Chances are high that you’ve either had braces or know someone who has, but now Myobrace is offering a no-braces orthodontic approach to help straighten teeth and jaws.
One of my children sucked their finger every night for more than seven years, and we’ve recently discovered that as a result at night the tongue had not been in the right place to allow correct jaw development.
This means, among other things, that there isn’t enough room in the mouth for adult teeth. Groan.
Kids who suck their fingers usually breathe through their mouth which again has led to incorrect tongue rest posture. This means there is also crowing in the upper front teeth, and both upper and low jaws are underdeveloped which results in an underdeveloped facial profile.
We’ve also discovered a myriad of other problems that have occurred in regards to breathing, swallowing, lip posture and tongue placement. It all sounds very complicated right?
The point is, I did some investigating and discovered an early treatment option, Myobrace, that might help fix her jaw issues and allow adult teeth to grow through straight. It’s not guaranteed that braces won’t be needed also, but I’m quietly optimistic.
What is Myobrace?
Myobrace is a no-braces orthodontic approach to help straighten teeth and jaws. Treatment addresses the poor oral habits that are the real cause of crooked teeth.
It was established by parent company Myofunctional Research Co. (MRC) that was founded by Dr Chris Farrell in Sydney in 1989.
What causes crooked teeth?
It is a common belief that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are caused by either large teeth in small jaws or other hereditary factors.
Modern research has shown that mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking – known as incorrect myofunctional habits – are the real causes of incorrect jaw development.
What else can contribute to jaws developing incorrectly?
- Open mouth posture
- Thumb sucking and dummies can also contribute to the problem
How does Myobrace treatment work?
Myobrace treatment involves using a series of removal and permanent appliances that have the proven dual function of correcting habits that cause poor dental development, while also providing light forces to align the teeth into their natural position.
Wearing a Myobrace appliance for one to two hours each day and overnight while sleeping, combined with a series of trainer exercises each day is all it takes for a real change to occur.
These appliances are designed to be used in-sequence to effectively train the tongue to position correctly in the upper jaw, retrain the oral musculature and exert light forces to align the teeth.
Will it work for me or my child?
The Myobrace System is a bit like a training program. Like study or sport, daily commitment and persistence is required to obtain results the best results.
It also depends on the patient’s inherent biology for change – therefore sometimes the results are rapid and other times it may take more perseverance.
How much does Myobrace treatment cost?
This can vary, but depending on the age of your child and how long they need the Myobrace it can range from $2800 to $4400 per year. Also at the start of the process are consultation fees and possibly X-rays which cost a few hundred dollars.
According to the Myobrace team the optimal age for this treatment is between 6 and 10 years of age, if you’re wanting more information visit this website.