Myobrace

Myobrace® Can Give Your Children A Healthy Start To Their Smiles!

Early intervention in children’s bad oral habits can save them from future braces and extractions and prevent many other health problems. Children treated earlier will have more cranial growth period to promote better jaw and facial development.

We are able to detect sinister underlying causes that parents may not be not aware of until damages has already occurred. Such detections are priceless when talking about your child's health and happiness.



Research has shown, that most crowded and crocked teeth are due to incorrect myofunctional habits such as mouth breathing, Finger sucking, prolonged use of dummies, tongue thrusting etc. These “habits” create an imbalance of the facial muscles and the tongue position and thus impair the full potential growth of the jaws. Myobrace Therapy can correct these underlying causes of improper jaw and facial development.

A great number of pre-teens are opting for the Myobrace treatment, with the aim of minimising, if not preventing, future need for conventional orthodontic intervention.

If you notice early crowding of your child’s teeth, thumb sucking, snoring or poor sleeping pattern, Myobrace Therapy could be the answer. Call us for an appointment and discuss your child’s problem and options with our dentist. We Can Help You!!

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MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY: IT'S ALL IN THE TONGUE

The tongue's position when swallowing can be an important indication of a person's health, and it can impact the way they look and speak. Luckily, an abnormal tongue position can be corrected with myofunctional therapy, a specialized training process that ensures future good health and pleasing smile.

This form of therapy is a method of exercising the mouth and facial muscles to correct deviated swallowing, often referred to as "tongue thrust" gradually allowing the patient to swallow correctly as time goes on.

The condition can be found in adults, children with special needs and speech disorders, as well as people with misaligned teeth. Myofunctional therapy is customized for the individual based on age.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
In orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD), according to the American Speech Language Hearing Association, the tongue protrudes amid swallowing, speaking and while resting. This tongue thrusting can affect the form and function of the mouth. Although normal in infants, the tongue's protruding position should recede as a child develops. Tongue thrust can leads to other problems such as:
  • Misaligned teeth & Crowding
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Teeth-grinding
  • Facial pain
  • Speech problems
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stomach aches
Often a child may exhibit one or more of these symptoms and will need to seek care to correct the swallowing disorder before speech and tooth problems can be corrected.

Effects Of Tongue Thrust

Keep in mind improper tongue placement when swallowing can contribute to malocclusions like an overbite, overjet and underbite. For this reason, people with an abnormal tongue position are also prone to tooth decay and gum disease due to a decrease in the self-cleansing components of normal tongue activity and saliva flow.

Another concern is digestive problems. Improper swallowing can affect dietary choices and cause gastrointestinal issues thereby affecting general health.

The muscles of the face and mouth are designed to work together in a collaborative effort. By recognizing an orofacial myofunctional disorder early, you can help a child or adult overcome the hurdles that prevent them from using their mouths properly.

Myofunctional therapy may help in the treatment of Sleep Apnea for both children and adults, too. In fact, recent studies reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have shown this therapy helps to decrease sleep apnea by roughly 50 and 60 percent in adults and kids, respectively. In adults, data showed increases in oxygen saturation with decreases in sleeplessness and snoring.


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Myofunctional Appliances

The Myobrace® appliance range is an advanced myofunctional orthodontic system, intelligently structured for a clearer approach to appliance selection. The appliances incorporate cutting-edge design characteristics taking orthodontic treatment to a whole new level.

The Myobrace System™ uses different classifications to separate each appliance group. These groups are: Myobrace for Juniors™, Myobrace for Kids™, Myobrace for Teens™ and Myobrace for Adults™; representing the primary, early-mixed, late-mixed and permanent dentition stages respectively.

In addition to these main appliance groups there is a specialty group - Myobrace Interceptive Class III™ which offers treatment solutions for more specific cases displaying class III malocclusion. There is also the Myobrace for Arch Development™ which provides treatment solutions for cases which require increased arch development. One of the key principles of myofunctional orthodontics is to ensure that the patient’s tongue is positioned correctly in their maxilla.

The Trainer and the Myobrace Systems™ will take paediatric orthodontic care into the future and will be the first preference for parents who are concerned about the growth and development of their children.

The Myobrace System™

The Myobrace appliances which make up the Myobrace 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. 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.

They are available for children, teenagers and adults. 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 appliances must be worn daily for at least 1 to 2 hours during the day and overnight while sleeping. They help encourage normal resting postures of the muscles of the mouth.

It is also important to assist the use of the appliances by doing certain tongue, mouth and breathing activities called myofunctional exercises. These exercises should be performed daily along with the wearing your appliance.

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 and attend regular check-ups with your provider and ensure that you follow each of the steps outlined for you in your treatment plan.


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Common Causes of Abnormal Muscle Balance & Improper Development

Mouth Breathing
Obstructed nasal breathing has been one of the most common causes of improper facial and dental development. Mouth breathing results in an open mouth posture. The lower jaw is dropped lower and the tongue is pulled away from its proper resting spot, which is the front part of the roof of the mouth.

Thumb and Finger Sucking
Thumb or finger sucking lowers tongue posture and generates constricting forces on jaws from the cheeks during sucking. The thumb places pressure on the roof of the mouth which pushes up the palate, and also forces which tip the teeth. The open mouth posture changes the direction of growth of the lower jaw.

Bottle Feeding and Pacifier
Breastfeeding promotes tongue to palate contact and requires “suckling” that stimulates the jaw muscle activity that promote forward growth of the jaws.

Bottle feeding and pacifiers cause a lowered tongue position and use “sucking” which requires less effort and does not stimulate the same growth. They however cause improper tongue positioning and result in forces of the lips and cheeks to constrict the jaws leading to maldevelopment of the jaws.

Tongue Thrusts or Reverse Swallow
Tongue thrusting is the habit of placing the tongue in the wrong position during swallowing, either too far forward or to the sides. The constant pressure of the tongue on the teeth causes the teeth and jaws to misalign. As a result children are unable to achieve their genetic potentials as optimally as can be. 

Tongue Ties
A tongue tie is an anomaly which presents as a short, thick piece of skin (known as the lingual frenum) that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. It decreases mobility of the tip of the tongue. It occurs in 5% of people and is a factor in breastfeeding problems and inability of a baby to attach.

SmileBay Kids - Clinic Visits Now Available!!

SmileBay Dental Surgery is the only certified Myobrace® provider in Malaysia.

As Myobrace® member, we bring to you a new concept in children orthodontic; straightening teeth the natural way without braces or extractions. Early Diagnosis is very important; our emphasis is on early intervention and preventive methods.

At SmileBay Kids Centre, we provide parents and children with fun and interactive activities such as role playing , colouring , hands on demonstration while also teaching them the importance of proper dental care.

We provide consultation and a Myobrace Clinic Tour.

Schools and parents who would like to make a learning trip to our SmileBay - Kids clinic, kindly contact 604-6402673 or email yinyin@smilebaydental.com


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Proven Results

Questions & Answers

Is the Myobrace® treatment painful?
No. Initially, there may be a small amount of sensitivity, however after these first few days of treatment, this sensitivity should cease.
What is the best age to start the Myobrace® treatment?
The optimum time to begin treatment is when the first permanent teeth appear; which is around 5 to 10 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 the crooked teeth are often more difficult to change at this stage.
How often does a child need to wear the Myobrace®?
The appliances must be worn daily for at least 1 to 2 hours during the day and throughout the night while sleeping. Along with wearing the appliance you may be asked to perform a few simple activities that re-train the oral muscles to improve their overall treatment outcome. Any extra effort gives extraordinary results.
What happens when a child refuses to wear the Myobrace®?
The key to Myobrace® success is your child's compliance. This is not an alternative form of orthodontics.

It is a treatment for the soft tissue affected by malocclusion and poor facial growth. If the child stops Myobrace® treatment, progress will stop from that point and some relapse will occur.
What if the Myobrace® falls out during the night?
During initial treatment, the Myobrace® WILL fall out at night especially for those with more severe mouth breathing and tongue thrusting problem. Increase daytime use if night use is a problem.
How often should Myobrace® be cleaned?
Clean in running warm water each time the Myobrace® is used. A toothbrush and toothpaste can be used if desired.
Will it work for my child?
Treatment is a training process for your child and daily commitment and persistence is required; therefore sometimes the results are rapid and other times it may take more perseverance. The sooner the training program begins the better the growth benefits with more permanent result.
How will I know if my child myofunctional habits are changing?
The most important part of the myofunctional correction is that the lips are closed at rest. So when the child is sitting down and not talking, the lips should be together. When the child swallows there should be no perioral activity such as mentalis contraction etc.
Once treatment is finished, will there be any relapse?
Patient progress are regularly review and to ensure the muscle improvements are progressing, stably and that the changes in the alignment of the teeth and jaws are being supported by the surrounding muscle structures. Generally, once the myofunctional problems are corrected, the teeth are stable and will stay in their position.

However, if there are any unfavourable movement, the child could just resume Myobrace® treatment for an extended period. You can also discuss your concerns with us.
Are there any signs or reasons why this treatment would not be suitable?
There are a few. The Myobrace System requires daily use over an extended period of time. Non-compliant patients will not achieve a satisfactory result.  Age is a significant factor - the older the patient is the more difficult it is to change habits and move the teeth.

Patients with extremely crooked teeth and jaw discrepancies which stop the child from physically holding the Myobrace appliance in their mouth can limit treatment possibilities. Complete nasal obstruction can also make Myobrace treatment difficult.  There may be other limiting factors and so it is best to speak with us if you have any concerns.

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