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Oral Facial Myofunctional Therapy - Whole Health Dental Center

Oral Facial Myofunctional Therapy

Using the muscles of the mouth and face is as natural to us as breathing, but for a high percentage of the population the muscles are being used incorrectly and even their breathing is incorrect. As the drawings indicate, there is a major difference between correct and incorrect:
 
MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY dr felix liao

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY dr felix liao

 
MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY dr felix liao

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY dr felix liao

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY dr felix liao

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY dr felix liao
 

You will see people every day that exhibit the visual appearance or have the symptoms of dysfunctional muscle use:

1. The mouth breather/open mouth posture during the day and/or at night

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

2. The long flat facial development

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3. Facial grimace when swallowing

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

4. Development of a poor bite in need of correction

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MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

5. Consistent nasal congestion and/or significant allergy history

6. Snoring, sleep apnea, restless sleep

7. Jaw pain, jaw sounds, locking of the jaw, headaches, facial pain

8. Sucking habits-tongue, thumb, fingers, objects

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

9. Poor eating and drinking patterns (open mouth chewing/inability to chew properly/huge bites/eats too fast or slow/gas, burping, hiccups, stomach aches)

10. Low and/or forward resting tongue posture and swallow

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

11. Speech/articulation issues (lisping, unsightly tongue position for sounds, jaw shifting, facial muscle adaptation just to say sounds)

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

12. Saliva pooling issues

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MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

13. Prone to poor habit patterns (nail biting, lip-cheek-tongue-object biting or sucking, facial mannerisms, leaning, crooked smile, fingers-objects in the mouth)

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

14. Periodontal (gum disease) issues

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

15. Relapse (failure) of orthodontic treatment or dental treatments

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY

Oral-facial Myofunctional Therapy is a program of exercises designed to help you change all of the habits/problems listed above. The tongue is the strongest muscle in the body. Therefore, it can raise havoc with the bite, pressure in the face, and unsightly and aging muscle patterns. The good news is how quickly you can change these habits with simple exercises done each day for just a matter of weeks; that the change can last forever; and that you will feel like a new person.

Dr. Liao created a Oral-Facial Symptoms Score to make it easy for our patients to analyze their symptoms, for the complete check list, please click here.