Prevent Crooked Teeth Before They Need Correcting with the Healthy Start System™

The Healthy Start System™ is a revolutionary departure from traditional orthodontics into an early, non-invasive, natural way of straightening teeth. It works as well as or better than braces, plastic aligners, surgery, or any other option to achieve a picture-perfect, beautiful smile. Dr. Ombrello is considered the leading provider of Healthy Start in her area. Healthy Start has treated over 3 million children worldwide over the past 40 years.

Patient Education

The Healthy Start System Addresses 2 Issues:

For the younger patients ages 3-7, Dr. Ombrello and her team offer a system that replaces traditional orthodontics: The Healthy Start System. Healthy Start is just as its name suggests; is a start-up system to help your child’s teeth come in properly. Its use provides no discomfort, and it is a natural way to guide your child’s teeth to proper alignment. Additionally, Healthy Start is also an effective teeth straightening solution for preteens, teens, and adults.

How Do I Know if My Child Needs the Healthy Start System?

After a thorough dental checkup as early as age 3, Dr. Ombrello will discuss possible dental conditions your child may develop that warrant Healthy Start. The Healthy Start appliance is recommended for a number of issues, including:

  • Under bite or overbite
  • Gummy smile
  • Cross bite
  • Open bite
  • Thumb sucking
  • Snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • Deviated swallow

How Does the Healthy Start System Work?

For patients between the ages of 4 and 7, the Healthy Start System works with the natural forces of tooth eruption. The soft, comfy, removable device tenderly guides the erupting teeth into their perfect positions. In addition, Healthy Start aids in the correct growth and alignment of the lower jaw while tending to facial aesthetics, as well.

If your child is between the ages of 4 and 7, Healthy Start is a three-step process:

  • 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. Your child will become used to wearing a device in his or her mouth every night. This step lasts about one to four months.
  • Second Phase: Dr. Ombrello will give your child an appliance specifically 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 adult teeth. Your child will wear this device for two to five months.
  • Final Phase: The final treatment begins with an appliance that accommodates incoming adult 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 precisely to ensure the teeth erupt into proper alignment and prevents shifting.

Dr. Ombrello knows that traditional orthodontics are an effective means for teeth straightening; however, with Healthy Start your child can successfully achieve straight teeth in the privacy of your own home without wearing uncomfortable metal braces. In addition, while correcting and preventing orthodontic issues, Healthy Start results are achieved in less time as compared to traditional orthodontics.

What if I Have an Older Child or If I am Interested in Healthy Start?

Healthy Start is just as effective for older children from ages 8 and up. The same soft, comfy, removable device is available for preteens (8 -12) and for teens and adults (13+). No longer is there a need to wear metal braces or aligners to achieve straight teeth! The steps are similar to those for 4-7 year olds, with some variations.