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Mouth muscles need attention too
Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) affect the muscles of the mouth and face and cause atypical muscle movement patterns. These patterns can interfere with breathing, eating and talking.
The consequences of these disorders can be severe if left untreated. OMDs can, directly and indirectly, affect facial and skeletal growth and development, bite alignment, movement of the jaw joints, and facial aesthetics. OMDs can also affect oral hygiene and the stability of past and future orthodontic treatment.
Some causes of OMDs include:
These habits may not seem like a huge deal. But over time, they can contribute to or become a symptom of various medical and dental disorders, such as an unbalanced bite, gum disease, abnormal jaw growth and position, breathing disorders, and orthodontic relapse after braces or other orthodontic treatments.
OMDs can also contribute to tooth decay and gum disease because, for some individuals, orofacial myofunctional disorders can limit the tongue’s expected movement, which can decrease saliva flow and reduce the tongue’s ability to clean the mouth.
Digestive problems are another concern for patients with OMD, as improper swallowing can cause gastrointestinal issues and contribute to poor dietary choices.
While a single root cause of any orofacial myofunctional disorder may be hard to determine, in many cases, OMDs develop due to a combination of several factors, including:
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Oral myofunctional therapy can help train or retrain the face’s muscles to help reach a normal resting posture of the tongue, lips and jaw (read The Big Three). Myofunctional therapy uses a series of exercises to achieve correct resting posture of the tongue and lips.
At Miami Designer Smiles, we offer myofunctional therapy as part of our comprehensive approach to patient care. Myofunctional treatment is highly individualized, and exercises are specific for your individual needs.
We can help you or your child overcome orofacial myofunctional disorders through a series of therapeutic exercises and help you achieve better oral and overall health.
Our goals are to help you:
By practicing myofunctional therapy, you can gain better health, enjoy eating and drinking, breathe with ease, and sleep better.
Many patients also see aesthetic improvements in their appearance and restoration of self-confidence and self-esteem.
Myofunctional therapy is highly beneficial, especially in conjunction with dental treatments such as Controlled Arch Braces, Anterior Growth Guided Appliances (AGGAs) and neuromuscular dentistry.
Orofacial myofunctional therapy has helped thousands of people across the United States. Numerous research studies have shown that it is incredibly useful in treating OMDs to achieve ideal oral rest posture, swallowing and breathing, with results lasting years after myofunctional therapy ends.
Learn more about orofacial myofunctional therapy by calling Miami Designer Smiles today.
As we mentioned above, OMDs can have severe consequences if left untreated, including:
OMDs can also negatively impact how you look, causing a dull, sluggish appearance. Many people with OMDs are also unable to close their lips properly due to malfunctioning facial muscles.
Some studies have also shown that OMDs can increase the likelihood of developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in some individuals. When functioning correctly, the tongue, throat and facial muscles reduce obstruction to the airway and OSA symptoms.
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