Although traditional Orthodontics has its place in the treatment of misaligned and crooked teeth in our office, Teledontics goes above and beyond the standards of traditional Orthodontic treatment and care. In Teledontics, the main treatment goal is to ensure proper functionality of the airway, TMJ, and bite of the patient. Additionally, where Teledontics really differentiates itself from traditional Orthodontics is the ability to start treatment on children as young as 3 years old in order to properly guide and influence their facial growth to ultimately avoid airway, TMJ and bite issues later in life.
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Pediatric Integrative Teledontic Treatment (Airway Orthodontist)
Prevention is the name of the game with the treatment of Teledontics. Using this new groundbreaking treatment process developed, introduced and validated by Dr. Yousefian in collaboration with MDs and researchers from Johns Hopkins Medical School, he is able to properly diagnose, prevent, manage and ultimately CURE Obstructive Sleep Apnea and TMJ issues in patients ranging from 3 years, to 90 years of age! As a matter of fact, we are proud to say that Dr. Yousefian has been able to CURE an astonishing 92 % of his Sleep Apnea cases! (Yousefian J.: Teledontic - Telegnathic Protocol (TTP) for Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Book of Sleep Medicine, 3rd edition, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, December 2018. Yousefian J.: Teledontic, pharyngorofacial orthopedic treatment for OSA. Dental Sleep Practice. Winter issue 2017, pp. 6-8).
- Prevention of future complications such as TMJ, Airway and bite issues
- Avoiding extractions of teeth completely
- Functionality as well as beautiful esthetics
- Able to CURE the most severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea
- Not just a Band-Aid, but a permanent solution for life
Types Of Braces
When a patient first begins treatment in our office, they are first screened for TMJ and sleep apnea disorders before starting treatment, no matter the age. Being a board-certified dental sleep medicine doctor, Dr. Yousefian then reviews the in-home sleep study results and plans a treatment around his diagnoses. As mentioned before, Teledontics revolves around the philosophy of proper functionality and the elimination of tooth extractions. The extraction and retraction of permanent dentition can lead to the narrowing of the upper and lower jaws in some cases, and may ultimately contribute in the development of sleep apnea issues by narrowing of the upper airway that was never there, to begin with. (Germec-Cakan D, Taner T, Akan S. Uvulo-glossopharyngeal dimensions in non-extraction, extraction with minimum anchorage, and extraction with maximum anchorage. Eur J Orthod. 2011 33(5):515-520. Wang Q, Jia P, NK A. Changes of pharyngeal airway size and hyoid bone position following orthodontic treatment of Class I bimaxillary protrusion. Angle Orthodontist 2012;82(1):115-21). Dr. Yousefian spends countless hours creating a customized treatment plan based on each individual patient’s needs based on aesthetic preferences, health concerns and most of all, maintaining proper functionality.