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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.
Breathe Institute Diagram


What is the ideal age to begin treatment?

A typical Myobrace treatment will take place sometime between the ages of 5-10. While it is useful for some teenagers, the Myobrace system is most effective during periods where oral skeletal growth is taking place. Some children can benefit from treatment as young as age 3.

What does the process involve?

After a consultation, we will start special exercises. Reviews are usually once a week initially. We will continue to evaluate their progress as required and fit your child with a Myobrace when ready. Down the track, we may use other appliances to help expand the jaw, making more room for the tongue and teeth. This may involve a “plate” or a “bent wire system” to fine-tune the position of teeth as several months pass by.

Some of our patients will also need to undergo a breathing retraining program and learn special exercises to help their facial muscles and natural habits improve in a holistic manner.

The overall experience lasts approximately 24 months, with a care review appointment at the end to discuss any plans.

What are some signs that Myobrace may be useful?

Mouth breathing: This habit causes irregular lips, tongue and muscle pressure that alters normal arch development of the teeth and jaws.

Open mouth at rest: This anomaly may be due to tongue habits or jaw development. Your child will need to tighten their lip muscles so that they are closed when resting.

Overactive lips and cheeks when swallowing: Unless your child is eating or drinking, their subconscious swallows should only use light lip muscle force.

Upper teeth naturally sit over the lower lip: An unhealthy lip to teeth position can cause upper teeth to start to jet outwards.

If my child wears a Myobrace will they be able to avoid braces down the road?

Possibly; it’s important to note that wearing a Myobrace won’t automatically mean that your child won’t need braces at a later date. Every mouth is different. Some children will require braces at some point while others won’t.

What is the aim of Myobrace treatment?

Our aim is to address the main cause of crooked teeth due to improper jaw development. We set out with the purpose of optimising the health of your child so their face can grow optimally to their maximum genetic potential.

What Myobrace® treatment does:

Mouth breather illustration

  • Corrects poor oral habits
  • Develops and aligns the jaws
  • Make teeth straighter in most cases
  • Optimises the development of the face
  • Improves overall health
  • Promotes healthy eating habits

How does it do this?

By helping the child to:

  • Breath through their nose
  • Correct tongue resting position
  • Lips together while at rest
  • Swallow correctly

Addresses Negative Effects of Mouth Breathing

The nose is designed to prepare air for delivery to your lungs. They act as a humidifier, warming and moistening the air. They also remove debris and act as a first-line of defence against germs entering your body. An important gas called nitric oxide (NO) is produced in your sinuses. This very important gas help the delivery of oxygen around the body efficiently. It also has other beneficial roles deep within your body’s cells such as platelet function, immunity and the nervous system.

Mouth breathing unfortunately does not produce nitric oxide. It neither provides any air-warming and humidifying properties of nasal breathing.

Myobrace can help establish a healthy breathing pattern with re-training and holistic exercises. This guidance allows children to breathe more efficiently while they are awake as well as while sleeping. Side effects such as frequent colds, coughing and snoring may all improve as a result of managing mouth breathing.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you have concerns about your child’s crowded teeth, mouth breathing or short jaw, contact us to request an exam. We’ll let you know if your child is an ideal candidate for the Myobrace system.

As myofunctional orthodontic treatment differs from traditional methods, patients/parents are encouraged to seek a second opinion of alternative treatments.

Marri Gum Family Dental | Byford Myobrace® | (08) 9525 0888