Monday, September 28, 2015

Back to School 2015

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Back to School 2015

Patient Feature of the Month: Yishak Desta
Yishak is one of our wonderful patients, he is a student who was recently awarded an Academic Scholarship to Lafayette College.   We are proud of you Yishak, what an amazing accomplishment for such a wonderful young man!

AO: Tell us about your scholarship.

Yishak: It is an Academic Scholarship, I was nominated to be interviewed for it.  I had to go through three rounds of interviews and then was told that they would make a decision in about a week but they ended up calling me the same day with the news that I had been chosen.

AO: What do you plan on majoring in?

Yishak:  Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.

AO: What do you hope to accomplish in the future?

Yishak:  I want to be successful!  I want to stay close to my family and make them proud.

AO: Do you have any hobbies that you enjoy participating in?

Yishak:  I enjoy tennis, biking, running, basketball, working out, playing soccer, and reading.  I am currently reading a book about a guy with cerebral palsy called "One More Step".

AO: How was your orthodontics experience here at Ashburn Orthodontics?

Yishak:  Dr. Kortam and Mel did an amazing job with my teeth.  I am very grateful.

 AO: What do you like about Ashburn Orthodontics and Dr. Kortam?

Yishak:  They were very committed and caring about me as a patient and were always willing to help me. 

AO: If you can give any advice to our readers, what would it be?

Yishak:  For your ortho treatment, Be patient, don't rush your treatment and be respectful to the office.  For your academics, stay focused - never give up - always work hard - have a long term goal and stay positive.

Thank you, Yishak for the great advice and we are so very proud of you and this amazing accomplishment.  We look forward to seeing the great things you do in the future!


We headed Back to School on August 31st, we are always sad to see Summer end but who doesn't love those wonderful Fall breezes?


Giving back to our community, School Style!

Dr. Kortam is committed to being involved in our community, especially within our local schools.  We have started this 2015-2016 school year as sponsors for the following:

Creighton's Corner Elementary School:
Dr. Kortam sponsored the weekly folders and calendar magnets.

Belmont Station Elementary School:
Dr. Kortam sponsored the calendar magnets.

Discovery Elementary School:
Dr. Kortam sponsored the calendar magnets and Friday folders.

Sanders Corner Elementary School:
Dr. Kortam sponsored the agendas.

Steuart Weller Elementary School:
Dr. Kortam sponsored the calendar magnets and Thursday folders.

Belmont Ridge Middle School:
Dr. Kortam sponsored the calendar magnets, folders and we attended the 7th and 8th grade Back to School Night.

Trailside Middle School:
Dr. Kortam sponsored the calendar magnets, the 2015-2016 school T-Shirts and the 6th grade picnic where we provided string bags to the entire 6th grade class.

Stone Hill Middle School:
Dr. Kortam sponsored the calendar magnets, a Teachers Hot Breakfast and the Guitar Class was given string bags.

Harper Park Middle School:
Dr. Kortam sponsored the calendar magnets. and folders.

Farmwell Station Middle School:
Dr. Kortam sponsored the calendar magnets, the 6th grade Ice Cream Social where string bags were given to the entire 6th grade class.

Eagle Ridge Middle School:
Dr. Kortam sponsored the calendar magnets.  We also sponsored the Celebrate Calm event on Thursday August 20th.

Providence Academy K-8:
Dr. Kortam sponsored the calendar magnets.

Virginia Academy K-8:
Dr. Kortam sponsored the calendar magnets.

Ashburn Orthodontics is committed to giving back to our community and we will continue to be involved in our local schools throughout this year.  If you know of any events that Ashburn Orthodontics or Dr. Kortam can become involved in, please let us know!


1.  Protect your appliances. The majority of retainers and aligners get lost or broken because they were accidentally thrown away wrapped up in a napkin or paper towel. Invisalign Teen is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments because the aligners are removable for eating, drinking and dental care. However, because they are clear and light, the aligners can easily be overlooked in the rush to get to class on time and tossed out with the trash. Always keep an extra case for your retainer or aligners in your bag or locker.

2.  Keep breath fresh. The brackets and wires of braces can trap food particles and become a breeding ground for the bacteria that cause bad breath. Keeping teeth clean also prevents dental decay, which can cause white spots around fixed brackets and bands and cavities. We recommend putting together a bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss or a small dental brush and wax for mid-daydental care. Having those tools handy means there is no excuse for picking at teeth with other objects like toothpicks, forks or pen caps that can damage the appliances.

3.  Prevent injuries. Wearing a mouthguard is always important, especially when you have fixed braces. For the teeth, lips, cheeks and the tongue to avoid injury during sports, make sure you have a properly fitted mouthguard to wear and a case to keep it in when not in use. Mouthguards do wear out so they should be checked periodically for tears and other signs of wear.

4.  Pack a lunch. The cafeteria at school may not always have braces-friendly food. Foods that get stuck in the cracks and crevices of teeth are best to stay away from, unless you're planning to brush and floss after eating. Avoid hard, sticky foods that can damage appliances because broken or bent wires can set back treatment time. Snacks and lunches that include banana slices, seedless grapes, canned fruit, applesauce or pudding cups, thinly chopped raw vegetables, soups, sandwiches or pasta are safe for people wearing braces.
More News!
Go to our facebook page at to find more information. We also have it listed on our instagram, follow us @ashburnorthodontics.  Have a great 2015-2016 school year!
Dear Patients,
We are so excited to be able to keep you updated on all our patient and community happenings with our new and improved monthly newsletter! Is there an event in your neighborhood, school, workplace, church, where we might be a good fit? Any opportunities for community sponsorships? Please let us know. 
In addition, any news in your family you'd like to share? We're happy to include here. Look forward to your feedback!

The Ashburn Orthodontics Team

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