The most common question
doctors new to myofunctional
orthodontics ask is “where is
Over the last one hundred years notable academics including Angle, Tweed, Frankel and Graber have shown that there is plenty of evidence that soft tissue dysfunction is the driving force behind malocclusion.
In more recent years John Mew has emphasised that the posture of the mandible and the tongue influences the development of the jaws and face. Western Price showed that malocclusion was very much related to nutrition - another aspect to consider when performing treatment.
In the 2011 version of Dr Graber’s ‘Orthodontics: Current Principles and Techniques’ there is a chapter titled.
'Interceptive Guidance of Occlusion with Emphasis on Diagnosis.' Charles H Tweed is quoted in this chapter, saying: “We will acquire a better understanding of when and how to intervene in the guidance of the growth process so that nature may better approximate her growth plan of the individual patient. In other words, knowledge will gradually replace harsh mechanics, and in the-not-too-distant future the vast majority of orthodontics will be carried out in the mixed dentition period of growth and development and prior to the difficult age of adolescence.”