In addition to cosmetic reasons, there are many health benefits of braces. Crooked, misplaced, and crowded teeth can make cleaning very difficult, causing an enormous risk of tooth decay, and may also cause general health issues such as headaches, jaw pain, earaches, mouth breathing and sleep apnea. Proper alignment of the teeth and jaws through orthodontics can help.
Braces are custom-made appliances that work by gently applying continuous pressure to your teeth over a period of time (generally 6 to 30 months) in order to straighten your teeth and correct your bite. Metal braces are still the most reliable, but you may be able to wear clear or tooth-colored ceramic braces or removable invisible aligners.
It’s never too late to improve your dental health and beautify your smile. Many adults are wearing braces now, too. About 1 million Americans over the age of 18 wear braces.
Prevent Rather than Correct
The Healthy Start System™ is a revolutionary departure from traditional orthdontics that treats children early, is non-invasive, and is a natural way of straightening teeth. It works as well as or better than braces, plastic aligners, surgery, or any other options to achieve a picture-perfect, beautiful smile. Green Apple Pediatric Dentistry is one of only a few doctors in this area trained to offer this innovative new system!
Healthy Start Results from Real Patients
Open-bite corrected with Healthy Start System
Overbite and Overjet
Overbite (deep bite) and overjet corrected with Healthy Start System. Photo shows teenager five years post-treatment.
Benefits of the Healthy Start System
Green ApplePediatric Dentistry and their staff work hard to bring their patients the most cutting-edge dental technology with the most benefits. When you choose the Healthy Start System, you experience the following benefits:
- Achieve a perfect smile WITHOUT braces, or surgery
- Prevent crooked teeth versus correcting crooked teeth
- Achieve permanent results
- Experience no discomfort
- Treats naturally working with your facial growth and development
Better Smiles are Just the Beginning
Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) is an all-inclusive term for breathing difficulties, ranging from mild snoring to severe airway obstruction during sleep. When your child’s breathing is disrupted, his or her body recognizes the disruption much like choking, therefore, increasing the heart rate, raising the blood pressure, arousing the brain, ultimately disrupting sleep. Traditionally, there have been very few answers to treating this issue, but Green Apple Pediatric Dentistry is now using Healthy Start to treat these issues.
Causes of Sleep-Disordered Breathing
Crooked teeth, crowded teeth, or mouth breathing can cause underdevelopment of the mouth and jaw when your child’s nasal and upper airway is constricted. The Healthy Start system works to guide your child’s teeth into their proper position, expanding and fully developing his or her mouth and jaws for better breathing.
How Can I Tell if My Child Has Sleep-Disordered Breathing?
Does it ever sound like a freight treain is running through your child’s room at night or as they lay asleep in the back seat on the way home from a trip? Loud snoring is one very apparent indication that your child may have Sleep-Disordered Breathing. Gasping and snorting sounds while your child sleeps may catch you off guard or even make you momentarily worried. These sounds stem from your child moving from a deeper sleep to a lighter (towards waking up) struggling to breathe.
Common Sleep Disorder Breathing Symptoms Include:
- ADD/ ADHD
- Chronic Allergies
- Mouth Breathing
- Swollen Adenoids/ Tonsils
- Frequent Headaches
- Teeth Grinding
- Frequently Waking Up
- Excessively Sweating While Asleep
- Restless Sleep
- Irritability/ Aggressive Behavior
- Difficulty in School Subjects of Math, Science, and Spelling
- Arrested Growth
- Daytime Drowsiness
- Dark Circles Under the Eyes
How Does the Healthy Start System Work?
Healthy Start 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 adulth 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.
Consider the Healthy Start System
Green Apple Pediatric Dentistry offers only time-tested and proven procedures to their patients. Researchers and developers have carefully designed the Healthy Start System, adaptable to each patient’s individual needs. Green Apple Pediatric Dentistry’s ability to determine the optimal Healthy Start System for your child makes them the dentistry you want to correct your child’s Sleep Disordered Breathing symptoms.
Green Apple Pediatric Dentistry strives to provide their patients with healthy, beautiful, lasting smiles. Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation, and give your child the gift of a Healthy Start!