Orthodontics FAQ


What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. At NVO, that means transforming and inspiring confident smiles that will last a lifetime.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. He or she is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile. At NVO, he or she is your smile expert, your doctor, and your friend.

What’s the best age for children to visit the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to just children and teens.

What are braces?

Braces are made of stainless steel or titanium. They are made up of brackets, an arch wire, and elastics. Braces are used by an orthodontist to help you transform your smile.

If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?

The amount of time you will spend in braces will vary due to customized treatment plans for each individual. Treatment times can range from 6 months to 30 months, but standard treatment is about 22 months.

Do braces hurt?

Your appliance is working hard to transform your new smile. You may be sore or tender for just a few days until your mouth gets used to your new appliance.

Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?

Yes, healthy smiles are important! You should brush your teeth 3 times a day, and also after you eat. Don’t’ forget to floss daily. NVO’s clinical care specialists can show you how to brush and floss properly once your braces are placed.

How often should I visit my dentist if I have braces?

It’s important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment continue to visit their dentist every 6 months to have a healthy smile. Your dentist will work closely with our doctors to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy while in treatment. We want your smile to shine.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Just contact NVO! Our patient care coordinators are happy to help reserve a convenient time for you on the schedule. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, we can’t wait for you to enjoy the NVO experience.


It’s more than just a smile. It’s a first impression. Actually, it’s a lasting impression. And there’s nothing we love more than helping our patients discover the confidence that comes from a smile they can’t wait to share.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and give you the smile you’ve always dreamt of.

What’s the minimum age of a patient that an Orthodontist can treat with Invisalign?

Because of our expertise, we can begin Invisalign treatments as early as 7-years-old.

How many people choose Invisalign?

Right now over 3 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. Dr. Casagrande, Dr. Barcoma, Dr. Robb and Dr. Itani have provided more Invisalign treatment in the state of Virginia and DC Metro Area than any other Invisalign provider.

What foods should I avoid when wearing Invisalign?

Since Invisalign is removable, you are able to enjoy all of your favorite food during treatment. Although, only water is recommended if you are wearing your aligners.

Can I chew gum?

Chewing gum while you’re wearing your aligners is not advised. But feel free to pop them out to enjoy a piece of gum or snack. Just don’t forget to brush before you put them back in.

How often do I need to come into the office?

We ask to see you back in The Center every 8 – 12 weeks. Your satisfaction is our number one goal, and each appointment allows us to follow your progression and make any necessary adjustments.

If I had previous Orthodontic treatment, and my teeth have shifted – can Invisalign fix it?

Absolutely! A number of our adult Invisalign patients have had previous treatment, often during their youth.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Just like the braces themselves, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question. Costs are determined by lots of factors, including: how extensive your corrections will be, the length of your treatment, and all of the specific individualized details that might be prescribed by Dr. Casagrande, Dr. Barcoma, Dr. Robb and Dr. Itani.

It starts with a complimentary consultation where we reserve an hour especially for you. We’ll take a complete set of records and give you a thorough examination by one of our top orthodontists. Then our treatment coordinators will put together a custom treatment plan for you. They’ll be able to go over finances and different payment options to find the best course of action, because we never want finances to get in the way of your new smile.

Invisalign Payment Options:

Flexible in Office payment plans, no finance charges.

CareCredit, a no-down payment option.


We work closely with all insurance companies and can help you maximize your orthodontic benefit. We will even do a complimentary benefits check before you get started. Call us today to reserve your complimentary consultation with our Invisalign Top 1% Providers.