Discover the Revolutionary Healthy Start System

At Belle Meade Smile Center, we introduce the Healthy Start System, a groundbreaking departure from traditional orthodontics. This early treatment for children is non-invasive, offering a natural way to achieve beautifully straightened teeth.

Exclusive Expertise

Dr. Gatgens is one of the few trained doctors in this area to offer the Healthy Start System. Experience a modern and innovative approach to orthodontics at Belle Meade Smile Center.

Benefits of the Healthy Start System

When you opt for the Healthy Start System, you enjoy numerous benefits for your child's oral health and development:

  • Perfect Smile without Braces or Surgery
  • Prevention of Crooked Teeth
  • Permanent Results
  • Discomfort-Free Experience
  • Natural Collaboration with Facial Growth

Real Results from Real Patients

View the transformative results achieved with the Healthy Start System, correcting open bites, overbites, and overjets in preteens.


Open-bite corrected with Healthy Start System


Overbite and Overjet corrected with Healthy Start System for Preteens five years post-treatment.

Addressing Sleep-Disordered Breathing

Combat sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) effectively with the Healthy Start System. SDB encompasses breathing difficulties during sleep, ranging from mild snoring to severe airway obstruction.

Root Causes of Sleep-Disordered Breathing

Crooked or crowded teeth and mouth breathing contribute to underdevelopment of the mouth and jaw, leading to SDB. The Healthy Start System guides teeth into proper positions, fostering full mouth and jaw development.

Recognizing Sleep-Disordered Breathing

Loud snoring, gasping, snorting sounds, and various symptoms like bedwetting, chronic allergies, and teeth grinding may indicate SDB. Belle Meade Smile Center is equipped to diagnose and address these concerns using the Healthy Start System.

Choose Belle Meade Smile Center for Your Child's Healthy Start

Dr. Gatgens and our team prioritize proven and time-tested procedures. The Healthy Start System, meticulously designed for individual needs, ensures optimal results in correcting Sleep Disordered Breathing symptoms.

How the Healthy Start System Works

This system utilizes the natural forces of tooth eruption, employing soft, comfortable, and removable devices. These devices gently guide erupting teeth and aid in the correct growth and alignment of the lower jaw. The system progresses through three phases tailored to your child's age:

  1. Habit-Corrector Phase (1-5 months)
  2. Second Phase with Customized Appliance (2-6 months)
  3. Final Phase with Device for Incoming Adult Teeth

Experience the Belle Meade Smile Center Difference

For healthy, beautiful, and lasting smiles, schedule your free virtual consultation today. Give your child the gift of a Healthy Start at Belle Meade Smile Center!