Adult/ Myofunctional Therapy

 

Adults can have orofacial and myofunctional disorders (OMDs) that very often relate to their own picky eating preferences. This does not affect only feeding issues. In fact, you may have the following issues that you didn’t realize were connected… 

 

Does this sound like you or your child?

  • Sleep apnea and snoring
  • Mouth breathing
  • chewing and swallowing difficulty (avoids meats and tougher foods)
  • Articulation and speech intelligibility in the past or present
  • Teeth crowding or spacing that would require orthodontic treatment 
  • History of poor oral habits (i.e. extended pacifier, bottle or thumb/finger sucking)
  • A small mouth
  • TMJ pain or issues
  • Frequent cavities
  • Poor posture
  • Tongue thrusting

How To Treat OMDs

Orofacial Myofunctional Treatment may include:

Establishing correct resting tongue posture

Eliminating poor oral habits

Establishing nasal breathing

Learning to chew and swallow correctly without tongue thrusting

Correcting speech sound errors

While 7-8 years of age is the ideal time to start, children as young as 4 can benefit from starting some oral motor development and working to ensure poor oral habits are eliminated, which needs to be done prior to starting a myofunctional therapy program. If you had orthodontic treatment already, don’t fear. You are never too old to remediate your difficulties.  Click here to see photos of before and after OMD treatment https://www.iaom.com/faq/#