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Interceptive orthodontics

What is interceptive orthodontics?

In interceptive orthodontics , we identify and treat crooked teeth as soon as they are detected. According to the American Academy of Orthodontics, all children should have an orthodontic assessment no later than 7 years old.

How is interceptive orthodontics done?

Every child’s condition is different and treatment will be different too. Treatment can be done with at least ONE or a combination of the following:

  1. Removable appliances (eg. expansion screws, springs, labial bows)
  2. Oromyofunctional therapy ( Myobrace + oral exercises to train good oral posture. Read below for more information on oro-myofunctional therapy)
  3. Braces (Depending on suitability, braces can be started earlier to gain more space for teeth in the jaws hence avoiding the need for pulling teeth out in the future)

1. Removable appliances

As it’s name implies, this treatment typically uses a plastic appliance that can be worn on and removed from the teeth. There are many types of removable appliances available and they are custom made according the child’s teeth. Often, we use springs or expansion screws to move teeth. Below are some examples of removable appliances.

2. Oro-Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)

How does Oro-Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) work?
OMT is a pre-braces treatment suitable only for growing children. The treatment aims to improve growing children’s cranial and jaw development by treating the underlying causes of crooked teeth and poor oral posture.

OMT can also improve a child’s general health and prevent Sleep Breathing Disorders.

This treatment involves using a series of removable intra-oral appliances (Myobrace) that are worn for 1-2 hours each day plus overnight while sleeping.

OMT also requires a child to do several oral exercises to train the strength of their lips and tongue and improve their nasal breathing. These exercises are very fun and parents are encouraged to get involved too!

The intra-oral appliance works by correcting poor oral habits that cause negative impacts on the development of face, jaws and teeth, such as mouth breathing, incorrect tongue position, thumb sucking, bottle feeding and swallowing incorrectly.

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

Many Malaysian children are growing up with crooked teeth. This is evidence of poor development of craniofacial structures. Traditional orthodontic treatment such as extractions and braces after waiting for all permanent teeth to come through actually focus on moving teeth without treating the underlying cause for crooked teeth.

Modern research has shown that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are not caused by big teeth and small jaws or genetic factors. Rather, it is due to poor myofunctional habits (poor oral habits) like mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking that can be evident since the first years of life.

The craniofacial structures develop correctly only when children have the following 4 patterns for straight teeth:

1. Lips together at rest

2. Tongue resting at the roof of the mouth

3. Breathing through the nose (NOT the mouth!)

4. Correct swallowing method (No lip/cheek movement)

Here at Prestige Dental Care, we provide early intervention options for children that improve the underlying cause of crooked teeth with Oro-Myofunctional therapy.

What Oro-Myofunctional therapy does:

Corrects poor oral habits

Develops & aligns the jaws

Straightens the teeth

Optimises facial development

Improves overall health

Promotes healthy eating habits

How does it do this?

By helping the child:

  • Breathe through the nose
  • Swallow correctly
  • Correct his/her tongue posture
  • Keep lips together

Oro-MyoFunctional Training Exercises

How to wear MyoBrace Appliance/MRC Trainer?
Training 1 – Resting Position, Correct Swallow, Breathing Awareness
Training 2 – Drinking, Paces, Remembering game
Training 3 – Lip training, Continuous drinking, Nose opening
Training 4 – Yawning, Water seal, Tongue clicks
Training 5 – Squirt water bottle, Skinny Tongue
Training 6 – Kick, Gargling, Straw drinking

Selamat Hari Raya

Selamat Hari Raya to all of our Muslim families, friends and our customers.

We close from 14th June (Thursday) till 18th June (Monday) due to Hari Raya festival.

We will resume business as usual on 19th June 2018 (Tuesday).

MBrace® aligners

MBrace Clear Aligners

 

What is Mbrace®?

MBrace is a clear aligner used to correct misaligned teeth with ease and comfort. It is clear and removable which makes it almost unnoticeable by others and convenient to use. The aligners are custom-made digitally and fabricated individually to ensure a perfect and accurate fit for your teeth.

how does MBrace® work?

MBrace aligner is designed in a way that it does not require any wires or attachments to align your teeth. Just simply wear a series of aligners to exert gradual force against the teeth at different treatment stages to slowly move the teeth towards the final tooth position.

Patients are advised to wear every set of aligners for 2 weeks, at least 22 hours a day before moving to the next aligners.

treatment duration

A more severe teeth condition will take longer time to treat, as more aligners are required over the entire course of treatment.

Typically, MBrace treatment vary from anywhere between 6 to 24 months. Below illustrate the average treatment period based on the severity of the case.

 

What We Can Treat

MBrace® can help with the following conditions:

Overcrowded teeth

When there is insufficient space between teeth, teeth can overlap and get worse over time. Brushing and flossing can be less effective-leading to plaque build-up, tooth decay or even gum disease.

 

Gaps Between Teeth

Besides aesthetic considerations, gaps between teeth can result in gum disease when food is stuck.

 

Overbite

When the upper teeth overlap deeply into lower teeth, it is called an overbite. Depending on the extent of the overbite, the lower chin can appear weak and undefined, affecting the facial profile. A deep overbite can cause irritation to gums, chewing problems , jaw pains and other issues that can worsen over time.

 

Underbite

When the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth, and the lower jaw protrudes, this will impair the normal function of the front teeth resulting in bite problems and wear of teeth.

 

Overbite

One or more upper teeth are covered by the lower teeth, which can cause chewing problems, worn down teeth, gum disease and a whole host of other mouth, jaw joints, and neck related issues.

 

Increased Overjet

The condition of buck teeth is characterized by increased overjet, or horizontal distance, between the upper front teeth and lower front teeth. Some may find this aesthetically unpleasing and the functionality of the front teeth is compromised.

 

Before & After

Before

After

Before

After

 *Pictures are taken from mbracealigner.com

 

Treatment Process

 

Go For Consultation

Your doctor will take an impression, photos and x-rays of your teeth for treatment planning

 

View Your Treatment

You will find out the duration of your treatment and view a before and after video of your teeth.

 

Wear Your Aligners

Wear each set of aligners for 2 weeks, at least 22 hours a day and remove them during meals.

 

Monitor Your Progress

Visit your doctor periodically to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

 

Completed Your Treatment

Show off that new smile

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get MBrace®?

We provide MBrace Clear Aligner treatment. You can make an appointment with us for an assessment and consultation.

How much does treatment cost?

It depends on your condition. Usually it is around RM12,000 (Full sets).

How long does treatment take?

The average MBrace® case ranges from about 6–18 months, depending on the complexity of the case.

Is extraction necessary?

It depends on your individual dental condition. Your doctor will be able to advise you on whether you require extraction.

Will my speech be affected?

Your speech may be slightly affected but this will resolve within a few days.

Is treatment painful?

Mild discomfort is to be expected each time you change to a new set of aligners. This is due to the pressure exerted by the aligner material to move your teeth.

Why use MBrace® over fixed braces?

MBrace® is clinically proven to straighten teeth as well. It is less noticeable, and allows you to maintain better oral hygiene and continue to enjoy your favourite foods!

 

Taken from http://mbracealigner.com

 

Happy Chinese New Year

We will close on Friday, 15th February till 20th of February 2018 due to this festival. Business will resume as usual on 21st February (Wednesday).

Wish everyone a PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR
GOOD HEALTH

 

Merry Christmas 2017

Selamat Hari Raya 2017

We close from 24th June (Sat) till  28th June (Wed) due to Hari Raya festival.

We will resume business as usual on 29th June 2017 (Thu).

“Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri”

Happy Chinese New Year 2017


Gong Xi Fa Cai

We wish you a wonderful, prosperous, good health and good teeth all year long !!!

We will close on Friday, 27th January till 31st of January 2017 due to this festival.

Business will resume as usual on 1st February (Wednesday).

 

Happy New Year 2017


May every day of the new year glow with good cheer & happiness for you & your family. Happy New Year!