Three out of four children have crooked teeth and incorrectly developing jaws. As parents, we can notice our child’s crooked teeth from an early age, sometimes as young as three.
The professional advice has been to wait until all the permanent teeth have come through only to have some of those healthy teeth extracted and braces fitted. While effective in the short term, this approach can often result in the teeth crowding up again as it does not address the root causes. There is now a more natural way to achieve straight teeth and well-developed jaws, by taking a preventative pre orthodontic approach to setting up your child for a life without braces.
A vast majority of today’s children have crooked teeth, but what if you could train your child to have a straighter smile, prevent crowded teeth, improve their jaw development, breathing and even sleep?
Modern research has shown that crooked teeth are not genetic, rather a result of bad oral habits such as mouth breathing as well as incorrect tongue positioning and swallowing habits, which begin in early childhood and prevent proper jaw development
How does it works?
Myobrace® treatment works by addressing the underlying causes affecting the dental and facial development by teaching children to correct their bad oral habits. Treatment involves wearing a series of removable appliances that are worn for 1-2 hours each day and overnight while sleeping. Daily use of the appliance is combined with a selection of breathing and mouth exercises known as the Myobrace® Activities, which assist in stretching and strengthening the tongue, lips and cheek muscles. By starting early and allowing the jaws to grow as nature intended, the teeth are able to come in straight well before braces would typically be required.
What are the signs and symptoms?
In the last few decades, dental practitioners have seen a rapid increase in crooked teeth and improper jaw development. The most common early sign to look for in your child is an open mouth posture, where during rest or sleep the child will have their lips apart.
You might notice this while they are watching TV or on their mobile device. Restless sleep and snoring at night are also symptoms to watch out for. They can not only lead to developmental issues, but are also associated with sleep-related disorders, which can result in behavioural problems and learning difficulties in children.
What are the causes?
- Modern diet
- Thumb sucking
- Reverse swallowing
- Mouth breathing
- Tongue thrusting
Why use MYOBRACE?
Now used in over 100 countries worldwide, Myobrace® treatment takes a proactive and modern preventative orthodontic approach and can offer long-term results. Traditional orthodontics is excellent at straightening teeth but once the braces come off, a retainer is usually required for the teeth to stay straight. By addressing the root of the problem, Myobrace® offers lasting health benefits beyond just a straighter smile.
Regular illnesses that may interfere with use of the Myobrace® appliance can seriously delay treatment and prevent a successful outcome. As well as aligning the teeth, jaws and improving facial development, Myobrace® pre-orthodontic treatment can provide additional health benefits by addressing issues relating to airway dysfunction as well as teaching children about good dietary habits, allowing them to reach their full genetic potential.
What are the Treatment Goals?
The goal of The Myobrace®System is to obtain natural development of the jaws and teeth. With good compliance, Myobrace®treatment can offer more than just straighter teeth.
- Straighter teeth
- Correct alignment of the teeth and jaws
- Minimal or no use of braces
- No need for extraction of healthy teeth
- Reduced need for fixed retainers
- Improved facial development
- Improved overall health
- Develop to genetic potential
What is involved in the treatment?
The Myobrace system combines patient and parent education, exercises to correct breathing and strengthen facial muscles, habit correction and an intuitive removable oral appliance range to offer parents and patients a more natural treatment.
How do you get started?
If you are interested in finding out more, the first step will be to evaluate your child, looking closely at poor oral habits as well as dental and facial development. Once the child has been assessed, a plan is developed and treatment can begin. If your child is showing symptoms like breathing with their mouth open or perhaps they are having restless sleep, Myobrace® might just be the natural solution you’ve been looking for.
When is the best time to start treatment?
To avoid the need for braces the optimal time to start is while your teeth and jaws are still growing (5-15 Years old). If poor oral habits are discovered at an earlier age, it is best to start treatment immediately.
The Myobrace® system is focused entirely on addressing the poor myofunctional (lips, tongue and cheeks) habits as well as the incorrect breathing that causes crooked teeth.
By encouraging the patient to play an active role in their own treatment and promoting growth and development, outstanding and stable results can be achieved without relying on braces, extractions or surgery.