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What is Pre-Orthodontics, and who should get it?

Dr Devine Orthodontics

pre orthoServing Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on using braces or clear aligners to straighten crooked teeth, close gaps, and properly align the jaw biting pattern. Many people are familiar with the concept of orthodontics, although the term pre-orthodontics may sound foreign. The idea behind pre-orthodontics is to stimulate jawbone growth to allow teeth to erupt straighter and reduce crowding. Additionally, pre-orthodontics can prevent the need for braces later on or could lessen the amount of time spent wearing braces. While many teens and adults alike desire to have perfectly straight teeth, not everyone is as keen on the idea of wearing braces for years. So today on the blog, learn more about pre-orthodontics and who should get it.

Devine Dentistry offers pre-orthodontics in Nashville using the MyoBrace system. Ideal for patients between the ages of 3 and 15, MyoBrace is a preventive treatment that not only encourages teeth to straighten naturally but also curbs orofacial myofunctional disorders that ultimately are responsible for overcrowding, overbites, underbites, and gapped teeth. Traditional orthodontics aims to pull teeth into alignment, never fully addressing the cause of the problem to begin with, hence orthodontic relapse later in life.

What does MyoBrace do?

MyoBrace corrects poor oral posture and encourages the patient to rest their tongue in proper positioning along the roof of the mouth with the teeth and lips closed while nasal breathing. Pre-orthodontics also helps promote jawbone growth and development, straightens teeth, optimizes facial growth, encourages healthy eating habits, and improves the patient’s overall quality of life. Undergoing MyoBrace treatment means that the patient will learn proper breathing and swallowing habits as well, which are necessary to retain the new tooth alignment.

The Stages of MyoBrace

MyoBrace involves four treatment stages:

  • Habit Correction – To correct the habit that is causing crooked teeth.
  • Arch Development – To reduce crowding and allow room for teeth to straighten.
  • Dental Alignment – Naturally straighten teeth without metal braces.
  • Retention – Ensures good oral habits are retained to reduce the chance of orthodontic relapse later on.

MyoBrace Benefits

The patient should wear their customized oral appliance for at least 1-2 hours a day and while sleeping. This is perhaps one of the greatest benefits of MyoBrace, especially for young children. Plus, the appliance can be worn while at home so that the child does not have to be seen wearing it.

The child can continue oral hygiene efforts without navigating around brackets and wires, meaning they will have improved oral health.

Addressing the underlying orofacial myofunctional issue means better results that last longer. Traditional braces push and pull teeth into alignment but don’t correct the underlying problem, which is why many people end up getting braces again later in life or their teeth become crooked after the braces are removed.

MyoBrace can help your child avoid needing healthy teeth extracted to “make room” to straighten their other teeth. Removing 2-4 bicuspid teeth is common among children needing to get braces and that have crowding issues in the mouth. Unfortunately, extracting these teeth changes a child’s looks and is not good for their airway and jawbone development. However, MyoBrace encourages palate expansion and jawbone growth so that these types of extractions are not necessary.

Who should get MyoBrace?

A child between the ages of 3 to 15 or one that has poor oral habits like mouth breathing, thumb sucking, crooked teeth, or a misaligned bite could be an excellent candidate for the MyoBrace system. However, the best way to know whether your child could benefit from treatment is to schedule a consultation with a MyoBrace provider near you in Nashville. Call Devine Dentistry at (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation today and find out if your child is a candidate for pre-orthodontics in Nashville.