Questions for Dr. Ellie

Dear Ellie,

What is your opinion of Myofunctional Orthodontics?
I ask because we are thinking of addressing orthodontic issues our children have with a dentist offering this service.

It is very appealing as it has prevention at the heart of things similar to your own oral hygiene work. Here are some websites, , and

The Buteyko breathing method seems relevant here also.

I would be very interested in your opinion of any or all of this as I value same.

Best regards,


Hi M,

Orthodontics has recently incorporated a number of new approaches – which I am not an expert to discuss.  I was trained differently – and I have somewhat old-fashioned ideas about orthodontics.

Just like every other “business” once you commit to someone’s therapy – your choice will provide a long and lucrative revenue stream for the provider. I have seen children in braces for multiple years – and personally I am not at all convinced it was necessary. On the other hand, when you completely trust your provider, he or she may provide an expert and wonderful outcome – one that is stable and healthy for your child.

I cannot common on your children’s therapies, but I can suggest (in the way you asked me for my opinion) that maybe you seek a second opinion from another dentist in your area.
There are definitely more than two sides to the orthodontic coin – and you need to weigh some of the things they tell you.

In my humble opinion I would ask what happens if you wait a few years? also what is their “end point” – is it going to be stable – or will your child/children need to wear appliances for the rest of their lives?
These are important facts to consider.

Sorry not to be of more help,

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