WHAT IS MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY?

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is a non-invasive treatment option for orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs), which are abnormalities in lip, jaw, or tongue position while at rest, during swallowing or speech.

 

Examples of OMDs include:

  • Repetitive oral habits such as thumb or finger sucking

  • Habitual open-mouth resting posture (lips apart)

  • Resting tongue posture between or against the teeth

  • Tongue thrust swallowing pattern

These OMDs contribute to many medical and dental problems including:

  • Malocclusion (poor alignment of teeth) 

  • Orthodontic relapse

  • Periodontal disease

  • Chewing/swallowing/feeding disorders

  • Abnormal jaw growth and position

  • TMD (jaw pain)

  • Low facial tone

  • Restricted airway!