How we determine what's best for your needs
To begin your Myofunctional journey, we will begin with an Airway Consultation with Dr. Duncan. Airway is one ofthe main concentrations of our Myofunctional Program. At this consultation with Dr. Duncan, he will determine if your child would be a candidate for the Myobrace Program or would be better suited for a Comprehensive Myofunctional Exam, with potential to incorporate orthodontia.
There are several criteria that Dr. Duncan is evaluating during these consultations. His suggested treatment plan is based off of age, current developmental stage, and prospect of results.
The fundamental goal of Myobrace or Myofunctional therapy not to straighten the teeth. Rather, treatment aims to address the surrounding soft tissue by retraining bad oral habits, which are the major cause of underdeveloped jaws and crooked teeth. Braces at the end of treatmentare sometimes used for a short period if perfect ‘picket fence’ alignment is desired.
The Myobrace program focuses on children ideally in the 4 - 8 age frame. There are 4 stages of our 15-month Myobrace program and we will ensure you are familiar with the process prior to getting started. Your child will then come in monthly and meet with one of our Myobrace Educators, to learn exercises that align with the progress of your child. They will be required to do daily, minimal exercises assigned by us that will have amazing results. The fundamental goal of Myobrace treatment is not to straighten the teeth. Rather, treatment aims to address the surrounding soft tissue by retraining bad oral habits, which are the major cause of underdeveloped jaws and sleep apnea.
COMPREHENSIVE MYOFUNCTIONAL EXAM
This will be scheduled with one of our Myobrace Educators, Jordana. Jordana is a speech-language pathologist/myofunctional therapist with over 20 years of experience in her field. She is owner of Motor Mouth Speech Therapy and works out of the offices of Spring Smiles. Jordana works as a Myobrace educator for Spring Smiles in addition to treating her own therapy caseload focused on myofunctional disorders. By incorporating myofunctional techniques, Jordana has adopted a more holistic approach to her practice. Myofunctional therapy has enhanced her treatment of traditional speech diagnoses while also targeting symptoms related to: orthodontic relapse, TMJ pain, sleep/breathing issues, tongue-tie, clenching/grinding habits and more.
For our younger patients, ages 2 - 5, we are excited to introduce our Myo Chew. This is a pre-cursor to the Myobrace and helps with the transition. It is also great for tarter buildup, having difficulty brushing, drooling, medical conditions resulting in poor hygiene (kids and elderly),grinding, thumb sucking, programming oral habits and can also be used as a backslope for patients that can't quite get the first steps of the Myobrace.