The professional blog of Doctors Dan Bruce, Steve Bruce, Rosa Pothier and Rob Ririe
What is HealthyStart™?
The HealthyStart™ appliance is an advanced orthodontic/orthopedic device and is BPA, Silicone / Latex Free, FDA Cleared and American made. The HealthyStart™ treatment is safe, pain free, non-invasive and effective. It provides multiple benefits including straightening teeth without braces, helping develop proper oral habits, and addressing the root causes of sleep disordered breathing.
When children are young, their bodies are able to adjust and mold easily, particularly in their mouth and their bone structure. Crowded teeth may force the tongue forward against their teeth, narrowing their dental arch and constricting the airway. Breathing properly is necessary for the health of a child.
The HealthyStart™ System works with the natural forces of tooth eruption. The soft, comfortable, removable devices gently guide the erupting teeth into their perfect positions. In addition, HealthyStart™ aids in the correct growth and alignment of the lower jaw, expanding the arches to ensure incoming permanent teeth have enough room to erupt in straight, and develop proper oral habits.
Statistics show over 40 Million Children can be affected by Sleep Disorders and 9 out of 10 Children are suffering from one or more symptoms of sleep related breathing symptoms. HealthyStart™ evaluates and treats the underlying root cause of sleep disordered breathing. It is not a Band-Aid, but can actually provide a permanent fix if started early enough.
How does HealthyStart™ treatment work?
Depending On The Age Of Your Child The System Uses a Series Of Appliances:
Habit-Corrector: The habit-corrector eliminates or improves current oral habits that can damage your child’s dental health. He or she wears the habit-corrector at night while sleeping. With a design similar to that of a pacifier, your child will become used to wearing a device in his or her mouth every night. This step lasts about 1-5 months.
Second Phase: Your child will get an appliance customized and sized for your child to wear every night. It aids the incoming teeth into their proper places, corrects jaw relations, and expands your child’s arches for the incoming adult teeth. Your child will wear this device for 2-6 months.
Final Phase: The final treatment begins with a device that accommodates incoming adult teeth. It begins when your child has at least 4 permanent teeth. This phase is extremely important because his or her adult teeth are forming and the gum tissue fibers are starting to attach the teeth in the mouth. HealthyStart™ works perfectly to ensure the teeth erupt into proper alignment.
Don’t wait! Early treatment is critical. If you think your child would benefit from HealthyStart™ treatment, please call one of our offices to set up an appointment for a consultation.