Are you concerned about the development of your child’s teeth? Do you want to ensure they don’t have to suffer with crooked or crowded teeth? Keep your child out of braces in the future with an Ortho-Tain® orthodontic appliance from Tulip Tree Dental Care! Know more about orthodontics for children or about Ortho-Tain® from Dr. Nicole Hurcomb. Call our dental office to schedule your appointment today.
At our South Bend, IN dental office, Dr. Nicole Hurcomb and our kid-friendly team can help improve the look and health of your child’s smile! Dr. Hurcomb believes in Ortho-Tain® so much her own children have used it!
Ortho-Tain® has helped more than 3 million children straighten their teeth with a preventive orthodontic approach. The Ortho-Tain® mouthguard-like oral appliance straightens teeth that have already come in and even guides the growth of new teeth so that your child has an even smile.
Because the treatment starts while children are still developing, you can see results much faster than with traditional braces. Improvements that might take two years in traditional braces are usually achieved in less than six months.
And because the permanent teeth emerge in the correct location, there is typically no need for a retainer!
Additional Benefits Of Ortho-Tain®Dr. Nicole Hurcomb on Ortho-tain Read Transcript
Ortho-Tain is an appliance that we can give to smaller children. We can start as little as age 3. I probably like to start more around 4 because the kids are going to be a little bit more compliant.
Basically what it is is it's a guidance eruption appliance. What that means is that I'm going to guide their permanent teeth into place instead of moving them, and pushing them, and pulling them with braces.
It actually looks like an athletic mouth guard that you would place into the kid's mouth. When they're younger and they just have their baby teeth, we actually prefer to start then so that we can guide their jaws and grow their jaws the way that nature has intended.
We can fix their tongue posture so that they're actually pushing against the top of their palate to get everything to grow the way that we need it to. We can fix speech issues by doing that and growing the kids the way that we need to.
That also ends up creating a bigger airway for the kids which is really, really awesome. It gets rid of some of the bad side effects of having a smaller airway. Some of those side effects of having a smaller airway would be lots of ear infections, lots of ENT visits, lots of doctor visits. Sometimes it brings on asthma.
Lots of kids that have ear infections and things are clenching and grinding all night long. Because of that they're not getting the repairative sleep that they need because they can't ever really get into that deeper REM sleep that they need to. Sometimes that causes bed wetting.
By giving them a better airway, the ear infections go down, the asthma symptoms go down, the ADHD symptoms that they have, which is hyperactivity and things because they're not sleeping like they need to, those symptoms go away.
The bed wetting will stop. I've even noticed it with my own children. I have a 4 year old now. He's been in his, it's called a Nite-Guide. He's been in that for a year.
In 3 months, he went from having 100% over bite, which means when he bites together, you can't see any of his lower teeth. In 3 months, it opened all the way up to where his teeth are almost touching perfectly. He sleeps through the night. He stopped wetting his bed in 3 months at 4 years old. It's an amazing appliance. I know it works.
Ortho-Tain® can do a lot more than improve your child’s smile.
Following clinical trials, researchers found that the system was actually helping children strengthen their tongues and develop more natural swallowing behaviors.
Creating space for the teeth to come in naturally also opens up the airway and helps children breathe through their noses. As a result, children using Ortho-Tain® can get better sleep, and the side effects of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) often totally disappear!
Because SDB shares the same symptoms traditionally used to diagnose children with ADD/ADHD, many children are able to focus and be taken completely off these medications!
Due in part to this improved sleep, other children have reported that they stopped wetting the bed. Parents have also reported improvements in behavior and better performance at school.
Friendly Team, Comfort Options, Advanced Dental Technology
You’ll be happy to know that our compassionate team is great with children. We will greet your little ones with a warm smile and help make their visit a pleasant one. This will help your child establish a positive association with the dentist for years to come!
For added comfort, we can also provide:
- Warm blankets
- Soft pillows
- TV or radio to entertain your child while we work
To improve the precision and overall experience of the treatment, we have also invested in state-of-the-art dental technology, including digital panoramic X-rays and a cephalometric imaging unit, both of which help us to diagnose airway issues.
Schedule An Ortho-Tain® Consultation For Your Child Today
If you would like to learn more about what Ortho-Tain can do for your child, call Tulip Tree Dental Care at (574) 272-6575 for an appointment. You can also contact us using our convenient online form.
Dr. Nicole Hurcomb graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. She was a dentist in two separate dental practices before starting her own dental practice, Tulip Tree Dental Care in 2014. Dr. Nicole Hurcomb is a member of various professional organizations such as The American Dental Association, The Indiana Dental Association, The North Central Dental Society, and The Academy of General Dentistry.