New Patients

It is Dr. Stangs’s goal to give you the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve in a fun and professional environment. Orthodontic treatment is a big decision for you and your family, and our caring team will make this an amazing journey!

Your First Visit

Your first visit with Dr. Stang is always complimentary! During this new patient exam, you will meet Dr. Stang and our team. Our treatment coordinator will give you a special tour of the office and take diagnostic photos and x-rays. Dr. Stang will complete a thorough exam as you discuss your concerns, and then suggest the best treatment options. We understand the needs of our families, and time is so important. We are often available to begin your treatment on the day of your exam if you prefer!

So that we may provide you with the best experience, please take some time to complete our new patient and health history forms before your first appointment.

The Next Step

Congratulations! You made the decision to begin your orthodontic treatment! After your initial exam you will schedule your first appointment, to begin your journey. Typically this is the day you may get your braces or another orthodontic appliance, depending on your customized treatment plan. This appointment usually takes about an hour. You’ll receive your own orthodontic care kit, and our team will be available to answer all of your questions. We’re here to make sure that you and your family is as comfortable, and relaxed as possible.

Scheduling Appointments is Easy

There has never been a better time to begin orthodontic treatment! With today’s technology, appointments are so convenient, and you will find that you will not miss as much school or work. You will visit Dr. Stang about every four to ten weeks. It is important that you stay on track with your treatment goals in the estimated time. To accomplish this, it is imperative that you schedule and attend these appointments. We will work with you to schedule days and times that work best for you. Please give us a call to reschedule when you may be running late for an appointment, or know in advance that you have a conflict so that we may work together to achieve your best results.

Your General Dentist is a vital part of our team

We work closely with your dentist to maintain healthy teeth and gums during your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Stang recommends that our patients see their general dentist at minimum twice a year for cleanings and evaluation. If he sees that you need additional dental treatment, he will be happy to go the extra mile to coordinate with your dentist to ensure the best result. We are proud of our continued relationships with our dental teams! They are an extension of our team!

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Treatment Information

Early Prevention

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist as early as age seven. At this point the orthodontist will evaluate whether your child will need orthodontic treatment. Early treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight or nine (Phase Two will begin around age 11 or older). The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of extractions in the future.

Causes & Prevention of Orthodontic Problems

Orthodontic problems such as crowding of the teeth, too much space between the teeth, issues with jaw growth, protruding teeth, and unaligned bites can result from a number of different causes. Orthodontic issues can be genetic, caused by an injury to the mouth, an early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb-sucking habits.

Receiving early orthodontic treatment can help prevent the need for orthodontics as an adult, leaving little to no chance of extraction or surgery in the future. Most children lose all of their baby teeth by the age 13 and their jaw bones will harden and stop growing by the end of their teen years.

If your child is between the ages of seven and eight and shows signs of needing orthodontic care, or if you have been directed by your family dentist to visit the orthodontist, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment. Our team will be happy to provide your child with an initial exam and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child’s smile!

Causes & Prevention of Orthodontic Problems

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth (your child should typically start losing teeth around age five, and will have all permanent teeth around age 13).
  • Difficulty chewing and/or biting.
  • Mouth breathing.
  • A habit of thumbsucking after the age of five.
  • Speech impediments
  • Protruding teeth (this is when the top teeth and the bottom teeth extend away from each other)
  • Teeth that do not come together in a normal manner or even at all
  • Shifting of the jaw when your child opens or closes his or her mouth (crossbites)
  • Crowded front teeth around age seven or eight.

The first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment. Please contact our office by phone or complete the appointment request form below. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.

Please do not use this form to cancel or change an existing appointment.

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Stang Family Orthodontics

11353 Sunset Hills Rd
Reston, VA 20190

  • Tel: (703) 435-8282
  • Fax: (703) 435-8284
  • smile@stangfamilyortho.com