One of the characteristics of an attractive smile is perfectly straight teeth. Unfortunately, not everybody is born with one. Some require orthodontic braces, which cost a considerable amount of money. Orthodontic braces can take care of teeth alignment issues such as an overbite, an underbite, crooked teeth, and even a snaggle tooth.
There are four conventional types of traditional braces for the correction of teeth alignment. You have metal braces, which are the most commonly worn kind. Ceramic or clear braces look like metal braces but make use of more discreet-looking brackets. Lingual braces are metal braces that are placed on the side of the teeth facing the tongue. And lastly, Invisalign braces are clear, removable aligners.
These are the standard orthodontic dental offers in Dubai for people who want to straighten their teeth. However, there’s another kind of orthodontic braces that works slightly differently than the four mentioned above.
Myobrace, Dubai orthodontists say, is an orthodontic approach that is somewhat similar to Invisalign. It makes use of removable dental appliances instead of metal brackets and wires. However, unlike Invisalign, these don’t need to be worn for most of the day, they’re not invisible, and they do more than just help teeth grow straight.
Myobrace fixes jaw issues that prevent teeth from growing straight. They are usually recommended for younger patients whose oral structure is still developing and who are much easier to train. But, older patients can likewise benefit from this orthodontic approach. Typically, however, the treatment plan for older patients is much longer because of an already developed jaw structure.
The usual jaw issues that prevent teeth from growing in their correct position are primarily due to poor oral habits as a young child, such as thumbsucking and using a binky for longer than is necessary. But, research reveals that allergies and asthma are common causes, as well, because they develop open mouth breathing habits during the early years.
How does Myobrace work to correct the teeth and jaws?
The Myobrace treatment, as mentioned earlier, functions similarly to Invisalign because it uses aligner type dental appliances called MRC trainers that push teeth into the correct position. Aside from this functionality, Myobrace dental appliances also correct the habits behind poor dental development.
You wear Myobrace for a couple of hours during the day and while you sleep throughout the night. And, to increase its efficacy, there are training activities that you need to perform. These exercises are divided into groups so you can slowly but surely correct those oral habits that affect the jaw and teeth.
Group 1 trainer activities, for example, are focused on the placement of the tongue during the resting position, correct swallowing, and breathing awareness. Meanwhile, Group 2 trainer activities involve drinking, paces for better breathing control, and the remembering game.
As for Group 3 activities, these include lip training, continuous drinking, and nose opening. Along with performing all of the different group activities, you need to document your performance to monitor consistency. Plus, you have to allocate enough time for these exercises and use a mirror to ensure correct execution.
Habit formation is key to effective Myobrace treatment
Apparently, what makes the Myobrace treatment effective is the way it focuses on outworking poor oral habits. Indeed, good health is all about observing the right practices. Therefore, you can trust to achieve overall oral health by banishing all the bad practices and correcting these one by one.
It truly is a significant amount of work, but consistency pays, especially for young children. These new habits can prevent the occurrence of various dental woes and even facial discomfort in the future.
It is essential to note the role and involvement of the parents in the Myobrace treatment. Children require all the help they need in performing the exercises regularly, so these will quickly form into habits. Additionally, parents should make sure that the little ones wear their MRC trainers as advised by the dentist.
Different types of Myobrace
There are various types of Myobrace that address the unique requirements of patients belonging to different age groups.
1. Infant trainer
Infant trainers are intended for preschoolers (children between two and five years old). It trains them to chew using what teeth they have and the correct set of jaw muscles, how to breathe through the nose, and how to swallow properly. The trainers are only worn for 10 to 20 minutes twice a day.
2. Myobrace for juniors
This is intended for children between three and six years old who already have a fuller set of temporary teeth and show noticeable crooked or crowded growth. The trainers work to apply adequate force to expand the jaws and make way for the arrival of permanent teeth.
3. Myobrace for kids
This is designed for children between five to ten years old whose set of teeth is a combination of milk and permanent teeth. It is a three-stage appliance system focused on the correction of poor oral habits that can impact teeth development during the in-between phase.
4. Myobrace for teens
This is for children between the ages of 10 and 15 years old. There are four stages to using the trainers because there are usually more issues to correct, and most of the teeth are already permanent. Typically, the MRC trainer’s primary function here is to move teeth to their correct position.
Other essential things to know
Unlike traditional braces, Myobrace treatment causes very minimal discomfort because the dental appliance is removable and only worn for fewer hours. The only slight sensitivity patients complain about occurs during the first few days of using the MRC trainers.
One of the side advantages of opting for Myobrace treatment is better overall posture. Proper breathing makes people pull their shoulders back and straighten their spine. Studies also reveal that the treatment is likewise effective in reducing allergy flare-ups – inhaling through the nose filters allergens in the air better.
Getting the kids to wear an MRC trainer can be a bit troublesome at the beginning. This is primarily because kids naturally struggle in establishing consistency with routines, which is why parents must be as involved in the treatment as possible.
Parents and their kids should go through the different training exercises together and help the young ones in documenting their progress in the booklet provided them until these responsibilities become a part of their children’s routine.
Dr. Zul Paliwalla is the General and Cosmetic British Dentist at NOA Dental Clinic, specializing in smile-related concerns. With over 33 years of experience in the UK, Dr. Zul has successfully worked on and improved many internationally recognized smiles. He is a certified Invisalign® GOLD provider as well and has brought his elite expertise to Dubai not only to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, but also to offer his brand of personalized smile makeovers.