Orofacial Myology

What is Oral Facial Myology?

Orofacial Myology is the identification and treatment of myofunctional disorders: disorders whereby the face, tongue, and jaw muscles are not functioning as intended. Myofunctional disorders disrupt the growth and development of the craniofacial anatomy and dentition and have been shown to disrupt neurotransmitter function. Muscles dictate where bones develop. If bones are not developing where they should, the muscles must be re-educated in order to achieve the desired outcome.

HOW ORAL FACIAL MYOLOGY HELPS

  • Normalize tongue and lip resting postures

  • Establish nasal breathing patterns

  • Eliminate improper chewing and swallowing patterns

  • Stabilize the dentition from extraneous orofacial muscle movement

  • Address harmful oral habits, including:

    • Prolonged dummy use

    • Thumb and/or finger sucking

    • Fingernail, cheek, or lip biting

    • Tongue sucking

    • Clenching or grinding of the teeth


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