Baker & Graham
What is Healthy Start
How does it work?
Healthy Start works by guiding newly erupted teeth into their ideal position before they set permanently. As adult teeth arrive, the fibers that attach them to the surrounding bone and soft tissue are not yet mature. In the 12-18 months following the tooth’s full eruption, the fibers gradually join together to form a mass of connecting fibers and lock the new tooth into place. Using the Healthy Start mouthpiece ensures that the permanent teeth are locked into the correct position, without crowding or gaps that would otherwise require braces.
The mouthpiece is worn while your child sleeps and is specifically designed to be soft and comfortable. Some children will struggle at first to keep the device in their mouths while they sleep due to mouth breathing. The Healthy Start is meant to discourage mouth breathing, a habit which will take some children some time to accomplish, but all eventually get there with proper use of the device!