The Necessity of Orthodontic Evaluations in Young Children


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Dear Dr. Barakat,

My child is only 7-years-old — why do they need an orthodontic evaluation at such a young age?


Dear Concerned Parent,

Parents are encouraged to have their children evaluated by an Orthodontist at approximately age 7. This is so evolving tooth, and jaw issues can be addressed before they progress to the point where they could require extensive, lengthy, and sometimes painful treatment with limited results.

An early evaluation doesn’t necessarily mean your child will require early orthodontic treatment, but it can provide valuable information to determine when orthodontic treatment will be necessary. In addition, this allows you to plan ahead in partnership with your Dentist and Orthodontist and become familiar with payment plans and options.

Orthodontists are experts at detecting warning signs. Then, if needed, they can offer early treatment options that can lessen the impact of conditions like crowded, misplaced teeth, blocked-out teeth, crossbites, or misaligned jaws. An early evaluation and interceptive treatment can diminish the overall impact of these conditions and make future treatments more successful, with a beautiful smile to prove it!

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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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