Myofunctional therapy is a program of exercises that helps you stop oral and facial habits that can ruin your smile, change your appearance and sap your health. It retrains the muscles of your mouth, jaw and face, bringing them into harmony. And it instills new and positive habits to make sure those changes last.
“Myo” can help you
STOP a tongue thrust habit.
START breathing through your nose instead of your mouth.
QUIT thumb-sucking, nail-biting, lip/cheek-chewing or other poor habits.
OVERCOME unsightly manners of eating and drinking.
IMPROVE head-neck-body posture.
PREVENT or correct Long Face Syndrome.
ESTABLISH a harmonious oral environment.
BETTER DEAL with issues such as speech problems, sleep apnea, snoring, digestion, clenching/grinding habits and TMJ disorders.
Myofunctional therapy is suitable for everyone from age 4 on up, but treatment around the age of 7 or 8 is ideal. This is because oral habits are less ingrained at this stage and easier to change, encouraging normal dental growth.
But patients of all ages can benefit. Motivation and commitment are the keys to success.