Sleep disorder breathing.

What is Myobrace & ALF?

If your child’s brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it shuts down. It happens especially at night. They don’t breath enough. It can slow down development, produces bed wetting and without help, it can lead to behavioral problems.
But the good news, there’s a quick fix. Myobrace & ALF & ALF Appliance. We provide a natural solution. No drugs, no surgery.

A small device in your child’s mouth at night improves the way they get oxygen. Side benefit: Your children might not need braces when they get older.

Do your children have these symptoms?

Myobrace & ALF also addresses child development problems beyond straightening teeth. The ideal candidate who can benefit from the Myobrace & ALF system is a child from 4 to 17 years old who exhibits any of these symptoms:

  • Bed wetting
  • Restless sleep or snoring

  • Signs of ADD
  • Jaw problems or pain

  • Swallowing problems
  • An open-mouth posture

Myobrace & ALF Benefits

Why Myobrace & ALF?


Braces are still the most effective way of straightening teeth, however they do not address many of the problems causing the crooked teeth. Most orthodontic problems, particularly crowded teeth and an underdeveloped lower jaw, are caused by habits such as mouth breathing and tongue thrusting. If these habits are not corrected, treatment time and the necessity for retainers will be increased. Once the braces are removed the teeth can crowd up again (known as relapse). Relapse can occur even with the best retainers. It is important to be better informed about the advantages and disadvantages of braces.


Sleep problems because of difficulty breathing in children is a much more critical and common problem than what has previously been thought. It can manifest itself in a variety of symptoms that can be easily overlooked, misdiagnosed, and most unfortunately left untreated. And if your children don’t have a good night sleep, they will have a hard time concentrating in school the next day.
The Myobrace & ALF system educates them to identify the symptoms, understand the underlying root cause, and create a treatment plan that both cures the breathing disorders and corrects the orthodontic condition.


Myobrace & ALF treatment does not involve wearing braces or using complex and uncomfortable dental appliances 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Wearing a Myobrace & ALF appliance for one to two hours each day and while sleeping, combined with a few simple yet effective exercises each day is all it takes for a real change to occur, and to avoid needing braces in most cases.


One of the most important aspects of Myobrace & ALF treatment is correcting bad oral habits, and getting patients to breathe through their nose. As well as improving the alignment of the teeth, breathing through your nose can also lead to improved overall health. Breathing through your mouth does not offer any form of filter for the air entering your throat and lungs; and potentially allows germs and bacteria to enter. Breathing through your nose allows the nose to act as a natural filter for the throat and lungs, filtering out some of the daily germs and bacteria that you are exposed to. This can help to lessen the occurrence of asthma and allergies.

How does it work ?

Meet Dr. Merrily Sandford

Dr. Sandford is a premier Central Texas dentist with decades of advanced dental experience and is a certified provider for the Myobrace & ALF system. Dr Sandford and her entire team are dedicated to providing the highest quality restorative and esthetic dentistry while promoting and preserving optimum oral health. We will give you personalized attention and will offer you a full range of dental services using the most current state-of-the art dental technology and techniques.


We’ve been seeing Dr. Sandford for about 12 years and just love her and her staff. Everyone is very kind and they have taken great care of our entire family!

Jose L. Garcia

They were at the adolescence age where appearance is quite important and they’ve had to do it pretty much pain-free and stress-free.

Shelly, Mother of Patient

Dr. Sanford is one of the best dentists I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She is knowledgeable, kind and caring, but most of all passionateabout her profession. I have to admit that I may be somewhat biased because she is also a friend and colleague of mine.

Arnoldo Cuellar

So impressed with the Myobrace & ALF system…both my children are using it…straightening their [teeth] without braces or teeth pulled…beautiful 🙂 Thank you Myobrace & ALF!

Alana, Mother of Patient

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Children’s Sleep Disordered Breathing

Dr. Sandford uses a progressive system to improve the health and well-being of children by educating and treating the root causes of certain health symptoms such as ADD/ADHD, bed wetting, snoring, hyperactivity, allergies, with a non-invasive procedure that straightens teeth for a lifetime of healthy beautiful smiles.

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Conditions Addressed by Dr. Sandford

Over the last 20 years, clinical research established the connection between certain increasingly common childhood health issues and a single likely root cause – Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). Nine out of ten children suffer from the sleep disorder breathing symptoms. Does your child exhibit any of these symptoms?

  • Nightmares
  • Crowded/Crooked Teeth
  • Dark Circles Under the Eyes
  • Swollen Adenoids/ Tonsils
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Overbite Underdeveloped Lower Jaw
  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • Bed Wetting
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Difficulty in School
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Snoring
  • Restless Sleep
  • Stunted Growth

If you have a child who suffers from any of the conditions listed above, you owe it to them to explore all avenues into finding the right solution. Time is of the essence.

Unique Benefits

As if straight teeth wasn’t enough, our Healthy Start System provides some unique benefits for your child, especially when compared to traditional orthodontics.

  • Guides incoming permanent teeth, eliminating the need for braces and retainers.
  • Achieves full correction within 2-12 months.
  • Is a fraction of the cost of braces.
  • Promotes proper facial development.
  • Develops arch expansion naturally, avoiding extractions.
  • Can be started as early as age 2.
  • Straightens children’s teeth while they sleep or with only 2 hours of daytime wear.
  • Eliminates poor oral habits, mouth breathing, teaches proper swallowing, and addresses sleep disordered breathing.
  • Corrects overbite, overjet, cross bites, under bites, gummy smile, open bites, and crowding in 93% of kids when started early.
  • Removable appliances that make it easy to maintain proper dental hygiene.
  • Has no food restrictions.
  • Develops a beautiful smile for life.

“I want other mom’s to know that there is a better solution out there and Dr. Sandford has it. Not only will you have a healthy child, they will also have beautiful teeth. My son had perfect teeth at age 10! It is affordable, simple, natural and the best thing you can do for your child. These are permanent changes, it’s not a Band-Aid, it’s a cure.”

Understanding The Importance of your Child’s Airway

The central issue for many children suffering from the effects of Sleep Disordered Breathing is a compromised airway. When a child’s airway is narrow, underdeveloped or constructive in any way, the child will struggle to receive enough oxygen at night and may resort to mouth breathing which compounds this issue. Dr. Sandford’s treatment can help open up the airway of a growing child by bringing the upper and lower jaws forward and allowing the airway to widen.

Understanding the Danger of Mouth Breathing

Mouth breathing is not the same as nasal breathing, and often leads to a further compromise of the airway. Negative aspects of mouth breathing:

  • Can be a contributing factor to a compromised airway and in patients who require orthodontic treatment.
  • The proper exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen.
  • Prevents the proper function of the tongue and other orofacial muscles that children need to speak, swallow, chew, and function properly.
  • Can Cause the delicate tissues of the tonsils and adenoids to swell and become enlarged further impacting a restricted airway.

Conventional Treatment Options

Before now, treatment options such as prescription drugs, surgery, clinical therapy, academic tutors, sleeping, and the years in braces have been the most commonly prescribed ‘solutions.’ None of these conventional treatments can promote or develop a child’s airway and help them get the oxygen and sleep they need to be healthy. Therefore conventional treatments have been limited and ineffective, mainly because the address the symptoms rather than potential root cause.

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