NWI Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, LLC
What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)?
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, also called Orofacial Myology, is the study and treatment of disorders of the oral and facial muscles, consisting of behavioral modification and simple, therapeutic exercises for muscles of the tongue, lips, and jaw. This also includes a habit elimination program for thumb/finger sucking.
What are Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs)?
People don't often give their tongues much thought, but correct tongue function is important for proper growth and development of the facial bones and airway. Ideally the tongue should rest against the palate, or roof of the mouth, with the lips closed, and breathing through the nose. Under these circumstances, the tongue becomes a natural palatal expander, as pressure from the tongue will stimulate growth of the jaw bones. This will reduce the likelihood of malocclusion or crooked teeth, as the teeth will have more room to erupt. The correct resting posture of the tongue is important for keeping the airway open while sleeping. Headaches and jaw tension are also common with OMDs as the jaw and neck muscles often compensate for poor tongue function.
What are some symptoms of an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders?
Open bite, deep overbite, crossbite
Narrow palate/small jaws
Tongue excessively visible while speaking/eating/smiling
Poor Quality Sleep
Sleep Disordered Breathing
Headaches/Head and neck pain
Thumb or Finger Sucking
Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, reflux, and constipation
What causes Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders?
One of the main contributing factors is mouth breathing or open mouth posturing. Other factors can include thumb/finger sucking, ankyloglossia (tongue tie), and extended use of pacifers, bottles, or sippy cups.
If you suspect you or your loved one may be suffering from an OMD, contact me today for a free 20 minute online consultation.
Practice limited to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Notice the changes that occurred correcting breathing and oral rest posture. The open bite closed, the teeth are no longer dehydrated, and the lips are no longer chapped.
2 weeks before and 2 weeks after laser
tongue tie release, with pre and post op myofunctional therapy