What is a Board Certified Orthodontist and what does that mean?

Board Certifications for Orthodontists

Board certification for an Orthodontist means that they have willingly gone through hundreds of hours of extra training, and have had to demonstrate their judgment, skills, and knowledge. They provide the highest level of patient care, and it’s not surprising considering less than 30% of orthodontists become board certified! Achieving board certification is the final step of many long years of education and training. The process of becoming board certified is a long one: orthodontists must complete a written exam and a clinical examination. Once these components are complete, an orthodontist has a time-limited certificate, at [...] Read More

New Year, New Hours

Hi Everyone!

It’s great to be back from our holiday break, and we wanted to share some exciting news with you! This spring, we will be opening select offices for Saturday hours! This will make it easier and more convenient than ever to come in and start your smile journey. These offices will be open from 8:30 am-1 pm, so space is limited, and it is best to call soon to make an appointment. The dates and offices open are listed below!

February 4th: Potomac Office

February 18th: Bethesda Office, Wisconsin Ave.

March 4th: Potomac office

March 18th: College Park

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Happy Fall!

Happy Fall Everyone!

It’s that time of the year again! Fall has arrived! With falls arrival, that also means a whole host of delicious, sticky foods have come back, ready for you to consume. Here, we’ve created a list for you: outlining the safe foods to eat, and those that may be hazards on your orthodontic journey.

Please note: If you have Invisalign, it is safe to consume every single food item on this list, as long as you remove your aligners before eating/drinking!

Don’ts: Caramel/candy apples: We know, they’re a fall staple, but, they are simply too chewy and [...] Read More

Early Intervention Resolves Problems Before They Progress

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and was he ever right! So many times in life, you can avoid more significant problems if you’re proactive and preventive in your efforts, whether it’s keeping a fire extinguisher in your kitchen for an emergency or seeking orthodontic care before an issue officially becomes a major problem.

Dr. David Rad, Dr. Mehdy Rad, and Dr. Carmine Petrarca are philosophically in agreement: It saves you time, money, and often considerable pain and discomfort for your child if you address a minor orthodontic issue now before it becomes full-blown.

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Adjusting to Invisalign: 5 Tips

InvisalignⓇ clear aligners have taken the world by storm because they’re so much less visible than traditional metal braces, in addition to a host of other benefits. Having anything on your teeth takes some getting used to when you first start wearing braces but adjusting to Invisalign is a bit different than to metal braces.

If you’re interested in checking out Invisalign aligners, the best first step is to talk to an orthodontist who has lots of experience with them. Rest assured that the Rad Orthodontics team — Dr. Mehdy Rad, Dr. David Rad, and Dr. Carmine Petrarca — has [...] Read More

How to Care for Your Braces

Orthodontic care — specifically braces — solves a host of problems, including crowded or crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, and bite problems. The exciting thing is that braces treatment options are more diverse than ever before.

Dr. Mehdy Rad, Dr. David Rad, Dr. Carmine Petrarca, and the whole RAD Orthodontics team are dedicated to evaluating your situation, whether you’re a child, teen, or an adult, explaining your treatment options, and helping you decide what route is best for you.

No matter what type of braces you opt for, they all require special care, and you need to be consistent. We [...] Read More