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Ask an Orthodontist: Can Pre-Teens Get Invisalign, Too?


[Note: As my kids grow, KFDC content is growing up with them — as are the children of many readers who have been following along for awhile. So, while I continue to cover DC-area activities and events, I’ll also be sprinkling in some features that might be of particular interest to parents of tween and even teen kids. Among them will be a monthly post contributed by Dr. Bob Kumra on orthodontia, a topic that many of us parents will think about at some point. Kumra Orthodontics offices are located in Washington, DC and Stafford, VA.]

Can Pre-Teens Get Invisalign, Too?

There is no “yes-or-no” answer to the question “Can pre-teens get Invisalign, too?” The decision, ultimately, will be made by the patient’s parents and their dentist or orthodontist. As long as your pre-teen has a fully developed set of teeth, Invisalign can be used in treatment. Invisalign clear aligners are generally safe for developing pre-teens, and the resulting tooth placement lasts a very long time. A consultation with Dr. Kumra and the team at Kumra Orthodontics can help you determine the best course of orthodontic treatment for your child in Washington DC, Stafford VA, and the surrounding area.

Imagine being treated with a set of braces that are virtually undetectable
That’s the beauty of Invisalign clear aligners. Treatment with Invisalign costs around the same as treatment with traditional braces, but Invisalign is more discreet, more comfortable, and more easily cared for than metal braces. Being treated with Invisalign by Dr. Kumra can correct a patient’s orthodontic issues without anyone ever noticing that they are wearing braces.

Invisalign instead of metal braces
Image and self-esteem are critical personal issues for children, teens, and adults with a less-than-perfect smile. Dr. Kumra says that the real appeal of Invisalign clear aligners is the freedom to eat and drink whatever you want without worrying about damaging your dental work. Invisalign clear aligners are removable by the wearer, making cleaning, eating, and active pursuits more comfortable. When consuming acidic drinks such as soda and orange juice, Dr. Kumra always recommends removing your Invisalign to prevent the acids from getting trapped in the aligners and damaging one’s teeth.

Traditional braces are fixed
That means they can’t be removed by the patient, and the various metal parts associated with metal braces can cause irritation in the mouth. Invisalign trays are made of clear plastic and can be removed and replaced as necessary. They require only a few simple cleanings each day. Invisalign is more comfortable and easier to care for than traditional braces.

Follow the instructions
Pre-teens being treated with Invisalign risk interrupting the progress of their treatment by forgetting to wear the appliance. An Invisalign patient is afforded the opportunity to remove the trays before eating, and a pre-teen patient may forget to replace them in their mouth afterward.

Assuming your pre-teen is qualified for treatment with Invisalign, make sure, too, that they understand how to wear, clean, and store the Invisalign trays. For some pre-teens, it is easy to follow instructions at home, but in school your child may forget some of the responsibilities that come with being treated with Invisalign. With conscientious care and application, your pre-teen’s treatment with Invisalign will ensure a great set of healthy, straight teeth that will serve them well for a lifetime.

Invisalign works well for adults and teens, but only a professional like Dr. Kumra can help you decide if Invisalign treatment is the correct course of action to take in regard to your child’s orthodontic care. To learn more about treatment with Invisalign, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Kumra, please visit Kumra Orthodontics online or call (202) 785-8672 (Downtown DC) or (540) 602-7251 (Stafford, VA).

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kumra Orthodontics, however, I only promote programs, services, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Enroll in British Soccer Camps Now for a Great Summer Program + Bonus Gear


British Soccer Camps is the most popular camp in North America hosting 150,000 campers! With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed, and confidence in players ages 3-18, British Soccer Camps provide girls and boys with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international experts right in the heart of their own communities. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development and cultural education, and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!

BSClogoCOB There are some bonuses to signing up for the camp now: Enroll your child in a British Soccer Camp during Early Registration and receive a Free British Soccer Jersey. And enter code USFG16 for a bonus Challenger water bottle.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Challenger Sports, however, I only promote services, events, and programs that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Get Clued in on a Great Birthday Adventure at The Escape Lounge


Owen turned the big 1-0 this year — a milestone birthday in our book — and we wanted to celebrate accordingly. Not in an MTV-Sweet-Sixteen kind of way, but with something unique, befitting a newly-minted tween with a penchant for adventure and his gang of like-minded friends.

escapelounge_chalkboardThe Escape Lounge, the relatively new H Street spot offering interactive escape experiences, where you solve a series of clues to make your way out of a locked room. In fact, we’d been meaning to try it out for some time, as they offer an Escape the Classroom adventure for kids along with Escape the Oval Office for adults. Owen, like me, loves mastering a good puzzle, so when I suggested The Escape Lounge for his birthday bash, he was in like Benedict Cumberbatch to the ultimate detective role.



The Escape Lounge is both appropriately located and named. Its inconspicuous entrance is a simple red door next to Shawafel. But once inside, a flight of stairs leads right up to a nice lounge space with comfy mod couches, an exposed brick wall decorated with instrument-inspired art, a chalkboard wall, and other neat touches that give it a relaxed, yet edgy vibe.


It was all set up when we arrived — they take care of that for you — and it looked fantastic. Three party tables were ready for guests. A food table was topped with pizzas, drinks, plates and utensils, plus jars stocked with treats for the kids. And a big “Happy Birthday, Owen!” greeted everyone on the chalkboard wall.



We started on the escape game right away, since it would take about hour of party time. Guests were split into two groups, which gives each person more opportunity to be part of the adventure and keeps the room from getting too crowded. Before entering the room, our host, Melody, explained how the game works, then she took the kids in and got them started on their first clue. After that, she exited the room, locking the door behind her. The group was left to their own wits and teamwork to get themselves out. And almost 30 minutes later, they emerged with big smiles and enthusiastic feedback about the experience.



The room was reset, then the second group took their turn. While each group was upstairs trying to make their way out, the rest of the kids had fun with activities downstairs in the lounge. The staff supplied them with a small craft activity, plus there was a box of props for dress-up fun, a few card and board games to play, music, and room for a dance party. The second group discovered a karaoke machine, and the kids got to make some of their own musical entertainment, too.



The escape game itself was a terrific adventure, challenging and fun as the kids had to make their way out of the room by figuring out a series of clues. Each one lead to the next and they were all very different, making the group think through each puzzle in new ways. (As you can probably tell, I don’t want to give too much away — the mystery is part of the fun!)


After the second group finished the adventure, again with lots of enthusiasm, we continued the celebration with pizza and cake and fun in the lounge. Melody and the staff were amazing — they did most of the serving and cleaning up and were generally very accommodating as the kids enjoyed all the activities in the lounge.


The best part: All of this made for one very happy 10-year-old.


The Escape Lounge offers everyday escape game adventures as well as parties and events for big groups. As mentioned, Escape the Classroom is designed for kids, and there’s an Escape the Oval Office for adults (plus a sports-themed game called Blowout coming soon) — both are $15/person. The Clue Party Package for kids is $475 and includes pizza, treats, drinks, and all party supplies for 12 kids and three adults. And a wide age range could enjoy it, I’d say about 7 and up. The owner, Ayanna, and our host, Melody, helped us plan Owen’s party, and both were great to work with.

The Escape Lounge is located at 1322B H Street NE. Hours are 11am – 9pm Wednesday – Saturday, and 11am – 6pm Sunday.

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See the ‘Spirit of America’ Come Alive at a Free Show for Students and Families


Over the next couple of weeks, the United States Army Military District of Washington invites the public to journey through American history with Spirit of America, a free, live-action show celebrating the spirit, strength, and history of our nation. Performances will take place September 10-12, at the DC Armory in Southeast, and September 18-19, at the EagleBank Arena (formerly Patriot Center) in Fairfax.

Teachers, especially, are encouraged to bring school groups to the production that is designed to educate as well as entertain. Performed in the tradition of both a military review and a large-scale theatrical production, Spirit of America presents our nation’s history, common values, and American musical heritage. The best opportunities for school field trips are Thursday and Friday, September 10 and 11, 10:30am, at the DC Armory and Friday, September 18, 10:30am, at the EagleBank Arena.

During the show Soldiers dressed in historic uniforms reenact key moments throughout history. From the Revolutionary War to current operations, these vignettes feature a unique perspective of American history — that of the citizen soldier. Highlights include Paul Revere’s Ride, Fort McHenry and the Star Spangled Banner, the Lewis and Clark expedition, battle scenes with short periods of simulated gunfire, and stories of the life of a Soldier taken from letters and historical documents. The show also features music by The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and performances by the elite elements from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), including The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the Caisson Platoon, the Continental Color Guard and the U.S. Army Drill Team.

Everyone is welcome to the Saturday performances, but parents should read the FAQ section first to determine if it’s appropriate for their children. While the show is recommended for kids in Grades 5 and up, younger children can also attend, though some scenes with simulated gunfire and war re-enactments may not be advisable for them.

To reserve group tickets and for more information about Spirit of America, contact the public affairs office at 1-866-239-9425, or via email at Tickets are not required for shows at the DC Armory September 10-12, but patrons who prefer something printed to bring with them can request tickets through EventBrite here.

For shows at EagleBank Arena September 18-19, ticket reservations are accepted by either mail order, in person at the box office, and/or online. There is no limit to the number of tickets you may request, and seating is general admission.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the United States Army Military District of Washington, however, I only promote activities, events, and programs that I sincerely enjoy and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Adventure Theatre Presents OLIVER! at Round House Theatre

Franco Cabanas as Oliver

Franco Cabanas as Oliver

I always love an opportunity to bring my children to see stage productions of books they enjoy. It’s a chance to watch a story that was once just on pages and in their heads come to life, to see imagination and interpretation at work. So, as Owen is finishing up Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, the timing of this new production couldn’t be better.

Adventure Theatre MTC is bringing OLIVER! to Round House Theatre in Bethesda. Opening Friday, July 24, and running through August 16, the show is ATMTC’s first full-length musical production. And if their trove of wonderful children’s productions on the Glen Echo stage is any indication, this one is sure to be a hit.


This steampunk-inspired OLIVER! features an extraordinary team of Helen Hayes Award Recognized local performers and Adventure Theatre MTC veterans, accompanied by a chamber orchestra as this version of the classic story is performed.

A young orphan who arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money, and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Packed full of joyful songs, including Consider Yourself, You’ve Got To Pick a Pocket or Two, Oom-Pah-Pah! and the exuberant Food Glorious Food, this will be the theatrical highlight of your year.

Director Joseph Ritsch speaks to the heart this production, “As a director I always ask, why this play now? Why OLIVER! now? … I was so taken by Oliver’s continual ability to find the joy in life even in the most dire of circumstances. There is a light in this young man that shines bright no matter how dark his world gets. There is something so beautifully hopeful in that, and in today’s complicated world of 2015, such hope is indeed a welcomed necessity.”

It sounds like a show that will have many of us wanting more.

OLIVER! will be on stage July 24 – August 16. Tickets are $35/students and $45/adults and can be purchased on Adventure Theatre MTC’s website or by calling the box office at 301.634.2270. All performances will take place at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD.

*Important for parents to note: This is a two-act show, so it runs two hours long with a 15 intermission approximately. It is also faithful to the stage version and may be too violent for very young children. Recommended for around ages 7 and up, but parents should use their best judgement.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Adventure Theatre MTC, however, I only promote programs, events, and services that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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