Goodbye Braces: Straighten Your Teenager’s Crooked Teeth with Myofunctional Therapy

Crooked and misaligned teeth can affect your teenager's self-esteem and their performance in school. What's worse is if they have to wear traditional metal braces to correct the misalignment. Traditional braces are old school, and no kid wants to be seen wearing them. The child becomes labelled as the "nerd with braces", and this can significantly affect how they relate to other kids in school. What if there was a way to restore crooked and misaligned teeth without enduring the unsightly braces?

Myofunctional therapy is a technique that is used to straighten teeth without the use of traditional braces. Besides straightening teeth, the treatment also focuses on killing habits that cause crooked teeth and misalignment. This technique is your best alternative to braces, and this article will address some of the benefits that come with it.

Removable appliances

One of the drawbacks of traditional braces is that they are non-removable. Once one wears them, they can only remove them at the orthodontist's clinic during adjustment. However, with myofunctional treatment, the oral appliances used to correct crooked teeth are removable. One only has to wear them for about two or so hours every day and when going to bed. The devices can be removed as one goes to school; therefore, they do not affect the social life of your child. What's more different appliances are used in the process to promote straighter teeth and healthier jaws.

Improved dental health

As aforementioned, myofunctional therapy does not only focus on straightening teeth. It also aims at curbing poor habits that cause dental problems. These include incorrect positioning of the tongue and breathing through the mouth. Besides the use of oral appliances, the technique consists of a series of activities such as breathing practices and proper tongue positioning. These practices promote improved breathing, reduce sleep apnea, and promote the performance of the oral muscles. This not only saves your child from having to deal with crooked teeth in the future, but it also improves their overall dental and physical health.

Reduced damage to teeth

Traditional braces are not everyone's cup of tea. They can cause pain and discomfort in the gums before one gets used to them. Also, the braces can cause damage to teeth in some cases. Myofunctional treatment is an ideal option for every teenager, child, or adult. The appliances used are made from a soft silicone material that's comfortable in the mouth. The user doesn't have to worry about gum sensitivity or tooth damage.

Myofunctional therapy is a discrete treatment that's effective in correcting crooked teeth. If your teenager is suffering from low esteem as a result of misaligned teeth, visit your dentist to discuss this non-invasive yet reliable treatment option.