How the T4K or the Pre-Orthodontic Trainer for Kids works to align children’s teeth and solve some common dental problems.
As the granddaughter of a dental aid, I had been a proponent for dental health. My grandfather took care of my teeth while growing up and up to this day, I have maintained the dental practices that he taught me. Dental health has been very important to my family.
And this legacy of healthy teeth I planned to pass on to my children. Our eldest daughter Shawna had a beautiful set of milk teeth and I committed to take care of them because I know that permanent teeth would grow well if they replace the good ones.
Losing Milk Teeth
However, life can sometimes go the opposite way of your plans. Shawna, as it turned out has a small mouth and therefore, a small jaw. And it didn’t help either that she started losing her front teeth at six years of age, when her face was still very small.
When the permanent teeth started coming out, they were BIG! Humongous, in fact, for her tiny jaw. And they were sticking out on all sides. For a teeth-OC mom, it looked horrible to me. I shuddered at the fact that she might have to wear dental braces someday, mainly because I know that braces can be very expensive and also difficult to manage. And they can also caught cavities. We should know, my husband used to sport dental braces.
T4K or Pre-Orthodontic Trainer for Kids
When we went for her routine teeth cleaning at Comfydent Dental Clinic here in Bacolod City, her dentist, Dr. Dianne Margaret Lim-Militante, suggested that we let her use the Pre-Orthodontic Trainer for Kids. It is also known as the T4K. It was a dental appliance made of soft rubber that the child can wear throughout the night when they are asleep.
If you are really in a hurry, you could also let them wear the T4K for a couple of hours during day. That would be a good way to keep them quiet for some moments, too. Hehe
Shaped like our jaws, the T4K is designed to “force” the teeth to move and be in position with continued use. It will also expand the jaw. But since it is soft, it will not cause gum irritation.
The Pre-Orthodontic Trainer for Kids or T4K is not very expensive like dental braces but it is not cheap either. But the results are fantastic. We bought the T4K for our daughter but with the instructions that she was to use them regularly—every night, in fact. Plus, the development of her teeth was to be monitored monthly by her dentist. And, of course, I did, too. We were also informed that depending on the development, she might need a second dental appliance so that her chin will not protrude.
I have to admit that there were times that Shawna was not able to wear her T4K at night. That was because the trainers made her produce more saliva and it triggers the coughing mechanism. So if she has allergic cough, we would skip using them. It’s just so hard to manage her health sometimes. There were also times that she would wake up during the night and she would take them off and refuse to wear them again.
But after a month, I really saw a significant improvement in the growth of her permanent teeth. They were actually moving! And yes, moving in the right direction. After about four months, she didn’t need to wear the T4K anymore and at present, her teeth are already aligned for that beautiful smile!
I was amazed at how this simple dental appliance can work wonders like that on my daughter’s teeth. It was really worth it. Ask your dentist about it. T4K price here in Bacolod is P7,000. See our Bacolod dentist for kids about it. Note: Price may change. This was how much we paid two years ago. Also, it may cost differently with another dentist. Dental consultation fees may also apply.
Tips for Using Pre-Orthodontic Trainer for Kids
Here are some of my tips | observations when using T4K.
1. Let your child brush her teeth very well before putting on the T4K. It is best if they can gargle with mouthwash or take an anti-bacterial supplement that can kill the bacteria in the mouth. Remember that the mouth will be covered all night and can be breeding ground for bacteria. In our case, we gave her water with bee propolis drops, which is a natural anti-bacterial.
2. Let your child wear the T4K every night before going to bed. Let it stay all night. When they don’t have classes during the weekends, let them wear it for at least 2 hours during the day for faster results.
3. The next morning, let your child gargle very well to rise the mouth of saliva and bacteria.
4. Visit your dentist for regular check-ups so that the development may be monitored.
4. The pre-orthodontic trainers can smell so bad after staying in the mouth overnight. I used an organic liquid soap and a toothbrush to clean it. Sometimes, I used toothpaste. Then I would soak it in baking soda every few days to deodorize it. Make sure to rinse the T4K with drinking or purified water and dry it before letting your child put it on.
We did not regret buying the T4K for our daughter. It worked well for her that we decided to have her teeth adjusted while the permanent ones were still growing so their growth was “disciplined” or guided to go in the right place. We are very satisfied with the results and we are thankful that our dentist recommended the T4K.
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Negros Occidental, Philippines
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