Often, kids can develop bad habits that may seem minor, but can have a surprisingly big impact on their smile. For example, if a child sucks his/her thumb or bites his/her lip, these pressures can lead to misalignment and other complications. Fortunately, we can recommend a potential solution with the unique Myobrace oral appliance.
How Does Myobrace Work?
Your child will receive a custom-made oral appliance, which will look very similar to a nightguard. The appliance is then worn overnight and for between one and two hours during the day. The treatment is meant for children, including kids as young as three years old!
The appliance can help prevent kids from thumb sucking, biting their lips, or thrusting their tongue forward. In addition, the Myobrace appliance also helps form the jawbones, keeping airways open to allow better sleep (and better learning). Using the appliance can also shorten the amount of time your child may need to wear orthodontics in the future and reduce the risk of cavities.
In the picture above, you will see Dr. Lawson’s son Luke wearing the appliance to help address airway issues and thumb sucking. We’ll blog about the results of the Myobrace soon!
Does Your Child Have an Oral Habit?
At Lawson Family Dentistry, we can discuss orthodontics, including the Myobrace appliance, to help address bad oral habits. Dr. Lawson and her team proudly welcome patients of all ages from Urbandale, IA, as well as Johnston, Grimes, Waukee, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, please call our Urbandale office today at (515) 278-4366.