Can Adults Have Their Teeth Straightened by the Same Orthodontist Their Child Sees?


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Dear Dr. Barakat,

Can an adult have their teeth straightened by the same Orthodontist their child sees, or do they need to see a general dentist?


Dear Concerned Parent,

Yes, you can absolutely be treated by your child’s Orthodontist!

As a specialist in tooth movement and jaw growth and development, an Orthodontist puts you in the best hands possible for aligning your teeth. Your dentist may be able to straighten your teeth, but an Orthodontist is the only dental specialist with the additional years of training and experience to offer the most comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning for adult and younger patients. The American Association of Orthodontists statistics shows that 1 in 5 patients is actually over the age of 21!

In addition to getting the smile you’ve always wanted, it is also an excellent opportunity to experience this life-changing experience alongside your child! As an added convenience, you can schedule appointments at the same time as your child, whether one or both of you are in traditional braces and/or Invisalign. As parents ourselves, the Barakat team understands busy schedules, so we work hard to make it as convenient for you as possible!

In the event you and your child(ren) embark on the orthodontic journey together, Barakat Orthodontics offers family discounts, which can help the family budget!

There is no doubt that having a family Orthodontist provides an extra level of convenience and expertise with a specialist that is dedicated to helping every family member achieve a life-long, healthy and beautiful smile!


Dr. Rana Barakat, a board-certified specialist in Orthodontics, has been proudly serving Northern Virginia for more than 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 by 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 by visiting them online, or get social with them on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. Barakat Orthodontics can also be reached at (703) 433-9330.


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