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Myofunctional Therapy

Improve your quality of life and put health concerns to rest.

Is Myofunctional Therapy Right for You?

A smilng family shows how our experts in Lethbridge uses myofunctional therapy to improve health

Are you frustrated with health issues but finding no solution?

If you’ve been on the hunt for help with:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Mouth breathing
  • Thumb sucking, nail-biting, or object chewing

  • Speech impairment
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • TMJ issues
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Relapsed orthodontics

Then you may have an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder (OMD). This is caused by weak, underdeveloped, or overused muscles.

To treat this, we offer myofunctional therapy. This form of gentle physical therapy helps strengthen, develop, and harmonize the muscles of the face and mouth. Not only will it help you improve your health but also your confidence and quality of life.

Request a consultation to see if myofunctional therapy is right for you or your child.

How Can Myofunctional Therapy Help You?

Improved Sleep

Sleep issues often feel like a mystery. However, most people don’t realize it could be their airway! When you’re breathing better, you’re sleeping better. This minimally invasive therapy can help with the tongue rest position, nasal breathing, and sleep apnea symptoms.

Relieve Discomfort
Having soreness or discomfort from headaches or neck pain? Prolonged physical pain can have major impacts on everyday life and even mental health. Myofunctional therapy works well to relieve and end facial pain.
End Bad Habits

Do you grind your teeth at night? Maybe your little one is having a hard time putting down their pacifier or stop thumb sucking? Myofunctional therapy can help stop these habits. If left untreated, these habits can affect tooth eruption, jaw development, and often other health issues. It also helps prevent orthodontic relapse in adults and children.

Improved Speech
Myofunctional therapy is a solid addition to your speech therapy program or a great place to start! Improve the quality of speech patterns and sound with the help of our trained specialist.
Avoid Braces
Not looking forward to putting braces on your child? Myofunctional therapy can help teeth erupt correctly! The position of your child’s jaw and tongue during developmental years will impact whether or not their teeth show up in proper alignment.
Restore Youthfulness
Look and feel younger by improving your body posture, facial esthetics, and overall health without undergoing invasive procedures. Myofunctional therapy is painless, and the exercises are simple!

What Can You Expect with Myofunctional Therapy?

A treatment plan that doesn't just fix problems; it prevents them!

Dental Hygienist and Myofunctional Therapist, Tanya

At Signature Dentistry, we care about more than just your teeth. We care about whole-body health and the harmony of the oral-facial muscle system with the rest of the systems in your body. Our goal is to improve your airway, breathing, growth, form, function, and facial esthetics.

That’s why it was important for us to have our very own myofunctional therapist on staff for your convenience. Tanya is both a dental hygienist and myofuncational therapist. She completed courses through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM).

When you meet with Tanya, she’ll perform a comprehensive evaluation of the oral-facial musculature and develop an individualized treatment plan to address your unique needs.

We use a multi-disciplinary approach so we can work with other practitioners like your dentist, orthodontist, speech therapist, or body worker to accomplish our goals collectively.

 

Myofunctional Therapy FAQ

  • What is orofacial myofunctional disorder? What are the causes?
    Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD) are abnormal movement patterns of the face and mouth muscles, which interfere with the normal growth, development, or function of orofacial structures.

    OMD can be caused by several factoring, including:

    • Prolonged finger or thumb sucking
    • Prolonged use of a bottle or pacifier
    • Upper airway obstruction
    • Blocked nasal passages
    • Differences in orofacial muscles and structure
    • Genetics

     

  • Who can benefit from Myofunctional therapy?
    There are no gender or age requirements.

    Common signs you’ll benefit from it include:

    • Atypical chewing and swallowing patterns
    • Dental malocclusion, including crowded teeth and open bites
    • Blocked nasal passages
    • Speech problems
    • Teeth grinding
    • Sleep apnea
    • Face and jaw pain
    • Headaches

    In children, some signs include:

    • Difficulty nursing or feeding
    • Picky or messy eating
    • Drooling
    • Poor head and body posture
    • Speech issues

    We feel anyone can benefit from more information on how to breath better, chew and swallow properly, improve their posture, strengthen oral-facial musculature, and balance the facial muscles for improved function and esthetics. The health benefits are truly far-reaching and as with everything we do. We’d love to be a part of making your life healthier.

    Schedule a consultation today!

  • How does myofunctional therapy work?
    Myofunctional Therapy is essentially physical therapy for your mouth. Just like most other forms of physical therapy, we’ll work with you to build essential muscle memory.
  • How long does myofunctional therapy take?
    On average, a total transformation can be completed in 6 to 12 months.

    To confirm, please contact our myofuncational therapist for a consultation.

  • Is myofunctional therapy legit?
    Yes! Myofunctional therapy can help:

    • Strengthen oral-facial muscles
    • Balance facial muscles
    • Correct the postures of the tongue, lips, and jaw
    • Ensure proper growth and development for children
    • Eliminate bad habits, like thumb sucking and teeth grinding
    • Unblock nasal passages
    • Improve sleep quantity and quality
    • Reduce snoring
    • Correct chewing and swallowing patterns
    • Improve digestion
    • Enhance posture
    • Reduce facial pain, jaw pain, headaches
    • Increase speech therapy
    • Boost oral and overall health
    • Increase confidence and self-esteem

     

     

  • What local areas do we serve?
    Signature Dentistry is located in Lethbridge, AB. We happily welcome new patients from our neighboring communities, including Raymond, Taber, Cardston, Magrath, Coaldale, and Coalhurst, AB.
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