Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Meagan's Myofunctional Orthodontic Transformation


Meagan is an excellent example of how myofunctional orthodontics can transform a patients bite and profile. Meagan's bite is what we consider a class III malocclusion. In simple terms a class III malocclusion is an underbite where the bottom teeth overlap the top teeth. Megan had seen several dentists who had recommended to her that this problem could only be corrected through orthognathic surgery. This type of surgery is very invasive and requires a hospital stay of two days followed by a recovery time of several weeks where her mouth would need to be wired shut. Megan‘s parents were hesitant to go forward with the surgery. I offered them a treatment plan that would require her to wear and appliance every evening while she slept plus 2 hours per day. 






This type of treatment known as myofunctional orthodontics and works by retraining muscles of the face and jaws to reposition her maxilla and mandible to the correct relationship. Megan’s transformation was completed in one year of treatment. As you can see in the photos her teeth are now in a very good class one relationship and her profile has improved dramatically. 
Megan will need to continue to wear her appliance for two years while sleeping. This will prevent her teeth and jaw from relaxing to the original position.







We asked Meagan's Mom how she felt the treatment went....


1.     What made you decide to undergo orthodontic treatment for Maegan?

Maegan had a class 3 malocclusion. Which is a pronounced overbite. Before coming to Dr. Millman, we were told the only way to correct this overbite was surgery.






2.     Why did you choose Dentistry on Dundas, Dr. Millman, for this treatment plan for Meagan?

Dr. Millman was the only dentist we met that offered us a non surgical procedure for her overbite.  The Myobrace Dr Millman fitted Maegan has successfully corrected her overbite without surgery 

3.     How did Meagan tolerate her orthodontic treatment?

The myobrace treatment was painless and easy for a young girl to manage on her own. What was really important to my teenage daughter is this treatment was done at home. She didn't have to wear it in public.

4.     How do you and her feel about the results?

We are extremely pleased with the results. Maegan's overbite has been corrected without painful surgery or the use of braces. The Myobrace was the perfect treatment for my daughter.                            
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