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Does My Child Have to Get Her Teeth Pulled for Treatment?


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Dear Dr. Barakat,

I remember having teeth pulled when I got braces years ago. My child is now 8, will she have to have teeth taken out as well?

– Concerned Parent


Dear Concerned Parent,

I think it’s great that you are thinking about your child’s orthodontic treatment at 8-years-old! This gives her more treatment options.

Taking out teeth for braces was very common years ago. It was the only way to make space for the adult teeth, especially because years ago, patients were older teenagers, with little growth remaining. Nowadays, we have other options.

Although removing teeth to make space is still the only good option for some patients, others can avoid this by starting treatment early, expanding the jaws, managing the space in the mouth properly over time. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends getting a consultation with an orthodontist at age 7. This is to allow for a baseline exam and monitor changes over time. Many times, these initial consultations are at no charge, which makes it an easy way to see how your child’s teeth, mouth, and jaws are growing.

– Dr. Barakat


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Dr. Rana Barakat, a board-certified specialist in Orthodontics, has been proudly serving Northern Virginia for 20-years! She has built her practice on a personal touch and excellent treatment. As a parent, she understands wanting the best for your children in giving them beautiful, confident smiles. She makes it a priority to ensure optimal results, but also believes that each patient’s experience during treatment is just as important as the clinical result. As the 2015-16 President of the Virginia Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Barakat’s dedication and expertise reflect why her peers continue to nominate her as a Top Dentist.

Barakat Orthodontics is located at 45745 Nokes Blvd., Ste. 175, Sterling, VA 20166. Connect with them by clicking: OnlineFacebookTwitter, and calling: (703) 433-9330. Download their free app: iTunesGoogle Play.


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