ORAL HABIT CORRECTION (MYOBRACES)
Orthodontics for Children & Teens
American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children to receive their first orthodontic evaluation by age seven. If a child shows signs of moderate or severe orthodontic problems and waiting is not recommended, early interceptive treatment is recommended at a young age. Early consultation helps identify urgent dental concerns that may worsen and be more difficult to correct later (and sometimes become uncorrectable), if left untreated.
Between the ages of eleven and seventeen, all baby teeth should have already fallen out. During adolescence, the jaw goes through rapid growth and it is advantageous to start treatment as the patient’s jaw growth can be utilized and even modified for improved results.
Oral Habit Correction (MyoBrace®)
The MyoBrace® involves “myofunctional” orthodontic techniques to address the underlying causes of crooked teeth, which are from either poor oral habits or poor myofunctional habits. This system aims to address these underlying causes by assisting children to breathe through their nose, keep their lip fully together, and placing their tongue in the optimal position.
This will allow the jaw to grow to their proper and full size, which will then create adequate space for all teeth. The MyoBrace® system consists of multiple removable intra-oral appliances series, which can cater to children aged 3 to 15.
At M Dental Group, MyoBrace® treatment is used mainly for correcting poor oral habits such as thumb sucking, mouth breathing, incorrect swallowing, open lips, or unfavorable tongue resting position.
By focusing on correcting poor oral habits (incorrect myofunctional habits) that contribute to crooked teeth and poor jaw growth, MyoBrace® treatment encourages jaws to grow properly to its full size. This also allows the teeth to erupt straighter, which will then reduce the need for orthodontic treatment in the future.