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.
Meet Myofunctional Therapist Barbara Greene
Therapist, teacher, speaker and author Barbara J. Greene, was first trained in oral-facial myology by the visionary teachers Daniel Garliner, MA, and Roy Langer, PhD, at their Institute of Myofunctional Therapy in Coral Gables, Florida. She began her practice in 1971 while pursuing further study with other notable therapists, including Richard Barrett, MA, in Tucson, Arizona, and William Zickefoose, BA, COM, in Sacramento, California. Since then, Barbara has helped hundreds of children and adults correct their myofunctional disorders by guiding them through a simple, year-long therapeutic program to establish and maintain proper oral-facial function.
In 2017, Barbara was named the first ever recipient of the Florence Nightingale Trophy, for Vision, Enterprise, and Passion (pictured above) from the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences, recognizing her 46 years dedicated to the field.
Read Barbara’s story about how she became a myofunctional therapist and how her own experiences with TMD and related pain have informed and enriched her practice.