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It is a common belief that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are caused by either large teeth in small jaws or other hereditary factors.

Modern research has shown that mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking - known as incorrect myofunctional habits - are the real causes of incorrect jaw development. Allergies, asthma and an open mouth posture can also contribute towards jaws developing incorrectly.

Bottle feeding, thumb sucking, and dummies during the early stages of a child's life can also contribute to the problem.

at KIDS Mackay we can show you how to correct these poor myofunctional habits early before they cause problems down the track. Alternatively, if your child has started to develop crooked teeth, we can still show you how to correct the poor myofunctional habits, however, your child may still need assistance from the Myobrace system. 

To find out more please contact us or book an appointment so we can show you. 

Myobrace treatment involves using a series of appliances which have the proven dual function of correcting habits that cause poor dental development, while also providing light forces to align the teeth into their natural position. This technique is now used by practitioners in more than 100 countries worldwide. However, KIDS Mackay is the ONLY practice in the greater central/northern Queensland region offering the Myobrace treatment plan!

Treatment works in two phases. The first involves wearing a Myobrace appliance for one to two hours each day and overnight while sleeping. The second is a series of 'myofunctional exercises' (also known as Trainer Activities) which are to be completed daily. This is all it takes for a real change to occur.

The exercises work to strengthen the tongue and jaw muscles. These strengthened muscles help to relieve pressure on the gums and teeth. The Myobrace device, through gentle pressure, helps to reshape and potentially widen the palate. Both the device and the exercises also help to correct tongue posture so as to create more space for the teeth to realign and straighten. 

To find out more please contact our office or book an appointment online

The total time required for a 'month by month' basis for Myobrace 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 of use each day plus overnight while sleeping.

More information can be found in 'The Advantages over traditional methods' page on this website.

The Myobrace System is a bit like a training program. Like study or sport, 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.

For more information on treatment for adults please click here.  

Old habits die hard, so the sooner the training program starts the better!

To get started with Myobrace please book an appointment by clicking here. 

Normally the cost of Myobrace Treatment is comparable to braces.

An exact fee structure will be presented upon evaluation and consultation, however, treatment fees may vary depending on the number of visits required, the patient's responsiveness with the device, 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 left untreated for several years. This is because younger patients jaw bones are easier to mould and correct as they have not yet hardened with age.

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No. Although over the first few days there may be a small amount of sensitivity, after a few days of treatment this sensitivity should cease.

Most of the Myobrace treatment is carried out in our office at 6 Discovery Lane, Mackay. 

Initial consultations and follow-ups may be carried out in our various other offices in Central Queensland. To find out if this service is offered at your local practice please contact us.

The best time to begin treatment is while the patient is still growing and the first permanent teeth appear (around 6 to 10 years of age).

If poor myofunctional habits are discovered early, it is best to start treatment immediately before those habits can cause too much damage to the jaw structure.

Patients over 15 years can be treated but problems/habits causing the crooked teeth are often more difficult to change, and will likely be a long process.

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The aim of Myobrace treatment is not just to have straight teeth, but also to remove the bad influences on the patient's dental and facial development. As a result of improving poor muscular habits, patients can experience better facial development and achieve their full genetic potential.

Other health benefits include improved posture, fewer allergies, fewer problems with the teeth, mouth and jaw joints (TMJ). Patients can also expect to experience improved breathing and improved sleep. 

To get started on a better, healthier life for your child, book an appointment now. 

For the best result, the appliances must be worn daily for 1 to 2 hours plus overnight while sleeping.

As well as wearing the appliance you may need to perform a few simple activities that re-train the oral muscles and help motivate you to improve your overall treatment outcome.

If the patient refuses to wear the Myobrace appliance then the treatment will be extremely ineffective as the success of Myobrace is through wearing the appliance. This will be reinforced with the patient at the first consultation.

Myobrace is not an alternative form of orthodontics. It is a treatment for underlying causes of crooked teeth and poor muscular habits of the mouth and face. Therefore we cannot stress enough how important it is to wear the appliance. 

During the Myobrace treatment, we will closely monitor the stability of treatment.

Normally if the myofunctional problems are corrected, the teeth will stay in position. However, if there is some movement of the teeth after treatment it is important that you contact us.

To date, there have been no reported harmful side effects from the Myobrace treatment.

We review our patient's progress regularly to ensure the muscle improvements are progressing and that changes in alignment of teeth and jaws are being supported by the surrounding muscle structures. During these consultations, we also take time to ensure that there is no irritation caused by the appliance.

If there are any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Some limitations do exist. The Myobrace System requires daily use over an extended period of time and therefore non-compliant patients will not achieve a satisfactory result.

Age is also a significant factor as the older the patient is, the more difficult it is to change habits and move the teeth. Patients with extremely crooked teeth and jaw discrepancies, which stop said patient from physically holding the Myobrace appliance in their mouth, can limit treatment possibilities.

Complete nasal obstruction can also make Myobrace treatment difficult.

There may be other limiting factors and so it's best to speak with a our Myobrace Practitioner if you have any concerns.

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