Should My Child See an Orthodontist: Teeth that Stick Out


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Dear Dr. Barakat,

My child’s front teeth stick out at an odd angle. Is this something we should see an Orthodontist about (she still has some baby teeth)?


Dear Concerned Parent,

Yes, protrusive front teeth (teeth that stick out) may be the outward sign of a problem with the jaw or position teeth position.

Even if your child has not lost all of her baby teeth, protrusive upper front teeth are more likely to be broken during playtime, sports, or in an accident. Sometimes these teeth can go through the lip in an accident involving the mouth!

It’s important to address this for these obvious reasons and because children can develop self-esteem issues if others are teasing them about their teeth, which is not likely to self-correct.

Early orthodontic treatment, or Phase I Treatments, helps treat a child’s jaw, teeth, and smile — giving them confidence as they advance through school. Even in the early stages of orthodontic treatment, today’s technology allows your orthodontist to provide many treatment options such as traditional metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign to give your daughter a great start towards her smile of a lifetime!

Did you know Barakat Orthodontics offers complimentary consultations? Schedule yours today online or by calling/texting (703) 433-9330.


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.


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