Winter 2015

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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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