When you have a child, many things can change with the development of their mouth. Your child may grow to have problems with their teeth, the shape of their jaw, or the arch of their mouth. These can cause future problems, including requiring orthodontic work.
Some of your child’s teeth may not grow in correctly. But pediatric orthodontics — and an additional part of orthodontics called teledontics — can prevent some of these problems before they occur. Dr. Joseph Z. Yousefian of Yousefian Orthodontics for Children, Teens and Adults in Bellevue, Washington, explains more about how pediatric orthodontics can help your child.
What can happen to your child’s mouth
Your child’s mouth may look normal when they’re little, but problems can arise over time. When you make a consultation with Dr. Yousefian, he can forecast which problems your child may have. Using X-rays and a comprehensive exam, he can predict the following problems:
- If your child’s mouth isn’t wide enough to make room for all the teeth coming in
- If any teeth need to be removed
- Potential crowding of teeth as they grow in
While your child is young is the best time to seek orthodontic treatment. We can plan for the future orthodontic needs of your child, which can make the treatment more cost-effective and timely.
What pediatric teledontics can do
Pediatric teledontics can help to reshape the inside of your child’s mouth, which can be very useful in many circumstances.
In some cases, your child may even show the early signs of obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Yousefian examines your child’s airways to see if they can affect their breathing during sleep.
Teledontics can also expand your child’s palate (the roof of their mouth) and the size of their jaws. We can ensure that your child will have enough room to breathe, which can prevent a lot of future problems resulting from getting inadequate oxygen while they sleep.
If you would like to learn more about pediatric teledontics, schedule a consultation. Call Dr. Joseph Z. Yousefian at Yousefian Orthodontics for Children, Teens and Adults or request an appointment online.