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For years, putting braces on teens after their permanent teeth erupt has been the go-to solution for straightening teeth. In addition, many of these patients may undergo tooth extractions to make room in their mouths. But research and advancements in dentistry have proven that you don’t have to get braces to have straighter teeth. MyoBrace is a proven system that addresses the cause of crooked teeth, not just tooth realignment. Find out on our newest blog today how Nashville’s MyoBrace provider can straighten teeth without braces in children between the ages of 3 and 15.
Why are my teeth crooked?
Crooked teeth occur due to an underlying orofacial myofunctional disorder, such as mouth breathing, improper tongue positioning, incorrect swallow, and open mouth posture. The chances are that anyone that has gotten braces or is a candidate for orthodontic treatment has one of these conditions. While braces are effective at straightening teeth, they do nothing for these underlying conditions. That’s why nearly 90% of cases experience orthodontic relapse, which is when the teeth resume their previous alignment sometime after the braces are removed. The risk of orthodontic relapse increases if you do not wear your retainer for the rest of your life.
How MyoBrace is different
The MyoBrace system is a preventive pre-orthodontic treatment that addresses orofacial myofunctional disorders.
- Corrects oral posture – Proper oral posture means that the tongue rests against the roof of the mouth, and the teeth and lips remain closed while breathing nasally. In children that mouth breathe, their mouth gapes open, and the tongue rests low in the mouth. This dries out the mouth, increases the chance of getting cavities and gum disease, and means that the body isn’t getting enough air. As a result, the lower jaw remains recessed, the upper teeth often jet out or hang too far over the bottom teeth, and the upper palate is narrow.
- Stimulates jawbone and palatal growth and development – Jawbone growth and palatal expansion are necessary to achieve straight teeth for life. By taking a preventive approach, the MyoBrace system encourages this growth, which allows the adult teeth to erupt straighter.
- Encourages healthy eating – Many individuals with picky eating habits also have an orofacial myofunctional disorder. A reverse swallow or improper swallowing patterns could make eating and swallowing certain foods difficult or invoke a gagging reflex. For this reason, a child could be labeled as a “picky eater.” MyoBrace improves swallow patterns and tongue positioning, which encourages healthy eating.
- Straightens teeth – As the jawbone and orofacial bones reach optimum growth, teeth can emerge straighter, eliminating or reducing the need for orthodontic treatment later in life.
How is MyoBrace worn?
The MyoBrace appliance is removable and should be worn for at least one hour a day and while sleeping. There are specific activities consisting of tongue, swallowing, lip, breathing, and cheek exercises that further promote healthy myofunctional habits like nasal breathing, proper swallowing, and oral posture.
Pre-orthodontics could help your child live a healthier life with a more favorable profile and better oral health. Consider getting a second opinion with a MyoBrace dentist near you if your child has been recommended for braces.
MyoBrace Providers in Nashville
Devine Dentistry is a MyoBrace provider near you in Nashville. If your child exhibits signs of an orofacial myofunctional disorder such as mouth breathing, open mouth posture, or improper swallowing patterns, consider scheduling an appointment by calling (615) 269-4209. If you’re in Nashville, Belle Meade, or Green Hills and want a second opinion for your child’s orthodontic assessment, contact Devine Dentistry today and learn how to get straight teeth without getting braces.