Dr. Pete Nathe may recommend the Myobrace® as an alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. With Myobrace, we can help you child grow and develop properly so that they avoid malocclusion and incorrect facial development. This may also help them avoid the need for extensive orthodontic care in the future. Call Yakima Smiles at (509) 941-2957 to make your appointment with our caring dentist and learn more about the Myobrace in Yakima, Washington.
Recent studies show that 75% of growing children have malocclusion and incorrect facial development. Soft tissue disfunction is the major cause. By age 3-5, crooked teeth and abnormal face and jaw development can already be noted. These changes are often blamed on genetics, but mouth breathing, incorrect tongue position, and reverse swallow are the real causes of poor cranio-facial growth.
If a child breathes through his/her mouth at night, the tongue drops to the mouth and no-longer holds and spreads the upper jaw into a healthy and aesthetically pleasing position. The restricted development limits the space for erupting teeth and prevents them from emerging into their ideal natural position.
The Myobrace® is newly developed myofunctional orthodontic appliance that teaches children to breathe through their nose, put their tongue on the roof of their mouth in the resting position, keep their lips together and swallow correctly for optimal facial and jaw development AND early alignment of erupting teeth.
The Myobrace is worn 1-2 hours per day and at night and is an excellent myofunctional trainer and also serves to identify children with an obstruction or other issue needing medical intervention to establish nasal breathing.
- Myobrace and special exercises can be used to train a child to breathe through his or her nose and maintain proper tongue and lip position.
- Myobrace may confirm an obstruction and a child’s INABILITY to nasal breathe and indicate the need for medical intervention to establish nasal patency
For more information and to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today!