Myobrace and Myofunction

What is Myobrace?

Myobrace is a removable appliance orthodontic approach to help straighten your teeth and jaws. Treatment addresses the poor oral habits of the tongue, lips or cheek which may be a cause of crooked teeth in certain individuals.

How does Myobrace treatment work?

Myobrace treatment involves using a series of removable appliances which have the  function of correcting habits that cause poor dental development, while also providing light forces to align the teeth into their natural position.  Treatment does not involve wearing braces or using  dental appliances 24 hours a day.

Wearing a Myobrace appliance for one to two hours each day and overnight while sleeping, combined with a series of ‘myofunctional exercises’  each day is required for a real change to occur. 

What is the best age to begin treatment?

The optimum time to begin treatment is when the patient is still growing and the first permanent teeth appear (at around six to ten years of age). If poor myofunctional habits are discovered at an earlier age, the orthodontist will advise you if treatment is required at that stage.

Patients over 15 years of age can also be treated but the problems and habits causing the crooked teeth are often more difficult to change at this stage.

Will it work for me or my child?

The Myobrace System is a bit like a training program. Just like studying and playing sports, daily commitment and persistence are required to obtain the best results. It also depends on the patient’s inherent biology for change – therefore sometimes the results are rapid and other times it may take more perseverance. Old habits die hard, so the sooner the training program is implemented the better the growth benefits and the more permanent the result.

Will treatment be painful?

No, but during the start of treatment, there may be a small amount of sensitivity around the gums and teeth as they get used to the new appliance. This sensitivity will cease to exist after a few days.

How much does Myobrace treatment cost?

Generally the cost of Myobrace Treatment is comparable to braces, however your Myobrace Provider can supply you with an exact fee structure. An exact fee structure will be presented upon evaluation and consultation; however, treatment fees will vary depending on: the number of visits required, the patient’s compliance with the appliance, how well the patient performs the activities prescribed to them, and how quickly the patient responds to the treatment. If treatment is started while the patient is younger, generally treatment will cost less than if it is left until later.

How often do I need to wear it?

The appliances must be worn daily for one to two hours plus overnight while sleeping. Along with wearing the appliance your Myobrace Practitioner may ask you to perform a few simple activities that re-train the oral muscles and help motivate the patient to improve their overall treatment outcome. The more effort by the patient typically means a greater end result.