Did you know that more than 75% of children have a developing malocclusion? The cause of malocclusion is not dental; malocclusion is typically caused by factors such as mouth breathing and tongue thrusting. In order to correct malocclusion, we offer a treatment known as myofunctional trainers. Myofunctional orthodontics works with the concept that traditional braces and tooth extractions are often not needed to correct malocclusion. Instead, simple myofunctional oral appliances can be used to improve the alignment of the teeth and guide the jaw and face to a more ideal, aesthetic position. Our dentist provides myofunctional trainers to help our patients achieve optimal occlusion. A myofunctional trainer is an orthodontic appliance worn to correct tooth and jaw positioning. Myofunctional trainers are single-size, prefabricated oral appliances that incorporate myofunctional principles, as well as basic tooth positioning characteristics. Because it is premade, a trainer requires no impressions, no molding, and no fitting, making it fast and simple to get your trainer and start wearing it.
While myofunctional orthodontics is most effective for children and younger patients because their jaws are still growing, this treatment option can be effective for patients of all ages depending on their specific needs. To learn more about myofunctional orthodontics in Ithaca, New York, and to set up your next visit with Dr. Janice Hall Ormsby, call us today at East Shore Dental Care!