Orofacial myofunctional therapy is also known as oral myology, myofunctional orofacial therapy, myofunctional therapy, oral myofunctional therapy, or oromyofunctional therapy.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy is the neuromuscular/neurologic re-education of orofacial muscle patterns using therapeutic techniques and exercises over time. Orofacial myologists work to re-train the brain and nervous system to correct motor pathways. The goal of therapy is for the muscles of the orofacial complex to work harmoniously, promoting proper growth, development, and function.
We work in conjunction with other health care providers, like Ear, Nose, & Throat specialists, orthodontists, general dentists, speech therapists, pediatricians, and more to provide you with comprehensive care.
Pacifier, finger sucking, tongue sucking, lip licking, nail biting, and other oral habits
We offer an affordable, positive habit cessation program. No appliances are required. Most patients discontinue their habit in a week or less!
Tongue thrust/immature swallow/reverse swallow
We re-educate the orofacial muscles to develop a proper swallowing pattern.
Lip incompetence and open mouth rest posture
Our patients learn the importance of nasal breathing and strive to become nasal breathers. With therapy, lips will often become stronger and closed at rest, without strain.
Tongue rest position
Orofacial myologists realize that tongue rest position is key to good speech, a proper swallow, and orthodontic success. We provide gentle reminders, activities, and exercises to solidify a proper tongue rest position.
Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) related to bruxism/clenching/grinding
We address muscle imbalances affecting the jaw joint related to parafunctional habits.
Pre & post-frenectomy
We provide exercises and stretches prior to & following the release of restricted lingual frenum (tongue tie) to prevent scar tissue and reattachment that could affect the tongue mobility and function.
We focus on general awareness as well as lip closure, cheek strength, and proper swallowing to stop a drooling habit.
Post-orthognathic (jaw) surgery
Maximize the results of your orthognathic surgery with post-operative exercises, stretches, and stimulation.
Do you have any long-term bad habits (lip sucking, finger sucking, nail biting, pacifier, etc)?
Is the tip of your tongue on the floor of your mouth, against your front teeth, or between your teeth at rest?
Are your lips apart at rest?
Are you breathing through your mouth?
Does your tongue move forward (or to the side) when you swallow?
Are you a fast and messy eater?
Do you clench or grind your teeth?
....Answering "yes" to any of these questions could be a sign of an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder. Call for your free screening today!