Myofunctional therapy, also known as Orofacial Myology or Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, is a non-invasive approach to treating dysfunctional oral habits. It involves static and active strength exercises to rehabilitate the tongue and orofacial muscles.
It’s never too late to treat this dysfunctionality. People of all ages can develop positive and long-lasting habits after receiving the therapy. Improvements are seen in breathing, chewing, swallowing, digestion, facial aesthetics, sleep quality, mood, and more.
Our focus is on research and evidence-based diagnosis, patient education, and building a treatment plan to achieve the optimal oral and overall health goals of the patient.
We provide customized programs to treat Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders. Our practice offers treatments and myofunctional therapy for the following conditions:
At the clean smile dental hygiene clinic, the OMT is a airway centric and customized program that teaches exercises for tongue and facial muscles and techniques for behavioural modification that helps with improving and treating chewing & swallowing disorders, promote proper rest posture of the tongue and improves breathing. To make the therapy successful, consistency is the key!!
Everyday exercise is needed until the desired muscle pattern is achieved. It requires commitment from the patient, family, and time. Treatment at our clinic usually starts with a detailed evaluation, followed by a customized treatment plan. It might take over 6-12 months with a regular program of exercise however it may vary from patient to patient.
Orofacial Myofunctional disorders are dysfunctions of muscles and disorders of the face and mouth that affect:
Orofacial Myofunctional disorder can occur due to chronic inadequate/obstructive nasal breathing or chronic mouth breathing. The constant adaptation of the facial muscles and function from such disordered breathing habits can lead to Orofacial Myofunctional disorders.
The goal of our myologist is to provide customized treatment for our patients while being aligned with our dentist and other health care practitioners to collectively achieve the best oral function and balance.
The process of swallowing is a function that depends on the working of our muscles in a balanced way. To swallow properly, teeth, tongue, cheeks, and throat must work together in a synchronized manner.
The best way to determine if you or your child have Myofunctional Disorder is to come in for an evaluation. We perform myofunctional evaluations at no cost as part of our dental exam during your visit.
Typically, the most noticeable symptom of incorrect oral posture involves facial muscles. A dull, lethargic, weak lip appearance develops when the muscles are not functioning properly. Constantly parted lips are another indication of the disorder.
A person swallowing incorrectly will often squeeze and stiffen the muscles of the cheeks, chin, and lips – a sign known as a Facial grimace. This can give the chin a twisted appearance due to these overworked muscles.
Mouth breathing or constantly keeping lips open can indicate tongue thrust and low tongue relaxation posture.
Individuals suffering from abnormal oral muscle patterns may have difficulty articulating sounds. Improper placement of muscles in the tongue and lips can hinder normal speech sounds.
An orofacial myologist can help stabilize orofacial muscles; however, a Speech Therapist may be required for correct sound expression.
Improper oral muscle function may lead to TMJ dysfunction, headaches, stomach pain/bloating, airway obstruction, and sleep-disordered breathing.
Recent research indicates that Myofunctional Therapy may alleviate symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing, such as snoring, and improve mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Proper functioning of tongue, throat, and facial muscles may aid in resolving these disorders.
At Clean Smiles Dental Hygiene Clinic, our trained Myofunctional Therapists can perform screenings and suggest whether OMT is suitable for you or your child. Collaboration with various professionals, such as Dentists, Orthodontists, ENTs, Sleep GPs, GPs, Chiropractors, Osteopathists, and Speech Therapists, may be necessary to address and manage the patient’s needs effectively.
We believe that assessing and treating patients through a variety of methods is crucial for successful treatment. Everyone deserves education and treatment for Myofunctional Disorders. Myofunctional Therapy can improve eating, speaking, breathing, and sleeping patterns. Cosmetic enhancements can also restore confidence and self-esteem.
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