Straighten your teeth without braces
Myobrace is a no-braces orthodontic approach to help straighten your teeth and jaws. The treatment addresses the poor oral habits that are the real causes of 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. Allergies, asthma and an open mouth posture can also contribute towards the jaws developing incorrectly. Bottle feeding, thumb sucking, and dummies during the early stages of a child’s life can also contribute to the problem.
Myobrace treatment involves using a series of appliances which 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. This technique is now used by practitioners in more than 100 countries worldwide. Treatment does not involve wearing braces or using complex and uncomfortable dental appliances 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wearing a Myobrace appliance for one to two hours each day and overnight while sleeping, combined with a series of ‘myofunctional exercises’ (also known as the Trainer Activities) each day is all it takes for a real change to occur.
Myobrace treatment time is usually comparable to the time required for treatment with braces. However, instead of being fixed to the teeth, Myobrace appliances are removable and require just one to two hours of use each day as well as overnight while sleeping.
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. Old habits die hard, so the sooner the training program is implemented the better the growth benefits and the more permanent the result.
The optimum time to begin treatment is when the patient is still growing and the first permanent teeth appear (at around six to ten years of age). If poor myofunctional habits are discovered at an earlier age, it is best to start treatment immediately. Patients over 15 years of age can also be treated but the problems and habits causing crooked teeth are often more difficult to change at this stage.
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