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Airway Focused Orthodontics

Improve Your Health & Your Smile

A common misperception of orthodontic treatment is that it treats a problem that is primarily aesthetic. Indeed, the confidence that comes from straight teeth and a beautiful smile can benefit you throughout your life.

Orthodontics is about more than looks, however. When a child's facial structure is guided properly, there can be lasting positive effects on the way they breathe. As an orthodontist specializing in Airway Orthodontics in Glendale, CA, and the Burbank and Pasadena, CA, areas, Dr. Amir strives to provide orthodontic treatment that does more than straighten teeth – he seeks to provide your child with a lifetime of healthy breathing.

Why Is the Way You Breathe Important?

You already know breathing is important, of course. It's a fundamental function of life! What many people don't recognize, however, is the wide spectrum between the states of "breathing" and "not breathing." It is possible to breathe in a way that optimally benefits your overall health. On the other hand, it is also possible to breathe in a way that forces your body to compensate for limited oxygen levels. 

If your body regularly struggles for proper oxygen levels, numerous long-lasting health problems can result, including raising your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. In younger children, chronic mouth breathing has even been definitively shown to change the shape of the developing face.

When Should You or Your Child See An Airway Orthodontics Expert?

If you or your child demonstrates any of the following symptoms, then we recommend an evaluation with Dr. Amir:

Symptoms in Toddlers & Children

  •     Hyperactivity
  •     ADHD
  •     Chronic lethargy
  •     Breathing through the mouth instead of nose
  •     Rapid shallow breathing
  •     Bedwetting
  •     Chronic nighttime restlessness, waking, or nightmares
  •     Periods of no breathing or breath-holding while asleep

Symptoms in Adolescents & Adults

  •     Chronic daytime sleepiness despite a full night's sleep
  •     Feeling unrested upon waking in the morning
  •     Dozing off during activities in the daytime
  •     Poor school or work performance
  •     Periods of no breathing or breath-holding while asleep
  •     Obesity

What Is Airway Orthodontics?

Airway orthodontics seeks to address the underlying cause of obstructed breathing, so you can enjoy a lifetime of optimal breathing and improved overall health. During your initial exam and diagnosis with Dr. Amir, he will seek to answer the following questions:

  • Has the improper formation of the maxilla, mandible, or other components of the jaw and airway resulted in limited airflow during breathing?
  • Are there other reasons for restricted airflow that are better addressed by another medical specialist?
  • Has the patient had to compensate for limited airflow while breathing? Has this resulted in improper habits, such as accelerated breathing, tongue placement, or body posture?
  • Have these compensations and/or genetic factors influenced the shape, size, or position of the jaw and face?

If Dr. Amir identifies any issues that could be helped with orthodontic treatment, he will discuss his recommendations with you during your initial consultation. Airway Orthodontic treatment is most effective in young children before their facial structure has fully developed, but it can also help adults to a limited degree.

Schedule Your Appointment for Airway Orthodontics in Glendale, CA & the Burbank & Pasadena, CA, Areas

To experience our award-winning orthodontic care, schedule your Complimentary New Patient Consultation today by calling (818) 242-1173 to reach our office. You may also use our convenient online form. Your appointment includes the following:

  • Discuss Your Goals
  • Digital X-Rays
  • Complete Exam
  • Discover Your Options
  • Get Started

During your appointment, we will take the time to answer all your questions about our advanced treatments and technology, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!

What to Expect at Your First Visit
Dr. Amir looks forward to meeting you and providing the following:
  • Discuss Your Smile Goals
  • Digital X-Rays
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Discover Your Options
  • Review flexible Financial Options
  • Get Started
Ready to Enhance Your Smile?
Contact Us Address 1111 N Brand Blvd #201 Glendale, CA 91202 Get Directions
Hours Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm Thursday: 10:00am – 7:00pm Friday: 7:30am – 4:30pm Saturday: 8:30am – 1:30pm