The pre-orthodontic trainer improves the FACE as well as the TEETH by correcting the myofunctional habits that cause malocclusion. Thousands of children walk out of dental practices every day without the treatment they require.
Here is a typical scenario….from 6 years of age your child's teeth don't look right. The second teeth are coming in crooked, the upper front teeth are staring to protrude, there is not enough space for the newer lower teeth and the bite does not look right. This is confirmed by the Dentist but the advice is to wait until the child is older; then have braces and possibly extractions. Finally there is something that can be done to help now The Pre-Orthodontic Trainer was designed to provide growing children early treatment for their developing orthodontic problems, as soon as the need for treatment is evident. Crowding and jaw discrepancies are to great extent acquired, only a few are inherited. Habits such as mouth breathing, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking are the major causes.
The Pre-Orthodontic Trainer is a “Pre-orthodontic' brace that helps you to correct these habits as well as aligning the developing teeth. This will help future orthodontic treatment by making it less complex and decreasing the need for extractions.
Children who breath through the mouth have longer face with narrower maxillae (upper jaws) and retruded lower jaws. While parents often complain about the unattractive appearance of their mouth breathing children, dentists worry that mouth breathing may alter normal function relationship and result in an aberrant facial growth. Studies on monkeys with nasal airway obstruction have demonstrated that facial growth is, indeed, altered when the dominant mode of respiration is oral”. Chronic mouth breathers cannot position the tongue correctly in the maxilla, which consequently develops narrow with a shortened arch length causing crowding. Tooth size is not the cause of class I crowding, mouth breathing very commonly is. The TRAINER should be used in a mouth breather in the mixed dentition stage to maximize arch development and minimize the need for extractions of permanent teeth.
Tongue Habits / Thumb Suckers
It was found that the tongue habit plays an important part in interference with normal growth of the dentition (teeth) and is capable of causing many serious malocclusions”. Thumb suckers, these children develop a malocclusion routinely. Treatment to stop the habit should be implemented as soon as the diagnosis is made, to prevent further deterioration of the occlusion and craniofacial growth. Parents must be told of the damaging effect of this habits which are usually permanent.
Oral Habits, Incorrect Swallow, Speech Problems
Use the TRAINER as a primary therapy for myofunctional training to correct oral habits. Speech and myofunctional therapists use exercises based on the principles incorporated to the TRAINER.
Posture – Mandibular and Spinal
Incorrect mandibular posture and poor spinal (body) posture have common causes.
Mouth breathers and tongue thrusters have forward head posture as well as craniofacial problems. As an added bonus, children with poor posture will be improve amazingly in facial appearance and posture, immediately after the trainer is placed into the child's mouth.
The soft TRAINER is ideal for a child that is a bruxer being easy to implement with specific design characteristics. More children than is recognized are bruxers and will tend to develop TMJ disorders if untreated.
TMJ disorder in children is prevalent. Riolo, Brandt and Tenhave American Journal Of Orthodontics, 1987 quote incidences of 36-72% of TMJ disorder in their study of 6-17 year olds. The TRAINER has therapeutic characteristics to help with this disorder.