Early Treatment

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Though a pediatric orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, the optimal time to begin early intervention treatment is from 3-7 years old. 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 airway related discrepancies as prevention for development of sleep disordered breathing and obstructive sleep apnea. 

Children and Adolescents Bellevue Orthodontist

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 in life. When early Teledontic (airway orthodontic) intervention is not necessary, a pediatric orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Pediatric Integrative Teledontic Treatment (Airway Orthodontist)

Bellevue Orthodontist Dr Yousefian treats 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 upper airway for prevention of TMJ 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. 

Advantages of early integrative pediatric Teledontics or Orthodontics include: 

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

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? Consulate with Bellevue Orthodontist Dr Yousefian to find the right fit 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 Bellevue Orthodontist Dr Yousefian?

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 Orthodontist 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 a pediatric orthodontist who is referred by his peers as a children’s airway specialist will ensure your child grows up with a perfect smile and a perfectly healthy, functioning airway!