Most people in the Eau Claire area are familiar with traditional braces (brackets, wires, and bands) and invisible braces/clear aligners, but did you know there is another option that can straighten teeth without braces?
You may not have heard of the Myobrace. And rightfully so—the company is based in Australia and therefore isn’t very well known in the United States. In fact, their products only became available in the U.S. in 2007. These techniques, however, have been practiced by orthodontists and dentists for over 50 years and their products are currently used in over 100 countries around the world.
The Myobrace is a removable appliance similar to a mouthguard that is generally worn for just one to three hours each day and overnight while sleeping. According to their website, www.myobrace.com, “The Myobrace System is a no-braces approach to straightening your teeth and jaws... [It] addresses the real, underlying causes of crooked teeth and uses light, intermittent forces to align the teeth.”
This treatment method differs from traditional forms of orthodontic treatment as it is primarily directed at correcting the causes of crooked teeth and underdeveloped jaws, in addition to straightening teeth. Since the objective is to correct problems before they develop, the Myobrace is most effective for patients between the ages of six and ten, although we often treat patients as young as four and as old as 15. Treatment can also be effective in adult patients.
These appliances aren’t for everyone and they aren’t a miracle product (there isn’t one), but under the right circumstances, the results can be amazing! Myobrace.com has several “Before and After” examples (Click here) and these are typical of the results we see in our office as well. Treatment with the Myobrace may also eliminate the need for braces later or result in less costly, faster treatment in the future. Additionally, the majority of patients who receive orthodontic treatment with traditional methods need to wear retainers for the rest of their life in order to maintain their straight teeth. The Myobrace, however, addresses the causes of crooked teeth so patients treated in this manner often don’t need to wear retainers!
Treatment goals with the Myobrace include:
- Correct nasal breathing
- Lips together at rest
- Correct tongue position
- No lip activity when swallowing
- Good facial development
- No braces, retainers, or extractions (if possible)
- Straight teeth
Dr. Olson not only has more than 20 years of experience with traditional orthodontic treatment methods, but has also used these appliances since they first became available in the United States eight years ago. As we treat more and more patients with these methods, we are seeing some unbelievable results. Dr. Olson, his staff, patients, and their parents have been very excited! Call our dental office in Eau Claire at 715-832-3832 today to schedule a consultation and find out if you or your child is a candidate for the Myobrace!