What is Orofacial Myofunctional therapy?

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“Myofunctional therapy is a specifically prescribed regimen of exercises designed to correct oral facial muscle imbalance and deviant swallow patterns.  It is an ancillary program used in conjunction with and to enhance necessary and appropriate dental, medical, and speech treatment. Myofunctional therapy assists the orthodontist, oral surgeon,  physician from pediatrics to geriatrics, and specialties such as ENT, speech pathology, occupational and physical therapy with the correction of various symptoms that interfere with the successful results of their prescribed treatments. As a holistic approach, myofunctional therapy treats oral facial muscle imbalance in such a way that, once corrected, the muscles will function appropriately with all interrelated body systems. It enhances oral awareness, which is the foundation for all oral motor development.” (Institute for Myofunctional Therapy)

Here are some benefits you may experience from seeking treatment:

  • Facial appearance
  • Dental occlusion
  • Speech/Articulation
  • Tongue thrust swallow
  • Breathing patterns

One of the most important factors in good muscle function is the position in which our oral and facial muscles rest when not in use. This is known as oral rest posture. It is the primary focus of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy.

Correct oral rest posture includes:

  • Sealed lips 
  • Teeth together
  • Facial symmetry
  • Breathing through nose
  • Tongue on roof of mouth

Incorrect oral rest posture may include

  • Low tongue posture
  • Lips apart at rest
  • Long narrow face
  • Mouth breathing
  • Narrow jaws
  • Flattened cheeks

If you have any questions about whether or not Myofunctional therapy is right for you, give us a call!


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