Myofunctional Therapy

Our myofunctional therapy programs help to create better habits for better health...for life.  

Myofunctional therapy is available to people of all ages and is designed to correct orofacial muscle dysfunction using regular exercises and reminder techniques.  This help to retrain the tongue, lips, cheeks, jaw and facial muscles to function properly during chewing, swallowing and especially at rest.  During the day and while sleeping, the ideal orofacial posture consists of the lips being together, breathing through the nose, tongue lightly suctioned up in the palate and teeth slightly apart...what is your oral rest posture like right now?

After an initial assessment is conducted, a program is tailored to suite your needs, but usually aims to:

  1. Reinforce and establish a resting posture of the tongue away from the teeth, against the hard palate

  2. Establish appropriate oral, lingual, and facial muscle patterns that promote correct gestures for chewing and eating

  3. Retrain oral, lingual, and facial muscles to facilitate correct resting posture of tongue, lips, and jaw

  4. Establish mature swallowing patterns

  5. Prevent relapses after orthodontic treatment

  6. Improve relationship between dental arches; reduce open bite and over-jet

  7. Improve nasal breathing patterns

  8. Maintain overall facial muscle tone needed for ideal chewing, swallowing, and speech function

  9. Create an oral environment that creates favourable conditions for development and position of teeth

  10. Eliminate open-mouth posture

  11. Eliminate dry mouth condition or xerostomia

  12. Improve and enhance oral hygiene

  13. Eliminate thumb/finger sucking behaviours to facilitate normal growth of the palatal arch

 

What is orofacial myology?

Orofacial Myology is the study of oral and facial muscle function, posture and habits which may alter normal dental and facial development and appearance.   Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD) involve patterns and behaviours of the jaws, lips, cheek and tongue that aren't ideal but through an appropriate myofunctional therapy program, these habits can change.

 

What is an OMD?

 

What causes orofacial dysfunction?

An orofacial dysfunction can be the result of:

    • Interruption to developing correct swallow patterns – eating soft foods, bottle feeding, thumb/finger or dummy sucking

    • Restricted airways - large adenoids/tonsils/turbinates, large tongue, allergies, oversized uvula, narrow or high palate

    • Tongue-tie, lip-ties or other physiological/structural abnormalities

    • Neurological or developmental abnormalities

 

What if an OMD goes untreated?

 Untreated OMDs can possibly result in:

    • crooked teeth/small sized jaws - open bites, cross bites, over-jet, crowding

    • abnormal eruption of teeth and dental arch

    • abnormal tone of facial muscles

    • prolonged meal times due to ineffective chewing and swallowing

    • fussy/messy eating - find it hard to swallow correctly

    • belching, tummy pains -gulping air when eating

    • poor posture

    • altered speech patterns - lisps

    • asymmetrical lips and facial appearance and function

    • sleep disordered breathing due to night-time mouth breathing/low tongue posture - obstructive sleep apnoea

    • teeth grinding, clenching, TMJ disorders, craniofacial pain

    • relapse after orthodontic treatment