Smile, it’s Good for Your Health

What does a great smile have in common with good physical and mental health? Quite a bit, and at Hatcher Orthodontics we are very aware of the connection. We see people every day who are interested in improving their smiles. There is however, much more to that great smile than meets the eye. The importance of having your teeth and gums in the best dental health possible has a huge impact on your general health. If your teeth do not fit together correctly or you have missing teeth, it is more difficult to chew your food properly and this can affect your digestion and overall health. Not feeling well physically can have quite an effect on your mental health and not feeling well mentally can have an adverse effect on your physical well-being.

Let’s not forget about how that smile makes you feel. At Hatcher Orthodontics, there is nothing more rewarding than to see the smiles of our patients when they get their braces off. Smiles become easy and this is where the mental attitude changes and they are aware of the benefits of a great smile! It is so rewarding to give someone a smile and have one returned. When you are happy and that happiness comes through in a smile, it makes those around you happy and smile. Before you know it, the original smile has become contagious!

No matter your age, having a wonderful smile and feeling good about yourself is of great benefit to your overall well-being. Great smiles and good dental health will last a lifetime and will provide the benefits needed for both your physical and mental health that will also last a lifetime.

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Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
~ Author Unknown

“Experience the Difference” at Hatcher Orthodontics! Dr. Hatcher opened the doors of our Western Branch location sixteen years ago and we are now in our second successful year with our new Great Bridge location on Cedar Road.  Both locations provide expert care and have state-of-the-art equipment.  Before founding Hatcher Orthodontics, Dr. Hatcher taught biology and chemistry at Great Bridge High School from 1986 to 1990. During that time, he also coached football, basketball and tennis.  He decided a career change was in order and decided to become an orthodontist.  So it was back to school at the Medical College of Virginia where he earned his doctorate and then on to Detroit Mercy for his orthodontic certificate.  He has always enjoyed working with children and making a difference in people’s lives so he continues to coach soccer and educate students by giving presentations to middle school students on topics such as teamwork, hygiene, and self-esteem.

Hatcher Orthodontics is truly a family practice.  With the exception of a few new faces, most of our employees have been working together for close to 10 years, or more.  Our Hatcher family takes pride in each stunning smile that we create.  Behind every smile is a relationship between us, our patients, and their families.

Here at Hatcher Orthodontics we treat older adults, pre-teens, and everyone in between, in fact we recommend that young children are seen for the first time around the age of seven.  In many circumstances, there is no need for treatment at that time but in other cases early intervention can be extremely helpful and much more cost effective.  And of course, our initial consultations are always complementary!  If treatment is indicated, we explain your individualized treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.  The most important thing we do is to build the confidence and earn the trust of every patient.  We welcome you to join our family at Hatcher Orthodontics and “Experience the Difference”.

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Creating smiles is our specialty. Building relationships is our passion.

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Hatcher Orthodontics is a tight-knit family practice. With the exception of a few new faces, most of our employees have been working together for close to 10 years, or more. Dr. Hatcher opened his practice on June 28, 1998 and our team member, Nancy, joined him in November of that year. Nancy says, “I know that this group of friends is always here for me. They are a complete joy! There is never a day that I wish I didn’t have to go to work. As soon as you walk in, there are beautiful smiles that make you feel welcomed and loved.”

Our team members Stephanie, Jasmine, and Lindsay were all patients before they joined Hatcher Orthodontics. Lindsay says, “My twin sister, Lacey, and I started our orthodontic treatment together. Immediately, I became intrigued with orthodontics and basically fell in love with the field. Dr. Hatcher was a huge inspiration in our lives. I actually started working with Dr. Hatcher in 2008 with my twin sister by my side. Now, my sister is a nurse, but, even without her here, I feel that our office is my second home– I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Some of our Hatcher family are mom’s of patients. Cyndi, our office manager of 12 years, joined us during her daughter’s, treatment.. Gilda, a part of our resident mother-daughter team, became one of our scheduling coordinators during Jasmine’s treatment. She shares, “As a mom, when I was bringing my girls to the office, I felt the compassion and warmth of the team. So, naturally, I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this.”

Our friendly team is truly what makes Hatcher Orthodontics unique. Kelly reflects, “I have been with Hatcher Orthodontics for 13 years this July. The years have brought a lot of life changes, professionally and personally. I am very fortunate to have a group of people that I not only work with, but can call friends.”

Our Hatcher family takes pride in each stunning smile that we create. Behind every smile is a relationship between us and our patients and their families. We welcome you to join our family at Hatcher Orthodontics and experience the difference.

Home is the place where we smile the most

Most of us would agree that home is not just the place you live. A home is a place that you gather with family and friends. It stays with you always. Billy Joel’s song, “You’re my home”, says it perfectly, “Wherever we’re together, that’s my home.” That’s the way we feel at Hatcher Orthodontics. We strive to make each of our patients and their families feel welcomed and at home and a part of the family that we have here.

Our Hatcher family is a tight-knit group. Every day, we meet as a team to discuss our schedule, our patients, and our own lives. We do this not only to make sure that our patients are getting top-notch care but also stay connected with each other. We end each meeting with an inspiring quote or story to set the tone for a positive day. We love having fun at the office and especially enjoy seeing our patients smile! Our team dresses up for Wacky Wednesdays, we’ve created a dancing video for YouTube©, and we are always coming up with braces-friendly recipes for our Pinterest© page. We also love getting our patients involved in the fun with contests.

Another huge focus here at Hatcher Orthodontics is how our family can help our home community. Hatcher Orthodontics has been a name in the Western Branch area of Chesapeake for many years. Whether its collecting non-perishables to fill the Portsmouth Social Services food pantry or our Halloween candy buy back to support our troops– we are always looking for ways to be a leader in the community. Now, with the help of Dr. Jones, we are reaching out into our new community of Great Bridge. Dr. Hatcher and Dr. Jones enjoy spending time in our area’s schools speaking to kids about motivational topics like teamwork and leadership. We have recently been invited to join with the Great Bridge/Hickory YMCA to promote healthy living to children in our community.

Just like a home stays with you always, so does a smile. A smile is a simple act; it can cause boundaries to melt, hearts to warm up, and distances to reduce. We take pride in each stunning smile that we create. Behind every smile is a relationship between us and our patients and their families. We welcome you to join our family at Hatcher Orthodontics and experience the difference. Anonymous writes, “A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.”

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