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Best of Arlington 2014

Health, Fitness & Beauty

Best Orthodontist

Hani Thariani, Thariani Orthodontics

When Hani Thariani was 12, he slipped and fell while playing on soapy, wet marble floors at his aunt’s home in Karachi, Pakistan. “I smashed my two front teeth and tore my lips, so I started seeing a dentist on a regular basis,” he says.

For a time, he wanted to become a dentist, too—that is, until dental school, where he began to comprehend the extent to which people dread going to the dentist for painful procedures such as cavity fillings and root canals.

“I realized that wasn’t exactly what I had in mind,” says Thariani. “Most of the time people don’t go to the dentist unless they really have to be there. Whereas with orthodontics, you’re improving a person’s smile and making people feel better.”

Today, he focuses on improving patients’ bites (correcting overbites and underbites) and straightening their teeth, either with traditional braces or Invisalign. He also fixes problems such as overcrowded teeth or missing lateral incisors.

Thariani spends at least two hours every night, reviewing charts and prepping for the next day. He says he’s proud that patients never wait more than 10 minutes.

“He’s great,” says Washington-Lee High School student Anna Polise, who had braces from second to seventh grade. “You don’t feel like you’re just one more person in line. He’s very personal.” –W.K.

2501 North Glebe Road, Suite 300, Arlington, 703-527-5654, www.tbraces.com

Other top vote-getters:

Darin Iverson, Iverson Orthodontics
Harold Frank, Frank Orthodontics