What are the indications for myofunctional therapy?
The primary goal is to recapture a normal freeway space (the space between the upper and lower teeth).
Tongue thrust (incorrect tongue resting posture), thumb/finger sucking, pacifier habit, open mouth rest posture, mouth breathing, drooling, poor table manners, lack of muscle tone in face and lips, helping to resolve harmful habits to promote proper growth and development and restore proper tongue and lip resting postures.
How long does therapy take?
Therapy may consist of several phases. Thumb/finger sucking and nail biting usually take 4 appointments. Other therapy may take months to correct each individual’s needs.
What does therapy consist of?
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) is provided by a trained/Certified Orofacial Myologist. Sessions will consist of photos, measurements, and exercises. Instructions are given for exercises to be done at home and performed two or three times per day.
How does the patient’ and parent’s participation affect treatment outcomes?
The patient and parent/guardian must understand that progress and results can be delayed if there is a lack of commitment and daily participation. Open airway must be established for proper results, this may include referral to other specialists prior to treatment.