Crooked teeth, poor jaw growth.
What are the real causes?
Hereditary factors or big teeth in small jaws are not responsible for crowded teeth or incorrect jaw development. The real culprits are mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking, which are known as incorrect myofunctional habits.
Fact: The tongue is one of the strongest muscles in our body and can exert up to 500g (17.5oz) of force. To put that in perspective, it only takes 1.7g (0.05oz) of force to move a tooth.
Did you know there is a spot in your mouth where the tongue should naturally rest whenever you are not eating or speaking?
The tongue determines the shape and size of the upper jaw. If the child habitually has a low tongue position (as in mouth breathing) the upper teeth will not have enough space and the lower jaw is forced back and down, affecting the way the face grows.
More than 27 years ago, Dr. Chris Farrell founded Myofunctional Research Co. (developers of Myobrace®) and discovered the real causes of orthodontic problems in children. He developed a 10-point evaluation that enabled every child to be screened for signs of poor jaw and facial development. The evaluation looks at the way children breathe, their tongue posture and the way they swallow. These habits greatly affect the way jaws develop and correcting them allows children to grow to their genetic potential and live a healthy lifestyle later in adulthood.
- Myobrace treatment focuses on addressing the underlying causes of crooked teeth and correcting the poor oral habits causing orthodontic problems.
- With good compliance Myobrace treatment can offer more than just straighter teeth, allowing children to reach their full genetic potential.
- Patients in over 100 countries throughout the world have discovered the benefits myofunctional orthodontics using The Myobrace System.