The Myobrace System™ is based on over 20 years of experience in correcting orthodontic problems without the need for braces. The Myobrace appliances which make up this system have the proven dual function of correcting the oral habits that cause poor dental development (known as myofunctional habits), while also providing light forces to align the teeth into their natural position. This technique is now used by Orthodontists and Dentists in more than 100 countries throughout the world.
These appliances are designed to be used in-sequence to effectively train the tongue to position correctly in the upper jaw, retrain the oral musculature and exert light forces to align the teeth.
Myobrace treatment does not involve wearing braces or using complex and uncomfortable dental appliances 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wearing a Myobrace appliance for one to two hours each day and overnight while sleeping, combined with a series of 'myofunctional exercises' (also known as the Trainer Activities) each day is all that is required in the treatment process. In a small number of cases, fixed braces may be required for a short time to provide optimal alignment.
The Myobrace System differs from other orthodontic forms of treatment as it is not only aimed at straightening the teeth, but is primarily directed at correcting the causes of crooked teeth and underdeveloped jaws. This works best for patients who are still growing, around the ages of six to ten. Effective treatment can be done outside of these ages, but habits become harder to correct in older patients.
The Myobrace treatment goals for best results are:
The Myobrace System straightens the teeth and jaws by teaching the tongue to sit in the correct position, improving swallowing patterns and encouraging you to breathe through your nose normally.
The Myobrace is also designed to put light forces on crooked teeth to straighten them and to create a wider jaw-form. This not only straightens teeth, it also improves facial development. This reduces the need to use braces; and extractions are rarely required.
Appliances from the Myobrace System incorporate features that correct poor myofunctional habits (Lip bumpers, Tongue Tag), allow for controlled arch expansion(Dynamicore), tooth alignment (Tooth Channels) and provide retention.
Patients who have severely crooked teeth may require additional arch correction to create more room for the tongue to sit correctly in the roof of the mouth. This is done through the use of short-term, removable arch-expansion appliances such as the Bent Wire System™ (BWS™) and Biobloc.
Arch expansion appliances are used to widen the jaws and correct their shape. Appliances like the Biobloc (below, left) are removable and have an expansion screw in the middle. They are very efficient at widening the upper jaw, however, the disadvantage is that they intrude on the space where your tongue is meant to be resting. The BWS™ (below, right) leaves more space for the tongue to rest in the upper arch - allowing for increased arch expansion. In addition, Myolay (composite buildups of the primary molar teeth) may be required to improve jaw alignment.
The Myobrace appliances must be worn for one to two hours per day and overnight while sleeping.
The Myobrace System is a training process. Just like education and sport, daily commitment and persistence is required to achieve great results. It also depends on the patient's inherent biology to change, so some patients may see rapid results, while others may require more perseverance.
Due to the nature of removable appliances, patient compliance is essential. Patients must understand that the treatment will only progress if daily use is maintained as instructed. If patient motivation is a problem it may be better to use conventional fixed brackets.
The Myobrace System addresses patient compliance and motivation through it's unique educational approach.
The most important aspects of Myobrace Treatment is to motivate and encourage patients to improve their poor oral habits (poor myofunctional habits) that have caused their teeth to be crooked. Here are the three most important steps a patient must follow:
1. Lips together at all times except when speaking.
2. Breathe through the nose - to assist the development of the upper and lower jaws, and to achieve the correct bite.
3. No lip activity when swallowing - to allow the front teeth to develop correctly.
These steps are addressed through educational programs called Trainer Activities (for kids) and Myofunctional Exercises (for adults). These programs consist of a series of activities that re-train the oral muscles and help motivate the patient to improve their overall treatment outcome.
This video link (right) is a sample of the
Myobrace treatment time is usually comparable to the time required for treatment with braces, but instead of being fixed to the teeth, Myobrace appliances are removable and require just one to two hours use each day plus overnight while sleeping. Treatment time varies considerably from patient to patient, and so it is important to speak with your practitioner to discuss the time treatment may take.
Generally monthly visits are suggested for the first 6 to 8 months of treatment. Patients will be required to make monthly appointments for the first year of treatment. After this time, it is up to the individual Practitioner to schedule appointment times.