Orthodontic Treatment for Bad Bites


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Dear Dr. Barakat,

I thought braces were only for teeth that weren’t straight. But I have heard about orthodontic treatment for bad bites. What does that mean?


Dear Concerned Parent,

You aren’t alone in thinking that braces are only for straightening teeth. Many people think that braces are only for kids or teenagers who have crooked teeth. In reality, orthodontists use braces to fix many different types of tooth issues, and many of them have to do with “bad bites.”

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A bad bite, or what is technically known as a malocclusion, means any type of bite that doesn’t have good jaw alignment. The term can encompass multiple types of orthodontic issues, with the most commonly recognized being an overbite (when the upper teeth are pushed forward), an underbite (when the lower teeth are pushed forward), a crossbite (when teeth overlap each other), or an open bite (when the upper and lower teeth fail to make contact with each other).

When an orthodontist provides an initial consultation, one of the things that are examined in the patient’s bite, X-rays, dental impressions, and physical exams are all completed and analyzed by your orthodontist, who then creates a treatment plan that will be implemented to shift the teeth gently, and therefore the bite, into alignment. It is most important to align the bite for a patient, as a “bad bite” can lead to cracked teeth, headaches, or uneven teeth wear.

While orthodontists love to see a bright, beautiful smile on our patients’ faces, we love most to know that our patients have received excellent treatment that will keep their bite aligned and healthy for a lifetime.


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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