Orthodontist Dr. Steven Afsahi, inventor of the Afsahi Appliance, has practiced in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC area for more than 17 years. The bleaching retainer Dr. Afsahi created is pre-formed to fit a patient's mouth, and a lingual portion contacts the teeth's lingual surfaces. This lingual portion assists in the moving of the teeth into a predetermined position and also prevents them from moving in the wrong direction. The waterproof device affixes to the labial surface of teeth, keeping them in position. what makes this appliance unique and very useful is that it bleaches the teeth at the same time that it straightns them, making it the only appliance of its kind to perform those two highly sought-after functions. Specializing in adult orthodontia and TMJ treatments, Dr. Steven Afsahi helps patients with their bite and outfits them with braces and braces alternatives, such as the clear mouthpiece Invisalign, functional appliances and a variety of fixed and removal devices to enhance the esthetic of the patients' smiles while perfecting the occlusion. Dr. Steven Afsahi has served more than 9,000 patients throughout his career and most recently taught general practitioners orthodontics as part of an elite program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A member of professional organizations such as the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, and the Southern Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Steven Afsahi authored “Protection by latex or vinyl gloves against cytotoxicity of direct bonding adhesives,” published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.Dr. Steven Afsahi graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland with a Doctor of Dental Surgery and summa cum laude from University of Marylan with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. He acquired certification as an orthodontist from Howard University in Washington, D.C. In his free time, he finds pleasure in helping underprivileged individuals and enjoys playing tennis and soccer.