The Myofunctional Space

Functional Health from Birth to Beyond.

Our goal at The Myofunctional Space is to help your child be more functional by correcting their muscle dysfunction so they can express their full genetic potential.

At The Myofunctional Space we work to assist your child to correct their muscle dysfunction to enable them to more effectively express their full genetic potential to grow healthy faces, jaws and to have straighter teeth.

Did you know that the shape of a child’s face, and the position of the jaws and teeth are affected by the function of the tongue, lips and cheeks?

It’s as if they are a moldable lump of clay, and the muscles surrounding them are acting like a sculptur. That sculptur can be functional or dysfunctional. Dysfunction can arise for many reasons including poor health, mouth breathing, bottle feeding, use of pacifiers and habits such as thumb sucking.

Form follows function.

– Louis Sullivan

We use a combination of orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT), myofunctional appliances such as Munchee and Myobrace, breathing training devices such as Sleepystrip, and expansion devices such as Biobloc Orthotropics.

Research has shown that proper breathing function, proper muscle function and healthy properly positioned jaws can have positive impacts on many childhood challenges including poor sleep, difficult behaviour and being bullied in school.

We believe that through empowerment and education, we can assist with an evolution in the health journey of the families we connect with. We do our level best to ensure that our guests feel empowered and educated to make sound health choices.

Services

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 and Treatment

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.

Meet Our 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 clinical director, myofunctional therapist and Buteyko breathing educator. In 2023 he is not acting as a dentist and works in his capacity as a dentist mentor, offering consultative advice to Dr Mona and any therapists working with us.

Dan is a seasoned educator in all things relating to sleep, breathing and oral myofunctional work, having lectured to thousands of health professionals across multiple disciplines all over the world. Locations have included the USA, UK, France, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Japan.

He has co-founded several projects relating to myofunctional work, including Myofocus, The Tongue Tie Institute and of course The Myofunctional Space.

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. 

Dr Mona also has a keen interest in energy healing. Modalities she uses include Reiki and coloured light therapy. She is also a qualified Qigong instructor.

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    The Myofunctional Space is conveniently located at The Health Lodge.

    Address: 78 Bangalow Rd, Byron Bay, NSW 2481

    Phone: 02 6685 6445

    Operating Hours
    Monday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
    Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
    Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
    Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
    Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm