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Myobrace® offers an effective solution to treating the causes of poor jaw development and crooked teeth

Craniofacial Orthopedics, Interceptive Orthodontics
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Teeth do not become crooked by chance. Modern research reveals most orthodontic problems are the result of incorrect jaw development. The most up-to-date evidence reveals hereditary factors or big teeth in small jaws are not responsible for crowded teeth or incorrect jaw development either. Moreover, braces and extracting teeth in teenage years does not solve the underlying causes of crooked teeth and incorrect facial development. So what is proven treatment for crooked teeth, improved airway and oral health?

A Myobrace® Treatment is a preventive pre-orthodontic treatment that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of crooked teeth, often without the need for braces. Myobrace® treatment is also used as a way to improve oral health, facial development and aligning the jaws and teeth without extracting any teeth by unlocking natural growth and development and improving airway. 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

You shouldn’t wait until all permanent teeth have come through to begin treatment with braces. This 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) can be seen as early as three years of age before all permanent teeth are present. This means treatment of the causes can begin much earlier than originally thought.

Myobrace® is designed to deal with 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.

How it Works

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. 

Myofunctional therapy exercises 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.

Schedule an evaluation to determine if you or your child is suitable for Myobrace treatment. Call Dr. Liliana Calkinsof Airway & Sleep Group at 571-244-7329.

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