Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
The muscles of the mouth and face play an important role in the growth and development of dental and airway health. Where these muscles are positioned when functioning and at rest can determine whether or not we have healthy teeth and sinuses. If the position of these muscles is abnormal, this can lead to Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder.
The Silverstrom Group proudly offers therapy and treatment for Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder, to promote healthy dental development, breathing, and speech.
What is Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder?
OMD has a variety of causes, but one of the most critical is inadequate muscle development caused by abnormal muscle posture.
Oral Rest Posture is the position of oral and facial muscles when resting and not in use. When Oral Rest Posture is correct, it leads to proper development of the jaws, sinus cavities, and allows for clearer speech. When Oral Rest Posture is incorrect, it can result in malocclusion (crooked or crowded teeth), tongue thrust, lisping or other speech problems, and poorly developed jaws and sinuses.
The Difference Between Correct and Incorrect Oral Rest Posture
Correct Oral Rest Posture:
Incorrect Oral Rest Posture:
- Lips gently sealed
- Jaws close together
- Breathing through the nose
- Tongue sits against the roof of mouth
- Low tongue posture or “tongue thrust”
- Lips open and [jaw slackened]
- Breathing through the mouth
- Tired eyes and long, narrow face
Therapy for Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy involves neuromuscular retraining of the lips, tongue and facial muscles to rest properly. Since each case is unique, our therapists will formulate a customized treatment plan involving facial and tongue exercises, behavioral modification, and establishment of correct gestures for chewing, swallowing, and speaking. Our therapists will also improve open bite/overjet and eliminate noxious oral habits in children (such as thumb sucking or nail biting).
Learn More About Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder and Treatment
Read more about Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder. Are you looking for the best dental therapists with experience treating OMD near you? The Silverstrom Group serves patients from Northern and Central NJ and New York City. Please contact us for a consultation. We look forward to providing you with the most convenient and comfortable dental experience you have ever had.