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
Clenching or grinding of the teeth