At What Age Should My Child See an Orthodontist?


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Dear Dr. Barakat,

My dentist said kids don’t usually get braces until they are 12. If that’s the case, when should I schedule my child’s first appointment with an orthodontist?


Dear Concerned Parent,

Start early. It sounds reasonable to wait until their baby teeth fall out, but it is actually better to evaluate children when they still have a good portion of their baby teeth.

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This is so the orthodontist can maximize the growth ahead and intervene when small problems can lead to bigger issues as more permanent teeth come in. Most kids do not require immediate treatment but will benefit from consistent regular observation as their permanent teeth erupt.


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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