The next series of MRC eNewsletters will contain clinical tips on the use of the MRC appliances. These articles are intended to be a practical addition to MRC's current manuals and CDs. This month features the T4K.
The Pre Orthodontic TRAINER (T4K) has been in use since I first designed it in 1992. Although many practitioners have had more than a decade of experience with the T4K, just as many have not fully integrated this valuable early treatment appliance into routine use.
The target group where best results are obtained are the early mixed dentition cases.
Research has indicated very good results with Class II malocclusion, but I use it EVERY time I see any malocclusion at this stage of development. The myofunctional habits that accompany all malocclusions are most easily corrected at this age and you still have further years of facial growth, which will benefit from the correct function. That leads to a bonus in facial growth. If you can get 1-2 years of compliant use with the T4K between the ages of 6 and 8, the majority of children will be guaranteed a much better looking face and minimal orthodontics later with no extractions.
"Try introducing the harder T4K a bit earlier
but just for day use."
I often use the soft T4K (Phase I) for the first 3 to 6 months and now introduce the harder T4K (Phase II) just for daytime use while continuing the soft T4K at night. This gives an ideal phase-in period, as often the harder T4K is not well accepted by the child as the higher forces on the teeth do create greater discomfort initially. Try introducing the harder T4K a bit earlier but just for day use.
Now we have the MYOBRACE®, I would finish T4K treatment after 1-2 years and introduce the MYOBRACE® in the late mixed dentition. The added arch expansion with DynamiCore and the tooth guidance will usually allow you to gain that last bit of space and anterior alignment as the permanent dentition comes in. It is a great boost to the parents to know you are really aiming at facial growth and a better looking face, rather than just getting the teeth straight. Better faces with less time in braces is something all children and parents want.
Next month the latest T4K development will be released. The first major change since 1992, will see a more robust appliance with some subtle changes to make it more effective. Now made in class I jaw position, with offset posterior upper and lower arches, the T4K 2007, I feel, will now be the first choice for all practitioners for early treatment of ALL malocclusions. You can download the press release on the new T4K 2007 via www.myoresearch.com.
The best early treatment just got better.
Later this year MRC will also be releasing an all-new TRAINER Class III appliance. This incorporates a Frankel type frame and a further offset upper and lower arch form, plus a number of features to assist the early correction of Class III malocclusion.
All-new TRAINER for
Class III Correction
For our newsletter subscribers we will be offering pre-release samples of both these new developments.
E mail us with the code "T4K 2007" and "T4K Class III" for some pre-release, FREE samples as soon as they become available.
Dr Chris Farrell BDS (Syd Uni)
CEO and Founder