If you have noticed that your child has been experiencing breathing problems, sleep apnea, irregular bite, or snoring, the professionals here at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry offer innovative Myofunctional Orthodontic solutions in order to more comfortably straighten teeth and correct poor facial muscular habits.
What is Myofunctional Orthodontics?
Myofunctional orthodontics is a facet in orthodontic care that has been growing in popularity due to the functionality and improved comfort of removable appliances used in treatments. Myofunctional orthodontics offers an alternative to traditional braces through techniques designed to correct improper muscle habits that cause crooked teeth and breathing issues. Treatments focus on applying intermittent forces in order to align the teeth as opposed to traditional methods that use a fixed bracket system to apply constant pressure to the teeth.
Why Was Myofunctional Orthodontics Created?
The development of this form of orthodontics derived from a growing awareness in the medical community regarding a direct link between the development of sleep problems and the long term health of children, to untreated airway development issues. This can include the improper placement of the jaw, to incorrect muscular usage. Traditional orthodontics failed to address the issues caused by facial muscular habits. Myofunctional Orthodontics aims to prevent these issues from developing through early detection and treatment of potential causes.
How Does it Work?
Myofunctional orthodontic treatments are conducted in phases, personalized to address the specific needs of each patient. Typically, a temporary removable oral appliance is administered to be worn 1-2 hours a day, and possibly at night while sleeping.
Depending on the specific needs of the patient, various appliances could be exercised as well. In addition, an educational program may be used to better improve poor myofunctional habits. This can include certain swallowing, breathing, tongue, cheek, and lip exercises.
Myofunctional orthodontics is also believed to be growing in popularity due to the fact that it has been shown to have longer lasting effects than traditional orthodontics. This is because, the intermittent applied pressure yields more effective results overtime.
If you have noticed that your child is experiencing breathing issues, sleep apnea, snoring, irregular bite, or other symptoms associated with facial muscle abnormalities, myofunctional orthodontics could be the solution. Reach out to the experts here at Ashburn Children’s Dentistry to learn more about our myofunctional solutions. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!