Why Should I See an Orthodontist?


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Dear Dr. Barakat,

My daughter’s teeth look fine to me. Why should I see an Orthodontist?


Dear Concerned Parent,

Orthodontics is more than creating that perfect smile. It’s about managing a malocclusion (a bite that is off), limiting bacteria found around crowded teeth, and working with growth to optimize oral health.

Regular observation by an orthodontist can also detect permanent changes that begin to occur with habits such as severe mouth breathing, thumb sucking, grinding, or clenching teeth. When your upper and lower teeth fit together the way they should, it is easier to bite, chew, and speak.


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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