Functional & Orthopaedic Appliances

Orthopaedic procedures guide the growth and development of the jaw to get the best facial appearance and smile. This treatment generally involves plates and/or the myobrace system to expand and develop the jaw.

Functional dental orthopaedics involves treating more than just the teeth. It involves fixing the jaw posture, head and neck posture, tooth relationship and muscle relationship as a whole package. When a patient is being assessed a lot of issues will be checked for and these include: airway problems, tongue posture problems, the position of the teeth, jaw posture issues, head or neck problems and dental arch development in the upper and lower jaw to see if it is to narrow or constricted. There are a few approaches for orthodontic treatment and there are few factors that will affect the choice of care which include age.

What is myobrace?

Myobrace is an appliance that corrects orthodontic issues without the need for a brace. This treatment works best for children around six to twelve as they are still growing and it is best to start the treatment before their permanent teeth arrive. Patients above this age including teens and adults can use this solution however the habits developed are harder to correct the older you are. The later the treatment starts the more likely it is that you will need a brace.

The appliances used in the myobrace system are designed to have a small force to align teeth, train the tongue to sit in the correct position in the upper jaw and to retain oral musculature. It is not an uncomfortable dental appliance that has to be kept in permanently, the appliance can be worn for one to two hours each day. We do recommend you wear it while sleeping to. There also exercises given during the treatment process. Most of the time there is not a need for braces but in a few cases braces may be required for a short time to get the best alignment. This system is different than other orthodontic treatments. It is not just about straightening crooked teeth it is also about correcting the cause.

What is the process?

To get a diagnosis and start planning the treatment there will need to be 3D imaging. Airway size, un-erupted teeth such as wisdom teeth and adenoids will be measured and looked at. Once a diagnosis is made you will be guided on the best way to solve any issues.

How Can You Help?

Early diagnosis and treatment is the key. If the habits are found early these can be changed and the jaw will develop correctly. This will avoid future issues, braces and extractions. It is best that any orthodontic treatment is started while a child is still growing, well before the usual age that a child would get braces. So, you can help by having regular dentist visits for your child and yourself.

You can talk you your dentist about functional and orthopaedic appliances for both you and your child. Call us today to enquire about more information and to arrange a consultation.

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