Does My Child With Braces Still Need to See a Dentist?


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Dear Dr. Barakat,

If my child has braces, does she still need to see a dentist?


Dear Concerned Parent,

Yes, your child still needs to see a dentist with braces. Your Orthodontist will work together with your dentist to ensure optimal dental health. Your dentist makes sure that your teeth stay healthy while you are in braces, while Orthodontists monitor your teeth’ progress as they are getting straight.

Regular cleanings and cavity check-ups with your dentist will keep your mouth healthy for life. Remember, you can still get cavities when you are wearing braces, so always brush your teeth for 2-minutes, twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste, and floss daily.


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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