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Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy and How It Improves Your Oral Health

Myofunctional therapy Victoria

What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy? Do you need it?  You may have heard your dentist talking about Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy at some point and wondered what it is. Our blog explores this topic in more detail.


What is Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder?

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder  (OMDs) are disorders of the oral and facial muscles and functions that affect oral rest posture. The three main causes are tongue-tie, mouth breathing, and oral habits. OMDs can affect people of all ages, from children up to adults.

OMDs can include any of the following:

·       Habits of sucking the thumb and index finger

·       Sleeping with mouth open

·       An anterior resting position of the tongue between or against the teeth

·       Tongue thrust

·       Other bad oral habits


OMDs are often associated with several dental issues, such as:

·       Crowded and misaligned teeth

·       Disease of tissues (gums and bone) surrounding the teeth 

What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)?

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy consists of therapeutic exercises that are painless and rather easy. It helps the muscles of your face work properly in proper coordination with each other. When some of your facial muscles are aroused to work properly, the other muscles will follow suit.


Doing your OMT exercises every day is important until you have rectified the problem. The treatment time may vary depending on the severity of your problem, but it can normally be between 6-12 months.


The Benefits of OMT


Restoring Your Self-Confidence

Receiving Myofunctional treatment can enhance your confidence as you reclaim the pleasure of eating, speaking, breathing, and even sleeping more soundly. Your daily life will become much more enjoyable.


Cosmetic enhancements can aid in the improvement of your self-esteem.



The therapy that makes up Myofunctional therapy may seem time-consuming at first but is one of the least intrusive therapy options available. The exercise can be easily done in a matter of minutes or less. You can even do them while engaging in your other typical everyday tasks, whether it’s cooking, picking the kids up from school, or watching Netflix.


The most important thing is that you’re consistent. Repetition is the key to Myofunctional therapy.


Less Complex Than Braces

Many people avoid getting their teeth straightened because they do not want to cope with braces. Myofunctional therapy is much more convenient and makes it easier for your mouth to support removable orthodontic techniques such as clear aligners or braces.


When used in conjunction with Myofunctional therapy, aligners create a much more time-efficient and aesthetically pleasing result.


Treats Issues Like Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a widespread condition that affects people across Canada.  Myofunctional therapy may help improve the symptoms of sleep problems in conjunction with other treatment.



My Victoria Dentist offers guidance for Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, letting you get your confidence back.


Contact us today for an appointment.


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