Early Treatment

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h-pediatric1.jpgThough an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. However, the new guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine encourage earlier treatment for correction of pharyngorofacial discrepancies as prevention for development of sleep disordered breathing and obstructive sleep apnea.

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems like early development of obstructive sleep apnea instigating ADD, ADHD and metabolic syndrome later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Advantages of interceptive treatment include:

  • Normalizing the growth and development of pharyngorofacial anatomy to prevent; jaw discrepancies, TMJ disorders, airway disorders,  asthma and obstructive sleep apnea
  • Creating room for crowded teeth avoiding extractions
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth avoiding future need for jaw surgeries

Orthodontics is for Children and Adolescents

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.

We treat a great number of patients in the children and adolescent categories. We are able to provide those patients with the latest techniques in self-ligating high-speed braces or Invisalign, complemented with advanced orthopedic appliances which are designed to correct abnormalities of growth and relationship of the jaws and airway for prevention of temporomandibular joint and sleep breathing disorders. Through these methods, the patients eliminate the need for future extractions, and in most cases, avoid possible need for surgical correction of the jaws.

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.