Yousefian Orthodontics for Children, Teens and Adults
Joseph Yousefian, D.M.D., M.S.
Orthodontist located in Bellevue, WA
A healthy smile that lasts a lifetime begins in the early years of childhood. Since our jaws grow and change, it’s a great idea for your child to see an orthodontist as early as age seven. Doing so gives your dental specialist valuable information for creating an effective treatment plan. Pediatric orthodontist Joseph Z. Yousefian, DMD, MS, PS, and his team at Yousefian Orthodontics for Children, Teens, and Adults in Bellevue, Washington, are committed to offering you the most innovative and current options to achieve dental health for your child. Call to schedule a consultation or book online today.
Pediatric Orthodontics Q & A
What is pediatric orthodontics?
Because of the many changes that occur in the dental development of young children, parents are encouraged to seek orthodontic treatment for their children by the age of 7, before their permanent teeth come in.
An orthodontist determines if your child’s mouth has enough room for incoming teeth and if any other problems need addressing. When orthodontic issues are detected early, while natural growth is occurring, treatment is more relaxed and less involved. Some conditions, left untreated in their younger years, may later create a need for surgery or more permanent measures.
Why should I consider pediatric orthodontics?
While the appearance of your child’s teeth is an important aspect of their dental treatment, orthodontists look further than just their smile. An orthodontist examines the way their jaw moves, whether they have a misaligned bite, and if they have missing, impacted or crowded teeth. Some benefits of seeking early orthodontic care are:
- Early detection of dental issues
- Timely treatment
- Support of incoming permanent teeth
- Discovery and reversal of bad habits such as thumbsucking
- Less invasive and more cost-effective procedures
- Reduced need for teeth removal
- More positive long-term results
- Helps budget for the future
What pediatric orthodontic treatments are available?
The first time your child sees the orthodontist, the doctor performs an oral examination, take photos and dental X-rays, and discuss treatment options. Depending on his assessment of your child’s exposed and underlying teeth, your orthodontist may suggest:
- A palate expander to widen the upper jaw
- A quad helix (four springs) to widen the arch of the mouth
- A limp bumper to make room for lower teeth
- Traditional braces
- Invisalign aligners
Early detection of dental issues will give your doctor valuable information to determine the best orthodontic treatment plan for your child. At Yousefian Orthodontics for Children, Teens, and Adults, Dr. Yousefian and his team work hard to find the best solutions for your child as they grow and develop.
If you are curious about how pediatric orthodontics can help your child achieve a beautiful and healthy smile, call to schedule a consultation or book online today.