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Myobrace® in Byford

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“We want your child’s face, mouth and teeth to grow to their full potential”

When you sleep, the muscles and soft tissues in your cheeks, tongue and lips can press against your teeth, causing them to drift out of place. Habitual mouth breathing can also cause facial development problems in a child.

With Myobrace therapy, we can holistically (and without invasive appliances) address the way teeth fit into alignment. Myobrace is especially useful for young children whose facial structures are still developing.

How Does Myobrace Work?

Myobrace looks like an athletic mouthguard and is worn one to two hours during the day and while sleeping for up to 24 months.

The flexible appliance trains the lips, tongue and cheeks to rest in the optimal position instead of pressing against the teeth and jaw abnormally. In doing so, it alleviates the potential movement and improper development of your child’s smile. Lips also “learn” how to achieve a healthier seal around the teeth. Importantly, it encourages proper nasal breathing which is essential to overall good health.

Health-Promoting Benefits of Myobrace

Myobrace works to address muscular patterns and oral habits (such as mouth breathing) to guide teeth and jaws into a proper relationship from the earliest age possible. With a Myobrace and special exercises, we can encourage proper jaw and palate development, reducing the chance of erupting teeth being crowded and crooked. While Myobrace can improve tooth alignment and result in a better-developed face, it can also lead to overall better health.

Understanding the Cause Behind Crooked Teeth

Certain oral habits, swallowing patterns, tongue positions and breathing tendencies are some of the primary reasons why children develop a crooked bite. Many times, teeth shift out of alignment because of the improper pressure placed on them by the tongue, lips or cheeks.

How can you know if your child has a healthy musculoskeletal relationship around their mouth? Look for these four things:

  1. Normal breathing should be silent and through the nose and not the mouth
  2. When at rest (eg. watching TV and reading), the child’s lips should be closed
  3. A child should be able to swallow without excessive facial muscle and head movements
  4. During sleep, they breathe quietly and have their mouth closed

Addresses Negative Effects of Mouth Breathing

A child’s breathing patterns are often linked with jaw anatomy and vice versa. Myobrace can help to establish a healthy breathing pattern with re-training and holistic exercises. This guidance allows children to breathe more efficiently while they sleep and discourages abnormal pressure against orofacial structures as they develop.

Side effects such as frequent colds, upper chest infections. swollen tonsils, coughing, snoring and bed wetting may improve as a result of managing mouth breathing.
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