Myofunctional Therapy

Description

Great Smiles Start Early!

If you are not sleeping, breathing and chewing well, it’s physically impossible to be optimally healthy! No matter what your age, you can work on retraining your oral-facial and neck muscles to help you achieve better sleep and proper breathing and digestion.

Myofunctional therapy is a highly effective, painless way to activate proper alignment and function of the facial muscles. It is a program of exercises that help restore strength and coordination and retrains muscles of the face and tongue to optimize complex functions such as breathing, chewing, swallowing, speaking, occlusion, temporomandibular joint movement, oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics and facial skeletal growth. OMT instills positive habits to ensure those changes last a lifetime.

Do I need Myofunctional Therapy?

  • Is your child a picky eater?
  • Do you have chronic jaw pain?
  • Are you frustrated that speech therapy has not fixed the problem?
  • Has your child been diagnosed with a disorder such as Apraxia?
  • Has your dentist pointed out an overbite caused by “tongue thrust”?
  • Does your infant have difficulty feeding?

Children and adults with OMD’s may struggle with:

  • Mouth Breathing
  • Bottle feeding
  • Thumb,finger, & pacifier sucking
  • Long Face Syndrome
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Reverse swallow
  • Lisping / Speech issues
  • Poor posture/ Leaning on chin
  • Cheek or lip biting
  • Picky/ Messy eating
  • Snoring/ Sleep issues
  • Crowded teeth
  • Grinding, clenching, Bruxism

Patients who have undergone treatment have regained enjoyment of eating, breathing, speaking even sleeping more soundly. We also see many patients who suffer from TMJ Dysfunction or Obstructive Sleep Apnea who have found improvement in symptoms after therapy. Additionally, when the muscles tighten the face looks better, younger, lifted without injections or surgery. It has been reported that in Brazil plastic surgeons work with Orofacial Myotherapists to get the best benefit for their patients.