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The device origin
The TRP (Tongue Right Positioner) device is the result of 30 years of research, originally in the field of orthodontics. It was invented by Dr Claude Mauclaire, an orthodontist in Troyes. This device was originally designed to correct lingual functions in parallel with his orthodontic treatments. The tongue no longer being an obstacle to treatment, it was faster, less painful and above all more stable over time.
Soon, Dr. Mauclaire realized that his patients were standing up straighter, their necks were getting thinner, they said they breathed better… through their noses. Later, a patient’s mother announced that her child wanted to keep her TRP at the end of her treatment. This one finally allowed him to sleep well! From that moment on, Dr. Mauclaire understood that malocclusions and breathing disorders had the same causes: tongue dysfunctions!
His son, Jean-Michel, stimulated research that highlighted the progressive openings of the pharynx, or the molar-molar spaces of Dr. Mauclaire’s patients. Some of this work has been the subject of scientific publications.
Take this approach a step further
In 2012, the company Tongue Lab was created with the aim of developing and marketing the TRP system in order to provide adequate solutions to the problems of millions of people around the world. Today, no less than 1000 TRPs have been placed on patients.
To do this, Tongue Lab develops a range of TRPs adapted to patients’ needs for treatment:
- Oral breathing
- Sleep breathing disorders
Thanks to the potential effect of TRP on the improvement of tongue functions and in particular on nasal breathing and the quality of oxygenation, Tongue Lab is developing a range of TRPs specifically designed for the well-being and improvement of sports practice.
Finally, Tongue Lab has surrounded itself with a multidisciplinary team to carry out this vision.
Tongue is a complex organ and we aim to remain at the forefront of research in its understanding. We conduct clinical and experimental studies for this purpose.
- measurement of the effectiveness of treatment with TRP on Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (SAOS)
- measurement of the effectiveness of treatment with TRP on snoring
Research program on the mechanisms involved in lingual reeducation.
Some studies have been carried out in recent years. They have been published in scientific journals, and/or presented at national or international conferences.
Oral presentations :
- In 2017, during “the Orthodontics Days” in Paris, presentation of the stable benefits of lingual reeducation with TRP on transversal direction and nasal permeability
- In 2014, during “the Orthodontics Days” in Paris, presentation of the beneficial effect on nasal permeability of lingual reeducation with the TRP device
- In 2013, during “the Orthodontics Days” in Toulouse, presentation of early reeducation of lingual functions with TRP: prevention of malocclusions and ventilatory disorders.
- In 2012, during “the Orthodontics Days” in Paris, presentation of multi-attachment and functional therapies with TRP: sustainable tooth alignment.
- In 2011, during “the Orthodontics Days” in Paris, presentation of the gap: stability of treatments with functional reeducation by TRP device
Presentations posted at medical conferences:
- Apr 2018, at the international padiatric sleep association congress (Paris): tongue reeducation with tongue right positioner stably increases upper airways diameter and nasal patency
- In Nov 2017, during the Sleep Congress of the French sleep research and medicine society in Marseilles: importance of lingual reeducation by tongue right positioning on the permeability of the upper airways
- In Nov 2017, at the Dental Congress Sleep Doctor (japan) “lingual reeducation with tongue right positioner stably increases upper airway patency in young orthodontic patients”
- In Oct 2017, at the World Sleep Congress (Prague): lingual reeducation with tongue right positioner increases upper airway patency in young orthodontic patients
- In 2016, at the French Society of Sleep Research and Medicine in Strasbourg, presentation of the residual effect on nasal permeability of lingual reeducation with the TRP device.
- In 2015, at the French Society of Sleep Research and Medicine in Nantes, presentation of the study of the comfort and effectiveness of TRP in the treatment of snoring (preliminary results).
- In 2014, at the French Society of Sleep Research and Medicine in Lille, presentation of the beneficial effect on nasal permeability of lingual reeducation with the TRP device.
- In 2013, at the IFUNA in Paris, presentation of “Early tongue retraining treatment with TRP appliance: effects on upper airways and open bite.”
- In 2012, at the European Association of Paediatric Dentistry in Strasbourg, presentation of “Early treatment of tongue dysfunctions for the prevention of breathing disorders”.
- In 2011, at the French Society of Dentofacial Orthopaedics in Lyon, presentation of the effects of the TRP device: lingual and aesthetic reeducation of the face.
Medical reviews :
- Mauclaire, Vanpoulle, Saint Georges Chaumet – International Orthodontics, Oct 2015, Physiological correction of tongue dysfunction with the “Tongue Right Positioner”: beneficial effects on the upper airways.
- Vanpoulle – Kiné actu, February 2015, SAOS, what are the proposed solutions.
- Vanpoulle – Kiné actu, November 2014, Snoring physiotherapy
- Vanpoulle – Le monde de l’Ostéopathie October 2013, The tongue, an osteopathic organ to be educated, interest of the TRP.
- Mauclaire C, Wulleman P, Belattar A, Vanpoulle F, Bancel R, Saint-Georges-Chaumet Y. Intérêts de la rééducation linguale avec le dispositif TRP pour le traitement des troubles respiratoires obstructifs du sommeil. Ortho Autrem. 2019.
- Bancel R, Kohler S. Suivi multidisciplinaire de trois patients atteints de troubles obstructifs du sommeil par la réeducation linguale avec TRP. Ortho Autrem. 2020:16-21.
Because the implications for health and well-being are important, we want to make this knowledge accessible to as many people as possible. We have created this informative site for this purpose, and we regularly write blog articles to address certain points of view related to tongue reeducation. Articles that are directly related to science are available below. You can find all the blog articles here.