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Myobrace – A No-Braces Treatment To Straighten Your Child’s Teeth

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If ensuring your children have straight teeth is important to you, then there’s a way to potentially avoid costly braces when they reach those teenage years.

Myobrace May Straighten Teeth Without Need for Braces

Myobrace is a no-braces orthodontic approach to help straighten your teeth and jaws.  Treatment addresses the poor oral habits that are often the real cause of crooked teeth.

It was established by parent company Myofunctional Research Co. (MRC) that was founded by Dr Chris Farrell in Sydney in 1989.

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What causes crooked teeth?

According to Myobrace, modern research shows mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking are the real causes of incorrect jaw development. These are known as incorrect myofunctional habits.

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.

What else can contribute to jaws developing incorrectly?

  • Open mouth posture
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Thumb sucking and dummies can also contribute to the problem

How does Myobrace treatment work?

Treatment involves using a series of appliances such as mouth guards and in some cases a wire on the inside of teeth. These have the proven dual function of correcting habits that cause poor dental development. It also provides light forces to align the teeth into their natural position.

Children don’t have to wear braces or use complex and uncomfortable dental appliances all day every day. It is also a way to cut through that dental anxiety that so many kids seem to have. They must wear a Myobrace appliance for one to two hours each day and overnight while sleeping, combined with a series of myofunctional exercises. These are known as trainer activities and are just as important as wearing the Myobrace.

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Will my child actually wear a myobrace?

Compliance is the key. If they don’t do the exercises or wear the Myobrace during the day, it won’t stay in overnight and that’s when changes are made. There are ways to encourage your children, including incentives such as screen time or pocket money.

When is the best age to start myobrace treatment?

The earlier the better really, but the optimum time is when your child first begins to get their permanent teeth, so any time from about six years of age. Patients over 15 years of age can also be treated but the problems and habits causing the crooked teeth are often more difficult to change at this stage.

Will it work for me or my child?

The Myobrace System is a bit like a training program and requires daily commitment and persistence to get the best results. If you think you will struggle to get your child to wear the appliances or do the exercises then this isn’t for them.

Therefore, the sooner the training program is implemented the better the growth benefits and the more permanent the result. Children also have to attend monthly appointments to check on their progress and check they are doing the exercises properly.

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How much does Myobrace treatment cost?

If you’re after a cheap fix this isn’t it. The cost varies depending on the age of your child and how long they need the Myobrace. But it can range from $2800 to $3800 per year. Also at the start of the process are consultation fees and possibly X-rays which cost a few hundred dollars. The recommended age to start th eMyobrace treatment is between 6 – 10.

Why would I choose Myobrace over braces?

Unlike traditional orthodontics, the aim of Myobrace treatment is not just to have straight front teeth. It aims to remove the bad influences on the patient’s dental and facial development, this includes an under or overshot jaw.

In children, as a result of improving poor muscular habits patients can experience better facial development and achieve their full genetic potential. Other health benefits of Myobrace treatment methods include improved posture, fewer allergies, and fewer problems with the teeth, mouth and jaw joints.

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Could my child still need braces after using a Myobrace?

The short answer is yes it’s a possibility. But what the Myobrace attempts to do is treat the underlying causes of crooked teeth by correcting poor oral habits. This includes mouth breathing, tongue thrust and incorrect swallowing patterns.

So in simple terms it can be seen as a preventative measure, a way to ensure a child’s jaw is in a good position for their teeth to grow through straight. But you’re best to go in knowing that braces might still be a possibility for your child in the future.

You can find out more details about the Myofunctional Research Co. or by calling 1800 074 032.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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