Little mouths deserve every opportunity to develop well. Are you noticing your child’s teeth are getting a little crowded?  Or are you concerned about a deep bite they are developing?  There are options available instead of waiting for braces!

Myobrace is a pre-orthodontic treatment that can straighten your child’s teeth sooner and without braces.

It’s a natural approach to straightening teeth while your child is still growing. You can get started as early as 3-15 for kids!

3 out of 4 kids have crowded teeth and incorrectly developing jaws.  This can be evident as early as age 3-5.Traditionally, we have waited until all permanent teeth have erupted to start orthodontics (age 12-14).  Studies have shown that by starting treatment earlier, you can help your child even more!

Crooked teeth and poor jaw development are not only caused by hereditary factors. Mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking, known as incorrect myofunctional habits, are major contributing factors. As well as affecting jaw and facial development, the medical profession recognises that mouth breathing is abnormal and is also one of the main contributors of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) problems. 

Symptoms commonly associated with Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) can include:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea 
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Developmental and behavioural problems

If left untreated, SDB can lead to significant and serious health problems that cause poorer quality of life in adulthood.

 What does Myobrace do?

The Myobrace Myofunctional Orthodontic System delivers airway and habit correction to help resolve orthodontic problems. It treats the underlying causes, aiming to develop the jaws to improve their size and shape, which aids in tooth alignment.

The Myobrace®System consists of 1 or more intraoral appliances that are worn for one to two hours each day plus overnight while sleeping. Treatment starts with habit correction, and a different appliance is made for each of the following age groups:

  • Juniors – Age 3-5
  • Kids – Age 5-10
  • Teens – Age 10 – 15
  • Adults – Age 15+

Myobrace appliances are available for patients with or without fixed braces. They are also useful for snorers, teeth grinders, and sufferers of TMJ disorders.

In addition to using the Myobrace daily for 1-2 hours plus overnight while sleeping, we will also recommend a series of myofunctional exercises called Myobrace Activities. These are performed daily for 2-4 minutes, and are directed at each of the causes of the teeth and jaw development problems. Compliance by the patient to wear their Myobrace and complete the daily activities is key for a positive treatment outcome.

What the Myobrace does:

  • Corrects poor oral habits
  • Develops & aligns the jaws
  • Assists in straightening the teeth
  • Optimises facial development
  • Improves overall health

Myobrace achieves this by:

  • Training the patient to breathe through the nose
  •  Establishing the correct tongue resting position
  • Correcting the swallowing pattern
  • Strengthening the lip muscles and establishing lip closure at rest

How do I know if my child needs Myobrace?

Now we’ve introduced Myobrace into our own practice, this is a question we’re being asked by parents, so we should clear that up too.

The best thing to do is see your regular dentist or hygiene therapist for a comprehensive check. That way you gain a clear understanding of why your child might benefit from treatment.

Before you make that appointment, you can also look out for whether your child is breathing through their mouth, grinding teeth at night while sleeping, and if they have crooked teeth. These are all good indicators your child might benefit from the Myobrace system.

Paradise Road Dental Practice is a certified provider of Myobrace, and we incorporate it as part of our treatment plan where necessary. We are really pleased to to introduce Myobrace into our practice. Apart from always looking for new ways to service our patients, the Myobrace philosophy resonates with our own – preventative oral health care. For us, this is at the heart of how we approach our patient care.

Want to know more? Call 021 686 2200  to book a consultation today.

For more information visit the Myobrace website


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