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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 in 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 with them by visiting them online, or get social with them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Barakat Orthodontics can also be reached at (703) 433-9330.


Keep a Healthy Smile, While Enjoying Holiday Treats
You can indulge in your favorite holiday sweets and treats, but remember some are harder on your teeth than others, plus, aligner care minimizes sugar-loving bacteria and tooth stains…

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Keeping Your Invisalign Teen on Track as They Head Back to School
Summer’s drawing to a close with fall right on its heels! This means your child in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign will likely need to make some changes as they go back to school…

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Can My Child’s Invisalign Aligners Double as a Mouthguard?
Invisalign aligners do provide more comfort than traditional braces that have brackets and wires that can cut into your lips, but…

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Can Parents & Kids See the Same Orthodontist?
As a specialist in tooth movement and jaw growth and development, an Orthodontist puts you and your children in the best hands possible for aligning your teeth…

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Why is a Retainer Necessary After Braces?
The final step in your treatment is wearing your retainer because after your braces are removed, your teeth will want to shift right back to their old position…

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Why You Shouldn’t Delay Orthodontic Care
Orthodontic treatment in some patients can be mainly for cosmetic reasons. Still, sometimes the treatment is important for medical reasons, and putting off treatment can cost more and take longer…

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Under the Care of an Orthodontist, Do I Still Need to See a Dentist?
This is a frequently asked question among many orthodontic patients: If I have regular orthodontic checkups, do I also need to continue seeing the dentist? The answer is…

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Should My Child See an Orthodontist for Protruding Teeth?
Teeth that stick out are more than a cosmetic issue, they may be an outward sign of greater orthodontic problems…

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Can Wearing Braces Affect Your Ability to Play a Wind Instrument?
Student musicians who play wind instruments worry about the effects of braces on the lips and mouth…

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