There are three basic elements to the system:
- The Myobrace training appliance
- The Bent-Wire System expander
- Various Myofunctional Exercises
I'll explain about each, but for the most thorough review, their website is fantastic. Just click on the picture to the right.
These mouthpieces are worn for 1-2 hours a day and to bed at night. They exercise and train the muscles of the mouth.
Wearing it helps you:
- Breath through your nose (you have no choice)
- Tone your lips so they stay closed naturally
- Give you a target for your tongue on the roof of your mouth.
It may take you some time to work up to full time wear. Nasal breathing may not be natural to you. But if you persist with this quest,
Bent-Wire System Expander (BWS)
This is a light-wire, gentle, intermittent force expander that give a boost to the work the Myobrace is doing, essentially, but helping crowded teeth spread out and give more room for the tongue. It is the one expander that allows tongue training to happen while it's being worn - others are just too bulky for the tongue to sit on the palate properly.
It is adjusted by the doctor on a monthly basis and is worn for about 4-6 months. It does not show from the front
The point of this treatment is to retrain the muscles so the bones grow better and the teeth get straighter. How do you teach this to kids? Just like we teach dance or piano or tennis: Lessons!
They are given simple time-limited exercises to do regarding lip tone, tongue position, swallowing, and so forth. They must practice these at home to get the most benefit from them. There are also group and private lessons for various issues. That's how important the muscles are!
If the habits have existed through the early years, the jaws may have already taken an unbalanced shape. In that case we have to concentrate on changing the "form" as well as the "function".