Myobrace in Del Mar
If you’re a parent in Del Mar and you suspect that your child may have issues with their oral development, we offer Myobrace to help get things on track. Myobrace is a pre-orthodontic treatment used to correct issues with jaw development and encourage healthy oral habits. Call our dental team today to learn more and see if this treatment is right for your child!
How it Works
What Is Myobrace?
Myobrace is a special type of removable orthodontic treatment designed specifically for children between the ages of 5-15. Treatment involves wearing removable oral appliances that look similar to a mouthguard or a retainer. Typically, the Myobrace is worn for about an hour per day, and overnight while your child sleeps.
These appliances can correct poor oral habits and ensure the proper development and alignment of your child’s jaw. Treatment results in straighter teeth and often eliminates the need for braces later in life. Myobrace also encourages proper swallowing, keeping the lips together at rest, breathing through the nose, and proper tongue resting.
When to Seek Treatment
Signs of Orthodontic Issues
If your child has oral issues such as poor tongue placement, reverse swallowing (tongue thrusting), mouth breathing, or airway issues, they will most likely benefit from a Myobrace. During your consultation, Dr. Pizzi will discuss your child’s symptoms, examine their mouth, and offer honest advice about whether to move forward with Myobrace treatment.
What to Expect
The Myobrace Process
After your child is confirmed as a good candidate for a Myobrace, Dr. Pizzi will begin building a customized treatment plan. Typically, there are four stages to treatment:
- First, habit correction with the Myobrace helps correct poor oral habits like tongue thrusting and mouth breathing. This prevents improper jaw growth.
- Next is arch development. The Myobrace can be used to help expand the palate and the arch, which allows sufficient space for the teeth and the tongue to move freely and properly.
- The third stage of Myobrace treatment, dental alignment, takes place when your child has all of their permanent teeth. The removable Myobrace appliance can shift and reposition teeth for a healthier bite.
- The retention phase involves wearing a Myobrace retainer to keep your child’s teeth in place.
The proper treatment for your child will depend on their age, orthodontic needs, and other details. To learn more about the Myobrace process and what to expect, schedule an appointment in Del Mar with Dr. Pizzi.
Benefits of Myobrace Treatment
Myobrace treatment encourages proper oral health and development. In addition, a Myobrace can reduce the risk of your child developing an issue such as sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), both of which can be caused by a narrow palate.