The Healthy Start System

We are proud to offer the HealthyStart® child orthodontic system here in Oakville

How Do I Know if my child needs Healthy Start?

After a thorough dental checkup as early as age 2, Dr. Joel will discuss possible dental conditions your child may develop that warrant Healthy Start. The Healthy Start appliance is recommended for a number of issues, including:

Underbite or overbite

Gummy Smile

Crossbite/ Openbite

Thumb Sucking

Snoring / Mouth Breathing

Deviated Swallow

How does healthy Start work?

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, Healthy Start 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.

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. Healthy Start works perfectly to ensure the teeth erupt into proper alignment.

What Parents Need to Know about Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disordered Breathing in Children

Snoring and heavy breathing are typically signs that a child is struggling to breathe. Unfortunately 9 out of 10 children suffer from one or more of the symptoms related to Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). Symptoms like ADD / ADHD, night terrors, chronic allergies, bed wetting, headaches, poor performance in school and more… and the worst part … many children are misdiagnosed or left untreated. Healthy Start is more than a band aid, Healthy Start is a permanent fix. When children are treated early the Healthy Start Appliance System treats the root cause of SDB, correcting bad oral habits, naturally promotes growth and development of the jaw and airway, resulting in straight teeth and good health for life!! 

The Healthy Start system identifies these symptoms and evaluates the underlying root cause.  This non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive, and natural treatment plan addresses the root cause of Sleep Disordered Breathing, promotes proper oral habits, develops the airway, proper jaw development and will result in straight teeth without braces.

The central issue for many children suffering from the effects of Sleep Disordered Breathing is a compromised airway. When a child’s airway is narrow, underdeveloped or constricted in any way, the child will struggle to receive enough oxygen at night and may resort to mouth breathing which compounds this issue. The HealthyStart™ treatment can help open up the airway of a growing child by bringing the upper and lower jaws forward and allowing the airway to widen. An open airway increases the oxygen the child receives to the brain which restores the brains function for the next day. This in turn leads to an improved immune system, hormonal system and an overall healthier child.

Ask Dr Joel any questions you have about The Healthy Start System

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