Improving Patient Compliance
Myofunctional habit correction
It’s vital that patients are spoken to at their level of understanding, particularly younger patients. It’s all about getting them to change their myofunctional habits. Just giving the patient an appliance and saying “go away, come back and your teeth will all be straight” is the wrong approach - particularly with younger patients. It’s very important to get their co-operation and to ensure that they understand that changing their habits is their responsibility.
It's crucial that patients understand that if they’re breathing through their mouth, all the bacteria in the air is going straight into their throat, and that this can potentially cause upper respiratory tract infections. Ensure that they understand that the nose acts as a filter when breathed through, which often lessens the chance of infection.
The result of correcting these habits along with regularMRC appliance use is straighter teeth and improved facial development. Patients must also understand the importance of swallowing correctly.
The video (bottom) is an example of the education provided to patients undergoing treatment. The particular program shown is part of the MRC's, 'Myobrace Activities' program.