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what is Myofunctional Therapy

The prefix ‘Myo’ stands for muscle. Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy is a unique program that is designed to correct muscle function behaviors that can influence occlusion, facial shape, chewing, swallowing and speech. Therapy inlcudes:

Breathing and Awareness

Evaluate breathing, open mouth and tongue postures, chewing, swallowing and parafunctional habits.

Toning and Positioning

Know your SPOT. Create new habits: Chewing, swallowing, tongue tip words, tongue and lip postures.

toning

Strengthening and creating balance in muscles, Toning facial muscles for stability.

New habit formation

Conditioning - muscle memory. Transform those new habits into routing. Putting it all together which leads to permanence.

permanence

Making permeant changes for life. Becoming your own therapist.

TREATMENT

being your own therapist

Become self-aware of habits and use the program to develop new healthy habits to enjoy eating, speaking, breathing and sleeping more soundly

Treatment is designed to develop proper resting postures for the lips, tongue, and jaw by retraining muscle and swallowing patters to eliminate negative oral habits. A certified orofacial myofunctional therapist is specifically trained to identify, evaluate and treat incorrect muscle function patterns.

While dentistry/orthodontics have a primary focus on dental occlusion, or teeth-together relationships. At Oral Facial Health Care we focus on behaviors and patterns that develop proper muscle patterns which in turn allows for the bones and teeth to move int position. It takes teamwork to promote a happy and healthy permanent occlusion.

We have programs for breathing, pre and post frenectomies and  proper tongue and lip postures, Depending on what orofacial myofunctional disorders you may have, we can find a therapy that works best for you.

Whether its nasal breathing issues, TMJ discomfort or sleep apnea/snoring, our goals are to help you with programs designed for your unique individual needs.

therapy Goals

Patient Goals and checklist

10-Step Program

  1. Awareness of poor Habits, Begin Breathing techniques
  2. Jaw Stability – Tubes, caves, wafer, pops
  3. Dissociate tongue from lips and facial muscles. 
  4. Tongue Posture
  5. Lip stretch exercises for lip closure
  6. Frenulum stretches, Back of tongue strengthening
    Chewing
  7. Gathering and Trapping
  8. Tongue Tip Word – Exercises for Lisp
  9. Conditioning and review for habit formation
  10. Permanence

Therapy for swallowing patterns, tongue position, lip seal, and nasal breathing depend on the maturity, attention span, and attitude of the patient. Compliance is instrumental in measuring success and making new habits permanent. Children, teenagers, and even adults have corrected and retrained poor muscle habits with the help of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. 

Therapy generally is 6 months with follows-up appt’s to a year. however it depends on the severity and nature of the OMDs. Therapy assures to:

new habits

Promote normal chewing and swallowing patterns. Promote healthy Nasal Breathing.

muscle development

Develop and improve appropriate rest posture of the tongue, lips, jaws and facial muscles.

retrain Patterns

Retrain patterns of muscle function habituation which help to relieve TMJD+.

We decided to come here [to work with Heidi] to fix my teeth and stop biting my nails. So now my nails are long again and I can paint them again!

Tova

Myofunctional therapy

Tova came to us recommended by her dentist after having to have her braces applied for a second time when the spaces in her teeth reappeared.  She was biting her nails and had a tongue thrust issue causing the teeth to move once the braces were removed. Creating new habits helped resolve the alignment of Tova’s teeth.

Assess your facial resting posture and swallow.

We provides individualized therapy and services from infant to adult in a compassionate and instructive environment, whether its with our safe in-person or virtual online sessions.

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