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Myofunctional Therapy

Good oral myofunctional health means the muscles of the face and mouth work together to keep the lips closed when the mouth is at rest and breathing centered through the nasal passages. Proper swallowing also depends on the relationship between the muscles of the face, mouth and throat. 

An oral myofunctional disorder is the underdevelopment or lack of tone in any of these muscles causing a malfunction of the muscle system that controls speech, swallowing, eating and sleeping. Having an OMD can impact speech development, increase mouth breathing and cause malocclusion (overbite, underbite or open bite). Addressing oral myofunctional disorders early will have lifelong benefits for your child as well as their dental development. 

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Who is Myofunctional Therapy for ?

Children are not the only people affected by OMDs. Teens entering braces treatment can benefit from myofunctional therapy as well as adults who suffer from sleep apnea. Some symptoms of OMDs include:

  • Weak Lower Lip

  • Mouth Breathing

  • Chronic Open Mouth Posture

  • Drooling Beyond the Age of Two

  • Limited Tongue Movement

  • Difficulty Saying Sounds Like S, SH and J

  • Malocclusion

  • Snoring

Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy

Glass Orthodontics is pleased to offer myofunctional therapy for patients who have an oral myofunctional disorder or OMD. Through specific repetitive exercises, myofunctional therapy is designed to retrain and strengthen weak facial and/or oral muscles eliminating symptoms of OMDs. The exercises are designed to:

  • Increase awareness of tongue position
  • Coordinate oral and facial muscles so lips, cheek and jaw muscles work together
  • Improve function of bite and jaw alignment
  • Improve ability to swallow, breathe and articulate speech

Myofunctional therapy exercises are customized to each patient’s unique needs. The success of the therapy depends on the diligence of the patient. After retraining and strengthening the muscles of the face, lips, tongue and mouth, the patient will no longer have the oral myofunctional disorder and greatly improve the quality of his/her life.

If you think your child may have an oral myofunctional disorder, we are happy to schedule a consultation to evaluate and offer treatment if necessary. For any questions call (757) 204-7770.