As an Adult, Can I See My Child’s Orthodontist?


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Dear Dr. Barakat,

Can my adult teeth be straightened by the same Orthodontist my child sees, or do I need to see my general dentist?


Dear Concerned Parent,

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

As a specialist in tooth movement, as well as jaw growth and development, you are in the best hands possible for aligning your teeth with an Orthodontist.

Although your dentist may offer to straighten your teeth, an Orthodontist is the only dental specialist with the additional years of training, expertise, and experience to offer the most comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning for an adult patient, as well as a younger one. The American Association of Orthodontists states that 1 in 5 patients is over the age of 21!

Plus, getting the smile you’ve always wanted is a great opportunity to experience treatment with your child! Recognizing that you and your child will have different needs, you will likely have different treatment options, but if you were to do Invisalign, for example, you could certainly schedule appointments with your child for convenience, whether they are in braces or Invisalign. As parents ourselves, the Barakat team understands busy schedules!

At Barakat Orthodontics, we offer family discounts — helpful when budgeting, as well. There’s no doubt, having a family Orthodontist provides an extra level of convenience and trust with a specialist that is dedicated to helping every family member achieve a 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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