The Myobrace® is a relatively new device for helping children improve the alignment of their jaw and tongue. The idea behind the Myobrace is early intervention (from the age of about 5 or 6) to reduce or eliminate the issues that lead to misalignment of teeth later in life. The process involves helping the child to develop jaw muscles, correct jaw and tongue position, improve breathing (through the nose and not the mouth) and even how to swallow correctly. Many of these issues may seem minor in a young child, but are all influencing the way in which the jaw and teeth develop. The breakthrough came when researchers found that correcting these issues during the child's development was the best way to improve the alignment of the teeth and jaws by allowing optimal growth to occur. In many cases the child's jaws will develop so well that they may not need braces at all (saving thousands of dollars in the process).
For us at The Dental Lounge @ Robina, Myobrace is such an obviously good idea, we had to include it as one of our services. We have completed training from Myobrace Australia and have already had several success stories. Here is one example of a young patient of ours who benefited significantly from the Myobrace. The issues they were having with jaw alignment were starting to affect their school and social life, not only are they now going to have much better teeth later in life, but their confidence at school has improved as well.
No doubt you are wondering if Myobrace could benefit your child? This depends on whether your child is showing any signs that they have issues with their jaw, teeth or breathing. Are they mouth breathing often, grinding teeth during sleep, is their jaw or teeth starting to become poorly aligned already? It is also important to remember that successful Myobrace treatment involves a high degree of compliance from both child and parent.
If you suspect any of these issues are affecting your child, give us a call or drop in, we will be happy to discuss your specific situation and help you make the best decision.
Recently we produced a series of videos discussing everything dental. The video below Dr Kate and her team discuss Fastbraces, Invisalign and also the theory behind Myobrace in more details and how it works.