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Washington DC Orthodontist and Staff Dedicated to Continued Education

 

embassy-row-orthodontics-strives-to-stay-current-with-industry-trendsDr. Wayne Hickory continues to be a leading Invisalign® educator and practitioner

Washington, DC – Dr. Wayne Hickory and the staff at his Washington DC orthodontics practice are dedicated to continuing their education in order to consistently provide an elite level of orthodontic care for their patients. Most recently Dr. Hickory attended the US Invisalign® Summit meeting held in Las Vegas, NV. The conference brought together orthodontists and staff from leading Invisalign® practices throughout America to share the techniques that contribute to their ongoing success.

Invisalign® can now be used for almost every orthodontic problem. This progress stems from two fronts:

  • Doctors share how they use the product at conferences across the world
  • Align Technology, the manufacturer of Invisalign®, has over 200 technicians continually working on product innovation

According to Dr. Hickory, the introduction of a new scanner to create a 3D model of a patient’s teeth was a highlight of the Summit. He says scanning is a more accurate alternative to impression molds. Additionally, patients prefer a 3D camera to impression material, which can cause anxiety about breathing or swallowing.

One of Dr. Hickory’s team members, Meisha Heron, participated in the “Iron Records” competition at the Summit and was named the fastest scanner in the US. She can accurately capture the 3D model of a patient’s teeth using Invisalign’s digital technology in less than seven minutes. Dr. Hickory says the team-building event illustrated how efficient and convenient the new technology is.

Previously, Dr. Hickory – who originally introduced Invisalign® in Hong Kong nearly a decade ago – attended an Invisalign® Summit in Macau, China. The Summit gathered leading Invisalign® practitioners from countries throughout Asia and beyond. The Washington DC orthodontist, who serves as the Clinical Director for the companies that distribute Invisalign® in Indonesia and Vietnam, teaches certification courses and administers advanced user group meetings in these countries several times a year.

Dr. Hickory is one of the first orthodontists in the entire country to offer Invisalign® treatments. He has always exhibited a passion for orthodontic education and previously taught as a full-time faculty member of the Orthodontic Department at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Maryland. In addition, he co-authored a chapter of a new textbook on facial aesthetics that highlights the new digital technology used for treatments such as Invisalign®.

About Wayne B. Hickory, DMD, MDS

Dr. Wayne Hickory earned his master’s degree in nutritional science at Boston University, School of Graduate Dentistry and earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He is extensively trained in several areas, including pediatric dentistry and child orthodontics. Dr. Hickory has received the status as an Invisalign® Super Elite Provider, a designation that is held by less than 1% of all doctors offering the Invisalign® system nationwide. His orthodontic practices are in Washington, DC, Bethesda, Potomac, Ellicott City and Clarksville. Dr. Hickory is available for interview upon request.

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Washington DC Orthodontist Attends Invisalign Summit in Macau

 

orthodontist-in-washington-dc-attends-meeting-in-china-for-invisalignDr. Wayne Hickory participated in the annual Asia orthodontic regional meeting representing companies that distribute Invisalign®

Washington, DC – Dr. Wayne Hickory, a Washington DC orthodontist, was one of the first orthodontists in the entire country to offer Invisalign®, an innovative orthodontic treatment. In addition to serving as the Clinical Director for the companies that distribute Invisalign® in Indonesia and Vietnam, Dr. Hickory teaches certification courses and administers advanced user group meetings in these countries several times a year. Most recently, he attended an Invisalign® Summit in Macau, China.

According to Dr. Hickory, Invisalign® straightens patients’ teeth without wires or braces, using a series of customized, computer-designed, clear sleeves called aligners. He adds that the aligners are almost invisible and they can be easily removed for eating and brushing teeth.

The Invisalign® Summit in Macau, which took place in October 2012, gathered leading Invisalign® practitioners from countries throughout Asia who shared their Invisalign® treatment techniques. Dr. Hickory, a frequent contributor to these international conferences, also gives online treatment-planning support using the 3D computer modeling software developed by Invisalign®. This modeling software allows practitioners to perform each treatment virtually before the actual treatment begins, yielding improved, more predictable results for patients.

Dr. Hickory originally introduced Invisalign® in Hong Kong nearly a decade ago. Now, doctors in Asia routinely address complex Invisalign® cases rising to the high standards of the industry.

Even before the opening of his Washington DC orthodontics practice, Dr. Hickory has always exhibited a passion for dentistry education. He taught as a full-time faculty member of the Orthodontic Department at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Maryland. Recently, he co-authored a chapter of a new textbook on facial aesthetics focusing on the new digital technology used for treatments such as Invisalign®.

In the last ten years, Dr. Hickory has designed treatment plans for over 2,500 Invisalign® patients. He has also earned the status of Invisalign® Super Elite Provider, a designation that is held by less than 1% of all doctors offering the Invisalign® system nationwide.

About Wayne B. Hickory, DMD, MDS

Dr. Wayne Hickory, a graduate of Trinity College, earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He was one of the original members of the Alpha Group and Speakers Bureau of Align Technology and remains the largest user of Invisalign® in the world while working to educate fellow orthodontists on Invisalign® practices. Dr. Hickory is extensively trained in several areas, including pediatric dentistry and child orthodontics. He is available for interview upon request.

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Washington DC Orthodontist Launches New Mobile Website

 

washington-dc-orthodontist-launches-new-mobile-websiteDr. Wayne Hickory recently released the mobile companion site for Embassy Row Orthodontics for easy patient research on the go

Washington, DC – Dr. Wayne Hickory, a Washington DC orthodontist, strives to run a practice that blends personalized care and state-of-the-art technology exemplified by the all-private-room facilities. He has recently showcased his commitment to the latest technology with the release of Embassy Row Orthodontics’ mobile website.

According to Dr. Hickory, the new mobile website will accommodate the busy lives of both current and prospective patients by meeting their growing technological needs. His hope is that if information about his orthodontic practice and procedures (such as Invisalign® and SureSmile™) are easily accessible online, then patients will arrive at their consultations with a better understanding of what each procedure entails. He says not only will the well-educated patient save time at the doctor’s office, but they will also benefit from improved patient-doctor communication and the ability to clearly articulate their needs.

By creating a website specifically intended for tablets and smartphones, Dr. Hickory says patients of Embassy Row Orthodontics are able to educate themselves with the touch of a finger. The website incorporates a responsive design, allowing for an optimal online experience across a wide range of devices. Patients can easily access information including:

  • One-touch calling or email
  • New patient forms
  • Appointment scheduling
  • A map to the office
  • Photo galleries
  • Comprehensive procedural information
  • Links to social media
  • Patient testimonials

Dr. Hickory was one of the first orthodontists in America to use Invisalign®, SureSmile™, OrthoCad, and Incognito™. He has always strived to remain on the cutting-edge of technology and believes his practice’s mobile website is an important component to that commitment:

“It’s about accessibility,” says Dr. Hickory. “With the way people function in today’s world, we’ve become accustomed to accessing information 24 hours a day, wherever we might be. As a service provider, it’s my job to make sure that information is available.”

Dr. Hickory highlights that these days, most people research their medical and dental providers and the services they offer before ever setting foot in an office. Embassy Row Orthodontics’ mobile website provides visitors with a user-friendly interface to easily research their Washington DC orthodontics options whenever and wherever they please.

About Wayne B. Hickory, DMD, MDS
Dr. Wayne Hickory earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. In addition to serving as an original member of the Alpha Group and Speakers Bureau of Align Technology, he remains the largest user of Invisalign® in the world. Dr. Hickory is available for interview upon request.

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Washington DC Orthodontist Publishes Orthodontic Treatment Goals

 

washington-dc-orthodontist-publishes-orthodontic-treatment-goalsDr. Wayne Hickory writes a chapter for Cosmesis of the Mouth, Face and Jaws

Washington, DC – As one of the first orthodontists in the entire country to use the innovative treatment Invisalign®, Dr. Wayne B. Hickory, a Washington DC orthodontist, is well-qualified to contribute to one of the newest textbooks on facial aesthetics. The textbook, published by Wiley-Blackwell, strives to portray a holistic approach to facial treatments from medical to dental.

Writing a chapter for a medical and dental textbook is in alignment with Dr. Hickory’s commitment to education. He serves as an instructor of Invisalign® certification courses for fellow orthodontists and attends conferences to remain up-to-date in the field.

Dr. Hickory’s latest contribution to orthodontic education is a chapter for a new textbook on facial aesthetics for dentists, physicians and patients. He has co-authored a chapter titled Aesthetic Decisions in Adult Orthodontics in the recently published book: Cosmesis of the Mouth, Face and Jaws. This textbook brings together specialists from nine medical and dental specialties and aims to develop a synergistic view of facial aesthetics.

The chapter by Dr. Hickory and his co-author Dr. Rohit Sachdeva reviews a systematic decision process that creates treatment objectives for optimal cosmetic results. The chapter highlights how new digital technology – including Invisalign® and SureSmile™– facilitate the process of creating aesthetic orthodontic treatment goals.

The goals of Dr. Hickory’s own private practice extend beyond the cosmetic, as an aesthetically pleasing smile includes benefits such as:

  • A widely-recognized boost of self-confidence
  • A better first impression in social and business relationships
  • Substantial health benefits

Before opening his Washington DC orthodontics practice, Dr. Hickory was heavily involved in orthodontic research and taught as a full-time faculty member of the Orthodontic Department at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Maryland. He continues to offer orthodontic courses internationally and hosts doctors from Europe and Asia for advanced courses. He carries this excitement for education into his publishing endeavors.

About Wayne B. Hickory, DMD, MDS
Dr. Wayne Hickory has served as one of the original members of the Alpha Group and Speakers Bureau of Align Technology. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Hickory is extensively trained in several areas, including pediatric dentistry and child orthodontics. He remains the largest user of Invisalign® in the world and works to educate fellow orthodontists on Invisalign® practices. Dr. Hickory is available for interview upon request.

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Orthodontist in Washington, DC Discusses Importance of Staying Active in Dental Community

 

orthodontist_in_washingtondc_discusses_importance_of_staying_active_in_dental_communityWashington, DC — Dr. Wayne Hickory recently sent the staff of his Washington, DC orthodontics practice to the Annual Session for the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) in Honolulu, HI. Hosted at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu, the 112th Annual Session welcomed 14,200 orthodontists and staff members to discuss the latest advancements and techniques in modern orthodontics. Dr. Hickory says the event provided his team with valuable information for helping enhance the quality of patient care at his practice. He has also just returned from delivering courses in several Asian countries on orthodontic treatments, helping him hone his skills in procedures such as Invisalign in Washington, DC by collaborating with other leading minds in the field.

At his practice, the Washington, DC orthodontist focuses on a wide variety of procedures ranging from lingual braces to Invisalign  Dr. Hickory says attending events like the AAO meeting and other courses allow him and his staff to place a continued emphasis on patient care by pursuing the most effective techniques available in the field of orthodontics. Offering a number of presentations, clinics, and promotional exhibits, he says the AAO Annual Session was a unique opportunity for his staff to witness firsthand the future of orthodontic treatment and to take part in shaping the community of dental treatment through developments in procedures like traditional and clear braces. He adds that his recent courses in Asia helped further his education through the sharing of knowledge and recent advancements in orthodontic techniques.

With over 25 years experience in orthodontic practice, Dr. Hickory says he has dedicated a significant portion of his career to giving back to continued education through participation in events like the AAO meeting as well as teaching advanced courses locally and internationally. He says remaining up-to-date with the latest methods and technology ensures orthodontic professionals can provide their patients with the best possible care and the most effective results. Dr. Hickory also says he hopes to participate in future AAO events, and will continue to make his commitment to continued education a priority in the future.

Dr. Hickory is the orthodontic consultant to International Smile, the company that distributes Invisalign to doctors in Indonesia and Vietnam. He gives all the certification courses and gives clinical support online. Having returned to his practice from recent trips to Jakarta, Indonesia and Saigon, and Hanoi, Vietnam, Dr. Hickory says he is eager to take the principles and techniques his staff observed at the AAO Annual Session, along with his knowledge gained through the international courses, and apply them to his treatment philosophy in the hopes of improving his patient care. “The malocclusions seen in these practices are generally more severe than seen in the average US practice. Consequently, one’s creative planning skills are constantly challenged.”

As with any dental procedure, Dr. Hickory recommends patients consult with an orthodontic specialist and a dedicated practice before undergoing any treatment, regardless of which type of procedure patients are considering. He says partnering with an experienced orthodontic practice that has displayed a dedication to pursuing the most effective treatments possible will help patients attain comfortable, beautiful results and a healthier smile.

About Wayne B. Hickory, DMD, MDS

Dr. Wayne Hickory graduated from Trinity College and earned his master’s degree in nutritional science at Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry, after which he completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree at the University of Connecticut and a three-year postdoctoral program in orthodontics and a Masters of Dental Science. He has served as a full-time faculty member of the Orthodontic Department at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Maryland. Dr. Hickory is also certified in Wilcodontics, a technique used to speed up the orthodontics process and provide more esthetic results with less need for extraction.

Located at 2132 R Street NW in Washington, DC, Embassy Row Orthodontics can be reached at (202) 684-8474. It can also be contacted online via the website embassyrowortho.com or the Embassy Row Orthodontics Facebook page.

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Washington DC Orthodontist Offers Latest in Invisalign Technology

 

washington_dc_orthodontist_offers_latest_in_invisalign_technologyAlign Technology, Inc, the manufacturer of Invisalign®, has recently released the latest model of corrective orthodontic technology known as the Invisalign® G4, utilizing SmartForce® clinical innovations to treat misaligned teeth in patients. Dr. Wayne Hickory, an orthodontist in Washington, DC, is now offering the advanced treatment to his patients seeking a more aesthetically structured smile. Dr. Hickory says the new treatment offers patients more predictable results without braces.

Washington, DC orthodontist Dr. Wayne Hickory has announced that he is providing the latest in Invisalign® procedures recently released from Align Inc. The Invisalign® G4 utilizes SmartForce® technology and offers further correction for misaligned teeth and enhanced results by improving predictability of movement and providing greater root tip control. Dr. Hickory says the new innovations can be particularly beneficial to patients suffering from anterior open bites and those who wish to have a great smile but do not want to wear braces.

The Invisalign® G4 combines precision force systems and virtual modeling to provide more predictable tooth movements and eliminate interferences with custom positioning. Through multiple points of contact and pressure with the tooth, the clear braces technology can be used for space closure, tooth alignment, uprighting, and other clinical applications. Dr. Hickory says the recent introduction of optimized attachments to the aligners offers more precise pressure and delivers forces to teeth in three dimensions so as to achieve predicted alignment. He also says that using leverage of the back (posterior) teeth can also provide an anchor to help move the front (anterior) teeth and correct open bites. Published case examples now show Invisalign to be more effective than braces for open bite cases. He adds that the results he achieves with Invisalign G4 are also more stable.

Dr. Hickory says patients seeking Invisalign in Washington, DC will now be able to have the most advanced corrective procedure for misaligned teeth available. He says he is excited about the new technology because it offers patients improved results including correction of occlusion (fit of the teeth or bite) and alignment, which leads to greater confidence with one’s smile.

About Wayne B. Hickory, D.M.D. M.D.S

Dr. Wayne Hickory received his undergraduate education from Trinity College in Connecticut and a master’s degree in nutritional science at Boston University, School of Graduate Dentistry. He completed his Doctorate of Dental Medicine and three-year postdoctoral program in orthodontics in addition to a Masters in Dental Science at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. As an original member of the Alpha Group and Speakers Bureau of Align Technology, Dr. Hickory was also one of the first orthodontists in America to use Invisalign®, SureSmile, OrthoCad, and Incognito.

Located 2132 R Street NW in Washington, DC, Dr. Hickory’s practice can be reached at (202) 684-8474. He can also be contacted online via the website embassyrowortho.com or facebook.com/pages/Embassy-Row-Orthodontics/176345775739826.

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Washington DC Orthodontist Now Offering Clear Braces Without Impressions

 

washington_dc_orthodontist_now_offering_clear_braces_without_impressionsDr. Wayne Hickory, a Washington DC Super Elite Invisalign® provider, is announcing the recent adoption of 3D scanning technology, which will allow him to create an accurate model of his patients teeth without impressions. Dr. Hickory says some of his patients are not comfortable with the process of making impressions for the Invisalign® clear braces system. In addition to eliminating the need for impressions, he says the model created by the 3D scanning technology is more accurate.

Dr. Wayne Hickory is an orthodontist in Washington DC and one of the countries few Invisalign® Super Elite providers. He is announcing the implementation of a new 3D scanning technology that will allow him and his Embassy Row Orthodontics team to create molds for the teeth aligning procedure known as Invisalign® without the need for impressions. Dr. Hickory adds that he is excited to be able to offer this technology to his patients because the new digital camera not only eliminates the need for impressions, but also creates a more accurate 3D model of his patients teeth.

In the past, Dr. Hickory says when patients decided to straighten their smiles with Invisalign in Washington DC, they often expressed some concern over the process of creating the clear molds with impressions. However, as one of the first in the Washington DC area to have this capability, he says patients can now achieve the smile they have always wanted and avoid the uncomfortable process of making the molds.

Before adopting any new technology or cutting-edge procedure, Dr. Hickory says he first addresses the overall safety and comfort of his patients, as well as the effectiveness of the product. “We have found the digital camera, while taking a little longer than an impression, is more comfortable for most patients. Because the data is received almost immediately by Align Technology the results are faster than waiting to mail an impression. Since the scanner is like a high resolution video camera we see no safety issues. Most significant is the quality of the images. We no longer have the distortion that sometimes occurs with impressions requiring the inconvenience of re-taking them.”

About Wayne B. Hickory, DMD, MDS

Dr. Wayne Hickory earned the Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, where he also completed a three-year postdoctoral program in orthodontics and a Masters of Dental Science. He originally began his career in orthodontic research and teaching, and has over 25 years of experience in the field. Dr. Hickory is certified in Wilckodontics, which speeds up the traditional methods of orthodontics with increased aesthetic concern and a reduction in the need for extraction.

Embassy Row Orthodontics is located at 2132 R. Street NW. Washington, DC 20008, and can be reached at (202) 684-8474, or found online at embassyrowortho.com or facebook.com/pages/Embassy-Row-Orthodontics/176345775739826.

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