. When I went through treatment I received a ticket at the end of each appointment if I had good brushing, nothing loose or broken, and I wore my rubber bands or made the appropriate turns on my expander. If I remember correctly, I redeemed all my tickets for a $15 gift card to Burger King. Now, points can be earned without even coming into the office! Referring a friend or taking part in and winning our online contests can lead to iTunes, Best Buy, Target, Foot Locker and many more gift cards. I hope this program is something you all enjoy. I just love that twice as many kids wear their Hart Orthodontics T-Shirts into the office for their appointments!

Thank you all for taking the time to read this blog post. I plan to contribute personal blogs to the website a few times each month to update you on new happenings around the office and to detail portions of the treatment process.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Shea Hart

The Transformation of Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Did you know the actions leading to the beginnings of Valentine’s Day were actually centered on the avoidance of war? A Catholic priest named Valentine defied the orders of the Emperor Claudius II and secretly married young men and their brides after the emperor had declared it illegal because only single, young men could be sent to war. Rather than lose potential soldiers to fight his war, Claudius attempted to hoard them by proclaiming marriage illegal.

Valentine continued to marry young couples anyway and, eventually, was put to death for it in 270 AD. Before his death, he sent a letter to a secret love and signed it “From your Valentine”. Nearly 1,800 years later, people are still signing letters and cards in this manner. This year, carry on the tradition started long ago, while adding your own twist. Here are a few suggestions.

Simple and Creative Valentine’s Day Ideas

  • Memorialize it with a Photo. Couples often have photos taken around Christmas, but Valentine’s Day photos allow you to capitalize on romance. Famous couple Julia Child and her husband, Paul, had their picture taken together every Valentine’s Day and included their sense of humor with silly props.
  • Return to Your First Date Location. Even if your first date together was at a local hotdog stand, its sentimental value can make it a fun part of your Valentine’s Day agenda. Be creative and make a treasure hunt with clues that lead your partner to the original date location, where you can express your love with flowers or a gift.
  • “From Your Valentine” Messages. Deliver your message in a creative way to make this Valentine’s Day stand out from the others. Bake your partner’s favorite treat and write a message on it with a tube of icing, or draw a note on the steamed up mirror so it shows up when your partner takes a shower.

Although Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, it doesn’t have to be a special day only for couples. If you’re single, use this special day to shower yourself with love, because you’re worth it! After all, the priest Valentine believed so strongly in the sanctity of love that he was willing to risk his life for it. Whether you’re in a relationship or single, young or old, romantic or not, Valentine’s Day is for you. Happy Valentine’s Day from the orthodontic office of Dr. Patrick Hart.

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