It’s every parent’s nightmare: braces. Millions of moms and dads dread having to buy their kids traditional braces. This isn’t just because they’re expensive (which they are) but also because braces make life hard for both parent and child. Even with the innovative technology of today, braces wearers still have to come into our office frequently for adjustments and broken brackets. When you’re wearing braces, eating and brushing your teeth isn’t easy. Top it all off with the occasional razor-sharp wire stabbing into your cheek and you understand why so many people are constantly looking for braces alternatives.
For adults, there’s Invisalign. But for kids who aren’t quite old enough for braces, there hasn’t been a successful preventative orthodontic appliance until now. HealthyStart is the revolutionary new treatment that straightens teeth, improves jaw placement, and opens the airway as a child’s adult teeth are coming in. Instead of trying to correct crooked teeth later in life, HealthyStart stops the need for braces before there’s a problem. And the best part about HealthyStart? It’s half the price of braces.
HealthyStart is a multi-step orthodontic treatment plan that uses custom-fit appliances to gently realign the jaw and teeth over time. Kids wear the appliances at night or for a few hours during the day. They’re completely removable and made of a soft plastic that’s easy to clean. Each of the various HealthyStart appliances is meant to be worn during a different stage of your child’s dental growth to help gradually improve their health.
Although a lot of parents just want their kids to have straighter teeth, the root problems that HealthyStart addresses go much deeper than a pretty smile. HealthyStart treats something called Sleep Disordered Breathing or SDB. You’ve probably never heard of SDB but you’ve undoubtedly seen some of its symptoms. Kids with SDB show the following behaviors:
Some parents assume these things are normal. Adults snore so why would a kid snoring be all that different, right? In truth, kids should never snore. Snoring in kids signifies that the airway isn’t as open as it naturally should be. If your child is snoring, they’re not getting the amount of oxygen they need at night. Without that oxygen, the body cannot truly sleep, leading to drowsiness, irritability, and bed-wetting.
Some reports show that 9 in 10 kids have some form of SDB. That’s a lot of kids who have an untreated disease that a simple appliance can fix.
If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, we encourage you to come into the office for a free consultation. Every year, HealthyStart appliances help thousands of kids avoid braces and sleep better. Stanley Dentistry founder, Dr. Bobbi Stanley, has worked on numerous HealthyStart cases and has seen firsthand its success. Post-treatment, HealthyStart kids are happier, healthier, and have smiles that’ll last a lifetime (without the need for pesky braces).
HealthyStart is most effective in younger children but the ages of patients do vary. Set up an appointment today to see if it’s right for your child.