Ortho-Tain ® is a unique orthodontic solution invented by Dr. Earl Bergersen about 40 years ago. Since then, it’s been used with over 3 million children in the U.S. and abroad to help them avoid problems with their permanent teeth.
It was, and is, a radical approach. Why wait to correct problems with permanent teeth, Dr. Bergersen thought, if you can help those teeth come in straight in the first place?
Ortho-Tain corrects the positioning and alignment of “baby” teeth. This allows them to serve as guides for the permanent teeth when they erupt. That can avoid problems like overcrowding, incorrect bite, and misaligned teeth. Since non-permanent teeth are easier to work with, the re-alignment can often be completed in as little as six months or less. Compare that to the two years typically required for braces on permanent teeth.
Preventing future dental problems is easier, less expensive, and more comfortable for children and their parents than treating the problems once they develop.
A Surprising Discovery
In addition to the dental benefits, children treated with Ortho-Tain showed positive behavioral changes.
Dr. Bergersen treated several of his own children with Ortho-Tain. His children, and the children of other parents, stopped wetting the bed, performed better in school, and showed better school behaviors.
This was outside of Dr. Bergersen’s area of expertise, so he began working with experts in sleep research. What they found was that children using Ortho-Tain were strengthening their tongues and exhibiting more natural swallowing. Those two changes led to the full development of something called the maxilla bone. The maxilla bone connects to the nasal cavity, and by making space for teeth to emerge, the airway was opened up. This allowed children to breath through their noses at night.
The result was that the children were getting better, more restful sleep at night. The symptoms of Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB) disappeared and the behavioral changes followed.
There’s a lot of overlap between the symptoms of SDB and the symptoms used to diagnose behavioral disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD). Once the children were able to get deep, restful sleep, the behavioral symptoms disappeared. The children were able to focus without needing to take medications.
We Confirm These Ortho-tain Benefits
Some children exhibit behavioral and concentration issues that are not due to Sleep-Disordered Breathing. However, we’re happy to report that we’ve seen the same improvements in behavior and concentration that Dr. Bergersen reported in children using Ortho-Tain. And when the children are focused and better-behaved, family life can return to normal.
If you’re concerned that an activity might have to be cancelled because your child is having an “off day,” or worried about the possibility of a bed-wetting incident during a sleepover, Sleep-Disordered Breathing might be at the root of the problems. As every parent can confirm, a better night’s sleep helps everyone, including children, stay on a more even emotional keel and function better.
Ortho-Tain is a removable orthodontic appliance that straightens teeth without the discomfort and social embarrassment of metal braces and wires. Results are often achieved in less than six months.
Because the appliance is removable, there are no food restrictions as there are with metal braces. Your child eats a normal diet and brushes and flosses their teeth like usual.
Ortho-Tain is backed by years of clinical research and studies. It’s been shown to be effective in correcting a wide variety of dental issues.
At Tulip Tree Dental Care, we’re excited to offer this revolutionary orthodontic solution to our patients with children as young as age 5.
Getting Started with Ortho-Tain
If you’re concerned about your child’s teeth now, and concerned for the future, Ortho-Tain may offer an effective and affordable solution.
The only way to know whether Ortho-Tain will help your child’s permanent teeth emerge straight, and whether any behavioral issues might improve, is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hurcomb.
You can use our online scheduling application which will collect all the information necessary to provide you with dental care. It also allows you to choose the date and time for your appointment that works well with your schedule.
Dr. Hurcomb will carefully and thoroughly evaluate your child’s condition to determine whether Ortho-Tain treatment will be beneficial.
All of us at Tulip Tree Dental Care will be happy to assist you and your family with your orthodontic needs and all your other dental needs.