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VA's Top Orthodontist

Dr. Zach Casagrande is honored to be continually named top orthodontist! learn

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NVO Center
for Invisalign

The DC Area’s ONLY all adult Invisalign practice is attached to NVO

State-of-the-art-facility offers adults a comfortable, private space

Dr. Casagrande is an Invisalign Super Elite provider and has treated the most cases in the DC area

Flexible scheduling & in-house 0% financing available

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Dr. Zach
Casagrande

Congratulations on achieving the Invisalign Advantage Premier Provider Elite status for 2010, 2011 and Super Elite Provider Status from 2012-2014! Because of your hard work & dedication to the Invisalign system, you are recognized as being among the top 1% of Invisalign practitioners in North America.

THOMAS M. PRESCOTT
President & CEO, Align Technology Inc.
Inventor & Manufacturer of the Invisalign System

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VA’s Top
Orthodontist

Dr. Zach Casagrande is honored
to continually be named
top orthodontist!

Washingtonian Magazine Top Ortho
Northern Virginia Magazine Top Ortho
Washington Parent Favorite Docs
Incisal Edge Magazine Top 40 Under 40

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Meet Dr. Nelson

Dr. Zach Casagrande is thrilled to announce Dr. Kristin Nelson has joined the Northern Virginia Orthodontics team!

Dr. Nelson is highly trained in the latest orthodontic techniques and treatment advances for patients of all ages.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland Dental School & received her Orthodontic degree from the Medical College of Virginia.

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The NVO
Experience

Watch our practice video & see why
we're rated #1 in the DC area

Voted 50 Great Places to Work
by Washington Magazine

Top Orthodontist
by Washingtonian Magazine

Top OrThodontist
by Northern Virginia Magazine

Top 40 Under 40
by Incisal Edge Magazine

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Meet
Team NVO

Our talented and professional staff
has more than 100 years of combined
orthodontic experience

Highly trained staff proficient in advanced diagnostic tools & cutting edge technology

Lab technician provides in-house appliances for faster turnaround

We LOVE what we do!
Voted 50 Great Places to Work
by Washingtonian Magazine

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TMJ-TMD

Temporomandibular Disorder

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as severe, recurring headaches. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, also known as TMD.

Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.

Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain in the jaw area
  • Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
  • Frequent headaches or neck aches
  • Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw area
  • A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
  • Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, let us know at your next appointment. Our doctors can determine whether you have TMD and create a customized treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.

Not all jaw pain is associated with TMD

If you feel that you might have TMD, it is always important to see a qualified dentist and receive an exam. Not all jaw pain is associated with TMD, however, and if you do not have it there are many different preventive steps you can take to maintain a healthy, strong smile.

  • Relax your face: “Lips together, teeth apart”
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • Avoid all gum chewing
  • Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder; either use a headset or hold the receiver to your ear with your hand
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Do not sit with your chin resting on your hand
  • Practice good posture: keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared

Many people get TMD without ever having braces. Symptoms usually wax and wane regardless of whether braces are worn. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above and are concerned that you may be a candidate for TMD treatment, please contact our office for a consultation.