True or False? with Dr. Barakat, Part 2


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True or False: Getting orthodontic treatment means I’ll have to commit to constant doctor visits and inconvenient appointments. 

FALSE: The average appointment commitment for our patients is only once every 6-8 weeks.

True or False: There is something called “accelerated orthodontics.”

TRUE: We now have the technology in our office to speed up treatment and increase comfort. Approved by the FDA, AcceleDent Aura uses SoftPulse Technology that exert up to 8x less force than a power brush. It makes orthodontic treatment more comfortable and can speed up orthodontic treatment by up to 50%.

True or False: A mouth guard should only be worn for contact sports.

FALSE: Mouth guards are most commonly used in contact sports such as football, hockey and lacrosse, but one can sustain injuries to the mouth and jaws such as broken teeth and cuts to the lip while playing non-contact sports such as basketball, skateboarding and gymnastics. According to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouth guard! So remember, wear a mouth guard if you are in organized sports or just enjoying recreational activities.

True or False: Mouth guards can be custom made.

TRUE: There are several types of mouth guards. The simplest are of the stock variety that you can purchase from sporting goods stores. The second type is the boil and bite guards, which are heated and immediately worn by the athlete to allow some adaptation to the teeth. The more complex mouthguards are custom made by the dental professional. They require an impression or 3-D scan of the athlete’s mouth and are made to order in different protection levels, depending on the impact of the particular sport.


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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 clicking: online, Facebook, Twitter, and calling: (703) 433-9330.


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