As a family dentist in Bountiful, UT, Dr. Paul Larsen offers comprehensive oral health care for growing smiles. Our team is committed to the healthy oral development of our young patients and strives to support parents and caregivers in fostering good oral habits.
Dr. Larsen offers the HealthyStart™ System as an alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. The HealthyStart™ System is designed to guide the oral development of your child when there are concerns related to the structure of their jaw, the bite or tooth position. Using a series of custom mouthguards, this treatment option can be implemented at an early age to direct oral development and support a healthy smile as your child grows.
Why Does My Child Need the HealthyStart™ System?
Dr. Larsen works with parents and caregivers to establish good dental health habits and to address concerns that may not seem related to your child’s smile. There is a range of symptoms and concerns that can be attributed to an oral development issue that is affecting the quality of your child’s sleep:
- ADHD, hyperactivity
- Mouth breathing
- Enlarged tonsils and adenoids
- Sleepy during the day
- Restless sleep at night
- Chronic allergies
Scientific studies have shown the connection between children with one or more of these symptoms and sleep disorders, commonly sleep-disordered breathing. The underlying cause of a sleep disorder is a structural problem with the airway that is affecting your child’s ability to breathe naturally and comfortably when asleep. The HealthyStart™ System is specifically designed to expand and guide the dental arches and facilitate proper tooth alignment and a functional airway.
How Does HealthyStart™ Work?
The HealthyStart™ System offers a phased approach to meet the changing needs of your growing and developing child. Using flexible trays, the jaw muscles will be trained to grow properly and push the teeth into the proper position. Dr. Larsen will create a personalized treatment plan for your child’s unique needs and work with you to monitor progress and make adjustments as needed for an optimal result.
- Phase One: phase one is the use of a custom oral appliance that is designed to halt myofunctional habits such as thumb sucking. Worn at night for up to 5 months, the habit correction device lays the foundation for the next phase if your child has oral habits affecting their development.
- Phase Two: the next appliance is designed to guide tooth position as the permanent teeth begin to erupt. This appliance is worn for up to 6 months.
- Phase Three: the final phase is started once there are at least four permanent teeth. This final appliance will keep the teeth in the desired position as they grow in and support proper alignment and arch growth.
The benefits of using this system is your child will most likely not need braces in the future. Also, it only needs to be worn for a short period of time per day. Most dental insurances with orthodontic benefits will cover this treatment too. We will gladly submit the claim on your behalf and inform you of how much you will owe out-of-pocket.