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Dr. Chris Farrell

BDS (Sydney Uni)

Dr. Farrell graduated from Sydney University in 1971. His father was also a Dentist from Sydney University and practiced General Dentistry and Orthodontics in a Sydney private practice. Dr Chris Farrell studied the BEGG orthodontic technique at Sydney University.

Since that time he has been a clinician in private practice in Australia and England. His interests were primarily directed to the treatment of TMJ disorder. Although he was very familiar with conventional orthodontic treatment, he was not comfortable with the excessive extraction of teeth required by the orthodontists at the time.

In 1977 Dr. Farrell moved to England where he studied TMJ disorder as well as running a large multiple practice employing general dentists and orthodontists. From this location he was able to study techniques in both the USA and Europe. In particular he received much education from Dr John Mew (UK) and Dr Harold Gelb USA. Also very much influenced by Garliner, Prof. Hinz and Prof Frankel. All of whom were looking beyond the teeth and onto faces, muscles and posture.

From this educational background he observed the failures of the dental profession to treat both the many patients who have TMJ disorder and the growing children with orthodontic problems and future TMJ disorder. Observation and extensive study of research over the years also showed that extraction of teeth did not resolve orthodontic crowding and craniofacial discrepancies.

He realised that newer techniques had to be developed to treat these many patients more effectively.

In 1986, Dr Farrell returned to Australia, where he now practices treating children and adults for Orthodontics and TMJ exclusively. Here he was introduced to the work of Speech Therapists, Hale and Atkins on simpler myofunctional therapy techniques and also the findings of Dr Kevin Bourke on the orthodontic effect of his "Chewing Brush".

From this educational background, Myofunctional Research Co was created. Now, Dr. Farrell holds three worldwide patents for new dental appliances and is developing other innovations in his practice in Queensland, Australia, specific to the early treatment of orthodontic problems in children and TMJ disorder in adults.

Dr Farrell is consultant designer for Shock Doctor Inc, the world's largest manufacturer of retail sports mouthguards. He has lectured in many countries including the Europe, UK, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia.