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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy

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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is a comprehensive treatment for all Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD)
OMD involve behaviors and patterns created by inappropriate muscle function and incorrect habits involving tongue, lips, jaw and face.
A tongue thrust is the most common variation of OMD. During the act of swallowing, rest posture and incorrect position of the tongue may contribute to improper orofacial development and spacing or crowding of the teeth.
An orofacial variation relating to the lips is an open mouth, lips apart posture. This is often referred to as lip incompetence and can distract from a pleasing facial appearance and contribute to gum disease and tooth decay.
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders result from a combination of factors:

  • Improper oral habits such as thumb/finger sucking
  • Restricted nasal airway due to enlarged tonsils/adenoids
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Mouth breathing
  • Allergies
  • Structural or physiological abnormalities such as short lingual frenulum (tongue tie) and/or short labial frenulum (lip tie)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Hereditary predisposition

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders may have a negative effect on the development of the dentition, particularly dental eruption patterns and correct alignment of teeth and jaws. Speech patterns may become distorted and function of TMJ may be greatly impacted.
Correcting or improving resting position of the tongue and lips can be instrumental in aiding development of normal patterns of dental eruption and alignment.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy for tongue thrust, lip competence, mouth breathing, sleep disorders, TMJ issues may be recommended for a variety of functional and cosmetic reasons.
Correcting myofunctional disorders can help stabilize orthodontic results creating a heathier and more desirable oral environment.
At what age should therapy begin;

  • Children as young as 4 years old can benefit from an evaluation to determine if any preventative steps need to be taken.
  • Adults of all ages can achieve successful results

If you or your child suffers from mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, misaligned teeth, snoring, TMJ issues please contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment.