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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?

Tooth crowding/malocclusion

Open bite, deep overbite, crossbite

Narrow palate/small jaws

Orthodontic relapse

Mouth breathing

Tongue excessively visible while speaking/eating/smiling

Jaw Tension


Poor Quality Sleep


Sleep Disordered Breathing

Sleep Apnea

Headaches/Head and neck pain

Recessed chin


Poor posture

Periodontal Disease

Gum recession

Thumb or Finger Sucking

Nail Biting

Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, reflux, and constipation

What causes Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders?

One of the main contributing factors is mouth breathing. 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 30 minute online consultation.


Practice limited to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy for adults and children over age 7.


Please feel free to contact me for recommended therapists for children under age 7 

100% virtual therapy available.

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

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