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Moving Mid-Treatment?

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Dear Dr. Barakat,

My husband has taken a new job and we have to move in the middle of my child’s braces treatment. What should we do?

– Concerned Parent

Dear Concerned Parent,

Moving in the middle of orthodontic treatment can be a concern for patients. The good news is that living in a transient area such as the metropolitan DC area, this is not as uncommon as you may think. The priority is to make your transition to an orthodontist in your new hometown as smooth as possible. This is done by getting a referral from your orthodontist, as well as asking local neighbors.

Once you have decided on a new orthodontist, your current orthodontist will forward your records and treatment history as well as a letter with your original treatment plan. Be sure to inform your current orthodontist of your plans to move as soon as you can, so that at your last appointment, he/she can ensure that any braces adjustments are designed to get you through to your next visit with your new orthodontist once you have settled in your new home.

– Dr. Barakat


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: Online | Facebook | Twitter | (703) 433-9330. Download their free app: iTunes | Google Play.

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