Myofunctional and Traditional Orthodontics

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What is Myofunctional Orthodontics?

The understanding that oral muscles and the tongue influence the shape and development of the mouth.  It helps to correct habits (thumb/finger sucking, pacifier use, tongue thrusting) that create poor muscular development of the face and jaw.  It uses intermittent light forces to correct oral habits and create space for permanent teeth to grow in properly.

Stages of Treatment

  • Habit Correction -habits such as thumb or finger sucking, tongue thrusting, pacifier use etc. can all change the way our children speak, swallow and breath.  Poor oral habits may also cause crowding of teeth and poor jaw growth.

  • Arch Development: Some habits lead to underdeveloped jaws, requiring children to use functional appliances to widen their upper arch.  This allows for correct spacing of the teeth.

  • Dental Alignment: When the child or teen's last permanent teeth are erupting, they will use myofuntional therapy or aligners to guide them into the correct position.

  • Retention: On the condition that correct oral habits are maintained along with good compliance, myofunctional treatment facilitates more stable orthodontic results and improved overall health into adulthood.  This usually negates the need for a permanent retainer or wire from being required.

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How can Myofunctional treatment help my Child?

  • It can eliminate poor oral habits

  • It helps the jaws develop and align correctly

  • It straightens the teeth

  • It improves facial development

  • It helps improve overall health

  • It encourages healthy eating habits

   It does this by helping the child:

  • Breathe through the nose

  • Correct tongue resting position

  • Swallow correctly

  • Keep the lips together when at rest

What are the Goals of Myofunctional Therapy?

  • Straighter teeth

  • Correct alignment of the teeth and jaws

  • Reducing the need for braces

  • Reducing the need for extraction of healthy teeth

  • Reduced need for fixed retainers

  • Improved facial development

  • Improved overall health

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