Adult Treatment

Adult_Braces_1.jpgIn our Bellevue practice, we treat a significant number of adult patients in a high-privacy and comfortable environment. We are committed to maintaining a high standard of training in the latest contemporary orthodontic, dental and medical techniques that also benefit adults who have "grown into" facial-skeletal deformities, airway complications, as well as dental disharmonies. Although we recognize ourselves in being top tier for the prevention of airway, TMJ and facial skeletal deformities, Bellevue Orthodontist Dr. Yousefian is not only a master but also a leading authority in the world for correcting these issues at any age. Whether the patient is 3 or 90 years old, health and appearance are important factors in any individuals life. Functionally-oriented orthodontics is not a luxury, but a necessity meant to preserve not only the health of the mouth, but also the general health. Unlike the short-lasting, high-maintenance cosmetic dental and orthodontic procedures to improve appearance, Teledontics or proper functionally and esthetically oriented integrative airway orthodontic treatment can last a lifetime with no maintenance. Teledontics as functionally oriented orthodontic treatment is an investment that not only creates a younger dento-facial appearance, but also promotes a healthy life through eradication of life-threatening side effects of obstructive sleep apnea!

Adolescence Treatment Vs. Adult Treatment

In our practice, the best time for us to start treatment is anywhere from 3-16 years of age in order to properly prevent the onset of sleep apnea TMJ, or any dento-facial deformities. However, it is never too late to correct these issues as an adult. Depending on treatment severity, Dr. Yousefian is still able to perform non-surgical intervention to correct airway, TMJ and any other issues. If a patient has severe airway issues causing a high level of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Dr. Yousefian, being an airway orthodontics specialist, may recommend either Orthognathic or Telegnathic surgery to properly fix the underlying issues.  There is typically Phase 1, Phase 2, and combination treatment. Adult patients are evaluated at the first initial appointment and are recommended which treatment route to go. Additionally, every patient that comes into our office is screened for Obstructive Sleep Apnea with an in home sleep study test. Dr. Yousefian may adjust the treatment plan depending on the results of the sleep study. 

Why Consider Braces as an Adult 

It is no doubt that when we hear the word “braces” the first thing we think of is straight teeth! Although this is one of the biggest perks of going through adult treatment, there are many more important health advantages of going through treatment as an adult. There can be many underlying issues directly correlated with having an improper bite or jaw position. These conditions can consist of airway related issues such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, TMJ pain causing severe headaches, and craniofacial pain stemming from improper facial growth. This is why choosing a doctor who specializes in airway orthodontics, orofacial pain management, TMJ/TMD pain management and craniofacial pain management is essential to your overall heath. Bellevue Orthodontist Dr. Yousefian will not only ensure your smile is broad and perfect, but also make sure your bite, airway and TMJ is functionally perfect in every aspect. 

Types Of Braces 

Are all braces the same? Not anymore! Modern science and technology have brought into the orthodontic market smaller, less noticeable, and even invisible braces. With these advances, more people are able to have healthier mouths thus improving their self-esteem and confidence at home, school, and work. Patients are actually enjoying treatment and are having fun with their braces! Which braces are for you?

  • In-Ovation R – self-ligating, high speed stainless steel brackets.

  • In-Ovation C – self-ligating, high speed clear brackets

  • In-Ovation L – self-ligating high speed lingual (invisible) brackets

Learn more about the types of braces we use here

Why Choose Dr Yousefian As Your Orthodontist?

Bellevue Orthodontist Dr. Yousefian has a subspecialty and expertise, which just a few clinicians in the world have. He is Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Board - Eligible for the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. Although Dr. Yousefian's extended dental and medical education and experience enables him to provide orthodontic care to patients of all ages, children and adolescents can obtain treatment at the optimum age, allowing ideal results in a shorter amount of time. Our philosophy in treating patients at an early age enables us to successfully manage the space in the mouth to promote the proper eruption of permanent teeth. Early correction encourages the development of sufficient skeletal growth to provide healthy, functional jaws and an airway while the patient is young, thus preventing future problems like TMJ, snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. Having an orthodontist who is referred by his peers as an airway specialist will ensure you have a perfect smile and a perfectly healthy, functioning airway!