Why you Should ask your Child’s Orthodontist about Myofunctional Therapy

talk to orthodontist about myofunctional therapyThousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, CA

Any major project requires the proper amount of planning and having the right team assembled to do the job well. The same logic applies if you or a member of your family is planning to have major dental work done, or undergo orthodontic treatment. Whatever orthodontic method you choose—be it braces or Invisalign—a myofunctional therapist definitely should be part of your team.

Why is this so crucial? Because, if someone goes through orthodontic treatment but suffers from an orofacial myofunctional disorder, this can be detrimental to the success of the orthodontic treatment. It even can cause a total orthodontic relapse; that means you would have to undergo braces or Invisalign all over again. Given the investment in money and time that is required for any orthodontic treatment, why would you want to risk going through the entire process for a second time if you can avoid it?

This potential pitfall can be avoided by seeking the care of a myofunctional therapist. This type of therapy is geared specifically to correct orofacial myofunctional disorders, or OMDs for short, which occur when there is dysfunction with the muscles of the face, mouth, or tongue. Many OMDs stem from poor oral resting posture or airway issues. Unfortunately, many primary care physicians may misdiagnose patients with OMDs as having chronic migraines or other medical issues that end up only being masked with pain medication or other efforts that simply do not provide the relief that the patient needs. This is why it is important to be evaluated by a certified myofunctional therapist if you believe that you have an orofacial myofunctional disorder.

A myofunctional therapist has the training to correct these disorders by re-training the orofacial muscular system to achieve the ideal oral resting posture: with lips together, teeth together, and the tongue resting gently against the roof of the mouth. That oral resting posture encourages an open airway, fosters regular, shallow breathing through the nose and corrects any negative habits or muscle patterns that developed as compensation for an OMD—specifically, these muscle patterns can affect tooth alignment and stabilization, two crucial factors when it comes to orthodontic procedures.

If you or a member of your family is considering orthodontic treatment and you would like to incorporate myofunctional therapy, call our office at (805) 380-6169. We have a certified myofunctional therapist on staff that can evaluate your child’s oral health needs. A certified myofunctional therapist should be the only healthcare professional to prescribe myofunctional therapy. These simple exercises can help in facial guidance during a child’s development, and help with correcting orofacial myofunctional disorders such as the effects of tongue-tie, mouth breathing, tongue thrust, or thumb sucking.

The Connection brings a holistic approach to oral health care for patients in the Agoura Hills and Westlake Village communities of southern California. We welcome patients of all ages, including children. Our certified myofunctional therapist on staff has helped change the lives of many adults and children who have suffered the results of an OMD. Call us for your consultation today!

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