What is Myobrace?
The Myobrace®System is preventive pre-orthodontic treatment that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of crooked teeth, without the need for extraction of teeth, unlocking natural growth and development.
Treatment is best suited to children aged 5 to 8 and involves using a series of removable intra-oral appliances that are worn for 1-2 hours each day plus overnight while sleeping. Treatment can be started as early as three years of age.
What Myobrace® treatment does:
- Corrects poor oral habits such as mouth breathing, thumb sucking etc
- Develops & aligns the jaws
- Optimises facial development
How does it do this? By helping your child:
- Breathe through the nose
- Correct tongue resting position
- Swallow correctly
- Keep the lips together
Pre-orthodontic treatment can be in a patient’s best interests if their problem is one that could become more serious over time if left untreated (e.g. crossbite, increased overjet, open bite, habits).
Our aim during this stage is to:
- Eliminate the cause of the problem - such as poor habits
- Guide the growth of facial and jaw bones while child’s body is growing and change can be achieved easily
- Provide adequate space for incoming permanent teeth - prevent crowding
Regardless of which appliance is chosen and how treatment goals are reached, the bottom line is that some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they are found and treated early. Keeping in mind that 75%of child’s facial growth is complete by age 7 and 90% is complete by age 11 - you don't want to miss this window of opportunity.
Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in and facial growth is nearly complete (at age 11), makes correction of some problems more difficult and treatment unnecessarily long.
Booking in for a consultation with a Dr. Maja Kekus is the first step in getting started and is important for both parent and patient to understand the treatment process. Upon first consultation, she will explain the treatment process in depth and move to record taking if the parent wants to progress. In order to properly evaluate the child, Dr Maja will require study models, photographs, x-rays and possibly videos of the teeth, face and posture.
With models of the teeth, photos, and x-rays to determine the stage of tooth eruption and jaw development, and after reviewing and evaluating the records she will prepare a detailed treatment plan. This information along with treatment options and possible difficulties can be presented at the next consultation. Once the treatment plan has been presented and clearly understood, treatment can commence. It is at this stage that the patient will be presented with their first Myobrace® appliance and it is recommended that the patient returns for regular check ups.