What Makes Us Different

Braces are braces! Right?... Wrong!

There is a difference between a dentist who does orthodontics, such as a family dentist or children’s dentist, and a specialist in orthodontics. While it is legal for any dentist to perform orthodontic services, non-orthodontists have not had the additional 2-3 years of specialty training that all dentists must have in order to legally and ethically call themselves an orthodontist.

Dr. Rosenberg, a native Washingtonian, received his undergraduate training at the University of Maryland. He then went on to Georgetown University, graduating Cum Laude with his doctorate in dentistry. He was also elected to Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. Two years later, Dr. Rosenberg received his graduate degree in orthodontics from Northwestern University.

He began practicing in the Northern Virginia area, where he has been in practice for over 30 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. A member of eight national and local professional organizations, he has been voted “Top Area Orthodontist” by his peers and Washingtonian Magazine for 12 straight years! Dr. Rosenberg has lectured on orthodontics throughout the United States and is currently an attending professor of orthodontics at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center/Washington Hospital Center Department of Orthodontics and Oral Surgery.

Dr. Rosenberg takes pride in his involvement in the Northern Virginia community. He has sponsored over 50 local area teams. Dr. Rosenberg has helped the fundraising efforts of innumerable school organizations, community groups and individuals over the years. He was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Catholic Archdiocese of Northern Virginia for his fundraising in behalf of selected Catholic schools.

In addition to his pro bono work as a professor of orthodontics, he has given beautiful smiles to many children over the years whose families couldn’t afford orthodontic treatment.

Perhaps his best endorsement comes from the family members of over 25 area dentists he has treated.

Dr. Rosenberg lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Dana. His interests are golf, exercising and teaching. They have five children: Jamie, Zachary, Angelo, Antonio and Michelle.

While no orthodontist can ethically claim to be “better” than others, our patients can be assured of the following differences:

  • We do not use headgear and have not for 15 years, even though more than 50% of orthodontists still do. Dr. Rosenberg utilizes appliances that work from inside the mouth to quickly and comfortably move teeth.  
  • We do not have hidden charges in our office. Many offices charge separately for X-rays, retainers, emergency visits, broken brackets (braces) and wires, and missed or cancelled appointments. Your fee is totally inclusive.
  • Dr. Rosenberg’s goal is to create exquisite, natural-looking smiles and to make sure that the jaw joints and bite are correct.
  • Your safety is of utmost importance in our orthodontic office. Not only do we use hospital-grade sterilization equipment, but make sure they are monitored by an outside company monthly.
  • We maintain a position that being on-time for your appointments is critical. We make every effort to respect your valuable time.
  • Appointment intervals can vary from every 4 to 12 weeks.
We have been extremely successful at achieving the following goals:
  • Natural-looking, straight teeth
  • Beautiful full smiles
  • Reduce appearance-consciousness during critical developmental years
  • Increase in self-confidence and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Guide facial growth for a more attractive profile
  • Natural lip closure
  • Healthy TMJs (jaw joints) and relief of pain for most of our TMJ patients
  • Better function and the comfort of a proper bite
  • Improvement in airway problems in children and adults
  • Elimination or improvement of harmful habits such as thumb sucking, tongue thrust and grinding

Smiles Are Not Created The Same In all Orthodontic Offices!

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Dr. Rosenberg was one of the first orthodontists in the U.S. to extend time intervals between patient visits. He routinely utilizes the very latest technology and treatment methods to ensure that you or your child will experience:

  • Less time away from school or work
  • Fewer appointments
  • Shorter time in the dental chair
  • Fewer extractions
  • Faster, more comfortable tooth movement

This differs from orthodontists who do not use these high-tech appliances. In such offices where this technology is not utilized, often you will need to be seen much more frequently (every 4-6 weeks) causing not only scheduling inconveniences to you, but also significantly more discomfort when moving teeth.

Other differentiating factors in our office include:

  • We maintain a position that being on-time for your appointment is critical. We make every effort to respect your valuable time.
  • Our staff sparkles with enthusiasm and caring attitudes toward our patients.
  • We are always available for emergency appointments, even on non-patient days and evenings through our emergency care system.
  • Special emphasis is placed on home care. Excellent oral hygiene is our goal. To this end, we provide you with all hygiene aids necessary to attain and maintain excellent care of your teeth and gums.
  • Both of our offices are designed by Dr. Rosenberg so you will always be a part of your child’s treatment. Our open design allows parents to see directly into our treatment areas. Parents, siblings, even friends are encouraged to come into the treatment area where seating is provided. This ensures your child feels safe and secure, and allows parents to ask questions and understand exactly what is being done, and why.
  • Our communication with your family dentist is ongoing so that we can work together to attain what is best for you.
  • Any radiographs (X-rays) taken are the absolute minimum necessary to allow proper diagnosis and screening. Our machines are the safest available and maintained monthly to assure absolute safety for you. We have invested over $100,000.00 in advanced X-ray technology for the purpose of your safety.
  • Over 35% of our patients are adults. It is not unusual for our office to see many patients in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and even 70s! As long as bone and gum tissues are healthy, it is never too late to obtain beautiful cosmetic results.
  • Dr. Rosenberg has lectured all over the U.S. on topics from surgical orthodontics to aesthetic treatment of children and adults.
  • Dr. Rosenberg has treated the family members of over 25 dentists.
  • Dr. Rosenberg is a professor of Orthodontics at Washington Hospital Center; Department of Oral Surgery and Orthodontics at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center. He is one of very few in the U.S. entrusted with the education of the next generation of our future orthodontic specialists.
  • The quality of care is Dr. Rosenberg’s first consideration in his office. He uses the most advanced techniques and the best materials. He never cuts corners in order to save money, and he never will.
  • The majority of our referrals come from our current and past patients. Thousands of people who have been more than pleased with the results they obtained and whose smiles and straight teeth have withstood the test of time.

Phase I and Phase II Treatment

Dr. Rosenberg specializes in two-phase treatment and has developed a highly successful treatment program. When a child is seen by age 7, many wonderful things can be accomplished! Extraction of permanent teeth can be avoided in the vast majority of cases. This allows us to achieve excellent profiles, avoiding flattened profiles, thinning of the lips and premature aging.

Our methods of treatment can often prevent and correct:

  • Severe crowding
  • Impacted cuspids
  • Severe overjet and overbite
  • Underbites
  • Narrow dental arches, which can often result in a very narrow adult smile arc
  • Cross bites, which should be corrected as early as possible
  • Strain upon closing the lips
  • 80% reduction in the need to extract permanent teeth
  • Harmful oral habits

Other benefits of early or phased treatment include:

  • Reduce appearance-consciousness during critical developmental years
  • Possible increase in self-confidence and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Guide facial growth for a more attractive profile
  • Reduce the need to extract permanent teeth
  • Better lip closure
  • Improved speech/swallowing
  • Aid in optimizing other dental treatment

Phase I usually takes 12-18 months. Your child’s smile will be beautiful, and he or she will wear a small retainer at night. For the next 1 to 3 years, we will monitor further growth and development and eruption of all of the permanent teeth. He or she will be seen (free of charge) every 4 months. When all of the permanent teeth have erupted, we will begin phase II. Phase II consists of finishing your child’s treatment. This usually entails placing braces on all permanent teeth. Phase II is often simple and relatively short, as most severe problems have already been improved or corrected. The key to successful early treatment is to use your child’s growth potential to improve or correct problems rather than waiting until growth is complete.

It is important to understand that the goal of phase I, or early treatment, is not to eliminate the need for a second phase of full treatment. By taking advantage of your child’s growth and development, you can be sure that your child will have received the very best care available anywhere in the world.

POG Program (Pre-Orthodontic Guidance Program)

While the American Association of Orthodontists recommends screening all children at age 7, the majority do not need a first phase of treatment. If no early treatment is recommend, Dr. Rosenberg will place your child in our Pre-Orthodontic Guidance Program (POG). Dr. Rosenberg feels it is important to see him or her every 4 months during this time period. This allows us to begin any necessary treatment at the most advantageous time. ALL VISITS, X-RAYS, PHOTOGRAPHS, ETC. ARE FREE OF CHARGE!