Myobrace® is a novel treatment approach that uses a series of soft, silicone based oral appliances to correct poor oral habits. This system is recommended for children of any age, but treating patients early gives better results. This technique not only straightens teeth (often without braces) but also treats the causes of crooked teeth and incorrect jaw development.
What Causes Orthodontic Problems?
The majority of children will develop crowded teeth and incorrect jaw alignment. Clinical research has shown that mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking, – known as incorrect myofunctional habits – are the real causes of crooked teeth. These habits negatively affect the development of your child’s jaws and face resulting in orthodontic problems.
How Myofunctional Appliances Work
The Myobrace® system of appliances is designed to correct myofunctional habits in growing children and has proven successful in orthodontic correction without braces. The appliance is worn for one to two hours per day and at night. In addition to wearing the appliance, the child may be given simple exercises to help them learn healthier breathing and oral muscle habits. The goals of treatment include:
- Breathing through the nose
- Lips in contact while at rest
- Proper function of the facial muscles
- Proper tongue posture and swallowing technique
- Tooth alignment
- Correct jaw posture and improve facial aesthetics