Treatment for Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder

Does orthodontic treatment accompany orofacial therapy?

If incorrect swallowing or tongue thrust has created a malocclusion, learning proper swallowing techniques may prevent further damage.

Careful diagnosis and special orthodontic appliances or braces will be needed to reposition dental problems that have already occurred. An uncorrected OMD can undermine the stability of orthodontic correction, resulting in relapse.

Who provides Myofunctional Therapy at myORTHODONTIST?

Laurie Smith RDH, and registered member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), provides onsite myofunctional therapy at our McKenzie Towne location.

Her training enables her to identify abnormal jaw positioning, and assess mouth and facial movements.

Laurie assists patients in correcting detrimental habits such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and mouth breathing.

By correcting myofunctional disorders early patients will see an improvement in craniofacial development and deter long-term health issues. Benefits of Myofunctional Therapy

Myofunctional Therapy Can Help:

  • STOP a tongue thrust habit.
  • START breathing through your nose instead of your mouth.
  • QUIT thumb-sucking, nail-biting, lip/cheek-chewing or other poor habits.
  • SUPPORT head-neck-body posture.
  • PREVENT or correct Long Face Syndrome.
  • ESTABLISH a harmonious oral environment.
  • ADDRESS issues such as speech problems, sleep apnea, snoring, digestion, clenching/grinding habits and TMJ disorders.
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