Functional Jaw Orthopaedics is the art of using Removable or Fixed appliances during the child’s growth phase to address malocclusions which have a skeletal basis. These appliances influence the growth of the developing facial and jaw bones when they have the potential for rapid growth.

Function jaw orthopaedics can correct:

  • Bad bites
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Improper swallowing patterns
  • Deep bites
  • Under bites
  • Narrow jaws and smiles
  • Crowding
  • Spacing
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Tongue Thrusts
  • Teeth grinding
  • Speech difficulties
  • Ear problems
  • Headaches
  • Jaw Joint Problems

All of these issues can be treated before the permanent teeth erupt and can prevent the use of fixed orthodontics, such as braces, in the future.

Early treatment using functional orthopaedics aids in:

  • Non-Extraction Orthodontics
  • Appliances allow teeth to fit comfortably without resorting to extractions later on
  • A broad, attractive smile
  • Creating an attractive profile and proper lip support
  • Proper space for the tongue
  • Less chance of relapse

Myobrace

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.

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:

  • Correct nasal breathing Lips together at rest.
  • Correct tongue position.
  • No lip activity when swallowing.
  • Good facial development
  • No braces, retainers, or extractions (if possible)
  • Straight teeth