What is myofunctional therapy?
Myofunctional therapy involves assessing a patient’s underperforming facial muscles and customizing exercises to correct these problems and get your facial muscles working as they should again. These issues are often caused by bad habits. If left untreated, these habits can lead to complex and painful problems, affecting the way you chew, swallow, and speak. Myofunctional therapy is a form of physical therapy that can improve your breathing, bite, and posture to benefit your overall oral health.
Who needs myofunctional therapy?
Why Treatment Is Important
Orofacial myofunctional disorders can affect both adults and children. They occur when the lip, jaw, or tongue is in an abnormal position that affects the function and development of facial structures. This can be caused by a range of factors, including a deviated septum, enlarged tonsils, thumb-sucking, or excessive pacifier or bottle use. These disorders can also affect jaw movement, cause discomfort, and impact oral hygiene. If you experience any of these symptoms, speak with your dentist about myofunctional therapy. Prompt treatment helps prevent further problems such as malocclusion.
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How Myofunctional Therapy Works
What To Expect
Treatment is customized according to your individual needs, age, and symptoms. Your myofunctional therapy program is designed to unravel bad habits and replace them with new, healthy habits, such as nasal breathing and good posture, to improve your oral health. Typically patients undergo myofunctional therapy over 12 sessions spread across a period of eight to 10 months. You will also be asked to do a series of daily home exercises, including tongue- and lip-strengthening exercises. These physical exercises will help you to maintain positive oral myofunctional habits.
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