I remember having crooked teeth or better known as sungki when I was young. I've worn braces for almost five years from the time I was fifteen and in junior high up until my college years. Of course, at the time, I thought that was cool as I didn't know any better--so I didn't really mind wearing braces because they were sort of a "status symbol" back then. But what most people don't know were the difficulties one has to endure if you wear one. The truth behind wearing braces was that it's a totally painful experience and it was so uncomfortable + there were certain foods you're not allowed to eat (like corn on a cob, crackling pork rind or chicharon), plus the fact that the whole world seemed to know what you've just eaten if you don't brush your teeth right away. Braces will make you prone to canker sores often among many other conditions. And the worst part of it all, braces tend to relapse after a period of time. In my case, a few years after my braces were off, it was only then that my impacted wisdom tooth sprouted which would even require for a dental surgery to be extracted. My braces cost my Mom a fortune in its maintenance yet it made my teeth problem even worse. How I wish I met Dr. Gamaliel Urbi earlier. A most sought-after orthodontist, he's the pioneer of Myobraces in the Philippines and owns the Green Apple Dental Group and MRC Clinics in the country.
Myofunctional Research Clinic or MRC Clinics is an Australian based dental concept technology that introduces an innovative and holistic way of improving the dental and facial development of growing children aged 5 to 15 years old. Dr. Gamaliel Urbi is a franchiser of MRC Clinic in the country and he is also the official lecturer in Asia. A first in the Philippines, MRC Clinic and Green Apple Dental opened its doors to the public in 2009. As of this time, it has four branches throughout the country--all located in different Ayala Malls--in Cebu, Davao, and TriNoMa mall.
Dr. Gamaliel Urbi and his expertise on Myobraces and MRC Clinic had also been featured in top health-related television and radio programs such as ABS-CBN's Salamat Doc and Cory Quirino's show. "I'm a maverick," says Dr. Urbi. "I'd like to do more for my patients so I researched around the world to learn more. We at Myofunctional Research Clinic and Green Apple Dental Group practice holistic, interceptive and preventive dentistry. We treat each patient with symmetry by addressing the root cause, focusing on the main history like abnormal swallowing, mouth breathing, thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting, etc. We educate what's proper and what's not normal," relates Dr. Urbi.
Myobraces are customized trainers for each arch type. Compared to the traditional braces, myobraces aligns crooked teeth without the need for wired braces and it's also painless and more affordable. With myobrace, since it's based on the treatment of the root cause of the problem, it does not have a relapse. In fact, based on a research, 3 out of 4 children develops poor facial development and crooked teeth because of bad habits like reverse breathing, thumb sucking and mouth breathing. Even babies teeth can greatly benefit from myobrace even before their first tooth comes out. According to Dr. Urbi, "Instead of using rubber pacifier, it's best to use a myobrace to create wider arches as it trains the baby to develop nose breathing instead of mouth breathing which the typical pacifier does. Mouth breathing creates an overbite and later on crooked teeth."
Oh, and did I mention the coolest thing about wearing a myobrace? Although myobrace should be worn everyday, myobraces are worn only at home. Yes, it could be worn during study time, while watching your favorite TV show, playing games and overnight while sleeping. How's that? Nobody even knows you're aligning your teeth properly because there's no need to wear traditional wired braces. This means you won't get teased for your "sampayan teeth" like me. You won't be looking like some kind of geek either because they won't be seeing you with braces. It saves you from all the stares and bullies at school and you won't be rejected at go-sees or VTR auditions because there isn't a proof anymore that you're on the treatment of aligning your teeth with myobrace.
People may not know it but proper breathing had a lot to do with one's good health. Dr. Urbi says, "We at MRC Clinic and Green Apple Dental Group teaches Buteyko Method, a safe, effective and drug-free breathing reconditioning program with our patients. What most parents don't know is that when a child breathes through mouth, he or she gets all the pollution and bacteria in the air that he breathes and it all goes directly to his lungs which makes him more susceptible to certain illnesses. When we breathe the proper way, through the nose, our nose has natural filters--the child becomes healthier and with better looking face and straighter teeth."
Developed over 50 years ago by Russian respiratory specialist Dr. Konstantin Buteyko, the method also provides long-term benefits to people with asthma, emphysema, diabetes, migraine, bronchitis, digestive disorders, hypertension and immune and hormonal disorders. "Parents would come up to me and thank me because not only were their kids became healthier and better looking but also because they've all gained confidence," Dr. Urbi said.
Dr. Urbi says, there are three ways to get a good set of teeth:
1. Nutrition--Sometimes we tend to overlook the most important ones. Modern day human diet includes all white sugar, carbs and white flour. It depresses the body and creates abnormality. Instead, eat fiber rich nutritious food and as much as possible avoid the bad ones.
2. Breastfeeding--As compared to bottle-feeding that creates abnormal swallowing habits and abnormality in breathing, breastfeeding is all-natural and perfect. It makes both the baby and the mother healthier.
3. Avoid mouth breathing.
You see, if I could really turn back the time, I wish I had met Dr. Gamaliel Urbi as a teenager. If I did, I knew I never had to go through all those painful wired braces and suffer from impacted wisdom tooth. To conclude this article, I prefer not to say much to prove how effective myobrace and MRC Clinic and Green Apple Dental Group treatment was, just check out the huge differences in the pictures of before and after treatments of the patients' above--and you'll know it's worth your every peso.
To learn more about myobraces and other MRC Clinic and Green Apple Dental Group services, please feel free to visit them and check them out at the 2nd floor, TriNoMa mall (near Seattle's Best Coffee), North EDSA, Quezon City
Green Apple Dental Clinic and MRC Clinics offer a free consultation and myobrace assessment. Call them at 494-2248/ 901-0506 or their mobile 0916-5935669
For those in Cebu, you may visit Green Apple Dental Group and MRC Clinic at the Stall G114, Wellness Area, Garden Level, The Terraces, Ayala Mall, Cebu City
Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Special thanks to Dr. Gamaliel Urbi, MRC Clinic, Green Apple Dental Group and Ms. Ma. Leonila Garcia.