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The Edelweiss PEDIATRIC CROWNS are manufactured from densely filled nanohybrid composite through a unique modern laser sintering and vitrification process patented to edelweiss dentistry.

The laser-sintered end product is an highly filled inorganic material with compressive strength similar to enamel and modulus of elasticity similar to dentin.

Abrasion is similar to natural teeth, hence the edelweiss PEDIATRIC CROWNs do not damage the antagonistic teeth. The unique vitrification process makes the edelweiss PEDIATRIC CROWN highly esthetic with optical properties similar to that of enamel.

The incorporation of zinc oxide nanoparticles makes this product uniquely antibacterial and therefore, highly plaque-resistant.

The mesial and distal margins of the edelweiss PEDIATRIC CROWN follow the natural gingival-line of the milk teeth minimizing excessive tooth reduction.

These prefabricated, bio-esthetical morphology permits a quick and safe treatment with maximum esthetic results. In a single appointment with the edelweiss PEDIATRIC CROWN, the treatment is minimallyinvasive with a perfect occlusion.

ORO-FACIAL MYOFUNCTIONAL DISORDERS (OMD’s)

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD’s) are dysfunctional mouth and face muscle patterns that interfere with normal growth and development, or function of the orofacial structures. OMD’s are often related to, or can contribute to a variety of medical and dental disorders. These disorders can include:

Since OMD’s are typically associated with jaw, tongue and lip movement, speech patterns can also be impacted.

 

The Causes Of Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders?

OMD’s are multifactorial in nature and often the consequence of a sequence of events or lack of intervention at critical periods, resulting in oral dysfunction, malocclusion, breathing disordered sleep and suboptimal jaw development.

OMD’s can be caused primarily by the following factors:

  1. A nasal airway obstruction due to enlarged tonsils/adenoids, deviated septum, and/or allergies,
  2. Improper oral habits such as thumb or finger sucking, cheek/nail biting, teeth clenching/grinding and tongue, lip or cheek sucking,
  3. Non-nutritive sucking like extended use of a pacifier and/or long-term use of sippy cups.

To understand more about the causes of OMD, click here.

 

Why Be Concerned About OMDs?

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders interrupt normal oral movement patterns and the failure to address these abnormal patterns can result in:

  • Long term mouth-breathing that compromise overall healthy breathing,
  • Atypical patterns chewing and swallowing, leading to speech distortions and impeding further growth and development,
  • The improper alignment of  teeth as well as the improper development of jaw growth and facial structure,
  • Slowing the process of orthodontic treatment as well as undermining the long-term stability of orthodontic treatment, resulting in malocclusion relapse.

An improper tongue position has also been associated with some sleep disordered breathing patterns. Many kids with OMD’s have been reported to have early delays in the area of feeding and swallowing. Picky eating patterns often emerge as a result of the lack of oral co-ordination needed in the first three years of life.

 

How Prevalent Are Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders?

Research indicates a prevalence of 38% in the general population to 81% in children (newborns, infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school aged children) exhibiting speech/articulation problems.

 

What Age Should Therapy Begin?

Therapy for orofacial myofunctional disorders can begin at variable ages.

  • Children as young as 3 years of age can benefit from a Myobrace® evaluation to determine if causative factors such as chronic mouth breathing or a tongue tie would require intervention,
  • Children of 5 years of age are at an ideal time to begin a program to help eliminate harmful sucking habits,
  • Children of 7 years of age are good candidates to begin an Orofacial Myofunctional Treatment (Myobrace®) program.

What Can Myobrace® Treatment Accomplish?

Myobrace® treatment involves an individualized program to help the patient retrain these adaptive patterns of muscle function, and to create and maintain a healthy orofacial environment. Treatment goals may include the following:

  1. Establish proper nasal breathing patterns
  1. Normalize tongue and lip resting postures, eliminate improper chewing and swallowing patterns and stabilize the dentition from extraneous orofacial muscle movement
  2. Address harmful oral habits including:
    • Prolonged pacifier and/or sippy cup use
    • Thumb and/or finger sucking
    • Fingernail, cheek, or lip biting

It is crucial to first address what may be contributing to the persistence of an OMD before beginning treatment, as treatment may not be successful if the cause of the OMD persists.

A trained Myobrace practitioner can help you to determine what may be contributing to its presence and suggest the most appropriate treatment plan for your child.

Myobrace Training Course Dates

CAPE TOWN : 20 June 2020

JOHANNESBURG : 29 August 2020 (SADA, BWS Hands-on)

DURBAN : 26 September 2020

Tel: +27 21 201 7423   /   info@paedodonticsociety.co.za

P.O. Box 1559, Ruimsig, 1732