In addition, it used to be quite common for treatment with braces or Invisalign to be delayed until all the permanent teeth are present, usually around the age of 11 – 14 years. At this time 90% of jaw growth has been completed, and the window to intervene with poor habits to change a child’s trajectory of growth has been missed. On some occasions, other offices may recommend extractions of teeth to alleviate crowding and allow alignment of teeth. However, at Arlington Smile Center, we would never extract teeth to relieve crowding. Instead, we would make more room toward the front of the mouth. Patients who are retracted as children are normally suffering from severe apnea as adults, and we often end up reversing the retracted cases and making room for new teeth.
Growing evidence links poor jaw development (narrow palates and recessed lower jaws) to poorer airways and the development of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Based on the increased health risks associated with these problems, it can be a very rational option to optimize jaw development much earlier in life.
Myobrace and Healthy Start are worn for one to two hours every day, as well as overnight during sleep. The appliance teaches the child to breathe through the nose, rest the tongue in the correct position, swallow correctly, and keep their lips together. Since Dr. Roca is a certified oral myologist, she incorporates oral myology into each Myobrace/Healthy Start visit.
- Corrects poor oral habits
- Develops and aligns the jaws
- Straightens the teeth
- Optimizes facial development
- Improves overall health
- Promotes healthy eating habits
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