What Is Myofunctional Therapy?

Orofacial myofunctional therapy uses neuromuscular re-education to optimize the form and function of oral/facial anatomy. Specific exercises retrain muscle groups around the airway, jaw and bite to improve development impacted by improper swallowing, chewing and breathing habits. Catching issues early, like mouth breathing and tongue thrusting, prevents skeletal growth distortion affecting tooth alignment, jaw position and breathing. For those struggling with related symptoms like crowded teeth, TMD pain or disordered breathing patterns, re-patterning through myofunctional therapy provides an accessible, non-invasive treatment to correct muscle imbalance and establish proper technique. By identifying and treating the root oral dysfunctions, we resolve a range of downstream problems improving oral and systemic wellbeing.

At CB Dental, Mandy works as both a hygienist and myofunctional therapist. Her Myofunctional Therapy program involves a series of facial and tongue exercises, as well as behavior modifications that improve the tongue’s resting position in the mouth (IAOMT) and strengthen the range of motion of the jaw, cheeks, and lips. This is referred to as the proper oral posture. There is a large focus nose breathing both day and night. It is well established that the nose humidifies, warms, and filters the air we breath, and nasal breathing promotes proper facial development.

There are many different breathing methods including the Buteyko Breath Method and the Wim Hof Breathing Method. Both approaches claim proper breathing improves overall health, anxiety, asthma, sleep quality and more.

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Myofunctional Therapy: Adjunct for Treating Disorders

According to the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT), the ability to swallow is dependent on the body’s biological balance, and because the average person will swallow around 500-1,000 times a day, this specific function can lead to several health and behavioral issues for both children and adults.

Mandy’s Myo Program

Each treatment plan is specifically tailored to each patient. During an hour and a half appointment, Mandy does a thorough and comprehensive intake exam. Typically, she will meet with you bi-weekly either in person or via a virtual, HIPAA compliant platform, to evaluate progress and review exercises. If it is deemed that a frenectomy is recommended that will be performed once the patient has demonstrated sufficient strength and improvement, typically after 6-8wks in therapy. The entire myofunctional program is roughly 6-9mo.

Call our office to schedule a free 30 minute consultation with Mandy to learn more about the program and whether it would benefit you or your family members.