Myofunctional Therapy

Welcome to Indy Myofunctional Therapy

Today you are on your way to wellness with a therapy that focuses on the face, mouth, tongue, lips, and supporting structures. For many years, dentists and orthodontists have been aware that the pressure exerted by the tongue can cause changes in dental structures. Only recently has this been the subject of therapeutic evaluation and scientific investigation.

As myofunctional therapists, we help in the assessment and retraining the muscles of the face, and neck tongue to have more balance so that proper nasal breathing, swallow, and tongue and lip oral rest posture is improved with better muscle function and tone. Orofacial myofunctional disorders such as tongue tie, mouth breathing, sleep disordered breathing, dental crowding, open bite and crossbite, and parafunctional habits such as nail biting, thumb sucking, pacifier use can be helped with myofunctional therapy and multi-discplinary approach.

What to Expect...​

At the initial appointment, I will take a brief health history, perform an orofacial myology screening, and take a series of measurements and photos of your face, lips, teeth, and posture. I will answer any questions you have and then explain a therapy plan. The exercises I teach help to retrain the tongue to the "spot" and help you learn how to use other muscles to perform correctly during functions of breathing, swallowing, chewing, and speaking.  The total number of therapy sessions required do vary considerably from patient to patient and the particular issues assessed. At the initial appointment, the number of therapy visits will be determined and re-evaluated as therapy progresses. Subsequent therapy visits will involve exercises and measurements. The patient will have home therapy practice as well. Once treatment is completed it is important for the patient to monitor progress and request a check up if needed.

Myofunctional therapy specific to pre and post frenectomy care is also offered with typically with 6 sessions.

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