Preventive Pre-Orthodontics

Straight Teeth The Natural Way

Overview

The Myobrace®System is preventive pre-orthodontic treatment that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of crooked teeth, often without the need for braces or extraction of teeth, unlocking natural growth and development. Treatment is best suited to children aged 3 to 15 and involves using a series of removable intra-oral appliances that are worn for 1-2 hours each day plus overnight while sleeping.


What Myobrace® treatment does:

  • Corrects poor oral habits
  • Develops & aligns the jaws
  • Straightens the teeth
  • Optimises facial development
  • Improves overall health
  • Promotes healthy eating habits


How does it do this? By helping the child:

  • Breathe through the nose
  • Correct tongue resting position
  • Swallow correctly
  • Keep the lips together
Myobrace - Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children Aged 3 - 15.
Myobrace - Early Orthodontic Treatment for Children Aged 3 - 15.

How It Works

Waiting until all permanent teeth have come through to begin treatment with braces can unfortunately lead to irreversible damage affecting not only the teeth, but also the child’s overall health and development.

Poor myofunctional habits (poor oral habits) are evident before all permanent teeth are present, which means treatment of the causes can begin much earlier than originally thought. This can be as early as three years of age.

"What Myobrace® does is look at those underlying causes and tries to deal with them."

Dr Barry Raphael, Orthodontist (Clifton, New Jersey, USA)

Myobrace® is designed to deal with these incorrect myofunctional habits by teaching children to breathe through their nose, rest the tongue correctly in the roof of the mouth, swallow correctly and continue widening the jaws so they grow to their full and proper size. This results in sufficient room for the teeth, allowing them to come in naturally straight and often without the need for braces.

The Myobrace®System consists of a series of intra-oral appliances that are worn for one hour each day plus overnight while sleeping. The appliances assist in correcting poor oral habits and expand the arch-form while exerting light forces to align the teeth and jaws. Separate appliances are used depending on the child’s age and type of orthodontic problem. In addition, the patient education program, known as Myobrace®Activities, is used to further correct the myofunctional habits causing the incorrect dental and jaw development. The Activities are to be performed twice daily in conjunction with wearing the Myobrace® appliance and consist of a series of breathing, tongue, swallowing, lip and cheek exercises.

The Treatment Stages

Myobrace® treatment starts with the habit correction and works through a combination of three or more appliances to correct the causes of orthodontic problems and align the teeth as they grow into the mouth. Treatment can begin as soon as the poor myofunctional habits are recognised however, older children have had more time for the incorrect habits and wrong growth patterns to establish, which can require extra effort for a successful treatment outcome. With good compliance, excellent results can be achieved.

There are typically four stages of treatment with Myobrace® involving; habit correction, arch development, dental alignment and then retention.


Stage 1 - Habit Correction

The first stage of Myobrace® treatment is Habit Correction and it involves teaching the patient to breathe through the nose instead of the mouth, retraining the tongue to rest in the correct position, swallow the right way and keep the lips together when not eating or speaking. By focusing on correcting these oral habits that are causing crooked teeth and poor jaw growth, the child will have the best possible chance to grow their jaws to their proper and full size which allows the teeth to come in straight and often eliminates the need for braces later on.

Stage 2 – Arch Development

Along with habit correction, additional arch development may be required to widen the upper jaw allowing sufficient space for the teeth and tongue. Children with underdeveloped jaws over 7 years of age can be recommended to use appliances and techniques in combination with The Myobrace®System such as the Biobloc or Farrell Bent Wire System (BWS) to achieve additional jaw development which will speed up the treatment process. The Myolay is suitable for the younger age groups and is used in conjunction the Myobrace®.

Stage 3 – Dental Alignment

At the stage when the last of the permanent teeth are erupting, the Myobrace®for Teens is used to align the teeth into their natural position.

Due to the nature of removable appliances, compliance is essential. The Myobrace® appliances must be worn every day and overnight while sleeping. Patient co-operation and motivation is paramount when it comes to achieving optimal results. Depending on the child's individual requirements and compliance, final alignment may involve treatment with braces.

If the teeth need further alignment, braces can still be used for a much shorter period of time which can be combined with the Myobrace® for Braces to provide optimal results.

Stage 4 – Retention

Retention is the final stage of Myobrace® treatment and aims to ensure good oral habits are maintained, often preventing the need to wear a permanent retainer or wire for an extended period of time.

Once braces are removed a retainer is usually required to prevent relapse from occurring. With good compliance and providing the correct oral habits are maintained, Myobrace® treatment allows for more stable orthodontic results and improved overall health.

Myobrace® - no fixed retainer required (left image). Fixed Retainer - to be worn indefinitely (right image).

* Success of Myobrace® treatment relies on compliance and the child's ability to correct their poor myofunctional habits. Results and treatment time vary for each individual case.

Health Benefits

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.


Nutrition Program

The Myobrace®System also provides a series of videos that explain to the child the need for a good diet in order to prevent tooth decay, improve jaw development and how it is part of growing straight teeth naturally. This is even more important today where we have tooth decay on the rise due to the high level of added sugar in processed foods and the high level of consumption of empty foods. To get the best results from Myobrace® treatment, it is best to adopt a healthy diet. 

Myosa

For children who have difficulty breathing through their nose, treatment specific to breathing problems may be required. Because poor oral habits contribute to a range of breathing and TMJ (jaw joint) disorders, The Myosa®System, is able to evaluate, diagnose and relieve symptoms as well as treat the underlying causes, allowing for more natural function and improved orthodontic outcomes. The Myosa®System includes sleep appliances suitable for a wide spectrum of patients from as young as two-years-old through to adults as well as specialty appliances for jaw joint (TMJ) disorder and teeth grinding. Visit www.myosa.com to learn more.

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Your Next Step

Book a consultation with a Myobrace Practitioner for a myofunctional orthodontic evaluation. Once the assessment is made, a plan is developed and treatment can begin.

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