Straighten Your Child’s Teeth Without Braces

Have you noticed that your child is unfocused and unattentive in school? Have they been wetting the bed or snoring at night? You might assume  you’ll need to work with your child’s doctor to address these problems - but HealthyStart is a great solution offered by dentists

HealthyStart is a tool developed to help straighten children’s teeth when they’re still too young for braces. Specifically, it is used to treat teeth-related problems caused by sleep-disordered breathing, or SDB. This condition occurs when the dental arches and jaw of a child’s mouth don’t develop properly, which can result in a constricted airway, in turn leading to snoring, ADD/ADHD, irritability, bedwetting, poor performance in school, and the following:

  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Allergies
  • Crowded Teeth
  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • Delayed Growth
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Nightmares
  • Overbite/Overjet
  • Restless Sleep Patterns
  • Swollen Adenoids/Tonsils

Simply put, SDB affects children in much the same way that sleep apnea affects adults - and HealthyStart can stop these problems in their tracks.

How HealthyStart Helps

HealthyStart corrects the issues that lead to SDB. The appliances are meant to gently guide the teeth into their correct positions, ensuring that your child’s jaw and airway develop properly. Your child will be more likely to breathe through their nose while they sleep, have a proper tongue position, and even stop bad oral habits like thumb- and finger-sucking. Plus, your child is likely to have straighter teeth and a jaw that’s developed properly.

And of course, once the SDB is corrected, you’re likely to see many other improvements in your child’s life. The quality of your child’s sleep impacts their ability to focus and their behavior. Ensuring your child gets a restful night’s sleep means your child is more likely to focus and behave better - which can have a positive impact on their grades.

How Long Does the Process Take?

The HealthyStart treatment includes three different stages, each with its own dental appliance. The appliance will be worn for a few hours during the day or at night to encourage proper breathing. It is designed to accommodate your child's growing mouth and jaw.

The first stage involves fitting your child with a habit corrector designed to curb any poor oral habits such as thumbsucking. Typically, this stage lasts from 1 to 5 months.

The second stage involves another device fitting, this one meant to guide permanent teeth, reposition the jaw, and guide the dental arches into proper alignment. Normally, this stage lasts from 2 to 6 months.

Finally, when your child has had at least four adult teeth come in, the final stage begins. This device will compensate for the adult teeth, as well as make sure everything is properly aligned.

Why is HealthyStart the Optimal Choice?

HealthyStart nips problems caused by improper jaw development and SDB in the bud. Since the adult teeth are guided into the proper place as they come in, HealthyStart can prevent the need for a retainer later in life.

The two main benefits of HealthyStart are a set of beautiful, straight teeth for life and a jaw that is positioned to fully encourage and support proper breathing techniques. For instance, the device pushes the tongue against the roof of the mouth instead of the floor. This fully opens the airway and allows more oxygen into the bloodstream. More oxygen encourages a more natural sleep cycle, which in turn promotes your child’s proper growth and development. Your child will truly be off to a healthy start.

Schedule an Appointment

Sunrise Dental offers HealthyStart at all four of our Triangle-area locations: Raleigh, Cary, Durham, and Chapel Hill. We understand that you still may have questions about the process, so our friendly staff is here to answer them all respectfully and thoroughly. We want our patients to make a fully educated decision.

Please call our office to schedule an initial consultation regarding HealthyStart and ask us about our low monthly payments available at LendingPoint. We look forward to meeting with you!