Functional Orthodontics and Orthotropics

Straight teeth without the braces!
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Airway + Orthodontics Are Intimately Intertwined

In fact, research has shown that improper jaw growth and airway are a major contributing factor to many childhood health disorders, including:

  • Chronically chapped lips
  • Lower IQ
  • Chronic allergies
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Mouth breathing
  • Swollen adenoids & tonsils
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Crooked teeth
  • Restless sleep
  • Bedwetting
  • Nightmares
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Snoring
  • Irritability
  • Frequent headaches
  • Low grades in math, science, and spelling

If you're noticing any of these issues, Dr. Kim Rioux can help guide proper growth and development with interceptive orthodontics.

What is Functional Orthodontics?

Gentle pre-orthodontic treatment without the need for braces.

Smiling children with the Myobrace and Healthystart logos

Early orthodontics including functional orthodontics and orthotropics uses noninvasive methods through removable appliances that are designed to:

  • Promote the proper growth and development of the jaw and airway
  • Establish proper tongue position and oral habits for better health
  • Minimize the need for braces in the future

With the help of functional orthodontics, your child can grow, learn, and blossom into his or her true potential - just the way nature intended.

Dr. Kim Rioux uses both Myobrace® and HealthyStart® as well as other modalities to influence proper growth of the jaws and airway.


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Real-Life Results with Functional Orthodontics

Can you imagine the possibilities for your child's smile?

Why Choose Your Gig Harbor Dentist?

Functional medicine and airway health is our focus. Getting your child healthy is our passion.

Dr. Kim Rioux who is a functional orthodontics provider in Gig Harbor, WA

Continuing Education

Dr. Rioux has the extensive, advanced training to identify and help kids at risk for airway and jaw development problems. Airway problems in kids and adults are largely undiagnosed (and misdiagnosed) and it's her personal mission to change that.

Dr. Kim Rioux with her daughter who's undergoing functional orthodontics

Personal Mission

Dr. Rioux’s very own daughter was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and is now going through functional orthodontics. With this firsthand experience, your Gig Harbor dentist knows the barriers and obstacles you personally face.

Actual patient family at Kim Rioux DDS

Conservative Dentistry

Our dental practice was founded with the philosophy of holistic and conservative dentistry. This means less damage to your child's natural tooth structure while ensuring aesthetically pleasing and healthy results.


You May Have Many Questions About Functional Orthodontics

Consult our FAQs below or give us a call at (253) 857-6778.

While growing up, your child's jaw is constantly molding and developing. Functional orthodontics gently makes room for growing teeth to avoid possible orthodontic treatment in the future.

However, once the jawbone is fully developed (around the age of 12), it's extremely difficult to move teeth and the jaw to create straight teeth. In turn, it's more likely your child will need traditional orthodontic treatment.

If your child is diagnosed with sleep apnea, there is a chance your medical insurance will cover the treatment. If not, dental insurance can cover the orthodontic portion of your coverage. It all depends on your provider.

Don’t have insurance? We do accept CareCredit to help make payments more affordable.

If treatment is started early, the functional orthodontics' system will train and guide your child’s teeth, jawbone, and ligaments to retain a memory to keep those teeth in position and less likely to relapse into crowded and crooked positions. This makes treatment not only more comfortable, but much more stable, requiring less retention after treatment.

No! Schedule a complimentary screening with our Gig Harbor dentist and we can recommend the best course of treatment for your child.

Our dental office is located in Gig Harbor, WA, and serves many communities throughout the Pacific NW, including Gig Harbor, Bremerton, Port Orchard, Purdy, Port Angeles, and Tacoma.

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