What Causes Crooked Teeth
Majority of children now have crooked teeth, which is evident from five years of age and is often attributed to hereditary factors. However, rather than blame genetics for crooked teeth and poor jaw development, modern research has produced evidence that points to other causes.
Mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking (known as incorrect myofunctional habits) are the real causes.
Allergies, asthma and an open mouth posture also contribute to incorrect jaw development. Growing up, most of us have had one or more of these myofunctional problems, which may have been the cause of incorrect dental and facial development.
Understanding The Causes
Hereditary factors or big teeth in small jaws are not responsible for crowded teeth or incorrect jaw development. The real culprits are mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking, which are known as incorrect myofunctional habits.
Allergies, asthma and open mouth posture compound the issue and most children have at least one of these myofunctional problems contributing to incorrect dental and facial development.
If the tongue and lips are not functioning correctly, crowded teeth and underdeveloped jaws are the result. These are called incorrect myofunctional habits. If function and jaw shape are correct, there is plenty of room for the teeth.
How to Make it Work
The Myobrace System requires maximum compliance of the child. In addition to using the Myobrace daily for a minimum of 1-2 hours plus overnight while sleeping, we will recommend a series of myofunctional excercises called Myobrace Activities. These activities are on a Myobrace App which is available to all our patients to download.
The muscle exercises are performed daily for 2-4 minutes and are in groups and directed at each of the causes of the teeth and jaw problems. The Activities start with breathing exercises and finish with lip strengthening. Every exercise is linked, which means the order and emphasis may vary with the needs of the child and treatment progress.
It is very important that your child understands they have the greatest influence on their treatment outcome and the goals they need to achieve during their treatment.