Tongue Thrust Therapy & Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
An Orofacial Myofuntional Disorder can impact many aspects of daily life including posture, breathing, drinking, eating, and talking.
OMD includes behaviors and patterns created by inappropriate muscle function and incorrect habits involving the tonuge, lips, jaw, and face (IAOM, 2014).
What are some possible red flags?
Why should I consider treatment?
If not addressed, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders can have a lifelong impact on facial symmetry/appearance, dental alignment, speech articulation, sleep health, focus/attention, and overall quality of life.
Improvements from treatment can be seen in a matter of weeks and can reduce the potential for relapse following orthodontic intervention. Consider the following before and after pictures. This patient was referred by her orthodontist and presented with the following symptoms: forward tongue position while breathing, difficulty forming a food bolus, tongue thrust/inverted swallowing pattern, mouth breathing, and speech sound errors. Upon completion of our program, all of her symptoms were resolved.