Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
The pressure exerted by the tongue and poor lip support can cause changes in dental structures, but it is only recently has this been the subject of scientific investigation and therapeutic evaluation. At MDG we have a dentist and orthodontic auxillary trained in Orofacial Myofunctional therapy who can evaluate and then prescribe treatment for tongue and lip posturing. They will cultivate an awareness of muscle use and develop a therapy programme of regular exercises designed specifically to your needs.
The therapy is neuro-muscular based, avoiding the use of drugs . The exercises take about five minutes, three times a day. Photographs and measurements are taken so that progress can be proven and tracked. A typical therapy program takes between eight and twelve visits. Our therapy uses positive reinforcement, self-esteem building and goal setting
The overall goal of Orofacial Myofunctional therapy is to assist in the creation, re-establishment or stabilization of a normal oral environment with regard to tongue and lip posturing and function to permit normal processes of growth and development to occur. Therapy may include the treatment of para functional habits (thumb and finger sucking, lip licking, nail biting, etc.), or temporomandibular muscle dysfunction as it relates to bruxism and clenching, range of motion activities, or postural habits of the tongue, lips and jaw. Call us to find out more or book a consultation.