Oral Habit Correction
Orthodontics for Children & Teens
American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children to receive
their first orthodontic evaluation by age seven. If a child shows signs
of moderate or severe orthodontic problems and waiting is not recommended,
early interceptive treatment is recommended at a young age. Early consultation
helps identify urgent dental concerns that may worsen and be more difficult
to correct later (and sometimes become uncorrectable), if left untreated.
Between the ages of eleven and seventeen, all baby teeth should have already
fallen out. During adolescence, the jaw goes through rapid growth and
it is advantageous to start treatment as the patient’s jaw growth
can be utilized and even modified for improved results.
StarshipM Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics offers MyoBrace®. The MyoBrace® involves “myofunctional”
orthodontic techniques to address the underlying causes of crooked teeth,
which are from either poor oral habits or poor myofunctional habits. This
system aims to address these underlying causes by assisting children to
breathe through their nose, keep their lip fully together, and placing
their tongue in the optimal position. This will allow the jaw to grow
to their proper and full size, which will then create adequate space for
all teeth. The MyoBrace® system consists of multiple removable intra-oral
appliances series, which can cater to children aged 3 to 15.
At M Dental Group, MyoBrace® treatment is used mainly for correcting
poor oral habits such as thumb sucking, mouth breathing, incorrect swallowing,
open lips, or unfavorable tongue resting position.
By focusing on correcting poor oral habits (incorrect myofunctional habits)
that contribute to crooked teeth and poor jaw growth, MyoBrace® treatment
encourages jaws to grow properly to its full size. This also allows the
teeth to erupt straighter, which will then reduce the need for orthodontic
treatment in the future.