An orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) is a disorder that causes an abnormal jaw, lip, or tongue position.
A person's tongue normally rests passively suctioned to the roof of the mouth during the day and night, the lips should naturally seal day and night, nasal breathing should occur at all times.
Some of the potential consequences of an untreated OMD include:
- High blood pressure
- Acid reflux
- Type II diabetes or pre-diabetes
- Nasal Breathing
- Lip Seal
- Correct Tongue Posture
- Correct Swallowing Pattern
The purpose of these goals is to restore normal function. With these goals accomplished, proper dental and craniofacial development can take place in children.
The goal of Myofunctional therapy is to restore normal function of your mouth and jaw. We can retrain the muscles in your head and neck to correct your posture and so they'll function properly when you chew and speak. Your physical appearance could also be improved with these changes.
This therapy can also help to reduce snoring and sleep apnea, with the potential to even eliminate them.