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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
We provide Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy to achieve the correct resting posture of the oral and facial muscles at rest and during swallowing. OMT breaks habit patterns that may disrupt normal dental development and facial aesthetics.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy uses exercises to assist in the neurological re-adaptation and normalization of the developing or developed craniofacial structures and functions. It encompasses the study, research, prevention, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of functional and structural alterations in the regions of the mouth, face and neck.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is a holistic and non-invasive treatment option in children and adults for:
|Tongue thrust||Low tongue rest position|
|Disorder of chewing||Atypical swallowing|
|Orthodontic relapse||Dental malocclusions|
|Abnormal breathing habits||Lack of lip seal|
|Sleep apnea||Temporomandibular disorders|
Consequences of not diagnosing and treating Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders
• Negatively impact the growth and development of the teeth and facial shape.
• Disrupt dental eruption patterns and dental alignment
• Open the dental bite beyond the normal rest position
• Slow orthodontic treatment
• Reduce stability of orthodontic treatment (move/shift of teeth after orthodontic treatment).
How do I know if I have an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder?
• Do you have an open mouth posture at rest or are you a mouth breather?
• Does your tongue rest against your teeth or between your teeth?
• Have your teeth moved after orthodontic treatment?
• Does your jaw or neck hurt often?
• Do you have an incorrect swallowing pattern? (e.g., tongue thrusting in between, forward or sideways against the teeth, chewing with your mouth open)
• Do you have headaches often?
• Do you drool or have bloating or stomach distress after eating?
• Are you a stomach or side sleeper?
• Do you have oral habits such as thumb, finger or pacifier sucking habits and other oral habits including a lisp at times when saying the “s” sound?
If you answer “YES” to 4 or more questions, it is recommended that you seek the advice from one of our experienced OMT therapists. Many of these disorders are easily treated and can positively impact a person’s quality of life.
Our therapists have completed extensive training from The Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy to identify and provide successful treatment for Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs).