When the muscles of the mouth and face do not and/or cannot function normally, the jaws can become underdeveloped, narrowed and constricted, leading to higher risk of the adult teeth erupting crooked and crowded. If not managed early enough, there is a likelihood of the child needing some extractions of his/her adult teeth, and even surgical intervention of the jaws when they are older.

By correcting orofacial muscular dysfunctions using the Myofocus™ Orthodontic System, the jaws are given the opportunity to grow and widen naturally to their maximum unique potential for the individual. This opportunity, however, is only open over a certain window, which is when the child is still growing. As a rule of thumb, the less baby teeth a child has, the further that window is closing. Hence, have your child assessed by the time he/she is 5 years old, before it’s too late. Depending on the severity of the problem, this orofacial myofunctional pre-orthodontic therapy is usually indicated between 7 to 9 years of age.

One of the tools that we use in the Myofocus™ Orthodontic System is the Myobrace™. It is a soft silicone mouthguard that assists in re-training the orofacial muscles to function correctly and allowing the jaws to widen naturally. This simple appliance is removable and only needs to be worn for 2 hours daily while awake and during sleep at night. There are usually 3 to 4 different types and sizes of the Myobrace™ that each patient wears over a period of time, as he/she continues to grow.

Depending on the initial jaw problem, there are various designs of the Myobrace™. The appropriate design needs to be chosen for the specific issue. Along with the orofacial myology exercises, this appliance helps in increasing the success of the orofacial myofunctional pre-orthodontic treatment, with the aims of:

  1. Tongue up against the roof of the mouth
  2. Lips always closed, except during eating and talking
  3. Breathe through the nose
  4. Swallow properly

Our principal dentist, Dr. Donny, was an international Myobrace™ educator, and now presents about this myofunctional tool extensively as part of the Myofocus™ Mini Residency programs and the Myofocus™ Courses in Australia and abroad. Find out more about at