What Myobrace® treatment does:
- Corrects poor oral habits
- Develops & aligns the jaws
- Straightens the teeth
- Optimizes 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
The Myobrace® System consists of four treatment stages:
Stage 1– Habit Correction 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 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 to achieve additional jaw development, which will speed up the treatment process.
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. The appliances must be worn every day and overnight while sleeping. Patient cooperation and motivation are paramount when it comes to achieving optimal results. Depending on the child's individual requirements and compliance, final alignment may involve treatment with braces.
Stage 4 – 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.
For more information on Myobrace® or early orthodontics, contact West Falls Church Dental at 703-641-8717.