According to one estimate, about 45% of children need braces to address functional problems, but up to 75% of kids could benefit from them to improve their facial shape. In many cases, the need for braces is not hereditary. Rather, it stems from poor habits that are learned early in life. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could correct those habits and avoid the need for braces altogether? Myobrace in Glenpool is designed to accomplish just that. Read on below to learn more about this remarkable treatment, and then get in touch with us to schedule an appointment if you believe it could benefit your child.
Myobrace uses special orthodontic appliances to correct the bad habits that contribute to crooked teeth and other problems. For example, if your child’s tongue rests too far forward in their mouth (a condition known as tongue thrust), it could cause their teeth to come in crooked. Poor swallowing habits, persistent mouth breathing, and other improper uses of the oral structures can also contribute to orthodontic problems.
Myobrace appliances are removable. Your child will have to wear theirs for 1 – 2 hours each day and perform some exercises that are designed to correct bad habits and retrain the tongue and other oral structures. The appliance should also be worn at night during sleep.
Myobrace is designed for children as young as 3 years old, and it can benefit children who are up to 15 years old. In some cases, it is even suitable for adults. Generally, it’s best to get started younger so the Myobrace system can prevent as many problems as possible.
Some indications that your child might benefit from Myobrace include:
As a dentist who is trained in orthodontics in Glenpool, Dr. Gregory will be happy to assess your child’s jaw alignment, tongue positioning, teeth positioning, and other factors that might point to a need for Myobrace treatment.
Some of the top benefits of the Myobrace system include:
Myobrace in Glenpool is an excellent treatment that has the potential to set your child up for a lifetime of healthy smiles that are free of myofunctional problems. Before you schedule a consultation, however, you might want to know more about Myobrace and what to expect with it. Below, you will find answers to some commonly asked questions. If you don’t see the information you were specifically looking for, you are welcome to reach out to us directly. We look forward to speaking with you!
The treatment timeline with any type of orthodontics in Glenpool can vary from patient to patient. Myobrace is no exception. One of the biggest factors that go into determining treatment length is compliance. If you child is consistent about wearing their Myobrace appliances and performing their exercises, everything should proceed smoothly and efficiently. Lapses in compliance may extend treatment. Frequent cases of illness may also lengthen the overall treatment timeline. On average, Myobrace takes 2 – 3 years to complete.
Patients generally have to go through four stages of treatment:
After your child completes Myobrace treatment, Dr. Gregory will carefully monitor the position of their teeth. In most cases, after myofunctional problems are corrected, the teeth are likely to stay in their new positions. Your child might also require a retainer that is permanently secured in their mouth.
Myobrace can benefit patients of varying age groups. However, it is generally most effective when it is started at a young age. Many successful cases start between the ages of 5 and 10. If your child is outside of that age range, we still encourage you to bring them in for a consultation. Myobrace might be right for them. If not, we can discuss alternative treatments.
At first, Myobrace appliances may cause some sensitivity and discomfort. However, most patients adapt within a few days if they comply with treatment instructions. No harmful side effects have been reported with Myobrace. The lightweight appliances are made for effective training of the oral structures and pose almost no risk. If you ever run into any problems during Myobrace treatment, be sure to call our practice right away. We will do everything we can to assist you.