Mouth breathing can alter how you look completely from a skeletal view and disrupt airway development which can impact the amount of oxygen required for proper body function. The resting position of tongue and facial muscles can be affected by mouth breathing and often mouth breathers will experience many signs and symptoms of myofunctional disorders. Human bodies rely highly on specific amounts of oxygen entering our body and carbon dioxide exiting our body to remain a healthy state. Sadly, failure to successfully nasal breathe can affect your overall health.
The habits we develop in our youth years encourage behaviors in adult life. Trained muscles in the face, neck and tongue in their optimal biological way will help with muscle memory for the optimum development and alignment of the jaw and teeth. In most cases this can help eliminate the need of orthodontic treatment.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) is a customised program for you. It incorporates specific exercises and activities to help eliminate many of the disorders caused by abnormalities in swallowing, improper tongue rest posture and mouth breathing.
OMT is a painless treatment and the exercises are relatively simple. For myofunctional therapy to be successful it consists of commitment from you. Exercises need to be performed every day two times per day until the existing, improper muscle pattern has been established and maintained. It also takes time and cooperation from the whole family and patient.
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD’s) are disorders including the muscles and functions of the mouth and face which directly or indirectly affect;
- Tongue function
- Skeletal growth and development
- Oral hygiene effectiveness
- Orthodontic stability/maintenance
- Tenderness of the temporomandibular joint
- Dental arch development
Many orofacial myofunctional disorders are created with inadequate nasal breathing, or with chronic mouth breathing.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy is not just for kids! Therapy for adults of all ages are capable of achieving successful results. The most common reasons or signs of therapy treatment delivered for adults are:
- Neck pain
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
The team at icon dental group are pleased to expand our Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy services to be provided by our Orofacial Myologist Megan Swanson. We target Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders with customised programs. Our practice provides rehabilitation programs for the following conditions:
- Thumb/finger sucking habits
- Tongue thrust
- Incorrect tongue posture and swallowing pattern
- Lip incompetence
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
We offer a free Myofunctional consultation for you to assess any myofunctional disorders or habits they may effect your overall health. We also work closely with orthodontic cases to prevent relapse post orthodontic treatment.
For you free consultation, please call to book your appointment at ICON DENTAL GROUP on 07 49392900.