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MyoBrace® Treatment - Why Myobrace?

Why Myobrace?

Advantages over traditional methods

Limitations of Traditional methods

Health Benefits

What patients are saying

How Myobrace straightens teeth naturally

What Causes Crooked Teeth

About the Myobrace System

The Myobrace treatment process

Proven Results

Who will it work for?

Myobrace for Kids

Myobrace for Teens

Myobrace for Adults™

How to Get Started

Research on the causes of crooked teeth

Self Assessment

Myobrace treatment is simple and effective. It 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 while sleeping, combined with a few simple yet effective exercises each day is all it takes for a real change to occur, and to avoid needing braces in most cases.


Braces are still the most effective way of straightening teeth, however they do not address many of the problems causing the crooked teeth. Most orthodontic problems, particularly crowded teeth and an underdeveloped lower jaw, are caused by habits such as mouth breathing and tongue thrusting. If these habits are not corrected, treatment time and the necessity for retainers will be increased. Once the braces are removed the teeth can crowd up again (known as relapse). Relapse can occur even with the best retainers. It is important to be better informed about the advantages and disadvantages of braces.

You should seek professional advice from your Orthodontist or Dentist to determine whether the Myobrace is the right choice for you.

This 17 minute documentary will allow
you to discover first hand why so many

are choosing Myobrace

Braces Myobrace  
tick tick Straightens teeth
cross tick No braces
cross tick No permanent retainers
cross tick Removable and convenient
cross tick Wear for just 1-2hours a day and while sleeping
cross tick Treats the causes of crooked teeth
cross tick Minimize root and enamel damage to the teeth
cross tick Easy to maintain good oral hygiene
cross tick Improved comfort over braces
cross tick No one knows you're having treatment

Relapse

Although braces are still one of the most effective methods available to straighten teeth, they do not target the underlying problems causing the teeth to be crooked. Often once braces are removed, the teeth will have a tendency to change their positions, or ‘relapse’ back into their previous positions. This problem can be addressed by using retainers, which are often prescribed for life. In some cases, relapse can be severe enough to warrant further treatment. relapse


Root Shortening

Root Shortening Research has now proven that orthodontic movement of teeth with braces and constant force arch wire will cause root shortening (also know as root resorption) in most patients. Orthodontic movement of teeth with braces, combined with constant-force arch wire, causes root shortening (Orthodontically Induced Inflammatory Root Resorption - OIIRR) in nearly every case. This can lead to the loss of up to 4mm or one third of the tooth's root length. In time this may lead to the loss of one or more teeth. The use of intermittent forces and removable appliances has been proven to cause little or no root shortening.

"The patients treated with fixed-appliances had notable OIIRR (root shortening), but the other group [using removable appliances] had none."

pdf document American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics 2009, Volume 136, Number 1

Enamel damage

The surface of a tooth is made up of tooth enamel - a hard, mineral coating that protects the tooth against decay. Enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body.

When braces are fitted they are bonded to the teeth through a chemical process. The enamel on the surface of the tooth is etched to allow for better bonding strength.

When the braces are removed, there is a chance that the enamel on the surface of the tooth that was etched can be permanently damaged.

Health Benefits

One of the most important aspects of Myobrace treatment is correcting bad oral habits, and getting patients to breathe through their nose. As well as improving the alignment of the teeth, breathing through your nose can also lead to improved overall health. Breathing through your mouth does not offer any form of filter for the air entering your throat and lungs; and potentially allows germs and bacteria to enter. Breathing through your nose allows the nose to act as a natural filter for the throat and lungs, filtering out some of the daily germs and bacteria that you are exposed to. This can help to lessen the occurrence of asthma and allergies.

Diet and nutrition can also play a vital role in your dental health. Teaching this from an early age is important. Part of the Myobrace for kids™ treatment program is to educate children on how to have a healthy and balanced diet.


Diet and Nutrition

Most signs of bad health start with the mouth. Today there are lots of kids with tooth decay that don't know why they have it or how to avoid it. It's good to know what tooth decay is so that you can prevent it from happening to you. If tooth decay starts rotting your teeth, this can affect your life in a big way. Could you imagine if your teeth were so rotten that you couldn't eat? Tooth decay makes everyday tasks like talking or eating much harder to do. Tooth decay can be a real pain!


flying vege Take a look at what you eat. It’s good to know how your body uses the food you eat. If you are eating lots of sugar, junk food, fizzy drinks, and sweets all the time, your teeth may slowly be starting to rot away and your body may not be feeling too good because you’re not getting the right fuel. If you give your body the right fuel like fruit, vegetables and whole grains, you will feel great and have strong healthy teeth and jaws. If you don’t get the right fuel that your body needs to grow, your teeth, jaws and face won’t grow properly. The best way to avoid all of this is by eating lots of healthy food and avoiding too much sugar.

Luckily, poor dental health can be improved by a healthy diet. The types of food you put into your body can change the way you feel, what you look like, how much energy you have, your weight and lots more.

nutrition vege patch

Shelly (Mother): "They were at the adolescence age where appearance is quite important and they've had to do it pretty much pain-free and stress-free".

Brooke: "Its not just straightening your teeth, its correcting your habits for the future".

Brooke , High school student , Australia

Anne (Mother): "Her teeth are a lot straighter. She's sleeping better with the breathing techniques".

Caitlin: "Basically you use it overnight and one hour in the day".

Anne (Mother) , Mother of Patient ,

Alana (Mother): "So impressed with the Myobrace system...both my children are using it...straightening their [teeth] without braces or teeth pulled...beautiful :) Thank you Myobrace!"

Alana (Mother) , Mother of Patient ,

Dr. Chris Farrell: "The incorrect oral habits like mouth breathing and incorrect swallowing are limiting the facial development and also crowding the teeth."

Chris Farrell doctor (BDS) , CEO and Founder of Myofunctional Research Co. , Australia

Al (Father) "As a concerned parent, my daughter Alissa had a bad habit of biting her nails starting around 5 years old which resulted in her teeth being crooked. I tried to get her to stop but she would continue to bite her nails when I was not around. Her teeth continued to get worse and even family members were saying she needs braces. When Alissa turned 9 years old, I told her she will need metal braces to straighten her teeth (like her cousin) but she didn’t want them.

Then I found out about the Myobrace system which was an alternative to braces. The program sounded good in theory but I wasn’t sure how effective it would be. I was pleasantly surprised to see noticeable results in just 2 months and with the special exercises, Alissa seems to be breaking her bad habit of biting her nails. It has now been 5 months and we are very happy with the results and how affordable it is with the Myobrace program. The staff are also well trained on how to motivate patients to use the Myobrace.

Al (Father) , Father of Patient , CA, USA

The Myobrace System is a no-braces approach to straightening your teeth and jaws.


Treatment uses myofunctional orthodontic techniques to address the poor oral habits (known as myofunctional habits) that are the real, underlying causes of crooked teeth and uses light, intermittent forces to align the teeth. Myofunctional orthodontic techniques have been practiced by Orthodontists and Dentists around the world for over 50 years.

This is done through the use of a series of removable dental appliances that are worn for just 1-2 hours each day and overnight while sleeping.

Daily use of the Myobrace combined with regular activities (to improve breathing, muscle function and tongue posture) results in straighter teeth and improved function, leading to optimal facial development and a healthier smile.

What Causes Crooked Teeth Did you know, 3 out of 4 children have crowded teeth and incorrectly developing jaws. These problems can be seen from as early as 5 years of age.

Modern research has shown that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are not caused by big teeth in small jaws or hereditary factors. Mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking (known as incorrect myofunctional habits) are the real causes. Allergies, asthma and an open mouth posture also contribute to incorrect jaw development. Growing up, most of us have had one or more of these myofunctional problems, which may have been the cause of incorrect dental and facial development.

Just getting braces, with or without extractions, does not address the underlying causes of crooked teeth. This is why once the braces are removed, the teeth usually crowd up again, unless poor oral habits are corrected. This is why treatment with braces alone commonly results in the need for life-long retainers.

The Causes of Crooked Teeth - Soft Tissue Dysfunction




A normal upper jaw forms because the tongue rests in the area between the upper teeth, where it counteracts the pressure of the cheeks which would otherwise push your teeth inwards and create a narrow jaw with crooked teeth.

If the tongue and lips are not functioning correctly, crowded teeth and underdeveloped jaws are the result. These poor oral habits are known as incorrect myofunctional habits.

If the function and jaw shape are correct, there is usually plenty of room for the teeth.

The Causes of Crooked Teeth - The Growth Potential




A Child’s jaws and face naturally grow downwards and forwards. The jaws are constantly reshaped and influenced by the surrounding muscles of the face. If these muscles are functioning correctly and the tongue is in the correct position, with the mouth closed most of the time, then the growth will achieve full genetic potential.

Reverse swallowing and mouth breathing can restrict the forward growth of the jaws and face. The shadowing on the image (right) shows how much growth potential is lost as a result of these poor myofunctional habits during the growing years. This results in insufficient space for the front and back teeth - including the wisdom teeth. Correction of these myofunctional habits allow the teeth, jaws and face to reach full genetic potential, and the teeth to move into their correct position naturally.

The Causes of Crooked Teeth - Correcting the problems




The Myobrace appliances are designed to correct poor myofunctional habits by re-training the oral muscles. This can also produce considerable improvements in posture.

Unlike traditional orthodontics, the primary goal of Myobrace treatment is to achieve straight teeth for life – without the need for braces or retainers. Treating the causes of crooked teeth also improves overall health.

The following video illustrates how the muscles can affect the development of the teeth and jaws.

Teeth straightening naturally with the Myobrace system The Myobrace System™ is based on over 20 years of experience in correcting orthodontic problems without the need for braces. The Myobrace appliances which make up this system have the proven dual function of correcting the oral habits that cause poor dental development (known as myofunctional habits), while also providing light forces to align the teeth into their natural position. This technique is now used by Orthodontists and Dentists in more than 100 countries throughout the world.

These appliances are designed to be used in-sequence to effectively train the tongue to position correctly in the upper jaw, retrain the oral musculature and exert light forces to align the teeth.

Myobrace 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 that is required in the treatment process. In a small number of cases, fixed braces may be required for a short time to provide optimal alignment.

The Myobrace System differs from other orthodontic forms of treatment as it is not only aimed at straightening the teeth, but is primarily directed at correcting the causes of crooked teeth and underdeveloped jaws. This works best for patients who are still growing, around the ages of six to ten. Effective treatment can be done outside of these ages, but habits become harder to correct in older patients.


The Myobrace treatment goals for best results are:

  • 1. Correct nasal breathing Lips together at rest
  • 2. Correct tongue position
  • 3. No lip activity when swallowing
  • 4. Good facial development
  • 5. No braces, retainers, or extractions (if possible)
  • 6. Straight teeth
M shaped box

The Myobrace System appliances

Teeth straightening naturally with the Myobrace system The Myobrace System straightens the teeth and jaws by teaching the tongue to sit in the correct position, improving swallowing patterns and encouraging you to breathe through your nose normally.

The Myobrace is also designed to put light forces on crooked teeth to straighten them and to create a wider jaw-form. This not only straightens teeth, it also improves facial development. This reduces the need to use braces; and extractions are rarely required.

Appliances from the Myobrace System incorporate features that correct poor myofunctional habits (Lip bumpers, Tongue Tag), allow for controlled arch expansion(Dynamicore), tooth alignment (Tooth Channels) and provide retention.



Arch expansion with removable appliances

Patients who have severely crooked teeth may require additional arch correction to create more room for the tongue to sit correctly in the roof of the mouth. This is done through the use of short-term, removable arch-expansion appliances such as the Bent Wire System™ (BWS™) and Biobloc.

Arch expansion appliances are used to widen the jaws and correct their shape. Appliances like the Biobloc (below, left) are removable and have an expansion screw in the middle. They are very efficient at widening the upper jaw, however, the disadvantage is that they intrude on the space where your tongue is meant to be resting. The BWS™ (below, right) leaves more space for the tongue to rest in the upper arch - allowing for increased arch expansion. In addition, Myolay (composite buildups of the primary molar teeth) may be required to improve jaw alignment.

Teeth straightening naturally with the Myobrace system.

Compliance

compliance The Myobrace appliances must be worn for one to two hours per day and overnight while sleeping.
The Myobrace System is a training process. Just like education and sport, daily commitment and persistence is required to achieve great results. It also depends on the patient's inherent biology to change, so some patients may see rapid results, while others may require more perseverance.

Due to the nature of removable appliances, patient compliance is essential. Patients must understand that the treatment will only progress if daily use is maintained as instructed. If patient motivation is a problem it may be better to use conventional fixed brackets.

The Myobrace System addresses patient compliance and motivation through it's unique educational approach.



Patient Education - Trainer Activities & Myofunctional Exercises

trainer activities The most important aspects of Myobrace Treatment is to motivate and encourage patients to improve their poor oral habits (poor myofunctional habits) that have caused their teeth to be crooked. Here are the three most important steps a patient must follow:

  • 1. Lips together at all times except when speaking.
  • 2. Breathe through the nose - to assist the development of the upper and lower jaws, and to achieve the correct bite.
  • 3. No lip activity when swallowing - to allow the front teeth to develop correctly.

These steps are addressed through educational programs called Trainer Activities (for kids) and Myofunctional Exercises (for adults). These programs consist of a series of activities that re-train the oral muscles and help motivate the patient to improve their overall treatment outcome.


This video link is a sample of the
Trainer Activities (Myobrace for Kids™ educational program)



Treatment time

Treatment time Myobrace treatment time is usually comparable to the time required for treatment with braces, but instead of being fixed to the teeth, Myobrace appliances are removable and require just one to two hours use each day plus overnight while sleeping. Treatment time varies considerably from patient to patient, and so it is important to speak with your practitioner to discuss the time treatment may take.

Generally monthly visits are suggested for the first 6 to 8 months of treatment. Patients will be required to make monthly appointments for the first year of treatment. After this time, it is up to the individual Practitioner to schedule appointment times.

STEP 1 - The first consultation

The first consultation

Your first consultation is where you will be told about the Myobrace treatment process. Your practitioner will also be able to answer any questions you may have about the treatment. Once you understand this process and are ready to proceed, records will be taken to properly assess your needs. These records may include photographs, study moulds and possibly x-rays.

STEP 2 - Discuss your treatment plan

Discuss your treatment plan

On your second consultation your practitioner will discuss the treatment plan they have prepared specifically for you. They will give you an idea of the treatment timeframe, Myobrace appliances required and treatment cost.

STEP 3 - Receive your Myobrace appliance

Receive your Myobrace appliance

On accepting your treatment plan on the second or third consultation, you will be issued with your first Myobrace appliance and will commence your education program with either the Trainer Activities, or Myofunctional Exercises.

STEP 4 - Regular appointments with your Myobrace Provider

Regular appointments with your Myobrace Provider

To achieve the best results it is essential that you wear your Myobrace appliance each day and attend regular check-ups with your provider and ensure that you follow each of the steps outlined for you in your treatment plan.

Proven Results

Patients in over 100 countries throughout the world have discovered the benefits of myofunctional orthodontics using the Myobrace System. Dental research over the past 20 years has proven that the Myobrace appliances by MRC are an effective way to straighten the teeth and jaws. The following cases are examples of using 'The Myobrace System' as described in this website. The cases are for informational purposes only. Individual results vary and parents or patients should consult their practitioner for their expected results.

occlusion

Crowding

proven results - crowding case 02

This 11 year old boy had extremely crowded teeth in the upper and lower jaws. The advice would be to have braces and possibly the extraction of teeth. After just 18-months treatment using Myobrace treatment, the patient has avoided the need for braces and even extractions. Correcting the poor oral habits that caused his crooked teeth also assists in improving overall jaw and facial development. No braces or extractions were required at this point.

Openbite with Spacing

proven results - spacing case 01

As you can see this 7 year old girl had severe spacing and an extreme openbite. Her parents obviously had concerns and did not want to wait for treatment. The 'After' shot (above, right) shows the patient at age 10. This result was achieved before the patient was at an age when traditional orthodontic treatment with braces and/or extractions is generally suggested. Treatment was completed with the TRAINER/Myobrace system only.

Overbite

proven results - overbite case 01

The parents of this 9 year old girl had concerns about their daughter's crooked teeth. They noticed in particular that her teeth were rotating and the upper and lower teeth (the bite) did not align. They thought she would need to wait until at least 12-years of age to be properly treated with traditional methods. After hearing about the Myobrace 'no braces approach' to straightening teeth they booked in for a consultation. These are the results after just 7-months of treatment. Braces are now not needed and jaw alignment is correcting naturally.

Crossbite

proven results - crossbite case 01

This 12 year old male patient had a severe crossbite at the start of treatment. The boy found it difficult to chew certain foods and was concerned about needing braces when he was older. Through using Myobrace appliances over the past 3 years the patient has avoided the need for braces and even extractions. The permanent teeth are moving naturally into the correct bite.

Deepbite

proven results - overbite case 02

This patient had underdeveloped upper and lower jaws with a deepbite. A deepbite is quite common and is often left untreated. At age 13 this boy and his parents had concerns about the severity of his deepbite and decided treatment was necessary. Within 5-months it has been almost completely corrected with a wider upper jaw and better aligned front teeth. Facial development was also improved.

Extreme Underbite (Class III)

proven results - underbite case 01

The extreme underbite that this patient presented was evident at a very early age. By the time their child was seven the parents realised that something needed to be done. The professional advice given to them was that surgery would be her only option when she was older. After doing some research the parents found out about Myobrace treatment and decided to commence early orthodontic treatment right away. The results after 3 years have not only proven to help straighten her teeth, but also assisted in re-aligning the jaws. In this case surgery has been avoided with Myobrace treatment.

Crowding

proven results - crowding case01 Caitlin 2012

The parents of this 8 year old girl noticed her teeth were severely crooked from about 3-4years of age. After visiting their local dentist they were told that by age 12 or 13 she would need braces and possibly extractions. After finding out about the Myobrace option they decided to give it a try. No braces or extractions were required. The results show how effective Myobrace treatment can be however, individual results vary and are dependant on excellent compliance and the ability for the child to correct their poor oral habits (myofunctional habits).

The Myobrace System is suitable for a wide variety of orthodontic concerns, with a range of solutions available for most patients. It is designed to work most effectively for patients from five to fifteen years of age, and is most effective in early childhood while the child is still developing. The optimal patient age group is six to ten years of age.

Who will it work for?

Myobrace for Kids 3 out of every 4 children have crowded teeth and incorrectly developing jaws. These problems are evident from as early as 4 years of age.

The optimal treatment age using the Myobrace System is from six to ten years of age, when the child is still developing. Treatment works best when combined with arch development and Myolay if necessary.

Modern research has shown that mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking (also known as incorrect myofunctional habits ) are the real causes of incorrect jaw development, crowded teeth and other orthodontic problems.

Treating and correcting these poor myofunctional habits is highly important as research shows the position of the teeth is determined by the lips and tongue.

Quite often Dentists or Orthodontists do not recommend any treatment before the age of 13; rather advising patients and parents to wait until all permanent teeth are present, and to then treat with braces and extractions. But braces and extractions do not address the real causes of crooked teeth and quite often once they are removed, the teeth crowd up again.

Myobrace for Kids™ targets the underlying causes of crooked teeth as soon as the problems are evident, while the child's biological adaptability is at their peak. Improving these poor myofunctional habits at an early age allows for the child to have good dental alignment and improved jaw growth.

Myobrace for Teens Once the permanent teeth are present in the teenage years, the Myobrace System becomes less effective than if treatment was started during childhood. Treatment with the Myobrace System can still work at this age when combined with arch expansion. The longer you've had poor myofunctional habits, the more difficult they are to correct. Old habits die hard, and so the sooner treatment is started the better the results may be. Additional alignment with braces may be required.

The Myobrace for Teens™ is a no-braces alternative to straightening teeth. Treatment involves using a series of removable orthodontic appliances combined with daily exercises to train the oral muscles and produce straighter teeth and a healthier smile.

The underlying causes of crooked teeth are poor muscle function. Mouth breathing, swallowing incorrectly, and overactive facial muscles can all contribute to teeth becoming crooked. Once these habits are improved, much less force is required to straighten teeth.

Myobrace treatment is simple. It 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 while sleeping, combined with a few simple yet effective exercises each day is all it takes for a real change to occur.

Myobrace for Adults Many adults would like straighter teeth and an improved smile, but are worried that some of the more traditional orthodontic solutions are not suitable for them, whether for social or professional reasons, or due to personal preference. Many may even have had braces, but their teeth have crowded up again.

Research shows that after about 15 years of age, when all permanent teeth are present and the jaws have stopped growing, the bone around the teeth is harder. Dental work on older patients’ teeth can make them more prone to damage from orthodontic appliances. In traditional adult orthodontic treatment, all of these factors can contribute to less stable results and likely long term or permanent retainers being required if poor oral habits have not been corrected.

The MYOBRACE for Adults™ works to align the teeth and correct the poor oral habits (also known as myofunctional habits ) that are the real causes of crooked teeth and poor jaw growth. This process can straighten teeth without the need for complex retainers or braces.

If you suffer from a clicking jaw, frequent head or neck pain, or grind your teeth, then you may have a TMJ (jaw joint) problem. Some Myobrace Providers can also offer patients treatment for these problems. Learn more about TMJ disorder by clicking on the arrows below or above and visiting the 'more info' section.


TMJ Treatment Information

TMJ composite Headaches, facial and neck pain, and many other symptoms can be caused by TMJ (jaw joint) Disorder. These symptoms may only have started recently, or could potentially have caused discomfort for many years.

The symptoms of TMJ disorder can differ from patient to patient, making diagnosis troublesome.


WHAT IS TMJ DISORDER

TMJ Girl Many people suffer from TMJ Disorder for years without a correct diagnosis. The disorder is often not well understood by Doctors, Dentists and other health professionals.

The Temporo-Mandibular Joints (TMJs) are the jaw joints connecting the lower jaw (mandible) to the head at the temple region. Each time you chew, talk and swallow the TM Joints move and function. They are the most frequently used joints in the body.

You can locate your TM joints by pressing your fingertips immediately in front of your ear on each side of the area just in front of the ear canal. If you have TMJ disorder this may be painful and some clicking in the joint is often present.

TMJ Disorder has a wide variety of symptoms which affect the head, ears, eyes and neck.


COULD YOU BE SUFFERING FROM TMJ DISORDER?

Pain and discomfort in the head, jaw and neck are very common symptoms of TMJ Disorder. These symptoms may be resolved with very simple solutions, but often treatment can seem very complex and frustrating for both patient and Doctor. Understanding that the ‘bite’ could be the problem can be a foreign concept to many people. This field of craniomandibular dentistry has however been around for nearly a century.

TMJ SYMPTOMS

Do you have a history of these symptoms?

Try to recall when the symptoms first started, and what triggers these problem now.


Headaches

  • Front of head
  • Migraines
  • Facial pain
  • Sinus pain
  • Back of head

Neck symptoms

  • Neck pain
  • Lack of mobility (reduced neck rotations)
  • Neck stiffness
  • Shoulder aches
  • Tingling or numbness in arms and fingers

Throat Symptoms

  • Throat soreness
  • Tongue pain (on one side)
  • Difficulty swallowing

Jaw Symptoms

  • Clicking or popping jaw joints (TMJs - either right or left side)
  • Jaw locking (open or closed)
  • Grating sounds
  • Pain in either TMJ (right or left side)
  • Jaw deviates to one side on opening
  • Limited jaw opening

Ear symptoms

  • Ear pain (right or left side)
  • Clogged, itchy ears
  • Balance problems
  • Hissing buzzing or roaring sounds in the ears (Tinnitus)

Other Symptoms

  • Eye pain
  • Back pain
  • Trouble with balance
  • Numbness

THE TMJ APPLIANCE™ - IMMEDIATE DIAGNOSIS OF TMJ DISORDER

TMJ appliance Select Myobrace Providers can also evaluate TMJ Disorder. Regular Myobrace treatment may need to take into consideration the alleviation of TMJ Disorder symptoms.

The TMJ Appliance™ is useful for initial diagnosis and initial treatment. Orthodontic treatment may exacerbate TMJ Disorder symptoms and if this occurs, treatment may need to be adapted or suspended.

If muscle pain decreases when using the TMJ Appliance™ and the other symptoms all decrease after approximately 30 days, then the diagnosis of TMJ Disorder is confirmed. If there is severe damage to the disc (TMJ capsule) with clicking present, the TMD Appliance™ may need to be used in addition to the TMJ Appliance™.

The goal of the treatment over the next 30 days is to evaluate any change in symptoms. It is important that you keep a daily record of your symptoms (keep a diary of any related pain you experience). Other factors need to be considered for further treatment, but for now this is purely a diagnostic procedure.

  • Do your research

    Browse this website to gain an understanding of 'How Myobrace works' and the causes of crooked teeth. Having this knowledge will allow you make an informed decision about whether this treatment is right for you.

  • Have records taken

    To properly evaluate each patient, study models, photographs, and possibly x-rays of the teeth, face and posture must be taken. This will give your Myobrace Practitioner greater insight into your particular needs, and to develop a treatment plan specifically catered for you.

  • Discuss your treatment plan

    At this stage your Myobrace Provider will present you with the treatment plan. It is at this point that treatment can begin.

There has been extensive research on the causes of crooked teeth, the benefits of early interceptive treatment, the positive effects of correcting muscle function and the effectiveness of Myofunctional Orthodontic treatment methods using Myobrace appliances by Myofunctional Research Co. (MRC). Research has proven that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are not caused by big teeth in small jaws or other hereditary factors. Mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking (known as incorrect myofunctional habits) are the real causes.

Many of these articles refer to the Pre-Orthodontic Trainer (POT™), Trainer for Kids™ (T4K™), Trainer for Alignment™ (T4A™), and other appliances in the Trainer System™. All of these appliances were designed by MRC, (the creator of the Myobrace), and are now categorised as Myobrace appliances.

Some of the key published research regarding Myofunctional Orthodontics and treatment methods used by Myobrace are listed below:

3 out of 4 children have a malocclusion

These articles studied samples of Italian secondary school students and Columbian children and adolescents, and found that greater than 75% of these sample populations displayed some form of malocclusion (orthodontic concern).

pdf document European Journal of Orthodontics 27, (2005), p601-606
pdf document European Journal of Orthodontics 23, (2001), p 153-167

The merit of early orthodontic treatment

These articles feature clinical studies involving children, and show that early and interceptive treatment using MRC's appliances is beneficial. Early treatment while the patient is still developing can assist in improving the habits that cause the crooked teeth, improve facial development, and lessen the need for more intensive orthodontic treatment when the patient is older.

pdf document American Journal of Orthodontics Dentofacial Orthopedics. 2008 Feb;133(2)
pdf document Mondo Ortodontico_February 2002
pdf document Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, Volume 31, No 4, 2007
pdf document Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, Volume 32, No 4, 2008

Treating the causes of crooked teeth using appliances developed by MRC (creators of Myobrace)

These articles list the lip muscles, mouth breathing and childhood habits (thumb or finger sucking and pacifier use) as influential to the development of the jaws and arches in growing children. The use of MRC's appliances was shown to improve muscle function (Uysal, Yagci, Kara and Okkesim), and assist in the improvement of tooth crowding and jaw alignment (Kanao, Mashiko and Kanao).

pdf document Japanese Journal of Clinical Dentistry for Children, Volume 14, No4, April 2009
pdf document European Journal of Orthodontics,_January 2011
pdf document Angle Orthodontist, Volume 74, No 5, 2004

The limitations of Orthodontics

These articles outline a few of the common misconceptions surrounding traditional orthodontics.

pdf document Australasian Dentist, July / August 2008, p50-51
pdf document Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 1988 May

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