Gentle Dentistry

Pre-Teen, Trainer and MyoBrace


Most children have some adult teeth by the time they are 7 years old. Hence, various dental bodies and associations recommend evaluation of children’s teeth by an orthodontist during this age. Early diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic problems can help in reducing dental complications faced later in life.

Early orthodontic examination may be required if your child faces the following problems:

  • Biting or chewing problems
  • Breathing through mouth
  • Thumb or finger sucking
  • Blocked, misplaced or crowded teeth
  • Generation of sound while opening or closing jaws
  • Disproportionately placed teeth and jaws
  • Late or early baby teeth loss

If orthodontic related problems are detected in the preteens, early orthodontic treatment can effectively simplify and resolve these issues in a short period of time. Treatment strategies include:

  • Guiding permanent tooth eruption into correct position
  • Guiding growth of jaw and width of dental arches
  • Correcting bad dental habits such as thumb or finger sucking
  • Solving speech problems or pronunciations
  • Reducing trauma risk to the protruded front teeth
  • Improving personal appearance and smile

Your orthodontist may examine the oral cavity, order X-rays for detailed evaluation and recommend treatment based on the particular problem. Treatment options include:

  • Braces for correcting crooked teeth, bad bite or misalignment
  • Space maintainers to keep the space of a missing tooth open for easy positioning of erupting adult teeth
  • Expanders to widen jaws

Trainer and MyoBrace

Traditional braces may not be effective in correcting all orthodontic problems. Some problems such as crooked teeth may reverse back overtime due to poor oral habits (myofunctional habits). Trainer and Myobrace systems address orthodontic problems caused by poor oral habits such as mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking. . Trainer and MyoBrace appliances are advanced, soft, user friendly removable devices designed to resolve various orthodontic problems causing incorrect dental and facial development.

These devices can correct the following problems:

  • Front teeth misalignment and overcrowding
  • Mouth breathing
  • Bad oral habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting
  • Helps proper arch development
  • Resolves incorrect swallowing

The Myobrace System can be placed for about 1-2 hours during the day as well as while you sleep at night. The system is designed with different parts useful to address specific orthodontic problems; tooth channels to align the front teeth, tongue tag to train the positioning of the tongue, lip bumper to train the lower lip and a cage to help widen the arch. Light gentle forces are also exerted to align the crooked teeth into correct position. Your doctor may suggest you attend certain trainer related educational programs that can assist you in using these devices correctly. You should follow a few important points while using these devices. They include:

  • Always keep the lips together except while talking
  • Follow nasal breathing techniques
  • Do not involve the lip while swallowing

The Myobrace training system not only helps in proper alignment of the teeth in children and adults, but also addresses the underlying problem of myofunctional habits causing orthodontia problems.