In fact, research has shown that improper jaw growth and airway are a major contributing factor to many childhood health disorders, including:
If you're noticing any of these issues, Dr. Kim Rioux can help guide proper growth and development with interceptive orthodontics.
Early orthodontics including functional orthodontics and orthotropics uses noninvasive methods through removable appliances that are designed to:
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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Functional medicine and airway health is our focus. Getting your child healthy is our passion.
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. 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.
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.
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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