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Orthodontics without Braces: Straighten Teeth with Myobrace® & Healthy Start®

At Lawson Family Dentistry we understand your child’s dental and overall health is extremely important to you.

Nearly 3 out of 4 children experience alignment issues as their teeth and jawbones develop, leading to the need for orthodontic correction through the use of braces. Fortunately, such issues can become apparent early on, allowing Dr. Lawson to prescribe myofunctional orthodontic treatments such as Myobrace® or HealthyStart®, two myofunctional oral appliances. These appliances help improve your child’s oral growth and development. Unlike traditional orthodontic treatment, Myobrace and HealthyStart employ new early orthodontic treatment to help address the common underlying issues that lead to malocclusion (the misalignment of teeth and/or jawbones) using removable appliances rather than braces. Myobrace® reduces the need for extensive orthodontics in the future. With a focus on correcting myofunctional issues, the treatment can also help maintain an open airway for better sleep and help reduce the risks of obstructive sleep apnea for your child!

How Do You Know If Your Child Needs Myofunctional Orthodontic Therapy?

When a person or child has disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth, this is called Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD). The majority of OMDs originate from poor habitual nasal breathing or with mouth breathing during development. There are a wide variety of dental and health problems that can arise from OMDs, including abnormal or misaligned bites (malocclusion), speech problems, and sleep disordered breathing or even obstructive sleep apnea. Furthermore, sleep disordered breathing has shown that children can suffer from a wide range of debilitating health disorders such as:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Lower IQ
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Swollen Adenoids & Tonsils
  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Restless Sleep
  • Bedwetting
  • Nightmares
  • Dark Circles Under the Eyes
  • Snoring
  • Irritability
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Arrested Growth
  • Low Grades in Math, Science, & Spelling

Myobrace®vs HealthyStart®: Which is the right treatment for your child?
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Both Myobrace and HealthyStart are myofunctional oral appliances, and work towards helping your child fix improper bite and tongue position and encourage proper nose breathing and swallowing. Myobrace and Healthy Start are worn every day for one to two hours, as well as overnight.

Myobrace Benefits:
  • Straighter teeth
  • Correct alignment of the teeth and jaws
  • Minimal or no use of braces
  • No need for extraction of healthy teeth
  • Reduced need for fixed retainers
  • Improved facial development
  • Improved overall health
  • Develop to genetic potential
HealthyStart Benefits:
  • Promote proper growth and development of the jaw and airway to optimize airflow
  • Promote proper nasal breathing
  • Straighten teeth
  • Address the root cause of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SBD)
  • Reduce disorders of health, development and behavior

Why choose Dr. Jessica Lawson for your child’s dental health?

Dr. Lawson has been working with myofunctional oral appliances such as Myobrace and HealthyStart for many years. Not only does she love working with children, she has firsthand experience with these myofunctional oral appliances with her own children.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is when the muscles are not functioning correctly. Usually there is a tongue thrust or a rest habit, a chin or lip tuck or other muscle dysfunction that has arisen from bottle, pacifier or digit (thumb) sucking. In some cases, it may be caused by tongue or cheek sucking.

If the child is compliant, and they were at the designated amount of time, we can see big changes in the first month or two. Usually a myobrace case is 1-2 years, and then they wear the last appliance as a retainer.

Only if they are looking to correct tongue posturing, airway or poor quality of sleep. Once a child gets past 12 years of age, 90% of growth is complete and it becomes difficult to move bone or teeth without brackets and wires.Toggle Content

Early interceptive orthodontics designed to help correct jaw alignment, malocclusions and sleep disordered breathing before they worsen.

Honestly, not much. Some of the Healthystart appliances are larger, so we can adjust them for improved comfort. Myobrace really believes in the myofunctional activities (muscle movement), whereas Healthystart has more emphasis on tongue posturing only and guided eruption for alignment. From what we have seen professionally, the results are very similar with a compliant patient.

As early as a parent wants or the child can be compliant. We have seen two and three-year-olds have great success because they insert the Myobrace or Healthystart appliance in place of a pacifier or other foreign object. I would say I have seen the most success with five and six-year-olds who are getting ready to enter kindergarten.

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  • Healthy Start Patient Form

  • Sleep Disordered Breathing Questionnaire for Children

    The initial column should be filled out at first appointment. Please identify the following symptoms your child exhibits with the scale indicating severity of symptoms.

    Not Present: 0
    Mild: 1-2
    Moderate: 3
    Pronounced: 4-5
  • Does your child:

  • (If yes, fill out speech questionnaire below)
  • Speech Questionnaire

    To be filled out only if #27 was indicated above
  • Please check all that apply to your child

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