Ryan and a patient in the office talking to one another. And the patient is holding a mirror to see her braces.

Healthy Start


The HealthyStart® System is a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, pain-free approach to opening the airway and straightening teeth WITHOUT braces. HealthyStart® is rooted in 54 years of research and experience and has treated over 4 million children around the world. The HealthyStart® System consists of a series of appliances that address symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing, which 9 out of 10 children are affected by. These symptoms often go misdiagnosed or untreated and worsen with age. HealthyStart® aims to address these symptoms early-on so that they can be solved naturally.

Sleep disordered Breathing

A Silent Epidemic Among Children. Sleep Disordered Breathing not only refers to breathing difficulties during sleep, but it is also a root cause for many other symptoms that children frequently exhibit. These symptoms are often left untreated or misdiagnosed.

These sleeping issues stem from airway disruption during sleep. As a child’s breathing is restricted, their body reacts as though the child is choking, resulting in lower oxygen levels, higher heart rate and higher blood pressure.

Improper positioning of teeth can also cause SDB symptoms, as close baby teeth can often signify that a child’s dental arches are too narrow. Adult teeth are bigger and wider than baby teeth, and if there isn’t enough room for the adult teeth to grow in, the teeth begin to crowd together or protrude. Dental arches that are too narrow lead to unhealthy airway development, as the lack of room hinders facial growth and compromises the airway.

The Symptoms

How Can We Help?

The central issue for many children suffering from the effects of Sleep Disordered Breathing is a compromised airway. When a child’s airway is narrow, underdeveloped, or constricted in any way, the child will struggle to receive enough oxygen at night and may resort to mouth breathing to compound the issue. The width of the airway worsens over time if not treated, making it increasingly challenging for a child to breathe. The HealthyStart® System opens the airway of a growing child by bringing the upper and lower jaws forward and allows the airway to widen for maximum airflow. This encourages nasal breathing & aids in the improvement of Sleep Disordered Breathing symptoms. An open airway increases the oxygen the child receives to the brain, which restores the brain’s function for the next day. This in turn leads to an improved immune system, hormonal system and an overall healthier child. Our system also has the ability to encourage mid-face growth and airway development.

What Is The HealthyStart® System?

The HealthyStart® System features a series of appliances that are customized to your child’s needs, depending their age, as well as the issues you intend on addressing.

These appliances address a range of symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing, such as mouth breathing, inability to focus, academic challenges, bedwetting, snoring, nightmares, underdeveloped jaw, underdeveloped airway and more.

How Does The HealthyStart® Sytem Work?

The HealthyStart® System works with the natural forces of tooth eruption. The soft, comfortable, removable devices gently guide the erupting teeth into their perfect alignments. In addition, HealthyStart® aids in the correct growth and alignment of the lower jaw, expanding the arches to ensure space for incoming permanent teeth.

The Dangers of Mouth Breathing

Mouth breathing is not the same as nasal breathing and often leads to further compromise of the airway. The dangers of mouth breathing include:

Conventional "Treatment" Options

The Problem with Conventional Treatment Options. Before now, treatment options such as prescription drugs, surgery, clinical therapy, academic tutors, sleeping, and years in braces have been the most commonly prescribed “solutions”.

None of these conventional treatments can promote or develop a child’s airway and help them get the oxygen and sleep they need to be healthy. Conventional treatments have been limited and ineffective, mainly because they address the symptoms rather than the potential root cause.

The HealthyStart® System addresses the root cause early-in-life, because early treatment is crucial. When children are young, their bodies are able to adjust and mold easily, particularly in their mouth and their bone structure. Crowded teeth may force the tongue forward against their teeth, narrowing their dental arch and constricting the airway. Breathing properly is necessary for the health of a child.

Have questions about healthy start?

We’re here to answer your questions, and we want you to know your options! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time. Our main goal is to provide you with the most innovative options available, and we believe patient education is essential for helping you achieve the greatest results.

Dr. InsoftDr. Hurst and our experienced team are here to help guide you throughout your treatment process, from your first visit to your last visit.

Ready to begin your smile transformation process? Let’s get started with your complimentary exam at one of our convenient Seminole or St. Petersburg locations!

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