Nathanson Dental
Creating Beautiful Smiles



Problems with the alignment of a child’s teeth can begin at a very young age. Various factors that influence the jaw’s growth and development can result in the permanent teeth erupting into the wrong positions.

Not only can this issue interfere with the aesthetics of your child’s smile, it can also disrupt a child’s breathing during sleep. This phenomenon, known as sleep-disordered breathing, contributes to developmental problems of the mouth and jaw that can cause crowding or other misalignments of the teeth.

Poor quality sleep affects numerous aspects of your child’s life, and any of the following issues may indicate that your child has sleep-disordered breathing:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping and snorting sounds during sleep
  • Mouth breathing, either while sleeping or awake
  • Bedwetting
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Dark or gray circles under the eyes
  • Irritability and behavior issues
  • Attention disorders
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Teeth grinding
  • Nightmares
  • Lack of expected growth and development
  • Problems with school subjects, especially math and spelling

Fortunately, a system of early preventive orthodontic treatment known as HealthyStart can address sleep disordered breathing to treat these symptoms and improve your child’s quality of life. As an added benefit, it also promotes proper development of the teeth and jaws to help your child have a beautiful, healthy, properly aligned smile.

HealthyStart works by using comfortable, specially-designed removable appliances to guide the jaw’s growth and development and encourage the proper eruption of permanent teeth. These appliances encourage expansion of the arches to avoid crowding along with guiding the growth and alignment of the lower jaw.

Why should I consider early interceptive orthodontic treatment for my child?

Early interceptive orthodontic treatment can reduce the amount of time a child may need to spend wearing braces at an older age. It may even eliminate the need for later orthodontic treatment entirely. It can also prevent the need for future oral surgery to correct malocclusions.

Having a properly aligned smile from a young age gives your child so many benefits, including:

  • Healthy self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Proper chewing, ensuring good nutrition
  • Development of proper speech patterns
  • Improved overall health and wellness

If your child exhibits any of the conditions or symptoms mentioned above, or if you have noticed any other signs that suggest that your child may benefit from early orthodontic intervention, please contact us today to schedule an evaluation at our office. We can determine if HealthyStart might address issues affecting the growth, development or alignment of your child’s teeth and jaws and set them on a path toward better health!