Orofacial myology is a form of myofunctional therapy that deals with the tongue and facial muscles. When the teeth are not aligned properly it is called “malocclusion.” Swallowing with the tongue forward and improper resting posture of the tongue can interfere with the relationship of the teeth, causing malocclusion. These conditions can be corrected with a team approach combining orthodontics and orofacial myology.
In myofunctional therapy, we cultivate an awareness of the muscles used for swallowing and develop a regular exercise and therapy program. Our goal is to strengthen and rehabilitate the tongue and facial muscles while making the new neuromuscular patterns habitual. This team approach enhances overall appearance, produces more positive physical and mental health, and often improves speech.
Thumb Sucking and Tongue Thrust Issues
Kid’s Creek Therapy offers myofunctional therapy for treating the following conditions:
- Tongue Thrust
- Thumb Sucking
- Short Upper Lip
- Open-Mouth Rest Posture