Office Reopening May 4th!

Dear Hudson Orthodontics Family:

We are excited to announce that we will begin seeing Patients in our offices for routine appointments on May 4, 2020! While the past several weeks have brought many changes, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA. 

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered different options for scheduling your appointment. Most of you will find that this will allow you an even greater number of options for scheduling your appointment!

  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call, text or email our office:

Call/Text: 703-451-4666, Email: [email protected]

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Dr. Hudson and the Hudson Orthodontics Team

at Wednesday, April 29, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

A message from Dr. Hudson

3/25/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE 

Dear Hudson Orthodontics Families, Friends, and Community,

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. Currently my family and work team are all doing well and staying healthy as we adjust to having our lives and practice “on hold”. This global pandemic has certainly disrupted our everyday life tremendously. I want to update everyone on the current situation and to let our patients and the community know that we are still here for you and are not going anywhere!

We are under a mandatory work stoppage by executive order of the governor until April 23, 2020.

Governor Northam by executive order has ordered all essential businesses to maintain less than 10 people in attendance through April 23, 2020. In order to remain compliant and to give our medical community priority in procuring the necessary PPE and other medical equipment they need to treat life threatening medical cases, we will remain closed for non-emergent/regular appointments until at least April 23, 2020. 

The good news is that Braces and Clear Aligners will still work and advance treatment even if we miss a routine adjustment cycle. You can rest assured that I do not anticipate any risk to our patients or any significant delay in treatment due to this mandated work stoppage. I commit to do everything in my power to keep treatment on track and on time for every patient. Furthermore, Hudson Orthodontics is actively looking to the future and planning to resume our routine orthodontic schedule as soon as possible.

Our Springfield office will remain open for emergencies only. Additionally, all patients are welcome to schedule a virtual exam with Dr. Hudson or one of our clinicians- please call us at 703.451.4666 to schedule. Please be assured that we are here for you for any questions/concerns.  Also, stay in touch by social media at facebook and Instagram as well as looking for additional updates here on our blog.

We are truly grateful for your understanding during these uncertain times. It is our sincerest wish to welcome you again soon in our offices. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Stay healthy, stay safe, and keep smiling.

With warmest regards,
Dr. Brad Hudson

3/18/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE 

Like all of you, we have been reviewing the news and information related to COVID-19. As healthcare providers and members of our community, we believe that it is our responsibility to make decisions that help flatten the curve and prevent the spread of the virus. 

After much consideration, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily postpone all routine appointments starting March 17th until March 31, 2020 (subject to change). Our Springfield, Fairfax, and Centerville offices will remain open to accomodate URGENT appointments as needed. Rest assured, we are taking extra precautions as per guidance of CDC for patients who must be seen in person.

We did not make this decision lightly, as we understand the tremendous impact it has on the employees and patients that make up our Hudson Orthodontics family.  However, providing you with amazing care and keeping our community safe is our top priority, and we felt these precautions were necessary to accomplish this. We ask that you please be patient with us as our team continues to vigilantly monitor the situation and does their best to get you rescheduled as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we have team members available to answer any questions or advise on emergency situations via phone and email. 

The Hudson Orthodontics Team

3/17/2020 COVID-19 UPDATE 

With the recent updates to COVID-19 and the closing of the schools, we have also updated our office policy.

At this time, Hudson Orthodontics plans to stay open; however, certain types of appointment may need to be rescheduled

For patients coming in for appointments, we respectfully ask the following:

-Please do not come in more than 5 minutes prior to your appointment
- Only the patient may come into the office (parents-please wait in the car) for routine scheduled appointments
- New patients may be accompanied by one parent (no other family/friends)
- Once in the office, please sanitize your hands, gargle with Listerine and wash your hands with soap
- If you prefer to wait in your car, please Call or Text us @703-451-4666 when you have arrived and we will notify you when ready

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

Hudson Orthodontics

at Tuesday, March 17, 2020

How Digital Impressions Are Changing The Game

No one looks forward to having dental impressions made. The gooey consistency and how it hardens awkwardly is enough to make several of my patients gag outright. But guess what? The goo is gone for good. At least, in my office it is.

Hello Digital Impressions!

Yep. We’ve gone digital and the benefits are huge. Below, I’m going to explain the top 4 benefits of digital impressions and why you should request digital impressions if you can.


By switching to digital impressions, I’m able to get the necessary information to the lab in moments rather than days. Not only that, it takes a significant less amount of time to take a digital impression than a traditional one.


With digital impressions, I can scan the top and bottom arches more efficiently. What does that mean for you? It means we can take breaks and you won’t have to hold still as long. Another benefit is that my patients get to see their teeth in a 3D image. This really helps them to understand how Invisalign® or braces will help correct their specific issue. Finally, the best benefit for my patients is that there’s no ooey-gooey mess.


When data is able to be sent digitally, I can literally send it anywhere in a snap. Because of that, I’m able to select the best companies to partner with in order to help my patients get the best results possible.


Digital impressions are simply more accurate than traditional impressions.  With traditional impressions, if one bite mark is off, it can mess up the entire process. Whereas with digital impressions, those mistakes and miscalculations don’t occur because every detail of a patient’s bite is captured with precision. 

So, moral of this digital tale – ask your orthodontist for digital impressions! You’ll be glad you did.

To schedule a free consultation at one of our orthodontic offices in Springfield, Fairfax or Centreville, click here!

Posted by Brad Hudson at Monday, April 15, 2019

8 Reasons to Take Care of Your Teen's Teeth Now

If you’re like me, you’ve probably blocked out some of the more cringe-inducing memories of your teenage years, but I’m sure you remember that being a teenager can be HARD – and having a smile you’re not proud of can make it even harder. Though we encourage otherwise, it’s an undeniable fact that many teens’ self-esteem is tied largely in part to their outward appearance and comparing it to that of their peers. As much as we try to drive home the very true point that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, sometimes believing that is easier said than done in the appearance-driven society we live in.

According to a study done by, 59% of teens feel inferior based on their appearance. That’s unfortunately an incredibly high number. Helping your child feel confident about the smile they share with the world can play a bigger, more complex role in their lifelong self-esteem than you might think. However, fixing their smile is about much more than just helping your child feel great about their looks. It’s also important for their overall long-term oral health. Are you wondering if your child is in need of orthodontic care? Below are 8 signs to look out for:

1) Did your child lose their teeth early or late in life?

2) Do they have difficulty chewing or biting?

3) Are their teeth crowded, or do they have extra space between them?

4) Does their jaw click or make sounds when chewing?

5) Do they frequently bite their cheeks or the inside of their mouth?

6) When they bite down, do their teeth meet awkwardly, or not at all?

7) Are their teeth out of proportion with the rest of their mouth?

8) Do their teeth stick out?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I would recommend that you make an appointment with us at Hudson Orthodontics in Springfield, Centreville or Fairfax to get your teen’s smile evaluated. Not only will it put your mind at ease, it could most definitely lead to your teen feeling much more confident in the feature they use to communicate with the world- their smile! If your teen is worried about the aesthetic complaints commonly associated with having braces, have no fear- there are lots of more subtle options treatment options available, including clear braces & Invisalign clear aligners, and we'll be happy to explain all of options to you and your child in detail at your consultation.

Wishing you and your teen a great 2019,

Dr. Hudson


Posted by Brad Hudson at Friday, February 1, 2019

Use Your Flex Spending Funds Before Year End or You Could Lose Them!

It’s almost the end of the year, and your flexible spending account dollars are on the verge of expiring. That’s tax-free money you could be wasting. Instead of racing to the drug store to stock up on Tylenol or nose spray, consider what you could really do with what’s left, like fix your smile or that of a loved one.

At my orthodontic practices in Springfield, Fairfax & Centreville, I get a lot of patients who wonder if their flexible spending account funds can go toward extra orthodontic care. The answer is, “Yes!” This knowledge always puts a smile on their faces. Many of my patients come to my practice to help their children with their smiles, but never think about fixing their own. My advice: use your end-of-the-year funds to fix your own smile. After all, you matter, too.

4 ways to put your flexible spending dollars to good use:

1) Give yourself a gift.

If you’ve been wanting to give yourself a better smile, now you can. By using your FSA dollars to give yourself Invisalign or braces, you’ll be well on your way to a more beautiful smile.

2) Do something nice for your spouse. 

Wondering what to get your spouse for the holidays? Well, wonder no more. Giving them the rest of your FSA dollars to fix their smile is a great way to not only use up your remaining funds, but also do something nice for your main squeeze. It’s especially nice if you don’t have dental insurance.

3) Purchase extra retainers and mouthguards.

It’s inevitable that you or your children will lose their retainers or mouthguards. Buy an extra one to make sure you’re never without it.

4) Start another child in treatment.

Now is a great time to get another child started in treatment, too! Just bring them in for a free consultation, and then determine next steps.

These are just some of the ways you can put your FSA to use with orthodontic treatment in the Springfield area. Just make sure to use your funds soon because once 2019 hits, that money will be gone for good.  To schedule a free consultation at one of our orthodontic offices in Springfield, Fairfax or Centreville, click here!


Posted by Brad Hudson at Monday, November 5, 2018

Dr. Hudson to Give Free Braces to Deserving Student in Fairfax County

Dr. Hudson seeks the community’s help in identifying deserving students in Fairfax County for the life-altering award of FREE BRACES!

Our orthodontic practices in Springfield, Fairfax and Centreville recently launched a new community service program called ‘Give Back Smile Back.’ Using a spin on the famous quote: “Smile and the world will smile back,” Hudson Orthodontics believes the name perfectly illustrates our mission of spreading smiles throughout our community.

The first ‘Give Back Smile Back’ initiative is a free braces giveaway to a deserving local student in Fairfax County.

“We want to help a deserving student who could benefit from orthodontic treatment, regardless of their financial status, and help them achieve greater confidence with their smile,” says Dr. Hudson.

The community is encouraged to nominate local students who could benefit from receiving orthodontic treatment and who demonstrate a commitment to giving back to their community.

Have someone in mind for the ‘Give Back Smile Back’ free orthodontic treatment program? Here’s how to submit your nomination:

The contest ends November 30th. Follow our Facebook page to see updates, find out who the winner is and stay updated on the next ‘Give Back Smile Back’ initiative!

Ready to get started on YOUR new smile? Schedule a free braces or Invisalign consultation here!



Posted by Brad Hudson at Monday, October 29, 2018

The True & False of Invisalign: Is it for You?

A lot of people think Invisalign is just for slight problems, but that’s simply not true. Since Invisalign came into existence in 1997, the technology has come a long, long way. Now, Invisalign trays can fix almost any problem, big or small. The problem I notice in my orthodontic offices in Springfield, Fairfax and Centreville is that there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about Invisalign. Therefore, I thought it was time to sort the fact from fiction.

1) Invisalign is only for people with slight orthodontic problems. FALSE.

Invisalign doesn’t just fix minor overbites and underbites, or those few teeth that have crowded together. It can fix more than that. The key is to understand the severity of the problem you want to fix and determine with your orthodontist whether it’s right for you. Most cases can be easily fixed with Invisalign. Only in extreme cases will an orthodontist suggest another approach besides Invisalign. 

What Invisalign can fix:

  1. Gaps in your teeth
  2. Crowded teeth
  3. Overbites
  4. Underbites
  5. Crossbites

2) Invisalign doesn’t have an age limit. TRUE.

Invisalign is perfect for anyone at almost any age. It’s great for teens because it’s virtually invisible, helping with their self-esteem. Let’s face it, with dating, prom, sports and active social lives, getting metal braces probably isn’t at the top of your teen’s list of things they want to do.  It’s great for adults because it’s discrete and allows them to smile confidently, without feeling awkward. Plus, it’s great for older people who want to get their smile back to where it was 20 years ago. After all, our teeth will shift throughout our lives, and we can only keep them in the right position through treatment and retention.  

3) Remembering to wear the trays is going to be hard. FALSE.   

For Invisalign to work its magic, you need to wear them for 22 hours a day. That’s 2 hours to eat, drink, floss and brush. A lot of people worry that they won’t have what it takes to wear their aligner trays for 22 hours every day, but we know you can do it. Truly, you’ll hardly notice them after the first hour. Think of them like contacts. Once they’re in place, you don’t even notice them.

As for your teen, Invisalign has taken every step to ensure they stay on track with treatment.  Invisalign Teen aligners come with “compliance indicators,” – little blue dots on the aligners that gradually fade if the aligners are being worn full time.  Some of us like to keep these little blue dots a secret until the first appointment. 😉

So yes, wearing your aligners is a commitment but not as big of a commitment as getting a dog, a cat or moving in with a significant other.  You got this!

4) The aligners will make me talk with a lisp. (mostly) FALSE

It’s normal to have a lisp for the first few days of wearing your Invisalign trays. However, you should remember that the human body and the mouth in particular have amazing adapting abilities. Learning to talk with Invisalign is very quick and easy. You’ll be talking normally in no time!

5) You can see the results happening right before your eyes. TRUE.   

So, it’s not going to happen overnight, but it does happen rather quickly. In fact, most people see visible results within the first 3 months of wearing their trays. Plus, since they’re clear, and you won’t have all that metal in your mouth, you’ll notice a difference easily!

Side note: Looking to speed up your progress? Check out AcceleDent. Just use it 20 minutes a day to massage your gums, and your teeth will move faster.

6) I won’t be able to eat whatever I want. FALSE.

This one is completely false. With Invisalign, you can eat and drink anything you want. The key is to just take out your aligners first and make sure you brush, floss, and rinse your teeth before you put them back in. So, who’s ready for some corn on the cob or soda? With Invisalign, you can eat it, drink it and have seconds.  Just remember to put your aligners back in the right away!

7) I can take them out for special occasions. TRUE.

Weddings. Prom. Homecoming. Board meetings. Interviews. Whatever the reason or occasion, the beauty of Invisalign is that you can remove your aligners anytime you want. If you have a big event coming up that you don’t want to wear your aligners for, then don’t. You’re free to take them out and put them back in after. It’s literally that simple. With regular braces, that’s not the case. You need to wear them until your treatment is finished. Unless, of course, you’re a multi-millionaire or movie star. Then you can have your metal braces removed and put back on whenever you like.  

8) Invisalign costs much more than braces. FALSE

You may be surprised to hear that in most cases, Invisalign costs the same or very close to the cost of braces.  Oftentimes, if you have orthodontic insurance, Invisalign is covered the same as braces!

So, stop waiting, and request a free consult at one of my orthodontic offices in Springfield, Centreville or Fairfax and let’s talk Invisalign. Who knows, you could have a completely different smile in 6 months to a year if you do.

All the best,

Dr. Brad Hudson


Posted by Brad Hudson at Tuesday, August 21, 2018

What to Expect when Getting Braces at Hudson Orthodontics in Springfield

After putting on braces for more years than I care to remember, I can tell you one thing that never changes with my patients – fear of the unknown. As a teenager – and even as an adult – getting braces can feel overwhelming and frightening. You may have a million thoughts cross your mind like: What will it feel like? Will it hurt? How long will it take to get them on?

First, take a deep breath. I’m going to put your mind at ease and answer some of these common questions for you. After all, straightening your smile is going to be one of the most rewarding things you’ll do for yourself! And there’s no need for any fear.

I hope these tips help you as much as they’ve helped numerous others.



  1. First, we’ll take impressions to get an in-depth view of your mouth. We have adopted a Fully Digital system in our office, so there will never be a need for those uncomfortable Impressions that you may have heard of. In fact, our digital scanning and 3-D Printer technology is faster, more accurate, and more comfortable than dental impressions. As a result, your treatment will be faster and better than ever before!

  2. I will then map out a treatment plan to accomplish your smile goals and we’ll decide together which treatment option works best for you: metal braces, clear braces or Invisalign

  3. You can get braces the SAME day as your consult so we can get started on your new smile RIGHT AWAY!


  1. It’s NOT going to hurt – your mouth may be a little sore afterwards as your teeth adjust to the braces.

  2. It usually takes about an hour – that’s only two cartoons

  3. First, we’ll clean and dry your teeth

  4. Next, we apply bonding glue and attach the brackets to your teeth

  5. Finally, archwire will go between your brackets to connect everything together and rubber bands will secure it all in place.


  1. Make soft foods your best friend at least for the first few days as your teeth adjust– soups, mac n’ cheese, frozen yogurt, milkshakes, applesauce, bananas – you get the idea

  2. Feeling a little soreness is normal

(Take a pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen – sometimes even Orajel® can help. If you’re unsure or have any problems, call us. We have a team member on call 7 days a week!)

  1. Always keep a container of orthodontic wax

(As your lips and cheeks get used to braces, you may want to apply some orthodontic wax to brackets that cause any irritation. Don’t worry this is only temporary!)

  1. If your lips and gums feel sore, create a rinse of warm salt water

(How to make the rinse: 1/2 tsp of salt per cup of water swished around in your mouth several times a day will ease the irritation and speed up healing.)

Now, let’s put on a brave face because you’re about to get a smile that will give you confidence for decades to come.  If you have any questions, before, during or after getting your braces, never hesitate to contact us anytime. 

Ready to come see us for your complimentary braces or Invisalign consultation? Click here to schedule now!


Posted by Brad Hudson at Thursday, March 22, 2018

9 Signs Your Child Should See an Orthodontist

There’s an old saying, “Kids don’t come with instruction books,” and sadly – it’s true. So, for all the parents who feel lost when it comes to providing the best orthodontic care for your kids, use this as a guide.

1) The moment your child gets his first tooth is the moment you should schedule an appointment with a dentist. Doing this sets the stage for your child to feel comfortable around dentists and orthodontists. Not to mention, we can provide a heads up when it comes to how your child’s teeth are coming in.

2) Visiting an Orthodontist early – at age 7 – can sometimes provide early care that can prevent or lessen the time your child needs braces later in life Not to mention avoid more extensive procedures like extractions and surgery! The American Association of Orthodontists’ Age 7 recommendation may be surprising to some parents. But at this age, baby teeth are being replaced by permanent teeth and it’s a great time to start checking for potential orthodontic issues.

The question is: how do you know if your child, who’s teeth may seem straight as an arrow, needs to see an Orthodontist? Simply put, your child should see an orthodontist, even if they don’t seem to have any problems with their teeth. 


1) Your child lost their baby teeth early

2) Your child lost their baby teeth late

3) Your child sometimes has difficulty chewing or biting into food (not their sibling)

4) Your child is or was a thumb sucker or finger sucker

5) Some of your child’s teeth seem a bit crowded or misplaced

6) Your child’s jaw shifts and makes sounds

7) Your child often bites their cheek or the roof of their mouth

8) Your child’s teeth meet abnormally or not at all

9) Your child’s teeth are out of proportion to the rest of their face, either too large or too small

If you answered yes to one or more of the statements above, consider reaching out to an Orthodontist for an evaluation.

At Hudson Orthodontics, we offer a FREE Kid’s Club specially created for kids ages 7 & up. Our Kid’s Club, called “Surfer Smiles” provides the following benefits to kids and parents:

  • Free Orthodontic & Growth Check-ups Every 6 Months
  • Access to Patient Contests
  • Prizes and Rewards for Being a Great Patient

Click here to enroll your child today or call us (703) 451-4666.

Moral of this story: What you can fix now, will make tomorrow a lot easier to fix. And a lot less expensive.


Posted by Brad Hudson at Monday, February 12, 2018

How to Save Big on Braces for Your Familiy

Did your dentist inform you that it’s time for your child to see an orthodontist? If you’re like any parent, the first question you have is likely “what will this cost me?!”

We admit, orthodontic treatment is an investment. But it’s an important and necessary investment for your child (or yourself!). The benefits of receiving quality orthodontic care far outweigh the costs involved. At Hudson Orthodontics, we don’t let finances get in the way of receiving quality orthodontic care. We do everything we can to make getting braces as affordable as possible. We’ve outlined some ways to save big on orthodontic treatment below. We hope you find this info helpful as you explore the wonderful world of orthodontics!


This is probably the most UNTAPPED resource for orthodontic care. Many people don’t realize that with flexible spending accounts, if you do not use the funds in the account by the end of the year, the money is returned to your employer! Take advantage of those dollars by: starting a child in treatment, getting Invisalign for yourself or a spouse, ordering custom mouthguards or getting an extra set of retainers (we know you’ll find this spare set handy especially if it’s for the kids!)


To make orthodontic treatment more affordable, Dr. Hudson offers 0% interest financing, offers no down payment options and low monthly payments.  Our team will work with you to uncover the absolute best and most convenient payment plan to fit your budget and lifestyle.


Dr. Hudson regularly posts new offers for braces and Invisalign to help you get started with treatment.  Simply check this page to claim the latest offer:


Sometimes orthodontic care is covered under insurance plans. If your insurance does cover orthodontic treatment, you will receive the benefit of reduced personal costs. Every insurance plan is different. Our office will review your insurance to determine your coverage and estimate costs. Be sure to supply your insurance information to us at your first appointment to make this process a breeze!


 We are forever grateful to our service men and women who sacrifice their lives for our country. We offer a military discount to active military personnel and their families.  And for those families who have one child in treatment already, we offer multi-family member discounts. That applies to you too, Mom & Dad!

Remember, orthodontic treatment is an important investment from a dental and overall health perspective AND a self-esteem and confidence perspective.

Posted by Brad Hudson at Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Achieve a Straight Smile at Any Age

Believe it or not, adults are a large and growing part of our orthodontic practice. Adults are taking advantage of the opportunity to improve the look of their smile with recent advances such as Invisalign and clear braces that make orthodontic treatment more comfortable and affordable. In addition we have found many adults are very aware of the health benefits that straight teeth provide for their gums and jaws. An improved bite relationship can prevent or reduce symptoms of jaw or tooth pain in many cases. It is clear that well aligned teeth are easier to clean and reduce gum problems, bone loss, and even tooth loss by providing a healthy foundation for the teeth. Whether you choose braces or Invisalign to improve your smile, you will get the same healthy bite and results at Hudson Orthodontics. 

For adults considering orthodontic treatment, we know it can be a little scary. You may wonder how braces may affect your personal and professional life.

At Hudson Orthodontics, we have great news for you. Orthodontics is NOT what it used to be. By embracing the latest in technology we are able to offer better results, faster, with less discomfort!

  • Aesthetics – Orthodontic technology has far surpassed the bulky metal braces of the past. The new braces today are smaller and less noticeable. We even have clear braces options, lingual braces (braces behind the teeth) and Invisalign, so you can straighten your smile without a significant change in lifestyle and appearance.
  • Faster – Improvements in orthodontic technology not only changes the appearance of braces and the variety of options available; it also means treatment is more precise and efficient, making treatment times shorter than ever.
  • Comfortable – Braces in the old days were not only bulky but pretty painful as well. Dr. Hudson wants only the best for his patients so he uses digital scanning and treatment planning technology. Using this technology combined with Invisalign or our modern bracket technology we use lower forces resulting in a much more comfortable experience.

So if you’re thinking about the many benefits of achieving a straight smile, don’t wait any longer. Request a FREE consultation today.

Posted by Angela Weber at Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nine Things to Know Before, During and After Getting Braces

Are you getting braces soon? Maybe Dr. Hudson has diagnosed your bite and has already recommended braces for you. Or maybe you find yourself self-conscious of your current smile and know that straighter teeth would give you the smile that you want.

Even though you may already be convinced about the benefits of orthodontics and know that braces are in your future, that doesn’t mean you don’t have any misgivings about it. The good news is it’s easy to educate yourself about braces. Here are some things to know about your life before, during, and after braces.

Before Braces

  1. Your life won’t change that muchYou may think it will be a major event when you get braces, that people may look at you funny or treat you differently. But observe other people when you’re out and about. You’ll notice that there are lots of people, from teenagers to adults, who have braces. They’re very common and not that big a deal.

  2. Braces won’t really hurt – It’s true that your teeth will likely feel sore when you first get braces on your teeth and after your periodic visits. But the soreness typically only lasts a couple of days and can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medicine. This is because at Hudson Orthodontics we use several modern advances in orthodontics including light forces, smaller brackets, and in many cases Invisalign! After your mouth gets used to braces, you likely won’t feel any pain.

  3. You’ll look great once your treatment is done (and during :)– For reassurance against any misgivings you have about braces, just keep in mind how great you’ll look. And if you choose Invisalign or clear braces to correct your smile you will be amazed with how good you look during treatment!  Treatment may last one to two years. Your smile will last a lifetime!

During Braces

  1. You’ll have to alter your diet a little – Crunchy foods and foods that strain the jaw can weaken the orthodontic glue and cause brackets to pop off. Chewy, sticky foods can get caught in brackets and cause tooth decay. We will give you a list of foods to avoid. But there are often work-arounds. For example, instead of biting into a whole apple, just cut it up first.

  2. Cleaning your teeth will take longer – You probably already have good brushing habits, but with braces you’ll have to up your game somewhat. You should be diligent about cleaning your teeth and know that it will take a little bit more effort. Don’t worry. We’ll give you some great tools, tips, and tricks.

  3. You should protect your mouth – If you’re an athlete or even just play sports casually, you should protect your braces with a mouth guard. Dr. Hudson and our team can help you get sized for one that fits you perfectly.

After Braces

  1. Don’t immediately binge on the foods you missed – Your teeth will be a bit sensitive. Give them a chance to adjust.

  2. You'll need to wear a retainer – During orthodontic treatment, your teeth have made a journey from one spot to another. They’ll need to get settled into their new homes while the supporting structure of your mouth solidifies. Your retainer will prevent your teeth from shifting.

  3. Schedule a cleaning – You should keep up with biannual dental cleanings while you’re in braces, but once they’re off, you’ll be exposing parts of your teeth that won’t have been cleaned in a while. Get your teeth professionally cleaned, but wait at least a month before any whitening treatments.

Posted by Brad Hudson at Wednesday, May 31, 2017

5 Fun Facts About Braces

Although braces result in beautiful smiles, they are not typically referred to as “fun” by their wearers. However, braces have a long and interesting history, dating back to ancient times. Records show that ancient Egyptians even created a rudimentary form of braces, hoping to correct their dental problems. Straight teeth have been a goal for many generations since. If you don’t think braces are fun – especially the braces we are lucky to have today – then you would be mistaken!

To wear your braces with pride and embrace the fun that comes with them, we have compiled five interesting facts about braces and their history.

Number One: Bonjour, Braces!

While they have a long history, the first type of braces that resemble today’s designs were made in 1728. French dentist Pierre Fauchard, recognized as the father of modern dentistry, created braces from gold wire, fastened to teeth with thread. His discovery that wire could shape the alignment of teeth is the basis of orthodontics today.

Number Two: Space Style

Building upon Dr. Fauchard’s wire and thread braces, Edward Angle created brackets in 1915. Like the wires made back in 1728, the first brackets were made with either 14 or 18 karat gold. Using this malleable metal to shape the brackets was innovative, but expensive.

In 1959, a new substance, nickel titanium, becomes the future of brackets. Nickel titanium is a metal alloy made by NASA, discovered when trying to create a heat-resistant metal for shuttles going to space. This same heat-resistant property allows braces to be shaped for a patient, then they restructure to their original form. The result is a smile that is perfectly shaped!

Number Three: Techy Teeth

Align Technology, the company that created Invisalign, was established in 1997 by two Stanford business school graduates. Zia Chisti and Kelsey Wirth had no dental experience, just an idea for wireless braces, and access to 3D computer technology. Since then, the company has printed millions of their transparent braces, changing the notion of what braces are and can be.

Number Four: Braces Buddies

Think you’re alone? Think again! In the US today, over 4 million people are currently in orthodontic care. Whether sporting metal braces, Invisalign, retainers, or expanders, patients across the country look to their orthodontist for the smile they’ve always wanted.

Number Five: Smiling Stars

Braces are worn by kids, adults, and – more often than you realized – by celebrities. Celebrities like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Tom Cruise, Emma Watson, Faith Hill, Gwen Stefani, and more have achieved their famous smiles through orthodontic care. Taking good care of your teeth can take you a long way; sometimes, it can even take you to Hollywood!


Whether you are learning to love your new braces or you are considering getting braces of your own, Dr. Hudson is here to offer more fun facts, answer questions, and listen to your concerns. Make your appointment with Dr. Hudson today to discuss your orthodontic options.

Posted by Brad Hudson at Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Teens and Invisalign


Between sports, dating and extra curricular activities that keep many teens busy throughout the summer, the thought of adding braces into the mix is an overwhelming idea for parents and kids alike. When school’s out, the stress of adjustments, appointments and taking care of the hardware tend to stop parents from committing their kids to getting a better smile.

The truth is, summer is the perfect time to get started! Here in our office, we are so excited about an option that is perfect for busy teens - Invisalign Teen!

Invisalign teen has all the same benefits of Invisalign treatment - the clear plastic aligners come in several sets that gradually adjust teeth. The retainers are clear, leaving no trace of metal hardware or brackets to get used to. In fact, most people won’t even notice the aligners while you’re wearing them, although don’t be surprised if you get lots of questions on your newly straightened smile.

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Daily Treatment with Invisalign Teen

While going through treatment, one benefit of Invisalign Teen is the ability to remove the aligners before eating. This means no restrictions that come along with traditional metal brackets - and no holding back when you’re eating with friends. Traditional metal braces can restrict fun foods like movie popcorn, gum and hard candy.

Although you can take out the aligners to eat, drink and brush, it’s important to wear the trays for a minimum of 22 hours, in order to create consistent movement. Failure to wear the aligners each day may result in shifting teeth and unplanned tooth placement.

Your Invisalign provider carefully maps out each set of aligners using technology from Invisalign. This ‘road map’ is your journey to a straight smile.

Want to hear from a teen on how Invisalign has impacted their life and confidence? Watch the video about Emily below:

Why Invisalign Teen?

Downtime? Not here. When you are a patient of ours with Invisalign Teen, you’re encouraged to live your life to the fullest! Whether you’re into sports, playing a musical instrument or just on the go, Invisalign Teen fits into your lifestyle perfectly. You don’t have to worry about cutting your lip with metal brackets, or trouble playing your flute - the aligners are minimally invasive and are quick to adjust to!

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We can’t wait to show you how Invisalign Teen can work for you. Think you’re ready to make the move to a straighter smile? We offer free consultations and can help you decide which treatment plan fits into your busy lifestyle. Fill out our form to request an appointment or call our office and tell them you're interested in Invisalign Teen!

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Posted by Brad Hudson at Thursday, May 26, 2016

How to Clean Your Teeth with Braces

Braces have plenty of benefits, from giving patients more confidence in their smiles to making teeth easier to clean and healthier in the long run. However, getting these results requires taking care of your braces while you’re wearing them. Every patient should follow a braces friendly diet as well as careful oral hygiene (brushing and flossing).

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In fact, caring for your braces properly can help to keep your treatment on schedule, as well as ensure that your the best smile possible is revealed when your braces are removed. Just a glance in the mirror at your orthodontic brackets and wires can tell you that cleaning your teeth with braces will be a bit more challenging and take some patience on your part.

It’s worth the effort though, and once you get the hang of it, keeping your braces clean won’t be difficult or take as long as it does initially. To help you through the process of learning how to keep your braces clean, we’ve put together this post with tips and advice we give to our patients here at Hudson Orthodontics.

Brushing Your Teeth With Braces

Your orthodontist will help you determine the type of toothbrush to use depending on your specific treatment plan. Some orthodontic patients use a regular toothbrush, and some use electric toothbrush. Either way, soft bristles are important to help patients to keep from damaging their gums as they clean their teeth.

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It may also be necessary to change your toothbrush or electric brush head more often than you normally do, because brackets and wires can cause more wear and tear to the toothbrush than your teeth alone would.

While you should be gentle when cleaning your braces, you should brush with enough pressure for the bristles to surround and transcend the wire and reach the teeth and brackets. As for technique, plan to spend several seconds on each tooth, beginning with a gentle stroke of the gumline, then working from top to bottom of the tooth and then bottom to top to get all sides of the bracket and tooth.

An interproximal brush, commonly known as a “Christmas Tree brush” can also help to clean between your braces and under the wires.

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How to Floss With Braces

Flossing is the often forgotten piece of dental hygiene, but it’s even more crucial when you’re wearing braces, which tend to trap more particles than your teeth alone while you’re eating. Some kids and even adults mistakenly think flossing isn’t possible while they’re wearing braces, but that isn’t the case.

Although the arch wire and brackets can be obstacles to flossing in a normal manner, a few adjustments to your technique will make flossing with braces not only possible but also very effective.

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To get the job done efficiently, you may need to use a floss threader (shown below). This orthodontic tool will help patients to thread the floss under the arch wire towards the top of the tooth, where it can be placed in between neighboring teeth and then carefully drawn out to loosen food particles and eject bacteria. Some types of floss are designed with a stiff end that makes it easier to thread. This threading process should be repeated for flossing between each pair of teeth.

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It’s advisable that patients use wax coated floss, which will glide smoothly through your orthodontic appliances and teeth and won’t be shredded by contact with your brackets. A water or air irrigator may also be helpful to flush food particles and bacteria out of the hard to reach places in your smile.

How Often to Clean Your Teeth with Braces

When you’re wearing braces, it’s more important than ever to brush after each meal and floss at least once a day. However, if you’re eating out and don’t have a toothbrush on hand, you can at least rinse with water to get rid of some of the food particles that may be caught in your braces.

During orthodontic treatment, you should also continue to see your dentist for normal teeth cleanings at least every 6 months.

Younger children may need help and guidance with brushing and flossing while wearing braces, especially at first. Even kids who can brush and floss with braces may need encouragement and reminders to do so, and it’s also helpful for them to understand the importance of keeping their braces clean so they will want to do it.

Why Cleaning Your Teeth with Braces is Important

Neglecting to clean your teeth while wearing braces can also lead to decalcification, which leaves white stains around your brackets that are visible when your braces are removed. These white stains are called “White Spot Lesions” and they are 100% preventable with good oral hygiene. 

In addition, it is very important to minimize sugary snacks and acidic beverages such as soda. These types of food can rapidly decalcify tooth structure causing white spot lesions and decay especially if there is poor brushing and flossing.

Avoiding Tooth Decay, White Spot Lesions and Gum Problems

The same reasons behind general dental hygiene still apply with orthodontic patients. However, the risk for plaque is heightened because the brackets, wires and rubber bands provide perfect places for food particles and plaque to become lodged.

This plaque contains bacteria, which become acidic when exposed to carbohydrates. These acids can break down your enamel, leading to tooth decay, cavities, and white spot lesions.

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Bacteria surrounding your teeth can also irritate your gums, which can lead to gingivitis and eventually periodontitis. Take the time to learn and use proper oral hygiene during your braces or Invisalign treatment and you can guarantee a healthy smile to last a lifetime!

Hudson Ortho is Here to Help with Dental Hygiene

At Hudson Orthodontics, our staff is here not only to provide the best orthodontic treatment possible in our office, but also to help guide our patients on day to day care for their orthodontic appliances. After all, in between appointments is when the magic happens!

You come back to us a little further along in your treatment plan each time, and if you’re keeping your teeth clean, we can easily make adjustments and send you on your way in no time. Contact our team with any questions about cleaning your teeth with braces or starting your treatment plan today!

Posted by Brad Hudson at Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Does My Child Need Early Orthodontic Treatment?

Our philosophy at Hudson Orthodontics is to treat patients at the ideal age in order to eliminate unnecessary work, extractions, and unneeded surgery. This means that we have some patients start treatment as early as 7 years of age, while we have also had patients start treatment well into adulthood.

Every person is different, and there really is no rule that all the permanent teeth should be in before a patient can have braces. In fact, sometimes waiting on all of the permanent teeth to come in can actually cause major problems to develop!

Since the 1990’s, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has recommended orthodontic evaluations for children at 7 years old, when most are losing baby teeth and their permanent teeth are emerging. These early evaluations allow orthodontists to recognize irregularities in your child’s mouth before they become major orthodontic issues.

We created our Hudson Ortho Kid’s Club as a way to accomplish this important goal by offering a free orthodontic screening for any child age 7 and up. We want Northern Virginia families to have free access to a trained Orthodontic Specialist, and the peace of mind that comes along with knowing your child’s jaw and tooth development is on track. These Growth and Guidance appointments are always free because we want to make sure families have accurate, up to date information about their children's jaw and tooth development.

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If early orthodontic treatment is deemed necessary, your orthodontist can begin to design a treatment plan to help guide your child’s teeth to their correct positions. At this point, your child will enter what is called two-phase orthodontic treatment.

How does two-phase orthodontic treatment benefit young patients and their teeth? In this post, we will discuss what phase 1 treatment involves and how it leads to an orthodontic resting period and the phase 2 treatment that completes your child’s smile.

Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment

Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is also known as early orthodontic treatment or interceptive orthodontics. Early orthodontic treatment is often started because certain irregularities like crowded teeth are easier to treat in a 7 year old child than an older child or an adult because a 7 year old child’s jaw is still growing.

For instance, with phase 1 orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist may use a palatal expander to expand the upper arch of your child’s teeth, making more room for the permanent teeth to come in less crowded, and potentially more evenly spaced.

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If your child didn’t have an orthodontic evaluation until all permanent teeth had emerged, he or she might need teeth pulled to alleviate the crowding or more extensive straightening to even the spacing between teeth. Early intervention is particularly important when children are subjected to bullying and teasing by their peers. In these cases, treatment can greatly improve self esteem during the formative years of childhood.

Early treatment can also potentially address some issues with the jaw and bite, such as protruding front teeth and crossbites, with certain types of orthodontic appliances. This can minimize the need for jaw surgery later in life and shorten treatment time spent in braces in middle and high school. This can also prevent children with excessive flaring of their front teeth from experiencing trauma to their front teeth during sports and activities.

Many children don’t need early orthodontic treatment at the time of their initial evaluation. However, the initial evaluation can still be valuable, because from there we can schedule periodic Growth and Guidance appointments to monitor your child’s teeth as they emerge and then begin treatment later if it becomes necessary.

The Orthodontic Resting Period

Between Phase 1 and Phase 2 orthodontic treatment will be a one or two year “resting period.” During this time, your child’s mouth is allowed to develop on its own and the rest of your child’s permanent teeth emerge, most likely in better positions than they would have without Phase 1 treatment.

During the resting period, appointments with your orthodontist may still be scheduled just to monitor the growth and development your child’s smile. Your orthodontist may also prescribe a retainer for your child to wear during the resting period to maintain the effects of Phase 1 braces.

Phase 2 Braces

When all permanent teeth have emerged in your child’s mouth, phase 2 orthodontic treatment can begin. Usually, phase 2 treatment entails braces on the upper and lower teeth for a prescribed amount of a time depending on your child’s individual case.

This is the period in which you really reap the benefit from your decision to seek Phase 1 treatment. Because of Phase 1, during Phase 2 your child will most likely experience a shorter and easier time in braces than he or she would have if they were just now beginning any orthodontic treatment. Major benefits include avoiding extractions and surgery!

Why Two Phase Orthodontic Treatment Is Worth It

Although two phases of orthodontic treatment may sound like it will cost more and be more involved, that is not necessarily the case. What we are essentially doing is splitting treatment into 2 shorter phases of treatment, and the cost of treatment is also split up accordingly. As we have discussed, early treatment can help guide your child’s permanent teeth to emerge in a more favorable position than they were going to naturally.

This can actually save your family time and money by correcting issues before they arise or worsen, thus simplifying orthodontic treatment later in life or in a few cases eliminating the need for it altogether.

Your Child’s First Visit to the Orthodontist

Visiting the orthodontist probably isn’t your 7-year-old’s idea of a fun outing, but that doesn’t mean it has to be scary! Here at Hudson Orthodontics, our staff works with children of all ages every day, and we do everything we can to make their time in the orthodontic chair as comfortable and engaging as possible. We will let you and your child know what we’re doing as we go, and if orthodontic issues are diagnosed, we will help both of you understand the treatment plan we prescribe.

If your child is around the age of 7, and especially if you’re already noticing spacing problems or issues with your child’s bite or jaw, we encourage you to schedule an evaluation with us today to determine if early orthodontic treatment might be beneficial.

Posted by Brad Hudson at Monday, April 18, 2016

The Advantages of Adult Braces

All too often, when people hear the word “braces” they think of a young adolescent, with a mouth full of metal. As an adult, braces may not seem reasonable, but the truth is that’s not true!

Adult braces are becoming more and more commonplace in today’s society. Incredible advances in hardware and technique make braces obtainable and aesthetically pleasing for anyone, including adults who are self-conscious about their smile.

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In fact, many options for adult braces are hardly noticeable at all! Clear brackets, lingual braces and Invisalign are all great options for adults who don’t want braces to alter their appearance. Even in traditional metal braces, the brackets that adhere to teeth are much smaller than the brackets of years past, and are much less invasive.

Another reason why adult braces have become so much more important to personal health is that straight teeth have health benefits far beyond that award winning smile. Straight teeth reduce the amount of plaque that gathers in crevices, and less plaque can lower your chances for gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. Straighter teeth also allow for better brushing, keeping your teeth healthier and in place for longer!

Still think adults braces aren’t for you? Read on about the different types of braces that can fit into your busy lifestyle and give you the smile you’ve always wanted!

Metal Braces

As mentioned above, metal braces are less invasive than in years past, and are cost effective. The traditional method of braces gives you an effective mode of seeing your progress. The small brackets are individually adhered to the tooth, and set in place using an ultraviolet light. A wire is attached to each bracket, and is regularly adjusted by the orthodontist in order to create movement for the teeth.

Clear Braces

Clear braces work exactly like traditional metal braces except for one hitch - they blend in with your teeth! With clear braces, a clear glue is applied to a tooth or clear-colored bracket. Treatment is nearly identical to traditional braces, and your wire is adjusted to properly move your teeth. Clear braces are much less visible than metal brackets, and from a short distance are hardly noticeable by the naked eye.

Lingual Braces

Lingual Braces are a newer technology that’s been growing in popularity. With lingual braces, the small brackets are adhered to the back of the tooth. A smaller wire is used to move your teeth, behind your bite. Although lingual braces aren’t noticeable, they can cause a little discomfort and keeping food from sticking between the brackets can be quite a chore. Even still, they do provide a very “invisible” method of adult teeth straightening.


Speaking of invisible, you’ve probably heard about the clear aligners that gradually adjust teeth. Invisalign is perhaps the most recognizable form of adult braces, and for good reason. The series of trays are created based on your mouth, and your doctor designs the trays to shift over time. Typically you wear a set of trays for two to three weeks before swapping them out. Many patients see incredible results within the first few trays. Invisalign adult braces are made from a thin plastic material and are worn in the mouth around 22 hours a day. One benefit of Invisalign is the ability to remove the trays to eat or brush your teeth, so no pesky food particles will get stuck in your hardware.

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Our office has seen great success with several methods for adult teeth straightening. By now, we’re hoping you can see that adult braces aren’t something to be afraid of. Instead, they are a valuable tool that helps create a better you! As 2016 approaches, many of us are working to be the best version of ourselves yet; will braces help you achieve the best version of you?

To learn more about adult braces, or our office, contact us to schedule your free consultation.

Posted by Brad Hudson at Wednesday, December 23, 2015

What is Jaw Surgery?

Chatting with friends, enjoying a hearty meal, getting a good night’s sleep - some of us don’t think twice about these normal everyday activities. What many don’t realize is that every one of those actions can be made difficult or even painful by a severe underbite, overbite or open bite.

Often, a misalignment of the jaws is related to TMD, or jaw pain. Often times these issues can be resolved with braces or Invisalign alone, but in more severe cases orthodontics must be done in combination with jaw correction through a procedure known as orthognathic surgery.

The word “orthognathic” actually originated from Greek roots, including the word “gnathic” for jaw and the word “orthos” for straighten. Thus, orthognathic surgery adjusts the jaw to allow maximum functioning capability. This jaw surgery is available to patients whose jaw position causes pain or prevents proper function. It is performed near the end of your orthodontic treatment, and your orthodontist partners with your orthognathic surgeon to carefully plan and treat jaw misalignment.

The best part - besides having a fully functioning jaw of course - is that the surgery usually takes place inside the mouth, so you won’t be left with scars on your face. Read on to learn about the types and benefits of jaw surgery to see if it could be right for you.

Types of Jaw Surgery

Jaw surgery can adjust the upper or lower jaw (or both) to the correct position, size or shape so that the front teeth touch and close for effective chewing and a beautiful, effortless smile. Chin surgery, or genioplasty, is also considered part of jaw surgery because the lower jaw’s position affects the fullness of the chin. For instance, someone with a severe overbite might have less chin definition because the lower jaw is so far receded.jaw surgery | what is jaw surgery | Hudson Orthodontics

Why Jaw Realignment Surgery?

Patients seek jaw surgery because of a variety of oral issues from wear and tear on their teeth to jaw joint pain (TMD) accompanied by headaches. Struggling to bite, chew and swallow food is a very common issue among prospective jaw surgery patients. Audible breathing, speech impediments or snoring may also stem from the abnormal shape and size of the mouth’s opening. An open bite may additionally make it difficult for someone to close their lips around a straw or close their mouth completely while eating and drinking.jaw alignment surgery | orthodontist springfield | Hudson Orthodontics

In some patients, these issues exist from birth, perhaps in conjunction with a cleft palate or due to their jaws’ growing at different rates and ceasing development at different points. In other cases, the problems may arise in a patient who has experienced physical trauma in some kind of accident. The origin of these issues is significant because it may factor into how the misalignment is treated. In most cases, the cause is an uneven growth rate of the upper or lower jaw.

The primary goal and result of jaw surgery is typically to relieve pain and improve the bite. This helps the patient to eat nutritious foods in a variety of consistencies, and chew meals thoroughly for healthy digestion. However, many times jaw surgery also helps patients to speak more clearly, and - as an additional bonus - it tends to boost their confidence because they feel and look their best! how to fix an overbite | jaw surgery | Hudson Orthodontics

Jaw Surgery Recovery

Your orthodontist and orthognathic surgeon will give you specific recovery information based on your unique case, but usually the patient can move his or her mouth and talk shortly after the surgery. The only restriction on most patients is to avoid contact sports for the first few months, and generally patients are advised to stick to soft foods for the first few weeks following surgery.

Overall, the recovery period is surprisingly brief for most patients. The remainder of the patient’s orthodontic treatment will take place after the jaw surgery, and then it’s all complete!

Northern Virginia Jaw Surgery Experts

Here at Hudson Orthodontics, we have extensive experience with restoring function and balance to the mouth and face with traditional braces, Invisalign and various other treatments. For our jaw surgery cases, we work with the patient and a team of surgeons to analyze problems with the jaw, determine causes of misalignment and map effective treatment plans.

We are wholly invested in producing stunning results that leave our patients healthier, more comfortable and more confident. If an underbite or overbite has been troubling you, please don’t hesitate to set up a free consultation with us, your Northern Virginia jaw surgery experts.

Posted by Brad Hudson at Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Happy Halloween with Braces!

Did you know that October is National Orthodontic Health Month? Meanwhile many families are stocking up on sugar for trick-or-treaters and Halloween parties, and braces become the enemy to many kids (and adults!) who can’t have the same candy their friends are enjoying.

For dental health in general, no one should overdo the desserts, but Halloween seems particularly tricky to those with braces. Here at Hudson Orthodontics, we want to make the season less scary by not only explaining which treats to avoid but also sharing with your family some braces friendly snacks to help you stay in the Halloween spirit.

Candy that Kids with Braces Should Avoid

First let’s go over the candy that patients with braces should avoid unless they want a painfully sticky situation or an extra trip to the orthodontist to fix a broken wire or bracket. Sticky, chewy candy like taffy, caramels, gum and gummy bears can get stuck in your braces, prove very difficult to remove with cleaning and tug problematically on brackets, bands and wires.

Biting into hard candy, lollipops, candy containing nuts, candied apples, chocolate covered pretzels and peanut brittle can pop off brackets and break wires.

Anything high in sugar, like candy corn, can help bacteria breed in your mouth, producing acids that can discolor your teeth around your brackets, leaving a checkered pattern when your braces are removed. The same goes for citrus sweets, soft drinks and anything else highly acidic. Popcorn, including popcorn balls, should also be avoided, as its kernels and pieces can get lodged in your braces.

Braces Friendly Snacks for Halloween

With all of that said, there are still plenty of braces friendly snacks for ortho patients to enjoy during the Halloween season. Most of these suggestions still have sugar though, so remember moderation and brush your teeth soon after eating them to avoid tooth decay.

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Soft sweets like peanut butter cups and plain chocolate candies that melt in your mouth are fairly safe for braces because they don’t require a lot of chewing. The usual braces friendly snacks like milkshakes, ice cream and fruit smoothies are also good options, especially if they’re served in a fun Halloween themed glass or bowl! Soft baked goods like pumpkin cake or pumpkin pie are also opportunities to keep the Halloween spirit without damaging your braces.

The American Association of Orthodontists has even compiled some ghoulishly good recipes to help those with braces enjoy the holiday as much as everyone else!

Candy Alternatives for Trick-or-Treaters

It might be more difficult for your kids to resist sneaking candy if you’re collecting it at your house to give out to other trick-or-treaters. An alternative is to skip the sugar altogether and hand out something else this year since you have an orthodontic patient in the family.

Consider filling your usual candy calderon with ghost stickers, temporary tattoos, spider rings, plastic fangs, glow sticks or bubbles.

Happy Halloween from Your Springfield Orthodontist

We know Halloween can be challenging for patients with braces, and sometimes kids and teens eat one piece of hard candy that they don’t think will be a big deal, and then comes the pop! If you do end up with a broken wire or a bracket that has come off of your teeth, don’t hesitate to come into our Springfield office and let us fix it for you.

Overall, we hope this post has helped you understand how important it is be mindful of your braces when making the rounds trick-or-treating. Never fear, you can still have a spooktacular time if you try out some of our braces friendly snack recommendations or candy alternatives. From all of us at Hudson Orthodontics, have a safe and fun-filled Halloween!

Posted by Brad Hudson at Thursday, October 29, 2015

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

You may have heard of Invisalign®, or you might have a learned about it from our Invisalign® pages here on our website, but how do you know if it’s the right orthodontic treatment for you? As a Preferred Provider of Invisalign® for Northern Virginia and DC, Hudson Orthodontics is here to help you answer that question for your own unique situation in a free consultation. In the meantime, we also wanted to provide you with a few key factors to help you see how Invisalign® could fit your lifestyle. Invisalign® might be right for you if you identify with some or all of the following situations or characteristics.

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You Want to Be Treated by an Experienced Orthodontist

We are committed to determining the proper orthodontic treatment for each case and delivering the results we prescribe for you. We will assess your orthodontic needs individually and let you know if your case would be better suited for traditional metal braces, but we are excited to offer Invisalign® for a wide variety of cases. In fact, here at Hudson Orthodontics, we have treated over 1,200 cases with Invisalign®. If you think Invisalign® might be right for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 703.451.4666 or schedule a free consult so we can discuss how Invisalign® could potentially meet your orthodontic needs.

You Want an Alternative to Traditional Teeth Straightening

If you’re worried about how brackets and wires would feel in your mouth, rest assured that none of those metal pieces or traditional braces are involved with Invisalign® treatment. Instead, you are carefully fitted for a series of lightweight, clear, BPA-free plastic aligners that you will wear for about 2 weeks each. Invisalign® technicians make each set of aligners customized according to the map of positions that your orthodontist has prescribed for your teeth as they approach their final, straight position.

You Want an Effective yet Affordable Orthodontic Treatment Plan

You don’t have to make this decision based on price, because here at Hudson Orthodontics, we offer the most affordable Invisalign options available. In general, Invisalign® is usually covered the same way metal braces would be covered by an insurance plan, but you can give us a call at 703-451-4666 for help determining how orthodontic treatment is handled with your particular insurance policy.

As for treatment effectiveness, in many cases, the results of both metal braces and Invisalign® are the same: straight teeth and a dazzling smile. Since you don’t have to worry about one option being more effective or affordable than the other, you and your orthodontist can choose your treatment based on what suits your needs, feels right for you and works with your lifestyle.

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You Lead an Active Lifestyle

We understand you have a lot to do, from work obligations, to time with family and friends and other activities. We also know that you won’t have to give up a lot of time for your Invisalign® treatment.

You will only have check-up appointments every 6-8 weeks, so your already busy schedule won’t be affected very often. Also, your aligners are produced at the beginning of your Invisalign® treatment, so you don’t have to wait on them to be produced every few weeks.

Your bedtime routine won’t be disrupted either, because you can remove your aligners to brush and floss your teeth normally, and cleaning the aligners themselves is simple too. Because you remove your aligners to eat, you can also continue to enjoy foods like popcorn that are forbidden for patients with metal braces.

Also, teens and adults won’t have to worry about wires and brackets while they engage in sports and physical activity, and they can wear regular mouth-guards over their aligners. Invisalign® patients can play wind instruments without hindrance, and they won’t have to worry about their orthodontic treatment showing while they star in a play or pose for photos with friends.

You Want People to Notice Your Smile, Not Your Orthodontic Treatment

The aligners you wear during Invisalign® treatment are clear and effectively invisible. This means that while you are treated for spacing, crowding, crossbite, underbite, deep bite, open bite, overjet, or midline shift, all anyone will see is your smile, without noticing the orthodontic technology that you’re wearing over your teeth.

Interested in Learning More

Hudson Orthodontics is accepting new patients and will walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have. To learn more about our process, or to speak with our staff, contact us by calling 703.451.4666 or schedule a free consult.

Posted by Brad Hudson at Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Orthodontist vs. Dentist- Do I need both?

All orthodontists are dentists, but only a small number of dentists become orthodontists. Dentists typically will do a variety of procedures in their office, and occasionally that includes some orthodontics. Orthodontists are specialists, and typically limit their practice to Braces and Invisalign.

Simply put, an orthodontist is:

A specialist dealing in orthodontics, the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention and correction of irregular teeth and jaw alignment, as by means of braces or Invisalign.

So, what’s the REAL difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

After graduation, most dental students go directly into general dental practice where they provide the variety of dental services that they learned in dental school. A small number of dental students decide to hone in on a specialty, such as Orthodontics. The specialized knowledge required to understand the complex diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic patients requires an additional 2-3 years of residency training to become competent. After completing a residency in Orthodontics, a dentist becomes proficient in braces and Invisalign. At that point, they become an Orthodontist and their level of expertise in braces and Invisalign sets the Standard of Care for the profession.

Once all is said and done, an orthodontist goes through around 10 years of schooling. This commitment to the specialty means that orthodontists have a great passion for what they do!

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Do I need to go to a different dentist during orthodontic treatment?

In short, yes! While technically speaking, an orthodontist is a dentist, his or her commitment to their specialty often means they rely heavily on treating patients for that specialty only. This means that an orthodontist will often request that a general dentist help their patients with cavities, tooth cleaning or other general dentistry tasks.

More often than not, your orthodontist can refer you to a dentist that he or she is confident in for general dentistry during your orthodontic treatment. A general dentist is also able to help with gum issues, oral hygiene and general health. 

Proper teeth and jaw alignment is vital to your health, and dentists often refer patients to orthodontists for specialized care. Chances are, you were first referred to an orthodontist from sitting in your dentist’s chair!

My dentist offers teeth straightening options. Why do I need an orthodontist?

Some dentists have taken classes on orthodontics. Often these weekend classes are sponsored by companies such as Invisalign®, Fastbraces®, or Six Month Smiles® and are primarily focused on teaching dentists how to place orders for those specific products. While these options may be the right choice for certain simple problems, many patients still prefer an expert to evaluate their case before investing the time and money associated with braces or Invisalign. This is why many orthodontists such as Hudson Orthodontics offer free consultations - no referral required!

Finding an Orthodontist

Are you ready to start orthodontic treatment? Hudson Orthodontics is accepting new patients and will walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have. To learn more about our process, or to speak with our staff, contact us by calling 703.451.4666 or schedule a free consult.

To a Lifetime of Smiles,

Dr. Brad Hudson, DDS, MS

Posted by Brad Hudson at Monday, September 21, 2015

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Welcome to all new and improved! We are so happy to share our new website with you and are excited to be a full resource for all of your orthodontic treatment options and needs.

Stay tuned to our blog for tips on different treatment options, types of orthodontic solutions we offer and what's new in orthodontic treatment and orthonathic surgery. If you have any specific questions about treatment options or our practice, please contact our front office at (703)451-4666.

To a Lifetime of Smiles,

Dr. Brad Hudson, DDS, MS

Posted by Brad Hudson at Wednesday, June 24, 2015


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