What is Myofunctional Therapy?
During your exam or treatment you may hear Dr. Watson suggest Myofunctional Therapy for you or your child, but this is not needed or required for everyone.
Orofacial Myology, also referred to as Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, is therapy that addresses dysfunctional muscle patterns and postures of the oral and facial muscles. In essence, Myofunctional Therapy teaches how to correctly breathe, chew, swallow, and rest. Serious dental problems may result from incorrect oral postures and/or improper functions of the muscles. Having these issues can cause orthodontic treatment relapse, in other words, your previous orthodontic treatment could reverse or go back to the way it looked before. Orofacial myofunctional therapy can provide a dramatic and positive influence on patients treated.
Symptoms associated with Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders include:
- Crooked Teeth or Orthodontic Relapse
- Open Mouth Posture and/or Mouth Breathing
- Tongue Thrust
- Snoring/Sleep Disordered Breathing
- Tongue Tie
- Habits such as thumb or finger sucking, nail, lip, or cheek biting.
- Forward Head Posture
- Difficulties with Speech
- TMJ Pain
- Gum Disease
- Psychological and/or Attention Problems
- Loud or Messy Eating
- Digestive Issues or Upset Stomach
- Middle Ear Drainage Issues
Who? Lorraine Frey is a Board Certified Orofacial Myologist, providing orofacial myofunctional therapy services to children of all ages and adults. Her extensive background in the dental field as a registered and licensed dental hygienist has encompassed over 30 years of clinical practice in periodontal, general and pediatric private practice settings. Lorraine’s professional experience, her dedication to promoting preventive and early interventional based methodologies, and her passion for helping others achieve optimal growth and health, combine to provide her clients with the utmost in supportive and compassionate care.