Besides getting hair cut and improving skin condition, is there something one can do to improve the facial appearance by changing bones & muscles? What is MyoBrace and how does it differ from Orthotropics? Is Starecta a real cure? How to become more attractive over time?
We all know that bone is remodeled by long term forces.
Besides putting your body party in crazy apparatus like in foot binding or neck rings, it is the way we posture our body with our muscles that reshapes it overtime.
IE: A man in India that kept his arm raised for religious reasons.
So if you correct the facial muscle imbalances, one could unlock their growth potential to achieve a better looking face.
Each muscle group has certain affect on the facial bone underneath, the bone is at the effect not the cause of problem. Crooked teeth, jaws, or facial bone is at the effect of muscular imbalance.
When diagnosing problems with our faces which include:
- Crooked Teeth
- Underdeveloped Maxilla
- Underdeveloped Mandible
- Open Bite
- Long face
- Flat Cheeks
- Sleep Apnea
And on and on, our immediate attention goes to the problems.
Fix my Buck Teeth! Fix my misaligned Jaws! Remove my jaw pain!
And these immediate fixes often require a doctor that can perform mechanical procedures.
But it is important to understand what caused the problem in the first place or you run the risk of relapse after spending thousands. When you operate at the level of treating symptoms, it is like removing a tumor without addressing the smoking habit.
John Mew protest against Dentists / Orthodontists’ lack of valid consent for patients who are ill informed and were told they must get jaw surgeries when it can be avoided by alternative treatment like Orthotropics.
It is shocking to see the relapse rate of Jaw Surgeries.
Proffit’s 2007 studies yielded data on 2264 jaw surgery patients, and found that 67% of patients could expect ‘moderate relapse’, with 20% showing a ‘highly significant change’.
A Truth so Simple it flies by most people’s head
We hear that an advanced concept may fly over our head but could the same occur if the the concept appears too simple for those of us with very analytical mind?
Time and time again, the evidence shows that all problems with face manifested because
The force from our muscles are so strong, that overtime incorrect muscle posture and function will twist and deform any bone out of alignment.
So when you are dealing with crooked teeth or unaligned facial bones, you are simply seeing the aftermath of what your facial / oral muscles have done! Not Genetics, Nutrition, Hormones! (in most cases)
When you begin to study real life cases, the other supposed causes pale in comparison to the evidence available for oral posture & function.
MyoBrace is an Oral Appliance that retrians the child’s oral posture and look at the changes it makes. It operates on very similar premise with orthotropics. You know these theories are approaching closer to truths because the proof is in the pudding.
While most people believe facial form is at the effect of genetics, when you begin to see the same person transform like this before your eyes, it begs to question that common belief.
These pictures raises very hot debates in the orthodontic community because these changes aren’t possible by your regular orthodontists without prescribing to jaw surgery.
Below are some key take away points by the doctor that treated this child with Myobrace.
I definitely see the Myobrace system to be a good one because they are finally addressing the cause of problems in face, the muscle posture & function.
When a patient gets jaw surgery but still has lip strain swallow with active mentalis muscle, that patient will continue to suffer.
You can reconfigure the bone all you want, but if the patient never retrains the unconscious muscular habits then the problems will eventually come back. It is so simple when the true cause & effect is understood, yet most doctors are completely missing the boat & many patients still suffer greatly from myriad of problems related to the jaws.
When we get caught up in the treatment of symptoms, understandably so because it is the symptoms that will get our attention in form of physical, mental, emotional pain. We forget to take deeper look at the cause of these issues. What actually brought us to these problems in the first place?
Quite a few of my readers ask me about Starecta, but now a days I am always weary of treatments that operate by physical means especially related to mouth and face because I know how much all of that is at the effect of our muscle posture & function. Their technique to increase teeth height, is this really addressing the cause or alleviating symptoms? If the problem is lack of teeth height then what caused that lack of teeth height in the first place?
When we do not truly understand the cause of the our problems, yet pain exists so we desperately try to manipulate things physically in attempts to find relief, but could we say finding relief alone can be indicator of real success in treatment? For example, I can take Tylenol pills to get rid of headaches, I guess one of the real tests would be to see the relapse rate, for this we need more long term data & Starecta is still quite young.
Any appliance held in mouth for that long of period, is altering the oral environment which will reshape bone overtime. The Spine seems to straighten with Starecta because the occipital bone is being forced to raise up. My biggest concern is that any increase in dental height increases facial height. One of the problem with conventional orthodontics is that braces tend to extrude teeth and result is longer face, flatter cheeks. Also what will happen to tongue posture when you have an appliance that prevents teeth from closing completely.
Yes I do understand that some physical treatments do have its place. For example, palate expansion in my case and other adult patients is first done with an appliance, which is physical. But my point is if you expand your palate with appliance but neglect to correct your oral posture, your palate will relapse anyway so what’s the point.
(Above girl treated by Myobrace) What caused this girl to have what appears to be “underdeveloped” lower jaw?
Unless these causes are understood by the doctors, should they really be qualified to be treating children’s faces?
The girl on the left has active mentalis swallow, the muscle pushed the lower jaw bone back or indented in a sense and overly developed mentalis flipped over the lower lip.
There is a debate regarding Orthotropics vs. Myobrace, which produce better results? for which I do not have enough data yet to make fair assessment on. I see pros and cons of both treatments atm, judging which is better may vary depending on patient and so things get more complex.
But I want my readers to not see these treatments as the exclusive solutions but as merely sign posts that points to the real solution which is our posture & muscles, which we can affect without appliances.
“The best chance of long-term stability lies with the patient correcting her/his own oral posture through a combination of nasal breathing, correct tongue posture and elimination of an atypical swallow (mentalis activity). Mechanical treatments are no substitute for biological, especially if these mechanics interfere with proper tongue posture/function.” -Rohan Wijey (Myobrace Doctor that treated above cases)
Rohan as well as John Mew clearly states that these appliances are merely imperfect attempts to correct posture in the most predictable, repeatable, & easiest manner possible in all patients given cooperation(wear time), but each systems do have its draw backs, and someday a much greater system may replace both techniques. The only perfect solution is the patient doing the work to correct their oral habits which is prime and irreplaceable factor for success.
Yes appliances do play bit more importance in kids as they are short attention span & will not be motivated like an adult that really wants to change. With will power humans can break old patterns. I won’t say it is easy but it is possible. Once you get these shifts in pattern then you will see similar great changes accomplished by Biobloc Orthotropic or Myobrace system.
Catch 22: Granted, you may first need the training wheels which may include palate expansion by an appliance and possibly some head gear wear.
Today members in my ClaimingPower Forum and myself report changes from our oral training efforts, because muscles trumps all.
Let’s get the facts straight, I used to think we want palate expansion to make my palate wider & get nice facial changes… but this was still operating at the surface level of treating symptoms! not much different than how a regular orthodontists operates & treats patients.
The more important premise behind palate expansion, is to get enough space to accomplish success in establishing tongue to roof posture and competent lip seal. That is the golden ticket you are after when beginning this journey with narrow palate. Once that is accomplished, everything else seems to take care of itself. The palate will continue to change and expand from the tongue.
Above shows the consequence of tongue on the palate posture expanding it over time aided by Myobrace.
Barry Raphael is an orthotropic doctor based in New Jersey that also practices Myobrace (http://www.alignmine.com/)
This girl’s muscular balance is being corrected by Myobrace appliance wear (1 hour plus all night during sleep) and exercises. Noticeable difference in obicularis oris muscle strain which shows consequence of improving tongue posture and lip seal both go hand in hand that led to improvement in lip form. The cheeks became more hollow due to correcting swallowing patterns, and skin improved from establishing nasal breathing.
Obicularis Oris Muscle is the band of muscle that wraps around the lips, in the before picture you can almost see it bulge out around the lips in the latter picture (only 6 months later) that bulge has thinned out as the muscle dystrophied from disuse.
Now the patient is still not done with treatment & is still attempting to get full correction in swallowing pattern so she will continue to improve as long as she puts in the effort which I don’t think will be difficult as she is already thrilled with the changes seen.
Myobrace in conjunction with BWS (Bent Wire System, similar to ALF) correcting malocclusion. It is interesting to see that the orthodontists really go wild on the teeth pictures even though patients will care more about the facial changes than anything else, & where the greater story of causality & true efficacy of treatment is seen.
Above shows comments by John Mew and the doctor treating these patients with Myobrace. Both putting forth valid points, but with rivalry / bit of inflammatory undertone regarding both of their techniques which their best efforts in professional manner of language was not able to dress up and hide. John Mew I believe was partly trying to explain to all the fanatic orthodontists that get caught up on the “techniques” and skipping over the real significance of these pictures and that is the opportunity to understand cause and effect of various facial changes.
How to get a more attractive face is to first ask the question what makes an attractive face vs. an unattractive face?
Is there connection to teeth alignment?
Because most kids go through orthodontics it becomes difficult to tell, but you will find that good looking people had naturally straight teeth and never needed braces.
Now to the next level of realization is that not only our teeth but our face is at the effect of how we hold our mouth, how we swallow, breathe & how often we chew each day.
Knowing this should empower you to take action so that you gradually head in the right direction even as adults, towards more beauty, function & health.
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