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Orthodontics

No matter your age, crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth can make you feel self-conscious and increase your risk of oral health issues.

Board-certified orthodontist Sooyeon Ahn of Han & Ahn DMD provides a full range of orthodontics at our office in McLean, VA.

Learn how a straighter smile can enhance not only your appearance, but also your oral health and confidence.

Trusted Dentists Providing World-Class Orthodontics

Boost Your Confidence

Self-conscious about your smile? Straight teeth can dramatically improve your appearance, helping you feel more confident inside and out. With proper aftercare and maintenance, the results are permanent.

Improve Your Comfort

Orthodontics can treat symptoms of misalignment like popping in the jaw joints, pain, and stiffness. Our orthodontist determines a treatment plan to alleviate discomfort and prevent it from occurring again in the future.

A Range of Options

With the continuing popularity of options like Invisalign®, treatment is simpler and more convenient than before. We'll find the exact orthodontic option that best fits your needs and lifestyle.

Save Money in Long Run

Orthodontics is an investment in your future health that saves you money in the long run. By addressing misalignment early on, we reduce the risk of other costly dental issues such as decay, infections, or gum disease.

How Do Braces Actually Work?

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Start Your Journey to a Brighter Smile Request Your Consultation With Our Board-Certified Orthodontist 

A straighter smile can positively impact every aspect of your life. Our board-certified orthodontist Dr. Ahn can provide specialized care and attention to your orthodontic case. As an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Ahn has access to the latest techniques and solutions that can straighten your smile. We invite you to request a consultation to speak to our skilled orthodontist and discover how transformative orthodontics can be.

To get started, submit a question to our staff or fill out our online form to request a consultation with Dr. Ahn. You can also call or dental office in McLean, VA, at:

(703) 356-7001

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"The results have been superb" 5-Star Reviews of Our McLean, VA, Practice 

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Christopher C

2019

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I've had A+ experiences with both Dr. Han and Dr. Ahn. My orthodontics case wasn't straight forward, I was impressed with how Dr. Ahn identified and explained all of the issues with my teeth alignment and the plan to correct them; she seemed to look forward to the challenge of fixing them. I looked forward to the appointments and the progress I would see in between. I now have a healthy and beautiful smile I'm proud of. 

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Joe Burnsed

2019

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Dr's Han and Ahn are exceptional orthodontists. My daughter had her braces done at their office and the results have been superb. Their staff is also outstanding and very accommodating and flexible when it comes to scheduling. Couldn't be happier with service we have received.

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Why Choose an Orthodontist? 

Both dentists and orthodontists can straighten misaligned teeth; however, while dentists practice a range of treatments, orthodontists focus on this area of dentistry and often have more experience administering orthodontic treatment to correct tooth and jaw misalignment. Many patients prefer an orthodontist because they:

Have undergone specialized training in addition to learning general dentistry

Can treat more extensive orthodontic issues and special cases

Tend to have a wider selection of orthodontic treatment options

Understand how your teeth and jawbone can change over time

Understanding the Importance of a Straighter Smile

The Problem

Crooked teeth often leave patients feeling self-conscious about their smile, but the effects are often more than cosmetic. In many cases, misaligned teeth can lead to serious health concerns. If you are unable to brush or floss properly, bacteria and plaque can accumulate in hard-to-reach areas and lead to dental issues in the future.

The Solution

While not immediately dangerous, plaque can eventually lead to cavities, inflamed gums, and an increased risk of gum disease and tooth loss. By straightening your smile, orthodontics can allow you greater access to tooth surfaces so you can better care for your smile and avoid the need for restorative procedures in the future.

How We Can Help

We specialize in early prevention orthodontics. By detecting potentially harmful jaw issues in younger patients, Dr. Ahn can lower the risk of oral damage. Our McLean team strives to create more space for the teeth, lessen the need for permanent tooth extractions later, and correct potential issues early on.

Worried About Cost? We Offer Financing 

Our dentists believe that everyone deserves to have a healthy, beautiful smile. We accept all PPO dental insurance plans and work with CareCredit®, a third-party financing company that offers low monthly payments. We also offer in-house financing to patients who put 50 percent down. The remaining 50 percent is financed interest-free. Our McLean dental team is happy to walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

How Do I Know if I Need Orthodontic Treatment?

While crooked or crowded teeth are the most common reason for orthodontic care, we treat a wide range of alignment issues. Dr. Ahn can help patients with deep bites, open bites, missing laterals, overbites, underbites, and posterior crossbites. Some of the more obvious signs of these conditions include:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty biting
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Protruding teeth
  • Facial imbalance
  • Grinding or clenching teeth

It's a common misconception that only teenagers or children should get orthodontics. No matter your age, a straighter smile can boost confidence and support healthier teeth for years to come. Our orthodontist, Dr. Ahn, has years of dental experience helping patients of all ages achieve a stunning smile at our McLean, VA, office.

"Friendly and wonderful service" More Reviews From the McLean Community 

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alexis fisher

2020

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All three of my children have seen Dr. Ahn for orthodontics, and during their treatment, received their check ups with Dr Han. They are both professional and attentive.

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Elizabeth Mennitt

2019

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I had 24 months of braces treatment done here and I couldn’t be more happy. Friendly and wonderful service. Never had any problems, and I always left the office feeling confident in my treatment. Would recommend to anyone!

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Understanding the Orthodontic Timeline

Our board-certified orthodontist Dr. Ahn can provide specialized care and attention to your orthodontic case.
Our board-certified orthodontist Dr. Ahn can provide specialized care and attention to your orthodontic case.

Planning

During your initial consultation at our McLean, VA, office, our orthodontist will evaluate your smile and bite and ask about your goals in order to determine which treatment is best for you. We use digital X-rays to gain a comprehensive view of your teeth and jaw. From there, we will walk through your orthodontic options and plan treatment together so the timeline works for your schedule.

Appliances

Our orthodontist will begin the braces or Invisalign treatment process. For braces, metal brackets are bonded to the teeth, and wire is looped through. For Invisalign, we take impressions of your teeth to create digital 3D images. These images are sent to an Invisalign lab, where technicians create your custom aligner trays.

Checkups

Patients will visit our dental office for periodic checkups. Braces are adjusted monthly to shift the teeth into the optimal position. For Invisalign patients, these checkups allow our orthodontist to monitor their progress, make any adjustments if needed, and ensure treatment is on the right track.

Maintenance

The treatment timeline varies for each patient and depends on the severity of your case. After completing treatment, our orthodontist will provide aftercare instructions to best maintain your results. Braces patients must wear a retainer every night while sleeping to ensure their teeth remain in the proper position. Invisalign patients can wear their last set of aligners or opt for retainers.

Get Started With a Free Consultation Dr. Ahn Can Answer Your Questions at No Cost to You

We believe that your health should be a top priority, which is why we don't want cost to interfere with your ability to make an informed decision. To make our services more accessible, we offer free consultations for orthodontic treatment. Dr. Ahn will be happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss your treatment options in detail.

To get started with your free consultation, reach out to us online or call our McLean office at: 

(703) 356-7001

We Provide Comprehensive Care Before and After Treatment

Advanced Orthodontic Technology

Our practice uses iTero® digital scanners to produce an accurate 3D model of your mouth in just a few minutes. In the hands of a skilled orthodontist like Dr. Ahn, an effective treatment plan can be created and shared with you in a short amount of time. While traditional impressions need to be physically shipped, iTero scans can be sent instantly to the lab to cut down on waiting time.

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Maintain Your Straightened Teeth

In some cases, Dr. Ahn may provide retainers for patients who have received treatment for more extensive cases of malocclusion and other orthodontic issues. Retainers can help maintain the new position of your teeth. The type of retainer and its materials can vary depending on your circumstances, so Dr. Ahn will provide a full list of instructions on wearing and taking care of your retainer.

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"Extremely talented and caring" 

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Selvin Balcarcel

2021

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Dr. Han and his assistant Maria are always friendly and welcoming. I will continue to get any dental work I need at their office. I have also recommended this dentistry to my friends and family.

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Matt Korn

2021

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I've been seeing Dr. Daniel Han for dental care since 2013 -- he's an extremely talented and caring dentist. Was there at the office a few days ago for a cleaning and check-up, and they are carefully following Covid precautions, I felt comfortable that it was a safe experience.

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Preparatory Procedures You May Need Before Orthodontics

Depending on your circumstances, you may require a preparatory procedure before your orthodontic treatment to ensure the best outcome. These procedures may include:
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Tooth Extraction

We will always avoid extractions when possible; however, if your existing teeth are severely overcrowded, your teeth may not have enough room to realign. In these cases, Dr. Ahn and our team may recommend a tooth extraction to ensure the best results.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth can impact your alignment and affect the health of nearby teeth, gums, and your jawbone. To prevent future damage and allow your teeth to have enough room for realignment, we may recommend having your wisdom teeth extracted prior to receiving orthodontic treatment.

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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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