My Child’s Permanent Teeth Are Crooked


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Dear Dr. Barakat,

My 9-year-old’s top teeth are crooked. I thought they would be straight now since they are all permanent teeth. What do I do now?


Dear Concerned Parent,

It is ideal to see an orthodontist when your child is young, not because work should start, but so the orthodontist can evaluate the teeth and jaw development from an early age. This allows for opportunities to take advantage of a child’s growth where beneficial. Many children do not need early treatment, but some need early intervention for issues such as an uneven bite, overcrowding, thumb sucking, or speech concerns. During your consultation with the orthodontist, options will be discussed regarding the timing of treatment.

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If you have any concerns about your child’s tooth alignment and bite, simply schedule an initial orthodontic consultation with an orthodontist. Typically during an initial consultation appointment, the orthodontist will perform an extensive examination, including x-rays and photographs. The orthodontist will then work with you to develop an orthodontic program that best enhances your child’s smile and dental development.


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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