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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.


Enjoy Halloween Treats, While Keeping Your Smile Healthy
There’s no need to miss out on the trick-or-treating fun, but snack wisely! Avoid damaging orthodontic appliances (therefore slowing down treatment) by knowing which candies might damage braces…

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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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Making Time for Your Invisalign Treatment
After seeing my children achieve beautiful smiles through orthodontics, I’ve been really wanting to straighten my teeth too…

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Invisalign vs. Traditional Metal Braces
There are pros and cons to both alignment systems, and it’s important to understand them all before making your decision…

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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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Have Braces, But Love Popcorn?
Dr. Barakat shares her advice about why you should do everything you can to stay away from this popular snack…

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What Kind of Time Commitment is Invisalign?
Invisalign appointments tend to be less frequent than those for traditional braces, and our team is excellent at efficiency…

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Do You Grind Your Teeth or Clench Your Jaw?
Grinding your teeth and clenching your teeth and jaw aren’t limited to one age group — this habit affects both adults and children…

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A Look Back: Top Orthodontic Guidance & Advice
2020 proved to be a challenging time leaving the house safely, including getting to doctor appointments. However, Barakat Orthodontics rose to the challenge, implementing important safety protocols and procedures to ensure a safe visit for patients, families, and their team…

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As an Adult, Can I See My Child’s Orthodontist?
While your dentist may offer to straighten your teeth, an Orthodontist is the better choice for many reasons…

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