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Braces

Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can impact the look and function of your smile.

Fortunately, Dr. Sooyeon Ahn specializes in orthodontics and can use braces to straighten even the most severe cases of misalignment.

Learn how the team at Han & Ahn in McLean, VA, can transform your smile with this trusted orthodontic solution.

How Braces Work A Brief Overview

Orthodontics refers to the treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws — and braces are one of the most well-known solutions in the field. Braces use brackets, wires, and bands to gently guide your teeth into proper alignment over time. Our orthodontist, Dr. Ahn, will periodically adjust the braces to ensure the right amount of pressure is being applied to each tooth and the treatment is coming along as intended.


Your total treatment time will depend on the severity of your misalignment. When you visit us to explore this orthodontic option, Dr. Ahn can consult you on how long you can expect to wear them.

Explore the Benefits of Braces

Braces — and orthodontics at large — can offer several benefits, including:

Improved Oral Health

Overlapping or crowded teeth can make it challenging to brush and floss effectively. Straightening your teeth makes it easier to maintain a good oral health routine.

A Uniform Smile

From picture days to company presentations and everything in between, tooth misalignment can make you dread the times you’d want to smile wide. Braces can transform your self-confidence.

Pain Relief

A misaligned bite can cause pain and result in temporomandibular joint disorder. Addressing misalignment can ease or prevent headaches and other forms of discomfort.

Do You Feel Misalignment Is Holding Your Smile Back? Our McLean, VA, Dentists Are Here for You

Bite or misalignment issues can put your oral health at risk and cause you to hide your smile — that’s where we step in. Our Ivy League–trained dentists have experience helping patients just like you achieve their goals with braces and other solutions at our dental office in McLean, VA.

Whether you’re new to the area or are simply looking for a new dentistry or orthodontics provider for you and your family, we’re here to help. To request a consultation, get in touch with us today.

(703) 356-7001

What Patients Are Saying About Our Dentistry Practice in McLean, VA

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Cyndi

McLean, VA

2023

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Both Dr. Han and Dr. Ahn have provided honest and transparent feedback about what would work best for me and I have felt like I was in good hands each time...I can’t say enough good things about this team, and I’m so grateful to y’all for helping me finally learn to love my smile.

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SAIEF MUSTAFA

McLean, VA

2023

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The entire office very professional, great and helpful. Everyone treats me with awesome respect and explains all situations that is going to be done to me in simple terms.

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Comparing Braces and Invisalign

Unlike years ago, orthodontics is no longer limited to braces: our practice also offers Invisalign®. While many patients love the idea of a more discreet orthodontic solution, Invisalign is not suitable for everyone. Your orthodontist will discuss the pros and cons of each treatment option and which solution is best for your smile. Here are some distinct advantages of getting braces at our practice:

Treat Severe Misalignment

Invisalign is designed to address mild to moderate misalignment; more complex cases are best treated with braces, as they can exert the pressure on the teeth necessary to achieve a straight, symmetrical smile.

Minimized Responsibility

Invisalign requires you to wear clear aligners at least 22 hours a day, and refrain from eating and drinking when wearing them. While there are some do’s and don’ts for braces, they are relatively hands-off; you never need to worry about losing them or forgetting to put them back in after meals.

Are You a Good Candidate for Braces?

Braces are a suitable treatment for both adults and younger patients. However, they are most often recommended to teenagers, whose teeth have fully developed but whose bones are still malleable enough to allow for realignment of the teeth.

In some cases, early intervention for orthodontics may be required for even younger patients with severe bite and alignment issues. Typically, we can determine if a child is going to have an overbite, underbite, or crowded teeth by their seventh birthday. Because the roof of the mouth is still developing, we can also use expanders to make more room for teeth, if necessary. If these more severe problems are not corrected during childhood, teens and adults may require a longer treatment timeline or even tooth extractions later in life.

A Closer Look at This Orthodontic Treatment Process

Initial Consultation

During your first appointment, our orthodontist will examine the position of each tooth, the alignment of your jaw, and the shape of your dental arches. At this time, we may take impressions to develop a customized treatment plan.

Braces Placement

You will return to our dental office in McLean, VA, where Dr. Ahn will bond the brackets to your teeth and attach the archwire and bands.

Periodic Adjustments

Patients can expect to return to our office every 4-5 weeks so Dr. Ahn can examine your mouth and monitor your progress. Upon these visits, she may tighten or replace wires. If you run into an emergency, like a broken wire, our team can usually fix it on the same day.

Removing Braces

After your treatment is complete, our orthodontist will remove your braces and provide you with a retainer or aligner to wear, typically at night, to keep your teeth in place for years to come.

Caring for Your Braces

In addition to visiting us for regular orthodontic checkups, you can care for your teeth and braces at home. Dr. Ahn will give you more detailed instructions, but you should expect the following:

Brush Regularly

Clean your teeth thoroughly with a brush and toothpaste after each meal to ensure food debris doesn’t get trapped in your braces and cause bacteria to grow. 

Floss Once Daily

Floss between each tooth once per day to maintain good oral health during your orthodontic treatment. You may consider investing in a floss threader or water flosser to make things easier.

Steer Clear of Certain Foods

Hard or sticky candies, chewing gum, nuts, corn on the cob, popcorn, and even ice can damage your brackets and wires or become lodged in between your teeth. 

Keep an Eye Out for Damage

Be mindful of the condition of your braces. If you notice something amiss or experience discomfort, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist as soon as possible.

More High Praise For Our McLean, VA, Dentistry Practice

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Abdulrahman

McLean, VA

2023

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Great dentist and staff! Always a pleasure when I have to see them...Thanks for all your help and time with me and my family’s needs.

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Kira Sayarath

McLean, VA

2023

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I stumbled upon Dr. Ahn when I was looking for a new orthodontist...She’s very thorough, and patient...Overall, she has just been so wonderful and not only is she a great doctor, she’s also very kind and compassionate.

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Han & Ahn DMD

Our dentists are world-class providers committed to consistently stunning results. Together, we are members of various prestigious dental organizations, including:
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Association of Orthodontics
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

To schedule a visit at our one-of-a-kind dental office, call us at (703) 356-7001 or request an appointment online.

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"Dr. Han's work is amazing. I received a dental implant with bone grafting, and he did it perfectly, with minimal discomfort. He is extremely professional and made my experience pleasant. I would recommend him and Dr. Ahn to anyone who wants exceptional care." - Megan L., McLean, VA

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