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Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Vienna, VA

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the optimal time to give your child an orthodontic evaluation is age seven or before. However, it’s never too late to straighten your smile or your child’s. Ibrahim Y. Alhussain, DMD, Reem I. Alhussain, DDS, and the experienced team at Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry in Vienna and Tysons, Virginia, can help. Book an appointment online or call the office today.


What is orthodontic care?

Orthodontic care is a specialized area of dentistry. Orthodontists focus on fixing dental and facial abnormalities arising from the misalignment of teeth and jaws. As your orthodontist, they diagnose, prevent, and treat problems such as tooth misalignment, jaw misalignment, gaps between teeth, and more. Orthodontic care can not only improve your appearance with a straighter smile, it can also improve your mouth’s overall function.

When should my child see the orthodontist for the first time?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends your child have an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. However, if your child is older or is already in their teens, it's not too late. In fact, 1 in 5 orthodontic patients today is over age 21.

While correcting orthodontic problems early will shorten the time your child will need treatment, they can get orthodontic care at any age.

What kinds of braces does the orthodontist offer?

Your orthodontist offers a wide range of braces to suit virtually every patient. These include:

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Ceramic braces with clear brackets
  • Lingual braces, also called behind-the-teeth braces
  • Invisalign® clear aligners
  • Self-ligating braces, which eliminate the need for elastic bands

If you or your child need braces, your orthodontist at Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry can help you choose the best option.

How long will I or my child need orthodontic care?

Treatment time will depend on the amount of care needed. Most of your orthodontist's patients need orthodontic treatment for 6-30 months, with 22 months being the average amount of time needed.

How often are orthodontic appointments scheduled?

The number of appointments you or your child will need will depend on the treatment plan. Most patients see an orthodontist every 4-10 weeks. You or your child will also need to see the dentist for checkups and cleanings every 6-12 months.

How can I or my child maintain orthodontic results?

Once you have beautifully straight teeth, it's only natural that you'll want to keep them that way. To keep them straight, you or your child will likely wear a retainer for around 22 hours a day before switching to only wearing them at night. Your orthodontist will recommend a retainer schedule to help you maintain your stunning straight smile.

To straighten your child’s smile, or to get an amazing smile of your own, book an appointment online or over the phone with Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry today.