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Healthy Start Ortho System™

Alexandria Dental Clinic

Dean Anderson, DDS

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, MN

Baby teeth help guide permanent teeth into the right position, which is why it’s important to get your child the orthodontic care they need as early as possible. At Alexandria Dental Clinic in Alexandria, Minnesota, Dean Anderson, DDS, and the team offer the HealthyStart® System to prevent orthodontic issues before they begin. Sleep-disorder breathing is a common problem in children and can lead to teeth grinding, headaches, and mouth breathing. The HealthyStart System works to correct these sleep-related orthodontic problems, so your child can rest easy. Call Alexandria Dental Clinic or book an appointment online to learn more.

Healthy Start Ortho System™ Q & A

What is the HealthyStart System?

The HealthyStart System is an orthodontic treatment that doesn’t rely on braces or conventional therapies. Instead, HealthyStart uses a comfortable, removable device that guides your child’s jaw into the correct position for proper teeth and jaw alignment.

Created specifically for sleep-disordered breathing, the HealthyStart System can help your child get a better night’s sleep while preventing crooked teeth. Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), or sleep apnea, is a condition in which the airways become blocked. As a result, children with SDB struggle to get the airflow they need to breathe properly while sleeping.


What are the benefits of the HealthyStart System?

There are many causes of SDB in children, but the most common include enlarged tonsils, crooked teeth, and mouth breathing. If your child has SDB, the HealthyStart System can help them breathe more comfortably and reduce loud snoring.

The HealthyStart System can also help prevent symptoms of the following conditions in children:

  • Bedwetting
  • Chronic allergies
  • Asthma
  • Mouth breathing
  • Swollen tonsils or adenoids
  • Headaches
  • Teeth grinding
  • Excessive sweating
  • Restless sleep
  • Nightmares
  • Daytime irritability and drowsiness
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Difficulty in school

With the HealthyStart System, your child can achieve permanent results without the cost or discomfort of braces later in life.


How does the HealthyStart System work?

Unlike traditional orthodontic treatments, like braces, the HealthyStart System works with your child’s natural facial growth and development. This gentle device leads their erupting teeth into a straighter position while carefully pulling their jaw forward.

The HealthyStart System works in three phases:

Habit correction

The habit-corrector is a device that your child wears at night to minimize unhealthy oral habits, such as tongue thrusting and teeth grinding. This step is essential in preventing tooth damage and decay. Depending on your child’s age, this step can last between one and five months.

Second phase

During the next phase, the team at Alexandria Dental Clinic creates a custom-made oral appliance that guides erupting teeth into the right position, expands your child’s arches, and corrects jaw misalignment. Children typically wear this device for 2-6 months.

Final phase

Once your child has four permanent teeth, the team creates a device that can accommodate their incoming adult teeth for perfect alignment.

To find out if the HealthyStart System is right for your family, call Alexandria Dental Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.


To find out if the HealthyStart System is right for your family, call Alexandria Dental Clinic at 320-762-2122 or schedule an appointment online today.