Journey To A Perfect Smile – Our Dental Experience With Dr. Urbi of MRC Clinics

Posted on May 2 2014 - 10:59pm by tweenselmom
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After 2 years, we will be seeing Maristel with her perfect smile 🙂 As of her age, we want her to be able to smile with all the confidence in the world because she is special.

As a parent, my husband and I know that we have a big part in building our daughter’s self-confidence. We buy her favorite books, we enroll her to a music school because she loves music, and we also try to let her enjoy being with her friends. But as we all know it, since we’ve already passed through these stages, physical appearance is also a big factor for a daughter of her age (she’s turning 11).

Just in time with this post, Buzz Feed posted an amusing article about how important teeth is when it comes to looking good. Check it out here.

We were not aware why Maristel got crooked teeth in front when she had perfect teeth when she was born. And thus, we decided that she needed to wear braces.

The problem with braces is that we have heard so many negative feedback about them. They are painful and expensive. But if you are a parent, you will know that these two can be survived, because when Maristel gets older, she will eventually thank us for her confident smile which she can bring with her everywhere she goes. My whispered prayer is to find a good orthodontist who won’t give us exaggeratedly priced dental packages, and that my daughter won’t get traumatized by the procedure.

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Green Apple Dental – Trinoma
2054 Trinoma Mall EDSA
Corner North Avenue, Quezon City
Contact No(s).: (02) 392-4187, (02) 901-0506

And then we got this invitation from a blogger friend Vance Madrid to visit Green Apple Dental / MRC Clinic (the first in Asia). It’s a nice, comfy dental clinic within Trinoma Mall which offers complete dental and MRC services. MRC stands for Myofunctional Research Co. which owns the brand of Myobrace, which are *intra-oral appliances used to treat the causes of crooked teeth and poor jaw growth.

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Dr. Gammy Urbi

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Dr. Urbi’s trophies in dental field

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One of the photos of the dental cases successfully handled by Dr. Urbi. There are a dozen more displayed inside the cubicle.

And then we met Dr. Gammy Urbi, who as we found out, has been popular because of his advocacy in applying preventive dental measures by correcting poor oral habits (or what they call myofunctional habits) as against correcting dental problems through braces at the later stage. He had many tv guestings and printed articles spread out to let the public know about this dental technology which already has increasing followers.

So I let Dr. Urbi to see the problems in Maristel’s teeth and he easily recognized that my daughter has incorrect breathing habits which resulted to her crooked teeth and her eternal dried lips. I was actually wondering in the past why she always has dried lips and she often requests me to buy her lip balm. I never thought that it was because she breathes through her mouth (unconsciously) and not through her nose, which is the correct way to do it.

Photos During Diagnostics

test 1 test 2 test 3 test4 With Dr. Urbi’s recommendation, we let Maristel undergo a diagnostic test that day and as the x-ray showed it, my daughter’s air passages are narrower than normal. And this was because they are not being used properly. Dr. Urbi explained to us that it’s like other parts of the body which becomes weak because of improper or lack of use. The doctor is a tri-athlete himself so he must know about this part. The good news is that because my daughter is still young, there is a high chance of correcting these malformation and he recommended a two-year MRC trainer program for Maristel. He also said that in six months we should be already seeing positive changes  given we fully cooperate with the program.

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one of the state of the art dental chairs inside MRC clinic

What really attracted us to try out Dr. Urbi’s program is first, with the dental cases presented to us which had amazing results in so short a time, I felt that this is the way for my daughter to get her dental treatment without going through the pain that we’ve always heard about. She can go to school and eat normally while under the program. As the program also includes therapy sessions which will teach her proper breathing and the right food to eat, we also felt that these will all be helpful to her until she gets old. She can also pass all her new knowledge to her little sister.


different types of myobraces for each kind of patients

And then there’s the question of the money to be spent. As I don’t think it will be ethical to mention the price of the program we signed up for, the doctor said that the price may vary with the patient depending on the case. But with what we were expecting, the package price given to us is considerably lower than what we expected. Plus the fact that we are promised that relapse is very minimal.

And so we are on our first step on our journey to Maristel’s perfect smile. As a mom, I know how concerned most parents are when it comes to their children’s dental health and the need to use braces is actually not only popular but have always been thought about as the only solution. With this part of my blog, we will be sharing with you our journey every step of the way. Who knows, this might be the answer to your prayers too 🙂

Check my blog post about our next visit to MRC Clinic.

Green Apple Dental Clinic Website

Green Apple FB Page

Dr. Gammy Urbi’s Profile

6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Sol Razo May 2, 2014 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Good for you and Maristel. My daughter was advised by her dentist to have some sort of a gum brace, can’t remember what she told me. She has to put that on her mouth overnigh–before she sleeps and remove in the morning. But it was a bit pricey so we took hold of it then. Hoping to receive the same invitation hahaha, good luck on Maristel’s program!

    • tweenselmom May 8, 2014 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      Hi Sol, yes, I’ve heard gum braces are a bit steep. But I’ve always believed that prevention is the best medicine and it will be more expensive when they have to go for major dental repairs in the future.

  2. May De Jesus-Palacpac May 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    OMG! My eldest has crooked teeth and has consistently dry lips! He must also be breathing a lot through his mouth. I gotta check!

    • tweenselmom May 8, 2014 at 10:35 pm - Reply

      Hi May, yes, you should have that checked. I’ve never thought that too, kasi it’s natural naman talaga sometimes to breathe in the mouth diba? 🙂 pero that’s not right pala

  3. Don-Anthony Galvan April 14, 2015 at 4:02 am - Reply

    Our dentist recommended this product. My question is what types of exercises are used thoughtful the program? I want to make sure it is something my kids will adhere to. Are there videos available so I can make a better judgement? Also what have your results been? And have they been permanent?

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