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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)

 

What is an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder?  Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders  (OMDs) disrupt breathing, chewing, and swallowing due to behaviors and patterns created by inappropriate muscle function and incorrect habits that involve muscles of the face, lips, jaw, and tongue.  The following are common OMDs which can be identified and treated in oral myofunctional therapy (in collaboration with other specialists):

  • Mouth Breathing/Abnormal Breathing

  • Open Mouth Postures

  • Tongue Tie/Lip Tie

  • Open Mouth Posture

  • Tongue Thrust

  • Swallowing Disorders/Chewing Difficulties

  • Sleep Disorders/Snoring

  • Poor Oral Habits (pacifiers/thumb sucking)

  • Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) & Clenching

  • Malocclusions /Orthodontic Issues

  • Speech Difficulties

 What does Oral Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) do?     Oral myofunctional therapists use exercises and repetition to retrain the muscles of the face, jaw, lips, and tongue to function properly.  The following are treatment goals for Oral Myofunctional Therapy:

  • Jaw and Orthodontic Stability

  • Eliminate Bad Habits, like thumb sucking

  • Develop Proper lip seal at rest

  • Optimal Tongue Resting Position

  • Develop Proper Nasal Breathing

  • Correct Chewing and Swallowing Patterns

  • Proper Facial Development

  • Improve speech intelligibility

I think that this service could help my child…or myself! How do I get started? Use the ‘Contact Us’ form on this website to get started! We will facilitate the referral process for you!