Myofunctional Pre-Orthodontics

The Myofunctional Space

The human body can be likened to a plant in terms of growth – with the right conditions it will grow healthy and strong, to its’ full genetic potential. For children it is important to have good nutrition, breathing, function, and movement – this is the perfect recipe for healthy growth.

Here at The Myofunctional Space, we believe in empowering children with education, myofunctional exercises, and orthodontic devices tailored to their needs. 

We take into account the child as a whole and do not only focus on their teeth. In fact, the teeth are almost secondary to their healthy growth – this is because we know that if we encourage correct growth, the teeth will look after themselves.

Our methods work physiologically with the body, respecting the child’s sensitive, growing system. We aim to gently steer their growth onto the correct path, for them to flourish as young adults and beyond.

We work with other health practitioners such as osteopaths, nutritionists, and naturopaths to get good, long-lasting results. 

The Myofunctional Space The Health Lodge Byron Bay

Symptoms We Consider

Parents often bring their children to see us for a consultation with any combination of the following symptoms:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Lower jaw too small or too big for upper jaw
  • Constant or night-time only mouth breathing. 
  • Clenching or grinding their teeth in the day or night
  • ADHD symptoms
  • Learning difficulties
  • Low mood, low energy
  • Tongue or lip tie
  • Snoring/sleep apnoea
  • Poor posture
  • Bedwetting
  • Nightmares
  • Waking several times in the night
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Seeming tired in spite of sleeping 10 or more hours a night

Treatment Process

Consultation and Education session 

Upon arrival one of our team will go through our treatment philosophy with you and your child. Then our dentist will assess the current orthodontic, and myofunctional status and make some diagnostic evaluations. The cost of the initial consultation can be obtained from reception upon booking.

Record taking 

Records are required to be able to plan for treatment. The records involve photographs, videos, 3D digital study models, and x-rays. The total cost of the records can be obtained from reception upon booking.

Myofunctional Pre-Orhtodontics - The Myofunctinonal Space Byron Bay The Health Lodge
The Myofunctional Space - Dr Dan Hanson

Services We Provide

Orofacial Myofunctional Orthodontics

This treatment involves the use of myofunctional appliances and exercises that address poor habits that cause oral issues such as crooked teeth, without the use of straightening products.

Tongue and Lip Tie Diagnosis

Tongue and lip ties can cause difficulties when breastfeeding and speaking, and can lead to speech impediments and other issues later in life.

Invisalign Clear Aligner Therapy

Invisalign treatment is the clear alternative to metal braces for kids, teens, and adults. See how Invisalign clear aligners can help treat a variety of issues.

Lactation Consultants

Tongue and Lip Tie Trained Lactation Consultants and Midwives

Online Consultants
Joanna Molloy: [email protected]
Tamika Newman: [email protected]
Siniya Joseph: [email protected]
Aimee Carroll-Kierce: [email protected]
Rebecca Kubenk: [email protected]

Gold Coast / NSW
Alissa Powell (Bundaberg): [email protected]
Nikki Paull (IBCLC) (Alstonville): [email protected]
Melinda Renshaw (Port Macquarie): [email protected]
Kerrie Adams (RM – RN – IBCLC): [email protected]
Adrienne Wheatley (IBCLC) (Tugun): 07 5598 9040
Amanda Bude IBCLC (Port Macquarie): [email protected]

Brisbane / Sunshine Coast / Adelaide – click here

Lactation Consultant

Meet The Team

Dr Dan Hanson

Dr Dan is Co-founder of The Myofunctional Space. He graduated as a dentist from the University of Sheffield Dental School in 2003. Since 2012 all his work has had a myofunctional focus.

In 2012 he qualified as a Breathing Educator with The Buteyko Institute of Breathing and Health (BIBH). Soon after, he invented the Sleepystrip exclusive nasal breathing lip tape.

Dan’s role at The Myofunctional Space is as a Dentist, myofunctional therapist and Buteyko breathing educator. 

Dr Mona Board

Dr Mona Board earned her Bachelor of Dental Surgery at King’s College, London in 2002. She went on to work in London, Geneva and most recently in Singapore, where she practiced holistic dentistry. This included thorough holistic check ups, biological gum care, myofunctional orthodontics, Invisalign, SMART amalgam removal and jawbone cavitation diagnosis. 

Dr Mona is particularly passionate about myofunctional orthodontics and has completed courses in Myobrace, ALF appliances, tongue tie diagnosis and surgery along with oral myofunctional exercises (both taught by Dr Dan!) as well as foundations of orthopaedic orthodontics. 

Learn More!

Interested in learning more?!
Explore these resources to understand how myofunctional orthodontics can effectively support your growing child’s development. 

The Importance and Influence of Jaw Growth in Children – read here

Paediatric Sleep Apnoea and The Critical Role of Oral-Facial Growth – read here

Tongue-Tie and Paediatric Sleep Apnoea – read here

Mouth Breathing: Adverse Effects on Facial Growth, Health, Academics, and Behaviour – read here

Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Behavioural Outcomes – read here

Sleep Disordered Breathing and Craniofacial Growth: The Emerging Role of Dentistry – read here

The Influence of Snoring, Mouth Breathing and Apnoea on Facial Morphology Childhood – read here

How to Book

Contact the Client Support Team on 02 6685 6445 and they can support you with scheduling an appointment with us!

We look forward to being able to help your child be more functional by correcting their muscle dysfunction so they can express their full genetic potential.